Frequently asked questions - FAQ
When is the best time to travel?
The ideal time to travel is certainly from May to September. The cycling season sometimes begins as early as the end of April and lasts until well into October, depending on weather conditions, but please note that it is quite chilly in the morning and evening during these months.
Is the Enns Cycling Path uniformly signposted?
The signage of the state and county bike paths is respectively uniform in Salzburg country, Styria and Upper Austria with green signs with white lettering. These green signs with white letters are mounted at least at each intersection and turnoff, also in between for longer distances, and at all main points. In the case of the Enns Cycling Path, the sign reads "Enns Cycling Path R7". Town and mileage information can always be found on the signs. Thus, finding your way and planning the next stage of the route is very simple. The signage is actually designed to accompany the tour and is not suitable for finding your way at a racing speed!
Can I transport my bike on the train when travelling by train?
Bikes and trains can easily be combined. Bikes can be taken on the trains of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). Please note, however, that space is limited. For more information about bike transport, click here.
Tip: The cost-effective and popular cyclist ticket that is a combination of a train ticket and bicycle transportation is available for the transport of bicycles within Styria. Detailed information about these connections, including information about bicycle transport, can be obtained from Mobil Zentral, the service centre for public transport in Styria:
Mobil Zentral Information Office
Jakoministraße 1, 8010 Graz
Tel. +43 (0)50 678910
You must reserve a place for your bicycle for long-distance transport (Railjet, Intercity, Eurocity and Nightjet). The online reservation costs EUR 3.00. With the ÖBB customer service on +43 (0)5 1717 and at the ÖBB ticket counter you will pay EUR 3.50 for your bike. Please note: bicycles with a tyre size of at least 29 inches, tandem bicycles, recumbent bicycles and bicycle trailers can only be transported in special luggage compartments. Online reservations cannot be made for these. In order to guarantee the best possible sequence of events, please note that the trains do not stop for very long. So please find out in advance about the location of the bicycle coach and please take luggage (e.g. panniers) off your bike in due time before the train arrives. In the case of rail replacement transport at short notice, the ÖBB hopes you can understand that no bicycles can be taken on the buses.
How do I get back to the starting point?
With more than 20 railway stations, there are good options along the Enns Cycling Path for a daily arrival and departure by train. With this connection to the public transport network, the Enns Cycling Path can also easily be divided into several sections. It's possible almost everywhere to get onto the path, because the train runs alongside the Enns Cycling Path from Flachau to Selzthal and from Weissbach/St. Gallen to Enns. Between stops, you can generally transport up to 5 bikes on all ÖBB postbus routes of the line 910 and 912 that have the bike symbol or the words "limited bicycle transport possible". Information can be found and any reservations can be made at +43 810 222 333. Another option for the St. Gallen - Mooshöhe route is provided by the Hensle Inn bike transfer. Please call +43 3632 7171 for more information.
Also popular is the combination with the Pyhrnbahn, where you switch to the Steyr Valley Cycling Path in Steyr, cycle to Klaus an der Pyhrnbahn and then take the Pyhrnbahn train back to Selzthal again where you have the railway connection towards Schladming/Radstadt. The transport information of the Verbundlinie [Network Line] is ideal for planning and any questions about timetables. Simply enter the desired start and end point of the tour along the Enns Cycling Path and use the timetable inquiry to find out the transport connections.
Is there accommodation that specialises in cyclists?
Many hosts along the Enns Cycling Path may have the quality seal of "Bed+Bike Business" of the General German Bicycle Club or belong to the Cycling Hotels of Styria group. Whether a four star hotel, private room or guesthouse – all excellent lodgings offer cyclists safe parking for their bikes, drying facilities for clothing or a hearty breakfast that sets them up for the upcoming day's stage. However, because cycling tourism has a long tradition along the Enns Cycling Path, all establishments along the route are really oriented to cycling tourists and have appropriate things on offer.
Should I reserve accommodation in advance?
It is recommended that you reserve your first accommodation as soon as you know your arrival day. After that, if you only reserve your accommodation on the day itself, you can be on the go entirely according to your mood and the weather. Generally, there will be a sufficient number of free rooms still available. In general, however, it is better to book your accommodation in advance, especially in the high season and on the weekends. The tourist information offices along the Enns Cycling Path are happy to help with the search. If you value your accommodation being to a certain specification or not exceeding a budget and being located directly on the Enns Cycling Path, then we definitely recommend reserving in advance. We recommend making a reservation, especially if you are travelling with several people.
Is a luggage transfer possible?
Yes, the travel agency of Styria Tourism, 'Steiermark Touristik', is happy to help organise your luggage transport and accommodation booking in cooperation with partners such as Eurobike.
Where can I find bicycle rentals?
Along the Enns Cycling Path, there are several versions of bicycle rental available (city bikes, trekking bikes, electric bikes). Sometimes you can hire the bikes for the day, weekend or week. Sometimes the rental bikes are only available to hotel guests, occasionally even for free. Please obtain detailed information from the respective provider. You will find an overview of bicycle rentals here.
Can I combine the Enns Cycling Path with other bike paths?
There is a variety of cycling routes to choose from along the Enns Cycling Path for traversing Austria in combination with these cycling tours.
Examples of possible combinations would be
- The connection of the Enns Cycling Path in Selzthal to the Rastland cycling path R15 to the Mur Cycling Path R2 to Linz
- The connection of the Enns Cycling Path near Steyr with the Steyr Valley Cycling Path to cycle to Klaus an der Pyhrnbahn and return to Selzthal by the Pyhrnbahn train, where you have the railway connection to Schladming/Radstadt
Our interactive trip planner offers the ideal assistance when putting together your trip. Simply draw in your desired locations / points along the red marked cycling paths and the trip planner will provide you with a suggested route based on the country's cycling routes network, including distance and altitude information plus an overview map.
Is the Enns Cycling Path also suitable for children?
The majority of the Enns Cycling Path is suitable for families if the children have experience of cycling. Note, however, that the some sections through the Gesäuse National Park and the Kalkalpen National Park are on the road and are therefore not suitable for children. We therefore strongly recommend the Flachau – Admont and Großraming – Steyr sections for trips with the whole family.
Is there another special tip for holiday planning?
Guests receive the Summer Card [Sommercard] from participating hosts, usually after just one night, which gives them access to over 100 excursion destinations for free when travelling through the holiday region of Schladming-Dachstein. Among them: swimming pools, swimming lakes, mountain railways, museums, tastings or factory tours. The Summer Card is always valid from late May to mid-October. Detailed information can be found at www.sommercard.info.
Subject to change - There is no guarantee that all information is correct, despite careful research!
As of: January 2017