Finstergrün Castle in Salzburg Province, Vienna. Photo via Austrian National Tourist Office

Birthplace of Mozart in Salzburg, Vienna. Photo via Austrian National Tourist Office

Salzburg to Vienna Bike Tour

Austria Bike Tours

From Mozart’s town to the historic capital of the Hapsburg Empire, Vienna

  • This bike tour through scenic Austria combines two of the country's most exciting cities and includes biking through the beautiful lake district and along the Danube Bike Path. Starting in Salzburg, where the famous music festival is annually held (late-July to late-August), the bike route follows the Salzach, Inn, and Danube Rivers all the way to Vienna, city of music!

    Highlights:

    • Salzburg and its prevailing Baroque architecture
    • Striking landscape of the lake region of Salzkammergut
    • Venerable monasteries of St. Florian and Lambach
    • Danube Bend at Schlögen
    • LInz and its charming historical center of Renaissance houses
    • Largest wine-producing province of lower Austria
    • Wachau Valley with its landscape of apricot orchards and vineyards
    • Delectable cuisine
    • Vienna
    • St. Stephen's Cathedral
    • Belvedere Place
    • Hofburg Palace

    See all of our bike tours in Austria or a comprehensive list of tours along the Danube Cycle Path!

  • 2020

    Season 1: £ 564 $ 1,251 664 $ 1000 NOK 6253 kr 5772 $ 750 Season 2: £ 666 $ 1,477 784 $ 1181 NOK 7383 kr 6815 $ 886 Season 3: £ 717 $ 1,590 844 $ 1272 NOK 7948 kr 7336 $ 954 Single supplement: £ 170 $ 377 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226

    Season 1: September 26 - October 3, 2020
    Season 2: September 19 - September 25, 2020
    Season 3: May 16 - September 18, 2020

    extra options

    2020

    5 dinners included (excluding Salzburg and Vienna and any extra nights booked): £ 95 $ 211 112 $ 169 NOK 1055 kr 974 $ 127 *If you opt for dinners included, please note that any extra nights booked do not include dinners.
    Electric bike rental: £ 80 $ 177 94 $ 142 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 Helmet purchase: £ 25 $ 55 29 $ 44 NOK 273 kr 252 $ 33

    Extra Nights

    Salzburg (4-star hotel): £ 76 $ 168 89 $ 134 NOK 838 kr 774 $ 101 Single room:  £ 94 $ 209 111 $ 167 NOK 1045 kr 965 $ 125

    Vienna (4-star hotel): £ 58 $ 128 68 $ 102 NOK 640 kr 591 $ 77 Single room: £ 83 $ 185 98 $ 148 NOK 923 kr 852 $ 111

    please note

    Also for this tour a shorter version is available: Danube Cycle Path Linz to Vienna 5-Days/ 4-Nights. Please ask us for the price and itinerary!

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Closest international airport to your tour start is Salzburg (SZG) and to your tour end is Vienna (VIE). Salzburg Airport is located 3.1 km from the city center. Vienna Airport is located just 16 minutes by City Airport Train from the city. If you prefer to fly into and out of the same airport, keep in mind that Vienna to/from Salzburg by Flix train is 3 hours and 15 minutes

    Local Travel

    Salzburg International Airport (SZG)
    To Salzburg: Take the No. 2 bus from the airport to the station "Salzburg Saint-Julien-Straße". Trains depart every 10/20 minutes from the airport to the city center. Journey time is approx. 20 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticketautomat at the airport. Price is approx €5.
    Taxi will cost approx. €5 and will take 15 - 20 minutes to the railway station. Taxis can be found directly in front of the airport terminal.
    Vienna International Airport (VIE)
    To Salzburg: Utilizing RailJet, the fastest connection gets you to Salzburg from the airport in 2 hours and 49 minutes. From the terminal building to the train station at VIE, it is just a short indoor walk.
    To Vienna: With a journey time of only 16 minutes, the City Airport Train is the fastest way to travel to the city center. The CAT operates daily from 5:37 am to 23.39 pm. The terminal is located in walking distance from St. Stephans’s Cathedral and Wien Mitte train station.
    We will provide details on how to reach your first hotel in your final travel information.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. As you travel east, following the river, you will enter the Wachau Valley. The climate of Wachau is influenced by the confluence of several weather systems including cool, moist air from the Waldviertel forests of the northwest with warmer air coming from the east off the Pannonian Plain. This creates a continental climate and along with the moderating influence of the Danube river, the Wachau has a microclimate which is perfect for the production of its world-renowned wines. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Electric bikes, children’s bikes and other specialized equipment for children are upon request. Ask us for details.

    DOCUMENTS

    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.

    *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

Accommodations in quality 3 to 4 star inns and hotels. A sample hotel list can be sent on request.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast
  • 7-speed bikes with back pedal brake or 21-speed hybrid bicycle with handlebar bag (please specify), pannier, and odometer
  • Luggage transfer (1 suitcase per person/max 20 kg)
  • Route descriptions and maps (one set per room)
  • 1 bottle of high-level wine of the Wachau Valley per room
  • 1 boat ride on Lake Traun (May 20 - Sept. 28) or train ride from Ebensee
  • 1 train Tulln to Vienna, incl. personal bike if applicable
  • 1 train Lambach to Linz, incl. personal bike if applicable
  • Zonal ticket for public transport in Vienna (hotel - train station)
  • Wifi in all hotels
  • Service hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Dinners (may be booked for a supplement, see pricing)
  • Excursions and entrance fees not mentioned above
  • Helmet purchase
  • Local tax, payable on spot (approx. €1-2.50/person/night)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights in Salzburg and/or Vienna are possible by request (hotels are either within the city centers or very nearby).

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From664 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrivals from May 16 to October 3, 2020

Season 1: September 26 - October 3, 2020
Season 2: September 19 - September 25, 2020
Season 3: May 16 - September 18, 2020

Skill Level

This is an easy self-guided hotel to hotel tour with average distances of about 35 miles a day over a level landscape, which generally follows the flow of the Danube River. You will encounter some hilly stretches in the Salzkammergut.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Salzburg to Vienna Map

Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Day 2: Salzburg - Attersee, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 3: Attersee - Traunsee, 34 mi. (55 km) + train or ship Ebensee to Gmunden
Day 4: Traunsee - Linz, 19 mi. (31 km) + train ride Lambach to Linz
Day 5: Linz - Strudengau, 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 6: Strudengau - Wachau, 49 mi. (63 km)
Day 7: Wachau - Vienna, 41 mi. (65 km) + train
Day 8: Departure from Vienna

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Salzburg
Individual arrival in Salzburg with the rest of the day free to explore this rich city.

Day 2: Salzburg - Attersee, 37 mi. (60 km)
Along the old railway line Ischler, the route leads to the Mondsee and soon to the rolling hills of the Attergau and the Attersee, a popular recreation area that is favored by locals and tourists alike.

Day 3: Attersee - Traunsee, 34 mi. (55 km) + train or ship Ebensee to Gmunden
Today you will pass through the romantic valley Weißenbachtal and reach the banks of Lake Traunsee, Austria's deepest lake, surrounded by the gentle hills of the Alpine foothills and offering views of the first steep foothills of the Kalkalpen mountain range. After, you continue to Ebensee where the ship awaits.

Day 4: Traunsee - Linz, 19 mi. (31 km) + train ride Lambach to Linz
This cycling stretch leads you through the villages of Laakirchen and Steyrermuhl on to Lambach. In Lambach, you will board the train for a transfer to Linz.

Day 5: Linz - Strudengau, 37 mi. (60 km)
A visit to the monastery in St. Floria is highly recommended and a stop by the winsome little walled town of Enns, situated close to the confluence of the Enns and the Danube. It has been a strategically important site for more than two millennia. Final destination is the romantic baroque town of Grein. Above the town to the west, towers the imposing Greinburg Castle.

Day 6: Strudengau - Wachau, 49 mi. (63 km)
Passing through the regions of Strudengau and Nibelundengau, you reach the famous Wachau, recently nominated as a Unesco World Culture Heritage Area. The highlight here is the Melk Monastery which stands crowned by towers and resplendent in a golden hue.

Day 7: Wachau - Vienna, 41 mi. (65 km) + train
You will enjoy the ride through a few impressive villages such as Weißenkirchen and Dürnstein, where Richard the Lion Heart was once taken captive and then on to the medieval town of Krems and a visit to the impressive Benedictine monastery of Gottweig. In Tulln, there is a transfer by train to the “City of Music”, Vienna.

Day 8: Vienna
Departure following breakfast.

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Tour Reviews

    • Bill & Linda Guthrie 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      My wife and I did this self-guided tour in September of 2009. We flew into Vienna and took the train to Saltsburg to start our trip. The extra days that we booked in Saltsburg were marvelous.

      The accomodations along the way were always excellent. Good variety and very good service. Austria is clean, safe and the Danube Cycle Path is a real gem. If you love travelling by bike you really must do the Danube at least once.

      The nice folks at Tripsite could not have been more pleasant to deal with. Give them a try for your next cycling adventure.

    • Si Sin Szuba 8 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Hi we had a wonderfull trip from Salzburg to Vienna- June 2011, the bike path next to Danube River was obsolutly beautiful just can not describe by words, just have to be there to see it& to feel it. This trip was passing through a lot of wonderful small villages, all these villages has their own churchs of course they are Gothic and the house are beautiful, we passed through farm area and we are sorrounded with corns and wheats. Just love it....Food also beautiful.

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