Bike Rentals along the German Danube
Have you ever seen your beloved bicycle put on a conveyor belt at the airport's oversize baggage counter and disappearing in a big black hole? We can tell you, it makes you cry! We never got a bike back without damage?
Even if you plan to take the train, ICE long haul trains in Germany will not carry your bike. Other long haul trains, like the InterCity (IC) and the Eurostar do. In any event, check with your carrier beforehand.
A hint: If you take off the front wheel and have an old sheet wrapping around your bike, it is officially luggage allowed to be taken in an ICE. However, the train's service personnel may not like it and refuses the carriage, notably on connections that operate on a good capacity.
Bike Rental Service in Donaueschingen
- Radcenter Rothweiler: You will find the bike shop in the center of Donaueschingen, across the Brigach river, just about 500m north of the main station. Bicycles get rentet out at €14 per day. Since other rental station along the Danube take less money, ask for an offer when renting it for more than three days. The shop is open Mo/Tu/Th/Fr from 9.30 am to 6 pm exept from 12.30 am to 2.30 pm (lunch break). Wednesday 9.30 am to 12.30 am and Saturday 9.30 am to 2 pm. A pick-up service from any place between Donaueschingen and Passau is available and costs about €45 per bike.
Bike Rental Service in Regensburg
- Rent A Bike Regensburg: Well situated next to the main station on the left when you get out of the building (Hauptbahnhof Regensburg), a bike is between €8 to €12 per day, open seven days a week from April to September (10 am to 7 pm, with one siesta hour in the early afternoon), a pick-up service from Passau is available at a surcharge of about €30 per bike
Bike Rental Services in Passau
- Rent A Bike Passau: situated at the western end at Passau's main train station, a bike is between €9 and €13 per day, open seven days a week from March to October (9 am to 12:30 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm), a pick-up service from all along the route to Vienna is available (surcharge of about €30 per bike), they also sell parts in the shop
- Fahrrad-Klinik Passau: a bike shop next to Altes Bräuhaus tavern within the old town of Passau, bikes from €10 to €12 per day, e-bikes and tandems are available as well, open Mondays to Fridays (9 am to 6 pm, with one siesta hour at noon), open also Saturday forenoons, a pick-up service from a specific hotel 5 miles before Vienna is available (surcharge of about €25 per bike)
- Fahrradladen-Passau: a small shop at the northwest end of Passau's old town, next to the Danube and the cycle path, a bike is between €9 and €12 per day, tandems and e-bikes are available as well, open Mondays to Fridays 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm, bicycle return beyond business hours via lockable bike boxes 50yd away from the shop
Some final thoughts
Check the bike that you get intensely. Do you feel comfortable when cycling? Also, ask for a saddle that feels good. Do the brakes work properly? Are the gears shifting precisely? Is something rattling or squeaking? One more minute spend here might safe a day with a broken bicycle or an annoyng noise from your vehicle.
Rental services in Germany provide either bicycles with derailleur gear systems or with internal hub gear systems. Both work perfectly for what you intent to do. But keep in mind that the hub gear systems often will not allow you to back-pedal here. When back-pedalling you will operate the brake.
We hope you don't break away from the idea of cycling the Danube. It is just that we want to make sure you enjoy it and have the holiday of your life.