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Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

Vienna to Budapest

Self-Guided Family Bike Tour




8 days

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$1,060 P.P.
Child Discount Applies
Following the Danube through Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, your trip starts in the world’s city of charm, Vienna. One of Europe’s most classic and picturesque cities, it’s the perfect spot to spend a few hours exploring and discovering the capital’s sights! In the morning your trip really begins and you’ll find yourself cycling along mostly flat pastures down cycle paths and country roads. Upon reaching Bratislava, you will be able to get some shopping done in the scenic old part of town. 
Souvenirs packed up, and transferred with your luggage, your journey continues through the infinite widths of the Hungarian lowlands. As you meander your way through typical Hungarian villages and rolling hills, don't forget to stop at the various castles and palaces which proudly stand near to the banks of the Danube - what better way for the kids to learn about the history of the area!
You’ll soon find yourself heading towards the Hungarian capital, Budapest, which is the crowning conclusion of your journey, known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ and the ‘Paris of the East’. With 2000 years of history, you can explore the city at your leisure, finding great food, friendly locals, historical monuments and stunning architecture. 


  • Spending your first evening in the iconic city of Vienna
  • Cycling through the beautiful flat plains of Hungary
  • The amazing views as you approach the Danube Bend
  • Exploring Bratislava
  • The imposing cathedral of Esztergom in Hungary
  • The sense of accomplishment as you finish the journey from Vienna to Budapest
  • Taking a thermal bath in beautiful Budapest

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We had a great time and ending the trip in Budapest is fantastic. A beautiful route following the river and farmfields with lots of sunflowers, corn and wheat.

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Day 1
Arrival into Vienna

After you have made your way to your hotel in Vienna, flight times permitting, there may be time for you to see the sights of Vienna, one of Europe’s most classic and picturesque capitals, at your leisure. Full of romance and history, it’s a wonderful city to explore!

You will have your personal briefing with a local Skedaddle rep the following morning.

Day 2
Vienna to Bad Deutsch Altenburg / Hainburg
31 Miles / 50 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today’s ride will take you through the national park of Donau-Auen. Here you’ll get to see the diverse flora, fauna and landscapes of the region. You will pass Orth castle and the village of Eckertsau on the way to Bad Deutsch Altenburg.Tonight you will stay in either Bad Deutsch-Altenburg or Hainburg.

Day 3
Bad Deutsch Altenburg / Hainburg to Bratislava
22 Miles / 35 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

From Bad Deutsch-Altenburg or Hainburg you can make an excursion on the Roman bike trail (Römerweg) to Carnuntum – this archaeological park is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological sites in Austria. After Hainburg you reach the border with Slovakia and it´s capital city Bratislava, which is your next overnight stay. The shorter distance today allows plenty of time to visit the old part of this charming city.

Day 4
Bratislava to Mosonmagyaróvár - Train to Györ
27 Miles / 45 Kms (Plus Train Ride)
  • Meals: Breakfast

After leaving this bustling city, the route will be along bike trails, gravelly cycle paths and country roads, taking you past small border villages in Slovakia, all the way across the border into Hungary. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit the biggest river island in Europe; Rye Island.

The end of your cycling today is in the charming city of Mosonmagyaróvár (the city of 17 bridges). We’d recommend a short walking tour in the city before taking the train to Györ, your home for the night.

Day 5
Gyõr to Komárom
34 Miles / 55 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today you will be cycling towards Bábolna, which is home to a famous riding school. Founded in 1789, Bábolna has been a major location for horse breeding in Hungary ever since and the racehorses are bred in a splendid inner courtyard. The local ‘National Stud’ is known far beyond the town’s borders!

The last part of your ride takes you back to the Danube, on the way to the divided town of Komárom and Komárno, where you can spend your evening relaxing in the spa.

Day 6
Komárom to Visegrád
35 Miles / 55 Kms (Plus Boat or Train Ride)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today´s route runs close to the riverbanks in the flat Danube valley. During the course of the day, you’ll be passing through different villages, admiring vineyards in the background. Those looking for a challenge today can choose a route over Tata but there are some climbs which require a basic level of fitness. Those interested in history should take some time to visit the Roman castle Kelemantia which is on the way. However, an absolute highlight today is Esztergom (also known as ‘Hungarian Rome‘): It´s basilica is the largest church in the country. Take your time looking around, before boarding a riverboat which will take you to your destination, Visegrád. Amazing views over the beautiful landscape of the so-called Donauknie will certainly pack a punch. (Please note: The boat does not run in April, September, October, or Mondays; we will include a train ticket instead during these times.)

Day 7
Visegrád to Budapest
34 Miles / 55 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast

The Royal Palace and the castle of Visegrád are on the agenda today, along with the open air museum and the baroque old town of Szentendre. The first part of today’s ride will guide you again through the Donauknie, a beautiful section of the Danube bike trail, leading you towards today’s destination; Budapest.

Day 8
Departure Budapest
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time to say goodbye to this wonderful city and depart for your journey home.

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The Cycling


You will begin your trip with the longest day of riding at 65kms/ 40 miles. For the first half of the trip you will for the most part stick to flat, well maintained cycle paths. After a couple of days, you will notice a few more gentle climbs and descents along country lanes and secondary roads. When travelling in and out of cities you will be required to cycle through some traffic, but the majority of the routes are traffic free. Some short sections of the route are on slightly rougher terrain, including gravel, rather than asphalt. For this tour we recommend a hybrid bike, road bikes are not suitable for this route.


Family Cycling Grade

Grade 2 - 3: Gentle/ Moderate

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 trips

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Some modest climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Trips that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.  

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Dates & Prices

2021 and 2022 Departures available between 03 Apr and 09 Oct.

Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 03 Apr and the 22 Apr or between the 25 Sep and the 09 Oct: $1060 pp. Saturday departures only

Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 23 Apr and the 24 Jun or the 03 Sep and the 24 Sep: $1180 pp. Friday, Saturday and Sunday departures

Season 3 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 25 Jun and the 02 Sep: $1270 pp. Daily departures

Children’s discounts available on the land-only price:

0 – 5 – Free

6 – 11 – 50%

12 – 14 – 25%

15 – 17 – 10%.

Available if sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers / dependent on availability.

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8 days

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in good quality 4* hotels

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps

E) Luggage transfers

F) (Day 4) Train ticket from Mosonmagyaróvár to Györ (including bikes)

G) (Day 6) Boat or train ticket from Esztergom to Visegrád (including bikes)

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike hire (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Travel to first hotel on arrival day

J) Travel from final hotel on departure day

K) Tourist tax (to be paid locally where applicable)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to your hotel in Vienna on arrival and onwards from Budapest at the end of the trip. The most convenient airports for this trip are Vienna airport (VIE) on arrival and returning from Budapest airport (BUD).

Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Norwegian. Aeroflot and UIA being common airlines for this journey.

Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

Alternatively you can book a return flight to Vienna airport and either take the train or we can provide a transfer from Budapest to Vienna at the end of the trip- please select the supplement when booking. This transfer takes approximately 3.5 hours and departs at 15:30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Season 1 and 2 and has daily departures in Season 3.

Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the trip schedule.


Accommodation for this trip will be in shared twin or double ensuite rooms in good quality 4 star hotels. Subject to availability, there are triple and adjoining rooms available for you and your family. Please contact us with your preferred rooming arrangements and we can check availability for you.

Please note that a twin bedded room may be a typical Austrian Twin, which comprises two mattresses and two sets of bedding in the same large bed frame; it may not be possible to separate the mattresses.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have a choice of bikes available to rent. Our standard bikes are hybrids (red photo above) with semi slick tyres and a relaxed riding position. These bikes are typically unisex frames, although frames with a cross bar are often available on request.

We also have premium hybrid bikes (black photo above) which are lighter than our standard bikes and offer a more dynamic riding position.

E-bikes are also available to rent. These are limited in availability so are on request. Please note, e-bikes will have pedal brakes as well as hand brakes.

Bikes come equipped with a saddle and handlebar bag, tool kit, puncture repair kit, cycle computer, pump and combination lock. You will need to bring along your own helmets. It is possible to bring along your own saddle or pedals, but we ask that you bring along your own tools as you will need to fit them yourselves. If you bring your own saddle, we also recommend you bring an adapter, due to differing saddle diameters.

We also have child bikes, trailers, tag-alongs and child seats available to rent if required.

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