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Passau to Budapest

Cycling the Danube cyclepath


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Along the beautiful Blue Danube, one finds Europe’s most famous cycling path: Passau to Budapest. Discover a wonderful landscape, picturesque villages and the numerous impressive sights from the Roman and Nibelungen times. Schlögener Loop, Strudengau, Nibelungengau and the Wachau (UNESCO Region) all have their own unique and alluring attractions.

You will cycle along the Danube through gorgeous landscapes of rolling hills, forests and meadows. Art and cultural aspects show and tell stories from long ago. One of the many highlights included on this tour is the “City of Music”, Vienna. The Slovakian capital Bratislava is a diverse city with a picturesque old town and is a “must-see” on the way to Hungary. The Hungarian metropolis Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is the crowning conclusion to your journey. This tour offers a pure and cultural experience mostly set away from touristic centres and is “off the beaten path”. Untouched nature and cultural monuments can be found on the route between Vienna and Budapest. The basilica in Esztergom is the largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary and is more than worth a visit with all its cherished treasures. Enjoy the friendly people and the Hungarian hospitality on an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

  • Type of tour Self-guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 14 days
  • Distance 35
  • Historical theatre Grein
  • Romantic Wachau
  • Danube Floodplains National Park
  • Basilica in Esztergom
  • Archaeological Park Carnuntum
  • Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest
  • Abbey Melk
  • Danube Bend
  • 3 Rivers city Passau

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1


Individual arrival. Use the remaining time on a city tour or get to know the “City of Three Rivers” on a boat cruise (not included) or simply go for a stroll through the picturesque old part of town. Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. bike hand over – for late arrivals in the next morning.

Day 2

Passau - Schlögener Loop


Start the first cycling route through the Upper Danube Valley to Schlögen. In Engelhartszell, you can visit the one and only “Trappist“ monastery in Austria and you can even sample some delicious liqueurs straight from the convent. Continue the journey to the impressive “Schlögener Loop”, where the river makes a complete 180-degree bend.

Day 3

Schlögener Loop - Linz


There are small ferries between the banks. Enjoy the special experience of riding past the many ferries along the riverbanks as you continue to cycle through the Eferdinger Valley to Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. Enjoy the summer evenings with a stroll through the enchanting old part of town.

Day 4

Linz - Strudengau


An excursion to Enns, the oldest town in Austria is highly recommended and worthwhile in any case. This leg guides you through beautiful meadows and quite back countries while passing the Celtic village Mitterkirchen, rolling by the majestic church in Baumgartenberg and on to the romantic castle of Clam. Toward the end of the day, you reach the gorgeous Baroque village of Grein. There, is the oldest theatre in Austria, which is awaiting your royal visit.

Day 5

Strudengau - Nibelungengau


Today’s tour is enjoyed by cycling through the fascinating landscape of tall and densely wooded rock formations on both sides of the Danube. High above the Danube is the Pilgrimage Church of Maria Taferl. From the distance the marvellous Benedictine Monastery of Melk greets you.

Day 6

Nibelungengau - Krems/surroundings


Another highlight on this tour is the chance to cycle through the magnificent Wachau. A landscape where you will find terraced vineyards, apricot groves interspersed with castles, palaces and monasteries. There is also the possibility to take a break off your bike and relax on a short boat excursion. On your way to Krems you cycle through the winery villages of Spitz, Weißkirchen and Dürnstein. Through these charming villages you will see quaint alluring taverns, which are just waiting to present Austrian hospitality at its best.

Day 7

Krems/surroundings - Vienna


You will depart from this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Region by train. After arriving in Tulln, you ride your bike directly through the Vienna Woods (Wiener Wald) and pass through “The Gates of Vienna”. Along the way don’t forget to visit the impressive monastery in Klosterneuburg and then continue on to the “City of Music”, Vienna.

Day 8

Vienna - Bad Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings


Not far from Vienna begins an untouched alluvial landscape and a Nature Reserve of stunning and diverse Flora and Fauna. Enjoy the wonderful peace and quiet, only interrupted by the twittering chirps of birds. The ancient Romans have left their prints and also have relaxed in the nice warm water of Bad Deutsch Altenburg. The Archaeological Park of Carnuntum is waiting to take you into an exciting journey of the past.

Day 9

Bad Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings - Bratislava


Nestled between the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains, you cycle on to Europe’s youngest capital, Bratislava. The Slovakia capital has an enchanting sleepy old town parallel to magnificent modern-day buildings.

Day 10

Bratislava - Szigetköz - Györ


The landscape of the Szigetköz is an idyllic paradise for birds and fish. In the midst of this wild and untouched landscape with more than 500 tiny islands you will find farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube creeks. After a short train ride you reach Györ with its beautiful Baroque-style old town.

Day 11

Györ - Komarom/surroundings


Take a look to the National Stud of Babolna which is the world famous Arabian horse breeding and is defiantly worth a visit. While you are visiting the Studs and the Stud Museum you can catch a glimpse of some secrets Hungarian horse breeding techniques and methods. After cycling through the lush rolling hills into the village of Komarom, you will find your accommodation in the favourite village of renowned King Matthias.
The cycle distance is between 45 and 73 km

Day 12

Komarom/surroundings - Danube bend region


Cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on low-traffic roads through quaint and quintessential villages. On your way to the “Town of Bishops and Kings”, Esztergom, also known as the „Hungarian Rome“ or “Royal City”, you pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. Highlight of the day will be the Basilica of Esztergom, the largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary with it´s beautiful view.
The cycle distance is between 35 and 50 km.

Day 13

Danube Bend region - Budapest


Amidst the hilly landscape, the river Danube divides itself into parts creating the Szentendre-Island. On this island, you cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Szentendre is famous for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the Open-air Museum of Skanzen. A few particular highlights include some of the most famous attractions in Budapest. During your boat ride (Cat.B) to Budapest you´ll enjoy the beautiful view of Budapest´s most popular sights.

Day 14


Enjoy this day in the metropolis city of Budapest. Departure by scheduled bus daily at 11.30 a.m., arrival in Vienna approx. 2.30 p.m. The return is also comfortably possible by speedboat (extra charge). In Vienna you have to change to your onward journey to Passau. By train (season 1+2) or by bus (season 3). We recommend an extra night in Vienna so you can highly enjoy this great city and won’t have any stress with transfers. Schedules subject to change!

Travel Dates

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Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Hotels Passau to Budapest Double room € 2618,-
Hotels Passau to Budapest Single room € 1689,-
Hotels Passau to Budapest Season surcharge June, 28 - August, 22 per person € 90,-
Hotels Passau to Budapest Surcharge for halfboard € 304,-
Hotels Passau to Budapest Transfer Munich - Passau one-way per person € 64,-
Hotels Passau to Budapest Transfer Munich - Passau round trip per person € 109,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
21-speed Bike Unisex 2 weeks €138
7-speed Bike Unisex 2 weeks €138
Electric Bike Unisex 2 weeks €298


  • 13 nights in rooms with private facilities including breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfer up to hotel in Budapest
  • Welcome drink at the arrival hotel in Passau
  • 1 bottle of high-level wine in the Wachau Valley per room
  • 1 x tasting of regional products
  • 1 x train Krems – Tulln (incl. bike)
  • 1 x train Mosonmagyarovar – Györ (incl. bike)
  • 1 x ship Esztergom – Visegrad
  • Public bus from Budapest to Vienna, departure at 11.30 a.m.
  • Train Vienna – Passau (transfer own bikes not included)
  • Handlebar bag with travel book, maps and informational material per room

Not included

  • reservation costs (€ 20,- per booking)
  • bicycle rent, all rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except Electro bike).
  • dinners, lunches and consumptions
  • travel and cancellation insurances
  • excursions (entrance fee for museums/gardens/parks)
  • Helmet purchase – payable locally € 20

Special details

Operated by local partner.
Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
No bike insurance available for this tour
Arrival every Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Extra nights in Vienna are possible before or after the tour or during the bike journey (only with arrival on Saturday or Sunday).

Arrival by plain (arrival at airport Munich or Vienna)

We recommend to travel by train to Passau.
From Munich we also offer a transfer to the hotel in Passau (must be reserved at time of booking). Price per person: one-way € 61, -/ both directions € 103, -.

Arrival by train

You can take a scheduled bus or taxi from Munich airport to train station in Freising. From Freising you can take a train to Passau.
Costs are approx. € 30,- (by train); € 55,- (taxi+train).

Depending on your hotel you can either choose to walk or take a taxi or bus from the train station in Passau.

Arrival by car

We recommend to bring your luggage to the hotel before parking your car.
Because the free parking in the city of Passau only intended for a short time, we recommend parking your car in one of the Parkhouses in Passau. Costs are between € 70,- and € 130,- per week. Detailed information about the parkings will be included in the travel documents.


At the first hotel your room is available from 2 PM on the day of arrival. In case you will arrive after 7 PM, please call your hotel to let them know.
The standard tour includes bed and breakfast. It is also possible to book half board; this has to be asked for upon booking.
Half board includes breakfast and dinner and starts with dinner on the first day until breakfast on the day of departure except for the dinner in Vienna.

General information

All bike tours are unescorted
The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes
The arrival to Passau is not included in the tour price and has to be arranged on your own
In Slovakia you have to wear a helmet by law outside of city limits
In Hungary you have to wear a safety vest at night and by poor vision outside of cities/villages
Helmet purchase – payable locally € 20

Tour profile

The tour is mostly flat and only sometimes slightly hilly. The Austrian section follows well-maintained and equipped cycling paths, in Hungary you will often cycle on country back and side roads. Upon entering and leaving cities there is traffic that must be closely observed.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may.  This has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please state this at time of booking.  Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transfering from one place to another.

  • What will happen should I encounter problems along the way?

    Luckily, this rarely occurs, since our bicycles are virtually new and well-maintained.  Nevertheless, should you encounter a problem, then a quick phone call to our local agent will be sufficient.  He’ll ensure that you are back on your bike as soon as possible and, should it be necessary, you can exchange your bike through him.  We assume that you are able to fix a flat tire yourself, and for this purpose, we will provide you with a repair kit and bike pump.

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)

    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance.
    This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.

    Cancellation insurance incl. flight:

    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

  • What can I expect of the hotels along the way?

    For our trips, we generally utilize good 2-3 star hotels with a bathroom in each room. The accommodations vary a great deal, ranging from a very luxurious hotel to a simple chambre d’hôte and from a family hotel to a former cognac estate.

  • How is the luggage transported and when does it arrive?

    The luggage is transported by van and must stand ready for delivery by approx. 9 a.m. and will be at the next hotel by approx. 4 p.m.

More questions

Price starting from € 1309,- * * There are no extra's included in this price


Hotels Passau to Budapest
Hotels Passau to Budapest
Selected 4*hotels; exceptional best 3*hotels possible


4*Hotel Weisser Hase

Danube loop surroundings

4*Hotel Donauschlinge


4*Arcotel Nike

Strudengau surroundings

4*Hotel Aumühle

Nibelungengau surroundings

4*Hotel zum Schwarzen Bären

Krems surroundings

4*Arte Hotel


4*Hotel Kaiserwasser

Bad Deutsch-Altenburg surroundings

4*Hotel Altes Kloster

Mosonmagyarovar surroundings

4*Hotel Crown Plaza


4*Hotel Famulus


4*Wellnesshotel Patince

Danube bend

4*Thermalhotel Visegrad


4*Novotel Budapest Danube

Please be informed that the above mentioned hotels are only examples. Changes are possible depending on availabilities. You´ll get your final hotellist within your travel documents prior departure.

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