Innsbruck is a city in Austria. It is situated north of the Brenner-pass, one of the main south-north crossing traffic axes in the Alps, squeezed in the Inn River valley which dictates the directions of the traffic ways. Due to the lack of space in the Inn River valley, Innsbruck offers 5 different motorway exits and a complicated system of traffic lanes.
Heading West or South
There's the service station Raststätte Innsbruck-Ampass on the motorway east of town, in the direction west. However it's before the turnoff going south to Italy, so you'll find most cars going south.
Also, if you want to go west, keep in mind that the first petrol station after Innsbruck (Pettnau, 25km west of Innsbruck) is on the other side of the motorway. People going west can fuel up there, but again you'll find almost only cars going south to Italy.
Towards Switzerland from the central bus station you can take the bus 4166 or 4165 to Völs "Metzgerei Singer". (From Dez shopping centre to central station there's a bus 4134 or 4130 from the other side of the roundabout). When you reach Völs, walk north to the shopping centre with a JET tankstelle (gas station). Maybe you can find someone to take you further along the highway to another petrol station where there will be more traffic heading west (many people from that area are going back into the city or driving south). And on Sundays there is the Cyta Flea Market til 2pm, which is basically set up surrounding the gas station.
How to get there (Raststätte Innsbruck-Ampass, east of Innsbruck)
Take bus F or R to Baggersee. Once there, continue Grabenweg street for 400m north-east, until you reach the Inn river. Turn right and follow the street, not the trail. It'll lead to Freizeitzentrum Rossau, and just before the street ends there's a way off to the left, to the Freizeitzentrum's parking place. Continue the path to the golf course and find your way into the little forest behind and above it. There's a path in the forest, continue that to the right. At one point after about 200m the path splits, go downhill on the left. There you are on the service station's parking!
(There might be a shorter way from Baggersee bus stop going through the bushes between Kläranlage and Baggersee, however that isn't yet verified.)
Go to the shopping-centre DEZ, Ikea (by bus C (EUR 1.70) or walk from the centre in 20 min) - there are two petrol stations and a big parking space, McD, where you can ask and hitch out in all directions.
You can also use the on-ramp Innsbruck-West if you're in that part of town. There's a bus stop (might be 'Hafen', bus C and M?) a bit before it that only catches some of the traffic going onto the highway here, but with a sign you can easily find a ride into the right direction from here.
If you don't find lifts to the next city try to get lifts to the next biggest motorway service area (Raststätte) outside of Innsbruck:
- East: Vomp
- West: Pettnau
- South: Brenner
Starting point: Exit Innbruck Ost (East), at the fuel stations on the very end of Amraser-See-Straße, next to the DEZ shopping mall. There is 2 petrol stations (just next to each other) on the street to the high-way. At the second one there was also a sign "Last petrol station before the high-way" - Easy to ask drivers there...
Getting there by bus
Line C (direction Luigenstraße) exit DEZ, or line T exit DEZ Ost, and walk the last few meters towards the biggest road close by. Check the schematic map of the local public transport or their webpage also in English for further information.
Make a sign indicating your desired direction
GAs station in schwaz
IF you don't want to hitchhike in a city you can blackride with train about 25km to town called Schwaz and then walk 15 minutes to a gas station on highway and hitchhike in direction Rosenheim, Munich or Salzburg.
There are several opportunities in Innsbruck but no real "first choice" option. So here is one:
Motorway exit Innsbruck Kranebitten
This a a lonely motorway exit in the very west of Innsbruck with a free Space just in the middle of the different lanes joining together in the direction of Bregenz and Germany. It is not a nice spot but it works!
Getting there by bus
Take line T of the IVB Buses running towards "EKZ CYTA" a suburban shopping centre. You are passing the motorway exit by bus just after crossing the Inn River bridge. Get of the Bus at EKZ Cyta, get all you need at the shopping centre and walk back to the motorway exit, which comes first after the roundabout.
A sign indicating your desired direction might help you getting along. Good luck!
Just a kilometre after you enter the motorway, the road splits up - one minor road running north directly to Germany (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Munich) and the motorway continuing to run west - make sure you are in the desired direction!
A less awkward place to hitch north or west is by the bus stop at Resselstraße, next to the stadium. Drivers can see you easily here and there is lots of space to stop. Jophro got a ride here in 20 mins after failing to find one in 45 mins at the aforementioned DEZ centre, same for madde. It's clearly a popular spot (you'll notice a worn patch of grass ahead of the bus stop) - when he arrived another hitchhiker was there who got a ride in 7 mins. He found it more effective to take his approach and simply write 'D', instead of the city - if you're going to Germany. In case you are confused, although the road signs are hard to see, its the bus stop next to the stadium, not the one in the opposite side of the street.