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 the slightest damage? (Of course: A cardboard box would be a solution, but a very extensive one.)
Bike Rental Service in Donaueschingen
- Radcenter Rothweiler: You will find the bike shop in the center of Donaueschingen, just about 800yds away from the main station. Bicycles get rentet out at €15 per day. The shop is open Mo/Tu/Th/Fr from 9.30 am to 6 pm exept from 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm (lunch break). Wednesday only 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and Saturday 9.30 am to 2 pm. A pick-up service from any place between Donaueschingen and Passau is available and costs €47 per bike. (If you rent your bicycle(s) for more than a week, consider to ask for a discount. Other rental stations along the Danube take less money.) Use the form on their website to request your bicycle. Don't forget to put in your height and where you plan to leave it at the end of the cycling. (E-bikes are available as well: €25 a day)
An alternative to renting a bicycle along the Danube in Germany is to rent and return it in Munich. Trains from and to Munich make it possible. We describe this possibility on our 'Getting started' page.
Bike Rental Service in Regensburg
- Rent A Bike Regensburg: Situated next to the main station on the left when you get out of the building (Hauptbahnhof Regensburg), a bike is between €11 to €15 per day, open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm, a pick-up service from Passau is available at a surcharge of about €35 per bike
- Zweirad Ehrl: Situated at the edge of the old town north of the Danube, bicycles are available from €10 to €12 per day, open Mondays to Saturdays, e-bikes available (around €25 per day)
Bike rental services in Passau
.. can be found in the Austria section of this website: Bike rentals in Passau
If you plan to cycle for two weeks or longer
What about traveling to the start of your cycle tour with all your gear inside your panniers, buy a new bicycle and start cycling. Bring your lock and your saddle from home and get the saddle mounted to your new friend. Also, ask the dealer to change the tyres for puncture proof ones. Therefore plan an additional day or contact the dealer beforehand.
Seriously! Bike rental for a week is about €80 to €100, not including the cost for having the bicycle picked up by someone further downstream. Bring a few basic tools to adjust and fix what might get loose after the first 20 or 50 miles, usually a 5mm and a 6mm allen key will do. Estimate €500 to €600 for a suitable hybrid (maybe €400 for a cheap one). At the end of your holidays, go to a bicycle shop and resell it, or donate it to an organisation of your choice.
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 spent 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. Check this beforehand or get used to it.
(We mention those pitfalls only since we want to make sure you really enjoy the ride and have the holiday of your life.)