Danube Bike Path - Vienna to Budapest
Three Country Bike Tour along the scenic Danube Cycle Path
Following the flow of the Danube, along the Danube Bike Path, an indescribably beautiful and varied scenery surrounds you through three countries and three capitals. Between the Austrian and Hungarian alluvial landscape and the Danube River Bend, you will experience regional art, culture, and nature. The highlights of this bicycle tour in Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia are as varied as the people and cultures.
Your tour starts in Vienna, the capital of Austria, city of music, culture, art, and history and your final destination and delight is Budapest, Hungary's capital, regarded as one of Europe's most beautiful cities. In the 8 days of exploring, you will enjoy the Danube Flood Plains National Park, Bratislava, Archaeological Park Carnuntum, and Esztergom.
Highlights included but not limited to:
- 3 capitals: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest
- National Park Donauauen
- Archaeological Park Carnuntum
- Protected Area “Szigetköz”
- Basilica in Esztergom – Hungary’s biggest church
- Danube Bend
- Artist town Szentendre
The long and mighty Danube links nations and cultures and you will experience this as you bike Europe's best-known bike path through three countries and visit three capitals. Enjoy the journey.
This tour can be taken as a 14-day tour from Passau to Budapest. Please contact us for details.
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Fly to Vienna (VIE) or Bratislava (BTS). Vienna International Airport is about 16 km east of the city of Vienna in Schwechat.
VIE: By bus:
Vienna Airport lines operates two bus lines from the airport to the center. The buses leave at 30 minute intervals. One way costs €8 and tickets are purchased on board.
Take Slovak Lines/postbus to Vienna Central Station.
End of tour: Transfer Budapest - Vienna (please reserve at time of booking):
Departures every 2 hours on a daily basis, 11 am, 1 or 3 pm. Travel time is approx. 3 hours, stopping at Vienna International Airport as well as the city center (please inform at time of booking where you´d like to get off).
Other departure times on request, schedule is subject to change.
If you are returning to BTS (Bratislava), you can take a bus from Budapest. <br? More details regarding travel will be provided.
Please check local conditions before your arrival, keeping in mind that you will be traveling south through three countries. A very good website to research average high/low temperatures including average rainfall is weatherbase.com. First, pick the country and then select the city. (You can select Fahrenheit or Centigrade.) For example, in Bratislava, Slovakia, midway on your tour, average high/low temperatures from April through October are April, 60/40° F, May, 69/49° F, June, 75/55° F, July, 79/58° F, August, 79/57° F, September, 71/51° F, and October, 59/42° F.
Extra nights in Vienna and Budapest are highly recommended.
In Austria, it is mandatory for children under the age of 12 to wear a bike helmet when on a bike. Please protect your little ones and bring their helmet. Reflective vests are not obligatory, but advised.
In Slovakia, it is obligatory to wear a bike helmet outside of villages and for children under 15 years, mandatory at all times. Reflective vests are mandatory during times of low visibility.
In Hungary, it is mandatory to wear safety vests during times of low visibility. It is not obligatory to wear a helmet but we advised to never cycle without one!
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation. We recommend that you make copies of your important documents and papers (insurance cards, etc.). Leave a copy at home and have a copy with you. In the unfortunate situation that you lose your original documents, having copies facilitates the replacement process.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Where You’ll Stay
Category A: 4-star hotels, centrally located
Category B: In Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest, 4-star hotels. In all other cities, 3-star hotels/inns
- Hotel accommodation for 7 nights according to booked category
- 21 gear unisex touring bike with handlebar bag, pannier, and odometer
- Luggage transfer (max. 2 pieces of luggage, max. 20 kg for one piece and no more than 30 kg/person)
- Route descriptions, tour information, and maps - one set per room
- GPS tracks (on request)
- 1 train trip Mosonmagyarovar - Györ (incl. bike)
- 1 ship transfer Szentendre - Budapest*
- Service hotline
- *Train transfers are provided on dates that ship transfer is not possible.
What’s Not Included
- Individual arrival to Vienna
- Dinners (Can be included for a supplement. See pricing.)
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
Extra nights in Budapest and Vienna are highly recommended
Relatively easy hotel tour along the Danube River bike path with rolling hills that at times can be steep. The Austrian section follows well-maintained cycling paths. In Hungary, you will often cycle on country roads. Upon entering and leaving the cities, you will encounter traffic.
Day 1: Arrival in Vienna
Day 2: Vienna - Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg/surroundings - Bratislava, 16 mi. (26 km)
Day 4: Bratislava - Györ, 31 mi. (50 km) + train ride Mosonmagyarovar - Györ
Day 5: Györ - Komarno/ surroundings, 35 mi. (57 km)
Day 6: Komarno/surroundings - Danube Bend, 31 mi. (52 km)
Day 7: Danube Bend - Budapest, 39 mi. (62 km) + ship
Day 8: Departure from Budapest
*All distances in this bicycle tour in Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria are approximate and vary according to details of accommodations.
DAY 1: Vienna
Individual arrival to the capital of Austria and overnight in the city. Opportunity to explore this city of music. you could visit a typical Viennese tavern to experience local cuisine.
Excursions possible (ask us for details):
- City Tour by bike
- Historical City Tour with Schönbrunn Palace
- Waltz and Operetta concert at a Viennese palace
- Vienna Hop on and Hop off bus tour
- Vienna Pass
DAY 2: Vienna - Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg area, 26 mi. (42 km)
Not far from Vienna, begins an untouched alluvial landscape and Nature Reserve with stunning and diverse flora and fauna. The silence is interrupted only by the sounds of the birds. You will have an opportunity to visit the Archaeological Park of Carnuntum which was once a Roman Army camp. Emperor-to-be Tiberius founded the settlement; he erected a fortified winter camp in the Carnuntum area in the year 6 AD which evolved into one of the most important cities within the Roman Empire. You will find detailed reconstructions of Roman buildings, entertaining stories, and plenty of interesting information regarding Roman traditions, customs, and celebrations.
DAY 3: Region Bad Deutsch Altenburg - Bratislava, 16 mi. (26 km)
Nestled in the hills of Hainburg and the Carpathian Mountains, you start your day's journey with a short transfer by train and then by cycle to Europe's youngest capital, Bratislava, a contrast between old and new. You will find cobblestoned roads, pedestrian plazas, pastel 18th-century rococo buildings and street cafés galore. Expand your gaze and you can’t miss the institutional housing blocks and bizarre communist construction beyond. An age-old castle shares the skyline with a modern and unusual bridge.
DAY 4: Bratislava - Szigetköz - Györ, 31 mi. (50 km) + train
The marshy landscape of the Szigetköz is a paradise for birds, fish, and more. In the midst of these wild and untouched lowlands with more than 500 tiny islands, there are quaint farming villages and a labyrinth of countless Danube canals and creeks. After a relaxing train ride, the day's final destination awaits, Györ, with its gorgeous Baroque-style old town square. Győr, Hungary's second richest town in historic buildings outside Budapest has won Europe-award for the protection of the historic buildings, in acknowledgment of the reconstruction of the Baroque center of the town. Churches, palaces, museums, characteristic corner balconies and narrow lanes, all reminders of a historic past, invite visitors to take a walk in the center of the town
DAY 5: Györ - Komarno/surroundings, 35 mi. (57 km)
The route leads through the outskirts of Györ through the suburbs and continues on through the lowlands of the hill country of Transdanubian. In Babolna, you will want to visit the world-famous stud farm, known for its Arabian horse breeding. Afterward, through lush rolling hills of the village of Komarom, you reach the final destination of the day.
DAY 6: Komarno - Danube Bend, 31 mi. (52 km)
Today you will cycle along the banks of the Slovakian Danube on low traffic roads through quaint and quintessential villages. On the way to the "Town of Bishops and Kings", Esztergom, also known as the "Hungarian Rome" or "Royal City", you will pass the Roman fort of Kelemantia. The small town of Esztergom in Hungary played an important role in the establishment of the Hungarian state 1000 years ago. As a royal seat for two centuries and as a center for the Roman Catholic religion for 1000 years it abounds with history and culture. The Basilica of Esztergom, the largest Catholic Church in Hungary, is a highlight.
DAY 7: Danube Bend - Budapest, 39 mi. (62 km) + boat or train transfer
Amidst the hilly landscape, the Danube River divides itself into parts creating the Szentendre Island. Here, you cycle through typical Hungarian villages. Szentendre is famous for its numerous handicraft boutiques and the Open - Air Museum, Skanzen. Depending on the time of year you travel, the itinerary today features either a boat ride into the city or a train ride.
- Free Budapest App
- Budapest City tour by bike
- Budapest Hop on and Hop-off bus tour
DAY 8: Budapest
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the Hungarian capital. It is bustling but peaceful, a friendly metropolis and a place where old treasures blend with the modern. Long gone is its communist shadow. Today, Budapest is embracing its role as an important 21st-century city. If you want to return to Vienna, there are daily departures every 2 hours by bus. Duration of trip is approximately 3 hours. You can even request that you be dropped off at the Vienna International Airport. Return by train is also possible. Boat transfers are seasonal, usually operated from mid-April to the end of June (except Monday) and July through end of August, daily. Departure is at 4:30 to 5 pm, with check-in required one-half hour early.