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Danube Cycle Way – Passau to Budapest

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Homepage > Austria > Danube Cycle Way – Passau to Budapest
  • Duration: 12 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 1st May to 13th September
  • Location: Passau
Tour Details

A fabulous 12 night cycling holiday taking you along one of the most popular river cycle paths in Europe. On this bike vacation, you start in Passau in Germany before following the River Danube downstream towards Vienna passing lovely historic Austrian towns, such as Melk and Krems. Just before Vienna, the cycle tour takes you through the Wachau a popular wine-producing region of upper Austria. Your voyage then continues easterly along the Danube, entering into Slovakia and a night in Bratislava. Now the Danube follows the Slovakian/Hungarian border providing lovely contrasting cultures to explore. Soon you shall arrive in Budapest the capital of Hungary and your chance to explore this wonderful city.

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Price Includes

  • 12 Nights bed and breakfast
  • 3/ 4 star hotels and guest houses
  • Information Pack
  • Routes and Maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • Train ticket Mosonmagyarovar to Gyor
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Dinners
  • Ferry Tickets
  • Extra nights
  • City Taxes
  • Train ticket Krems to Vienna approx. 12€
  • Bike ticket on train Mosonmagyarovar to Gyor approx. 4€
Trip Info

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Passau

Arrive in the three rivers city of Passau and collect your rental bikes. Once in your hotel visit the old town of Passau.

Day 2Passau to Wesenufer/Schlogen 26 miles (45km)

Today your adventure begins, first you cycle passing Obernzell and onto Engelhartszell. Cycling through deep gorges which have been cut out of the Bavarian woodland. You shall see many castles towards Kramesau on the German/Austria border. Now you enter the Donouleiten a nature preserve which runs mostly on the left bank of the Danube. Its south facing direction has created an environment which is loved by wildlife and fauna.

Day 3Wesenufer/Schlogen to Linz 36 miles (58 km)

This part of the Danube called the “ Schogener Schlinge”, with a massive granite rock in its path the Danube loops around it. You then cycle through an area of outstanding natural beauty to Aschach and further onto Linz. With its many museums, a castle and a great medieval main square Linz is a lovely compact city to explore. A recommendation is to take the cable car ride to Postlingberg a baroque pilgrimage church, a fairyland and grotto which is great for young and old alike.

Day 4 Linz to Persenbeug 41 miles (71km)

Today with a short detour you can take a visit to the St Florian Monastery, a pilgrimage site where Anton Bruckner is buried beneath the famous Bruckner Organ. Then you cycle towards Enns, which is the oldest town in Austria. Here you shall see Roman, Baroque and Renaissance heritage within the town’s architecture. The cycle tour then passes through Mauthasusen and if you wish to visit the old German concentration camp from the second world war. From here a few more kilometres to your stop in Persenbeug.

Day 5Persenbeug to Krems 37 miles (59km)

Today take time to visit the Habsburg Castle in Persenbeug before you continue onto Marbach.  Continue on your bike tour you passing  Strudengau to the historic town of Melk where there is a famous Abbey. After looking around the abbey you continue by bike to the Roman town of Krems.

Day 6 Krems to Vienna 41 miles 71 km (30 minute train ride)

Today you cycle through the vineyards of the “ Wachau “ wine region of Austria. The white wines of this region are exported worldwide, best known being Rheinsiesling, Green Veltliner and Neuburger. The final section you can take the train into Vienna and have time to explore the city.

Day 7 Free day in Vienna

Today you have a free day to explore the many sites in Vienna. We are sure you will have a busy day buy the tram and underground system will allow you to reach most parts of the city with ease.

Day 8Vienna to Bratislava, 42 miles 67 km

On Saturdays, you have the option to take a boat ride to Bratislava. Departure is at 8.45 am and arrives in Bratislava at around midday.  If you decide to cycle then it is today via Hainburg. Time to visit Hainburg and then to cycle to the archaeology park Carnuntum where you get to know the Roman history of the area. These are the most important excavations in Austria! Further on to Wolfsthal and to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

Day 9Bratislava to Mosonmagyarovar 28 miles 45km

Today you can first explore Bratislava before continuing along the Danube cycleway on the very beautiful riparian cycle path to the border of Slovakia and Hungary near Kunovo. Then you continue in Hungary through Donasziget which was in the past actually located on an island on the Danube, then onto Mosonmagyarovar.

Day 10Mosonmagyarovar to Komárno, 40 miles 64 km(+30 minutes by train)

First, a short train ride to Gyor after which you follow the cycleway to Komarno.

Day 11Komarno to Visegrad 48 miles, 76km

Today you cycle over the bridge back to the Slovakian part of the city; passing the Roman fort of Kelemantia and some lonesome farming villages, where time seems to stand still, you reach Moča and the twin village of Štúrovo/Esztergom. Then you cycle across the well known Gisela bridge to Esztergom.

Day 12Visegrad to Budapest 28miles 45km, 18km by ship/train.

Today further on by your bike through the famous “Donauknie”  which is also known as the Hungarian Switzerland to the Szentendre-Insel. In Szentendre city, you can leave your bikes if you wish. From Szentendre city, you catch the local train (payable on the spot) to the Hungarian capital Budapest or late afternoon take the boat to Budapest (departure 5.00 pm payable locally approx. 10,50€ per person) or you can cycle the last 20km into Budapest.

Day 13Budapest

Departure after breakfast.


How to get there

Fly to Vienna where you can catch a train to Passau (around 3 hours).

Or fly to Vienna and stay overnight, then the next morning take our coach transfer to Passau (around 3 hours) – prices available on booking

You can also fly to Munich where you can take a train to Passau.

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