The 'RadTramper Donau' train between Vienna and Passau
### UPDATE Summer 2019 ###
This year (2019), from June 29 to September 1, due to construction work (somewhere between Vienna and St. Pölten), the train will depart in Vienna from Wien Westbahnhof station (not the usual Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof station). The return train from Passau to Vienna correspondingly arrives at Wien Westbahnhof. The train then takes a different route between Vienna and St. Pölten.
This also shortens the train ride by one hour. Here is the substituting schedule for Jun 29 to Sep 1: <temporary schedule>
There is a train for cyclists (in particular) that goes from Vienna to Passau and return every day. The train is called 'RadTramper Donau' and operates between May and October. A place for your bicycle is included in the fare of approx. €39 one way. The train starts in Vienna (Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof station) in the morning and arrives in Passau around mid-day. The return journey starts late afternoon (5:44 pm). Kids (6 to 14 years of age) travel at lower fares, maximum €29. Toddlers (below 6 years of age) go free.
Here you find the train schedule and all stations along the way: RadTramper Donau (click 'Termine & Preise')
Important is that you get your ticket before boarding the train. Train attendents don't sell tickets. You can get your ticket:
- at counters on Austrian train stations,
- via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), feel free to mention this website in your e-mail
- over the phone (+43 1 89930-1, The trailing '1' shall put you through to a natural person.),
- at tourist infos in Klosterneuburg, Tulln, Traismauer and Melk (contact details: RadTramper), and
- by sending a booking request on following website: öbbRailtours (in German only). Booking it online as any regular train is not possible.
- Alternatively, you may contact us. As we speak German, we will assist you getting the ticket(s). Contact us on tickets[at]danube-cycle-path[dot]com in advance.
There are about 190 seats and 75 slots for bicycles. The composition of waggons can be found online. A reserved space for your bicyle is included in your ticket. A separate ticket for your bicycle is not necessary on this train.
The train doesn't provide a restaurant service. Hence bring a packed lunch.
On its way to Passau (main station) the train stops at following places along the Danube: Tulln, Melk, Ybbs, Linz and Schärding. (Schärding, nearby Passau, is situated at the Inn river which tributes to the Danube in Passau.)
Pictures of the RadTramper Donau train
Here are a few more pictures of the train. Thanks to all contributors! (By the way: Feel free to leave your e-mail address <here> and be asked to fill in a short questionnaire about the Danube cycle path at the end of the cycling season.)
Getting there: Vienna Airport <--> Vienna train station
In case you consider getting to the train station in Vienna directly from Vienna airport: We have not cycled between Vienna Airport and Franz Joseph train station yet but it looks as most of it is on dedicated cycle paths. Calculate about 2 hrs for the 23 km. We recommend having the app MAPS.ME on your smartphone. Download the free map beforehand!
[In our opinion: As the train leaves 6:55 am, there might actually be no flight landing early enough providing the time to collect and prepare your bicycle and then cycle to the station. If you consider bringing your bicycle on the plane, you obviously arrive the day before, or earlier.]