Glacier Road

Highest mountain road in the Eastern Alps (1,350 - 2,820 m)

The scenic Ötztal Glacier Road ranks among the highest mountain roads in the Eastern Alps, leading from the holiday resort of Sölden up to the glacier ski slopes on Rettenbach Glacier and Tiefenbach Glacier.

Please note: the Glacier Road is a toll road!


  • Road length: Sölden - Rettenbach Glacier: approx. 13 km
  • Rettenbach Glacier - Tiefenbach Glacier approx. 3 km
  • Average elevation gain: 11%
  • Maximum elevation gain: 13%
  • Altitude Rettenbach Glacier 2.675 m
  • Altitude Tiefenbach Glacier 2.820 m
  • Highest point: 2.820 m

Both Rettenbach Glacier and Tiefenbach Glacier have extensive car parks.

  • Rettenbachglacier: Cars/Busses (850/40)
  • Tiefenbachglacier: Cars/Busses (1100/40)

The two glaciers are connected to each other by the spectacular spectacular "Rosi Mittermaier Tunnel"(length 1.750 m), Europe's highest road tunnel.

The glaciers are accessible for heavy trucks (lorries up to 38 tons) and buses without any problem. Snow chains and steel tracks might be required troughout the year!

Due to the unique location of the Glacier Road amidst high Alpine regions, leading up to 2.800 m above sea level, there exists always a risk of sudden unexpected precipitation or drop in temperature. It is warmly recommended to provide the necessary equipment at any time of the year.


Glacier Road Toll Fees 2018/19

(Thu, 31 May 2018 - Sun, 05 May 2019)

The superb Ötztal Glacier Road is a toll road leading from Sölden up to the two 2 glacier ski areas. Only non-skiers have to pay the road toll! All winter sportsmen with a valid ski pass can use the glacier road for free!

private cars
   up to 4 persons 19,00
   up to 5 persons 23,00
  every additional person 6,00
   per person 6,00
   1 person 6,00
   2 persons 10,00
Combined Ticket  
(toll road + 1 uphill ride with 1 glacier gondola)  
Adults 22,00
Children 12,00
Groups + 20 persons  
Adults 20,00
Children 11,00

Public Bus Line to the Glacier

Bus schedule to/from the Glacier

A public bus line runs between Sölden and Rettenbach/Tiefenbach Glaciers several times a day. The uphill ride to Rettenbach Glacier (2,675 m) takes about 30 minutes, to Tiefenbach Glacier (2,800 m) another 10 more minutes.

The public bus is NOT free of charge (bus ride & road toll)

pfeil Timetable Glacier Bus


TIP: All Ötztal (Premium) Card holders enjoy free use of the public bus line to the Glacier! (1 daily return ride on toll roads by bus)

More details on the Ötztal Card