Europe Bike Trail: Vienna – Budapest
3 country trip Vienna-Bratislava-Budapest.
In Vienna the Danube bike trail does not end jet, 281 kilometers lie between the Austrian and the Hungarian capital. Enjoy unspoiled nature, little-known treasures and monuments, cultural and historical sights and long-established traditions. The landscape is characterized by wide plains, untouched meadows and small farming villages. The cultural highlights include the listed Old Town of Bratislava, certainly the Basilica of Esztergom and of course the Hungarian capital Budapest. In Austria you cycle the Danube bike trail and in Hungary and Slovakia you cycle on farm roads and small country roads.
1. day Vienna Arrival
We recommend bringing enough time to visit Vienna as it is a city of infinite possibilities! Visit for example the stately Schoenbrunn Palace with its extensive grounds and allow your eyes to wander across the city skyline, visit the colourful Hundertwasser House and the Museum Quarter, which is with 60,000 m² one of the largest cultural complexes in the world.
2. day Vienna - Bad Deutsch-Altenburg region, approx. 42 km
The Danube Bike Trail leads through riparian forests along the river, past the castle of Orth and Eckartsau to Hainburg. Enjoy the beautiful centre of the town with one of the most important preserved fortifications in Europe. Overnight stay in Hainburg / Bad Deutschen-Altenburg, where mineral springs invite to relax.
3. day Bad Deutsch-Altenburg region - Bratislava, approx. 26 km
Idyllically situated between the Hainburger mountains and the small Carpathian meanders the blue ribbon of the Danube and with this a ideal road for cyclists. Look forward to the Slovak capital Bratislava. Let enchant you from the lively and yet sleepy town and marvel at the many magnificent buildings and the castle high above the Danube.
4. day Bratislava - Gyoer, 50 km + train ride
The island 'Sütterinsel' is a paradise for birds and fishes. In the middle of this pristine landscape of small islands you cycle to sleepy rural villages and through a maze of Danube side arms before you reach in the afternoon after a short ride Gyor with its beautiful baroque old town.
5. day Gyoer - Komarno, approx. 57 km
Look forward to the National Stud Babolna, which is world famous for its Arabian breed. Today you cycle through undulating agricultural area to the River Danube in the Slovak/Hungarian dual city Komárom/Komárno, the favourite city of King Matthias.
6. day Region Komarno - Danube Bend, approx. 52 km
Along the Slovakian Danube bank you cycle through small villages, passing the Roman fort of Kelemantia to the episcopal and royal city of Esztergom. The basilica in Esztergom is the biggest church of Hungary and a highlight of this journey.
7. day Danube Bend - Budapest, 62 km + boat trip
You cycle through the picturesque landscape of the Danube Bend - an impressive river loop, trapped in steep mountains of limestone and you pass Visegrád with the remarkable Royal Palace which perched high above the Danube Bend. After 20 km of beautiful bike trail you reach the bustling artists town of Szentendre whose historical part is best explored on foot. Enjoy a boat trip to Budapest where you will explore many attractions of this cosmopolitan city.
8. day Budapest departure
Today you have the option to go back to Vienna by bus (Journey time about 3 hours, departure every 2 hours).
prices & services
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
22.04. – 05.05.2023
06.10. – 11.10.2023
06.05. – 30.06.2023
04.09. – 05.10.2023
01.07. – 03.09.2023
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- 1 x train Mosonmagyarovar - Györ incl. bike
- 1 x boat ride (or train ride outside of the boating season) Szentendre - Budapest
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- GPS tracks on request
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Worth knowing about the bike tour Vienna - Budapest
Please find more information about the bike tour Vienna - Budapest. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421 - 886890.
Arrival by plane
Vienna and Budapest are easily accessible from most major cities by plane. From Vienna Airport you can take a train or a shuttle bus to the city or to your hotel. More detailed information you will find in the tour documents you receive at least two weeks before tour start. Information about flight connections you find under www.opodo.com oder www.swoodoo.com
Arrival by train
Vienna is easily accessible from all major cities by train. We recommend to go by public transportation (U1) or to take a taxi from the station to get to the partner hotels. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Train schedule information Deutsche Bahn
Train schedule information OÖB
Parking facilities at the hotel
The cat. A hotels in Vienna provide parking facilities for the entire duration of your bike trip. There are always plenty of parking spots available at the lockable, unguarded hotel garage, pre-reservation is not possible, 80,00 EUR per week. Alternatively there is public parking garage, park & ride, approx. 18,30 EUR per week, unguarded, close to the subway station "Leopoldau" and public parking spaces, unguarded, free of charge, in a side street next to your hotel. Detailed information on parking at your hotel, you will receive together with the travel documents two weeks prior to departure.
Condition of cycle paths
In Austria you cycle on the Danube cycle path, on the Hungarian you use cycle paths, side roads and farm tracks and in Slovakia your tour usually leads on separate bike paths along the Danube. The trails are mostly paved, gravel roads are only rarely.
Available rental bikes
You can choose between unisex bicycles either with 7-speed gear shift and coaster brake or 21-speed gear shift and freewheel. From a height of 186cm, men's bikes are also provided. Furthermore, 7-speed unisex electric bikes with coaster brake are available on request.
Cycling in Austria, Slovakia and Hungary
Children under the age of 13 years have to wear helmets in Austria.
Wearing a helmet is in Slovakia outside towns an obligation!
In the dark and in case of poor visibility you have to wear a reflective vest outside towns in Hungary.
There is a option to book a return transfer by public bus from Budapest to Vienna:
Departure every 2 hours, e.g.: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., approx. 3 hours to Vienna Central Station or Vienna Erdberg, also stops at Vienna Airport (please specify desired time/stopping point when booking), other departure times on request, schedule change possible.
Return transport of own bikes is possible every Friday in season 1 and every Saturday in season 2+3, arrival in Vienna approx. 21.00, therefore booking an extra night is recommended.
Supplement for the following events
Please note that there is an extra charge on the following dates, due to various events (dates and prices subject to change)
Formula I Grand Prix Budapest:
Arrival 30.07.-01.08. or 06.08.-08.08. on request (date is not yet fixed) - with surcharge of € 44,00 per room per tour night in Budapest and surcharge of € 55,00 per room per additional night in Budapest.
Surcharge UEFA Dates in Budapest:
14.-15.06./18.-19.06./22.-23.06./26.-27.06. € 55,00 per room per night.
Extra costs which are not inculded in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.
7 days hotline service
Just in case the bike chain is broken, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: you can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
An up-to-date overview of applicable measures and travel and safety advice regarding Covid-19 for all countries in the EU and Switzerland can be found here:
You can also find more information on our website at:
Corona virus and holiday planning
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Vienna is a city with a high quality of life. This is also appreciated by the numerous visitors to Vienna. In order not to lose sight of the historic buildings and the modern scene culture, ViennaTourismus offers comprehensive information on all the sights.
For more than seven centuries, the Habsburg Empire was governed by the Hofburg. The Gothic castle chapel is still reminiscent of the medieval castle, where the Viennese choir boys organize Mass on Sundays. In the middle of the old town, you can admire pomp and splendor in the everyday life of the highest family of the Donaumonarchy during a visit to the private quarters and representative rooms. The Imperial Palace, which was inhabited until 1918 by the imperial family, was originally a castle from the 13th century, which was expanded to a splendid residence by the Habsburgs and the extension of their dominion.
Bad Deutsch Altenburg
Bad Deutsch- Altenburg is the health resort with one of the strongest iodine sulfur springs in Europe. In that spa the Romans already cured their rheumatic diseases. The interesting excavations around Bad Deutsch-Altenburg also date back to this period. Right in town you find the Museum Carnuntinum, a Roman grand villa with exhibits of Roman history.
In the city itself there is a lot to admire and do. Bratislava's long history is testimony to this - the Celts, the Romans, Hungarians, Jews, and, of course, Slovaks, who have been home here - every nation has left its mark in the city, so today a considerable variety of architecture, languages and kitchens can be found are.
The four-pointed landmark of the city has been inseparable from the cityscape for centuries. The first written reference to a border fortress dates back to 907. It was built in the 15th century under the reign of the Hungarian Emperor Sigismund, creating the palace with the central courtyard and the four corner towers.
Györ in the north-west of the country was built on the banks of three rivers, giving it the title of "city where the rivers meet". The diverse history of the town has ensured that Győr is today not only one of the economic centers of Hungary, but also the place of numerous sights, which are visited every year by thousands of visitors. Györ is also a city of the "symbiosis between nature, culture and economy", as well as being close to large forests and natural areas.
National stud farm Bábolna
The national stud farm Bábolna Nemzeti Ménesbirtok in the town of Bábolna, about 100 km west-north-west of Budapest, was built on the 24th June 1789 on the order of the Austrian Emperor Joseph II, and is one of the oldest remaining stud farms in Europe.
Esztergom is one of the most traditional historical cities. In the era of the Arpad dynasty, Esztergom was the capital of Hungary, then the capital of Esztergom county, and later Komárom-Esztergom county until 1950. It is still the seat of the Archbishop of Esztergom and hence the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary.
The charming city on the Danube bend is the seat of the head of the Hungarian Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Esztergom. In the castle of Esztergom built in 972, Stephan the Saint (1000-1038), the first Hungarian king and the founder of the Hungarian state, was born. The main landmark of the city is the basilica (Szent István tér), which was built in the 19th century in the classical style. It is the largest church in the country with the largest and world's only on linen painted altarpiece.
The winding streets, the seven church towers, the colorful houses, the narrow streets, two dozens of museums make the city on the banks of the Danube the most visited in the Donau Bend. Szentendre, which appears like a free-lance museum, has also become an artisan town with great shopping facilities.
The world capital Budapest winds along both sides of the Danube and divides into the rather flat Pest and the somewhat hilly Buda. The most important sights of the city can be found on the banks of the Danube. For example the famous Gellért hotel with thermal bath, the main building of the university, the royal castle or the rocky Gellértberg with Statue of Liberty and citadel.
Budapest, Gellért hill
The "Monument of the Holy Martyr Bishop Gellért" recalls the rebellion of pagan Hungarians in the 11th century. According to legend, they took the violent Christianization of Gellért as an occasion to lock him in a barrel and shove him downhill into the Danube. On the top of the mountain is the monument to the liberation of the city by the Red Army in 1945. Also on the summit you find the citadel, from there one has a great view of Budapest and in both directions along the Danube. A city tour at night also leads to this viewpoint. Highly recommended!
Budapest, Market hall
The large market hall - officially called the Central Market Hall - is the largest covered market in Budapest, located in the ninth district on the outskirts of the city center and Ferencváros in Fõvámtér 1 - 3. The big market hall has often appeared in the world news, as many prominent foreign guests have bought garlic and red paprika here in the crossfire of the cameras of the news programs. If you are looking for a souvenir from Hungary - here you will find it!