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Passau to Budapest

Cycling the Danube cyclepath, through 4 countries


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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. Cosy wineries and other inns invite you to enjoy the culinary “Schmankerln“ (specialities of the region). 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 track”. Untouched nature and cultural monuments can be found on the route between Vienna and Budapest. You cycle through the infinite widths of the Hungarian lowlands and you can also visit the famous Arabian National Stud in Babolna. 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 49 km, average per day
  • 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 Slovakian 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 - Komarno/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.

Day 12

Komarno/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.

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
the boat ride 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. If you want you can go back to Vienna by bus, departures by scheduled bus every 2 hours on a daily basis. The bus has to be booked prior to your arrival. Duration of trip approx. 3 hours. On request the bus is also stopping at Vienna International Airport.
Train ticket Vienna-Passau also is available on request.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
7/28/2018 - 8/10/2018 Available Passau Hotels Passau to Budapest 3*/4* hotel Book now
8/4/2018 - 8/17/2018 Available Passau Hotels Passau to Budapest 3*/4* hotel Book now
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9/22/2018 - 10/6/2018 Available Passau Hotels Passau to Budapest 2/3/4-star hotel Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
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Hotels Passau to Budapest Double room, April 15 - April 27 + Sept. 29-Oct. 7 € 2298,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Double room, Sept. 15 - Sept. 28 € 2618,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Double room, April 28 - Sept. 14 € 2818,- 0 0
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Hotels Passau to Budapest Single room, April 15-April 27+Sept. 29-Oct. 7 € 1529,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Single room, Sept. 15 - Sept. 28 € 1689,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Single room, April 28 - Sept. 14 € 1789,- 0 0
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Hotels Passau to Budapest Surcharge for 13x dinners,halfboard, per person € 304,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Return transfer of own bikes to Vienna, on Saturdays only € 29,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Bus ticket Budapest-Vienna € 22,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Train ticket Vienna-Passau € 39,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Transfer Munich Airport-Passau one-way per person € 64,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Transfer Munich Airport-Passau both directions per person € 109,- 0 0
Hotels Passau to Budapest Transfer from/To Munich city centre/train station - Passau, one-time surcharge (1-8 pers.) € 40,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
21-speed bicycle, 2 weeks (ladies/gents) Equipped with pannier (saddle bag) and odometer €138
7-speed Bike Unisex 2 weeks with back pedal brakes, with pannier (saddle bag) and odometer €138
Electric Bike Unisex 2 weeks with pannier (saddle) bag €298
Bike helmet, purchase one or bring your own Helmet use is mandatory in Slovakia €25
Image Name Type Price per week
Bike helmet, purchase one or bring your own Helmet use is mandatory in Slovakia €25


  • 13 nights in rooms with private facilities including breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfer up to hotel in Budapest, max. 2 pieces of luggage (max. 20 kg) with total 30 kg/person
  • 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 or train (before/after seasonal boat schedule) Szentendre – Budapest
  • Service -hotline (also accessible on weekends)
  • Handlebar bag with route book, maps and informational material per room

Not included

  • Reservation costs (€ 20,- per booking)
  • Lunches and consumptions
  • Personal insurance and trip cancellation insurances
  • Excursions (entrance fee for museums/gardens/parks)
  • Local tax payable on spot (approx. € 1,-/€ 2,50 p.p/night valid for Passau-Vienna section

Following items must be ordered at time of booking:

  • Bicycle rent, all rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except Electro bike).
  • Dinners:  half-board € 304,- p.p.
  • Return transfer of own bikes to Vienna, € 29,- p.p. on Saturdays only
  • Helmet purchase, € 22,-
  • Bus ticket Budapest – Vienna:  € 22,- p.p.
  • Train ticket Vienna – Passau,  € 39,- p.p.
  • Transfer Munich Airport – Passau; one-way € 64,- p.p. ; both directions €  109,- p.p.

Special details

  • Arrival every Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Operated by local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • No bike insurance available for this tour
  • 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 plane (nearest airports)

– Munich (transfer Munich Airport/city – Passau, shared transfer)
– Linz (approx. 1 hour away from Passau by train)
– Vienna

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 Hungary you have to wear a safety vest at night and by poor vision outside of cities/villages


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Frequently asked questions

  • What biking level is the Passau to Budapest tour?

    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.

  • Can I bring along my own bicycle?

    Yes, you may. On most tours this has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please mention this at time of booking. Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transferring 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 shall 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 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 simple Bed & Breakfast to a very luxurious hotel 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 € 1149,- * * 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. Please be informed that the mentioned hotels are only examples. Changes are possible depending on availability. Your final hotel list will be included in your travel documents, sent to you prior to departure.


4* Centro Hotel Weisser Hase

This 4-star hotel offers free Wi-Fi internet in all areas, rooms with a flat-screen TV and a restaurant serving Bavarian cooking. It is in a historic building dating back to 1512 in Passau’s Old Town. The hotel is located next to Passau's central pedestrian zone, just 50 m from the Donau cycle route and a 5-minute walk from the pier where the cruise ships dock. Passau’s main train station is approximately 600 m away.

Schlögener Loop

4*Hotel Donauschlinge

Located directly at the Danube River’s famous Schlögen Loop between Linz and Passau, Hotel Donauschlinge features a spa and wellness centre. The rooms feature a TV and a bathroom with hairdryer. The restaurant serves traditional Austrian cuisine, including asparagus, fish and game specialities. A rich breakfast buffet is served every morning. The spa area and the pools can be used free of charge.


4*Hotel Arcotel Nike

Directly set on the banks of the Danube River with a view of the Pöstlingberg Mountain, the ARCOTEL Nike is only a 10-minute walk from the historic centre of Linz. It offers free Wi-Fi and a spa area with a sauna, steam bath, and relaxation room. The modern rooms offer views over the city and the Danube. Each room features a flat-screen satellite TV, a minibar, and a bathroom with a hairdryer. The ARCOTEL Nike's dasRESTAURANT, with a view of the Danube and the Pöstlingberg, serves Austrian and international cuisine with seasonal variations.


4*Hotel Aumühle

Situated in an elevated position, 6 km away from the centre of Grein, Wellnesshotel Aumühle offers a wellness centre with indoor pool and massage service, and a restaurant that serves regional specialities. All rooms at Aumühle Wellnesshotel are equipped with a telephone and satellite TV. They are spacious and bright, and some rooms also include a balcony. The en suite bathrooms have a hairdryer and a shower cabin. Wellness facilities at the Aumühle include several saunas and steam baths, a hot tub and a solarium.


4*Hotel zum Schwarzen Bären

First mentioned in 1608 and family-owned since 1908, the hotel Zum Schwarzen Bären in the scenic Wachau region combines tradition with modern amenities like a 400-m² spa area and free internet access. All rooms at this elegant 4-star hotel feature a minibar, a satellite TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony. The restaurant’s cuisine serves traditional and regional cuisine. The spa area of the Hotel Zum schwarzen Bären includes a large indoor pool, sauna, steam bath, hot tub, infra-red cabin and solarium, as well as professional massages.

Krems/ surroundings

4*Arte Hotel

The new arte Hotel Krems is located, as its name implies, in the arts district of this beautiful town on the Danube, directly opposite the campus of the Danube University Krems. In addition to the location, the modern architecture, the furnishing and the facilities gave the hotel its name. Arte stands for casual living on a 4-star level and offers a hotel atmosphere with a contemporary design. The standard double rooms, with an area of 24m², individually adjustable air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, Internet connection, mini-bar and safe will win you over. The showers with separate WC are equipped with a hairdryer, soap and shampoo dispenser.


4*Arcotel Kaiserwasser Superior

This hotel is 4 minutes walk from the beach. It is located opposite Vienna’s United Nations headquarters and the Austria Center Vienna, next to the Kaiserwasser pond with a bathing jetty.  Rooms offer views of the modern skyline of the DonauCity or the Kaiserwasser recreation area. Decorated with a red and white colour pattern, they all come with cable TV channels and DVD players. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. The hotel features a modern gym with views of the Danube and the city centre, a sauna and a steam bath. The restaurant serves typical Austrian specialities as well as vegan options. There is also an inviting bar on site.

Bad Deutsch-Altenburg surroundings

4*Hotel Altes Kloster

The building from the 17th century changed to 4-star hotel unites modernity with tradition in a special way. Solid walls and cross-vaulted ceiling on one side, the modern equipment of the rooms and of the wellness area on the other side result in one balanced picture. Bathroom amenities, vanity mirror, fluffy bathrobe together with slippers and hairdryer evoke cozy and friendly atmosphere. In addition, our guest rooms are equipped with modern media system: you can choose from more than 100 TV channels on the flat screen TV and watch directly from a big comfortable bed.


4*Hotel Crowne Plaza

The Crowne Plaza Bratislava is situated opposite the Presidential Palace only 200 m from the Old Town and offers free access to its indoor pool and fitness facilities. All guest rooms are air-conditioned and offer free tea and coffee making facilities as well as free wired internet access.  Enjoy an American buffet breakfast in the Restaurant Fresh, as well as delicious international cuisine. The fresh herbs are grown in the hotel garden. 


4*Hotel Famulus

Offering free wired internet access and free on-site parking, this hotel is centrally situated in Györ. The Árkád Shopping Centre is next to the Famulus. All rooms at Hotel Famulus come with satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar. The bathrooms have hairdryers and slippers. The Podium Restaurant serves lunches and dinners with international dishes.

Komarno surroundings

4*Wellnesshotel Patince

Within 15 km from Komárno next to the Danube River, this hotel is situated in the spa resort of Patince. It offers air-conditioned rooms with minibars, safes and free Wi-Fi. The spacious rooms are luxuriously decorated and have parquet floors. Bathrobes are provided. Close to the Hungarian border, Wellness Hotel Patince features an outdoor swimming pool.

Danube bend region

4*Thermalhotel Visegrad

This hotel is 3 minutes walk from the beach. The Thermal Hotel Visegrad is located in the scenic Danube Bend on the edge of Visegrád. It provides accommodation units with air conditioning, as well as spa facilities. The nicely furnished rooms have a balcony and offer views over the park or towards the Danube river. The Danube Restaurant is one of the hotel's highlights, boasting a wonderful view over the Danube Bend. The restaurant offers meals both of the traditional Hungarian and international cuisine which you can choose from a rich buffet table or from the menu.


4*Novotel Budapest Danube

Centrally located in Budapest by the River Danube, Novotel Budapest Danube offers a bar and a restaurant with panoramic views of the river and the Hungarian Parliament Building. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. Each air-conditioned room comes with a flat-screen satellite TV, an electric kettle and a minibar. The rooms also provide a private bathroom with a bath of shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests can also enjoy views over the Danube and the Parliament building from most rooms. Breakfast is available at Novotel Budapest Danube, and the on-site restaurant serves food 24 hours a day.

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