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.
There are about 190 seats and 75 slots for bicycles. The composition of waggons can be found online. A reservation for your bicycle is included in your ticket. A separate ticket for your bicycle is not necessary on this train.
The train does not provide a restaurant service. Hence we recommend bringing 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.)
The train schedule, and a list of all stops along the way, can be found here: RadTramper Donau (click 'Termine & Preise')
Getting the tickets
Important is that you have your ticket before boarding the train. Unfortunately, tickets are not sold over the rail company's website (oebb.at). Various other ways exist: <Purchasing tickets for the RadTramper Donau train> If non of those works for you, ask us for assistance.
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.)
Advise from previous cyclists on the RadTramper Donau train
"We didn’t know which carriage we were to put our bikes on. It turned out that we were the carriage furthest away, so it took some time to get past all the other people and get to the other end of the platform, take our panniers off, and load everything on." ⇒ Arrive early enough and have sufficient time to board the train.
"There is no ramp so travellers need to be prepared to lift the bikes and bags quite high up onto the train." ⇒ If travelling solo, consider asking other cyclists to assist with the boarding.
There is an 'older' and a 'newer' carriage. Both are fine:
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 2.5 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.]