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Travel comfortably to the Danube region in Upper Austria. By train, bus, car, boat or plane. 
Once you have arrived, you will certainly want to experience something. Of course, the most beautiful way to explore our region is by hiking along the Donausteig trail or by bike or e-bike the Danube Upper Austria cycling region. But also regional bus or train connections allow sustainable mobility on site.
Those who come to the Danube region without an own bike, can rent one at the bike rental points in the region or, in many cases, also at their own accommodation.

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An overview of how to reach the main transport hubs in our region.


Arrival to Passau

  • Very good train connections to Passau main station (from Munich airport about 160 km, about 2.5 hours).
  • Passau has highway access from Munich, Regensburg, Salzburg and Vienna.

Arrival to Linz

  • Long-distance and short-distance traffic at Linz Central station
  • Freeway access from Salzburg/Vienna (A1, A7), Prague/Freistadt (A7), Regensburg/Passau (A8, A1, A7 or toll-free on the Danube: B 127)
  • Linz Airport approx. 20 minutes to the city center
  • Connection to Flixbus and long-distance bus lines

Arrival to Schärding

  • Arrival by train to Schärding train station
  • Freeway connections: A8 Innkreisautobahn, from Germany via A3 and B 512
  • Linz airport (approx. 1 hour), Munich airport (approx. 2 hours), Salzburg airport (approx. 1.5 hours)

Arrival to Amstetten

  • Freeway connections: A1 (from Vienna, Salzburg)
  • 10-15 minutes walk from Amstetten train station to the city center

Main connections train & bus


Long-distance connections

Use the train as a convenient means of travel to your Danube vacation, for example from Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt or Prague. Rail travelers choose the arrival stations Passau, Schärding, Linz or Amstetten. Some hosts also pick up their guests from the train stations upon request.

ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways: 
www.oebb.at  Call Center +43 (0) 5 1717

German Railways: 
www.bahn.de  Info: +43 (0) 180 699 66 33


Regional connections

LILO Linz Local Railway: District Eferding - Linz


Danube River Railroad: St. Valentin - Perg - Grein - St. Nikola/Struden

Timetable 2024

Mühlkreis Railway: Linz - Ottensheim - Walding - Kleinzell - Aigen-Schlägl

Timetable 2024

Bicycle transport

In many European countries, bicycles can be carried on trains approved for this purpose. An international bicycle ticket is required to take bicycles on board.

Tip: Register and reserve bicycles in advance with the railroad - there are only limited capacities!


With the Einfach-Raus-Ticket of the ÖBB (group ticket for 2-5 persons) many possibilities are open. If you want to take your bike with you, the Einfach-Raus-Radticket also offers an interesting solution, www.oebb.at.



Long-distance connections

Buses run regularly from neighboring countries, especially to Linz. The company Flixbus includes Linz and therefore Upper Austria in its route network.


Regional connections

These connections run along the Danube:

WILIA (Linz - Wilhering - Schönering):

Timetable 2024

Bus connection between Linz and Passau (keine Fahrradmitnahme möglich):

Timetable 2024

Of course, there is also a comprehensive regional bus network of the OÖVV (Oberösterreichischer Verkehrsverbund), which covers the entire region.

Leisure ticket Upper Austria

With the „Freizeit-Ticket OÖ“ (Leisure ticket Upper Austria) from the OÖ. Verkehrsverbund the journey to the excursion destination is already an experience, www.ooevv.at.

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On the waves of the Danube

A leisurely boat ride is a great way to explore the element of water and change your perspective on the Danube region. Relax and glide over the waves while the shore slowly passes by. Ahoy!


Excursion boat trip

Passenger ship with scheduled service: Passau - Engelhartszell (Passenger ship with scheduled service Passau-Linz very limited):
Danube shipping Wurm & Noé, + 49 851 929292, www.donauschifffahrt.eu

Passenger ship with scheduled service: Schärding - Passau:
Inn shipping Captain Schaurecker, +43 (0) 7712-7350, www.innschifffahrt.at

Round trips in the Strudengau region:
Danube shipping Ardagger GmbH, +43 (0) 7479 6464, www.donauschiffahrt-ardagger.at

Charter & more

More information about shipping and charter opportunities.


Mobile on the water

Conquer both banks of the Danube during a bike tour along the Danube Cycle Path or a hike along the Danube Trail – with the Danube ferries you can easily switch to the other side of the Danube.
The ferries are just right for exploring both north and south banks of the Danube. Of course, you can take your bicycles on the ferries!

Tip: With the DONAU.Erlebnis Card, the use of the ferries is free from two nights in a partner establishment! Ask in your accommodation!

To the Ferries


Many roads lead to the Danube

If you are coming from Vienna, take the A1 freeway (Vienna - Linz).

If you are coming by car from the direction of Munich or Regensburg, use the A1 (Salzburg - Linz) or A8 (Passau - Schärding - Linz) freeways.

You can travel toll-free if you choose the Danube embankment roads from Passau, which, in addition to saving on tolls, also offer the view of more scenery!

If you are coming from the direction of Prague, use the D4 and E49 or Route 4 to Passau and the D3 and E55 to Linz.

Shuttles & Taxi

For individual shuttles, there are cab companies and shuttle services in the area.

Taxis & Shuttles

Bike rental

With the rental bike through the Danube region

Arrive comfortably with light luggage and rent a bike or e-bike on site. In the region's extensive cycling network, you can actually take a vacation from your car and take advantage of the perfectly developed cycling infrastructure.


Return transfer

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...from the Danube Cycle Path

By bus from Vienna to Schärding/Passau - to theinfo sheet 2024


...from the Inn Cycle Path

Transfer from Schärding/Passau directly to the Danube Cycle Path near Krimml (center) - to the info sheet 2024

Luggage service

Travel with all-round service

If you want to travel to the Upper Austrian Danube region by bus, train or bike and want to save yourself the trouble of lugging your baggage, there is an uncomplicated luggage service from suitcase butler or ÖBB.


Suitcase butler

Luggage service for trips to the Danube region. Upon personal request, the suitcase butler will also bring your luggage from hotel to hotel. Ideal for multi-day cycling tours along the Inn and Danube cycle paths or for long-distance hikes along the Donausteig.

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Door-to-door luggage service

With ÖBB's door-to-door luggage service, pick up your bike or luggage from home and have it transported to your vacation destination. Luggage can be shipped door-to-door in Austria, South Tyrol, Germany (mainland as well as the islands of Usedom and Rügen) and Switzerland.

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Linz Airport is about 15 kilometers from Linz city center. Airport bus No. 601 connects Linz city center with the airport. Trains also run hourly from Linz and Wels to Hörsching station.

Airport Linz


Network for sustainable mobility and tourism along the Danube River

11 destinations from 8 Countries including the Danube region in Upper Austria have joined forces to use the boundless potential of the Danube and offer tourists the opportunity to explore the Danube region in a gentle and adventurous way. The Danube sets the course and paves the way for an expedition with a variety of soft mobility offers. Explore the European lifeline from different perspectives:

  • by train,
  • by bike along the Danube bike path
  • or by canoe, kayak and much more.
To the Danube.Pearls