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Classic Danube Cycle Path: Passau to Vienna

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  • Enjoy relaxed, easy-going cycling on dedicated paths along the Danube River
  • Explore the wonderful, culture-filled cities of Passau and Vienna
  • Stop along the route for wine tastings as you cycle through the Wachau Valley
  • Visit charming towns, beautiful churches and superb scenery every day
  • Tuck into the excellent Austrian food and wine
Cycle along the renowned Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna, alongside the Blue Danube. The Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna is an absolute cycling classic and Europe’s most popular cycle holiday. As you cycle through Austria you will discover the enchanting river landscape, picturesque villages, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites from the time of the Romans and Nibelungengau. The Danube Cycle Path is completely traffic-free so you can relax and enjoy the wooded forests and the magical meadows of the Schlögener Loop, Strudengau, Nibelungengau and Wachau regions. As you follow the Danube you will discover that each region offers unique attractions. Gourmets will enjoy the Wachau Wine Valley. Numerous museums, exhibitions, galleries and the beautiful towns and cities along the way will tell you the story of this fascinating region. The Danube Cycle Tour is perfectly suited to families and beginners as the cycling is flat or gently downhill as you follow the Danube downstream. The route is well way-marked, paved and traffic free. What more could you ask for on a cycling holiday?
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What To Expect

This tour is graded easy. Each cycling day covers between 40-60km along dedicated cyclepaths and through the towns and villages along Europe's most famous waterway. Predominantly traffice free means this trip is perfect for beginners, those that love to explore by bike or a group with mixed abilites. With plenty of opportunities to sample local dishes and admire centuries old towns, every pedal stroke is completed in your own time.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Inn to Inn Cycling, E-Biking | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night, E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this holiday (subject to availability), to make things easier

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys


  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. The Danube Cycle Path is a paved, well-marked cycle route. However, you will be cycling on a mixture of cycle paths and roads, so please be mindful of other road users at all times, especially on routes shared with traffic. You will be supplied with detailed maps, route notes and an information pack for your trip.

Accommodation Information

Our Classic Danube Cycle Path trip includes accommodation in standard ensuite double/twin rooms in typical Austrian Inns, which are normally 3* and occasionally 2* standard. We carefully select them for their warmth of welcome and character. We can also upgrade you to 3* and 4* hotels if you prefer (option to select this in the booking process). Below you will find an example of accommodations used on this tour.

We work with a number of accommodations along the cycle path, so all distances are an approximation of the recommended routes. You may be accommodated 5-10km away in the surrounding area, which may add or reduce the distance you cycle each day.

Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you're traveling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists and is perfect as the route is popular, so there are plenty of people to chat with every day.

  • 7 nights in rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast
  • Daily luggage transportation
  • Welcome drink on arrival at your hotel in Passau
  • 1 bottle of wine in Wachau Valley (per room)
  • A food tasting of regional products
  • Train journey from Krems area to Tulln (including bike)
  • Train (or bus) journey from Vienna central station to Passau (depending on season)
  • Handlebar bag with route book, maps and an information pack
  • Emergency support from our local partners and our office
  • Dinners & Lunches, Snacks & Drinks
  • Travel to Passau & From Vienna
  • Bike Hire
  • Personal Equipment
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Transfer of own bike on train journey from Vienna Train Station to Passau
  • Bike Hire
  • Helmet Purchase (must be reserved at time of booking)

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any day from April to October.

May to September are the busiest months, and in July and August, the days are wonderfully long for exploring and making the most of the historic towns that you will visit. 

The summer months generally do not become unbearably hot and temperatures are often pleasantly warm, especially for cycling. Do keep in mind that some days will be hotter than others and it is important to make sure to always carry plenty of water, avoid cycling at noon and wear sunscreen while cycling even on cloudy days. We suggest that you contact us as soon as possible if you are considering a departure during peak season. 

Getting to the Start

Passau is located in Germany, close to the Austrian border. It doesn't have an airport but it easily accessible by rail from nearby cities such as Munich, Linz, Salzburg, and Vienna.

By Air

Passau has direct train connections to Linz (1h30), Salzburg (2h45), Munich (2h30) and Vienna (3h30), which are the most convenient airports. Please visit the DB Bahn website to check the times.

If you are arriving at Vienna Airport rail or bus transfers to Passau are included in the price. If you would like to arrange this please let us know at the time of booking. These cannot be arranged on the day of arrival.

By Train

Visit the DB Bahn website to check train times and book tickets to Passau from European destinations. You may also wish to try Rail Europe for European rail tickets and passes.

By Car

Parking is available in Passau from between €30 and €60 per week. Contact us for details.

Getting from the End

Vienna Airport has extensive connections to most major international cities. The airport is only a 20-minute bus journey from the center and has regular airport shuttle buses leaving every 20 minutes from central Vienna.

If you would like to return to Passau this is possible. We can arrange a train ticket for you which is included in the price of your trip. Central Vienna train station has several services throughout the day to Passau. Journey time is around 2hrs 45mins to 3hrs. For full information on fares and times please click here. Train transfers from either Passau to Vienna or Vienna to Passau must be confirmed prior to travel.

Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Rental Bikes: 7-speed bikes with coaster brake (backpedal) or 21-speed bikes (unisex) are available to rent, these are not included in the tour package but can be booked as an extra. Electric bikes (unisex), children’s bikes, and other specialized equipment may be available upon request.

All rental bikes are equipped with a pannier (saddle bag) and an odometer (except for the electric bikes). Please note that helmets are not included as part of the rental package, but can be bought locally (€29). Please remember that your own helmet is likely to be a better fit. If you would like to buy a helmet, this must be reserved at the time of booking. 

If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know the height and frame size you currently ride. If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.

Travel Insurance

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

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Day 1 Arrive Passau Day 2 Cycle from Passau to Schlögener Loop 26 miles / 41 km Day 3 Cycle from Schlögener Loop to Linz 35 miles / 55 km Day 4 Cycle from Linz to Strudengau 37 miles / 60 km Day 5 Cycle from Strudengau to Nibelungengau 31 miles / 50 km Day 6 Cycle from Nibelungengau to Krems 31 miles / 50 km Day 7 Cycle from Krems to Vienna 25 miles / 40 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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