Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour

Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour

Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour


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Bike Through Austria on the Alpe Adria Cycling Tour

Experience the high culture and history of Salzburg

Witness the charm of traditional Austrian villages and towns

Take in the natural beauty of Austria’s mountain landscapes

Taste delicious regional cuisines found nowhere else on earth.

For those travellers who want to experience the very best that Austria has to offer by bike, the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour is an incredible adventure. Beginning in the cultured city of Salzburg, you will wind your way along the rivers and mountains of the Austrian Alps, eventually arriving in the charming town of Villach.

From breathtaking landscape views to delicious alpine foods and traditional Austrian culture, there is so much to do and see while out on this cycling tour, yet you will still wish that it was longer! Book your place on the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour to discover the natural beauty that awaits in the Austrian countryside!

Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Salzburg

After arriving in Salzburg, you will be able to enjoy some free time to explore the historic streets and impressive cultural displays that the city has to offer. You will be able to collect your rental bikes in the afternoon if you booked them.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Salzburg

Day 2 Cycle to Golling

Your bike tour will begin today by leaving Salzburg behind and cycling through the Salzach Wetlands. From here, you will continue on to Hallein, which is well-known as a wealthy Celtic settlement due to the salt mines in the area.

After, you will passdthe Gollinger waterfall to arrive in the town of Golling, which is home to a lovely market square and an historic 13th Century castle.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Golling

Day 3 Mountain Views on the Way to St Johann

Today you will ride from Golling up to Pass Lueg, enjoying the stunning mountain views along the way. Eventually, you will pass the so-called “Salzach-Öfen”, an imposing canyon that was carved out by the river. At the foot of mountain Hochkönig you reach Werfen, where the biggest ice cave in the world invites you to complete a loop through the bewitching world of shimmering ice (duration about 4 hours). After, you will make your way to Bischofshofen, before continuing on to St. Johann.

Overnight Location
Hotel in St Johann

Day 4 Explore the Gasteiner Valley and Train to Mallnitz

Day 4 of the tour will see you pass through Schwarzach and the Gasteiner Valley, enjoying beautiful views of the picturesque landscape along the route. After a tough uphill climb to the “Ausgleichsbecken”, which will see you cover 2,5km with an elevation change of 130m, you will cycle along a portion of the Klamm Tunnel before continuing on to the resort town of Bad Gastein.

Continuing on to Böckstein, you will take a short train ride to Mallnitz on the other side of the Alps. From here, a short downhill ride will bring you to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight Location
Hotel in the Mölltal Valley
60km + train ride

Day 5 Bike Through the Sunny South of Austria to Spittal

Today you will travel along the River Möll, cycling through impressive mountain landscapes with incredible views. After travelling through the “sunny south” of Austria, you will eventually arrive in Spittal an der Drau, which was an important junction for pilgrims in the Middle Ages. Here, you can visit the Renaissance Porcia Palace, built in the 16th Century in the style of Italian palazzo – sometimes referred to as ‘the most beautiful Renaissance building north of the Alps’.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Spittal

Day 6 Cycle Along the River Drau

The last day of cycling on your tour will lead you slightly downhill along the River Drau, where you can take in the scenery and visit historical sites along the way. Eventually, you will reach the endpoint of the tour in Villach, with its beautiful old city, southern flair, and charming restaurants.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Villach

Day 7 Departure from Villach

After waking up and enjoying one final breakfast in your hotel, you will pack your things and wave goodbye for an individual departure from Villach.

Overnight Location

Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour is always run as a private tour for your group only, where the pricing depends on your travelling dates, as well as the types of the rooms that you need.

The departures for this tour are available every Saturday and Sunday.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in a single room: from $1,175USD*
  • Price per person sharing a double room: from $895USD*

*-Pricing for this tour depends on the dates of your trip. Please click the Book Now button below to get the exact pricing for your trip dates.

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Accommodation on the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour

This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 3 and 4-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Goldenes Theater Hotel Salzburg in Salzburg

Walking distance to the Mirabell Palace and the Salzburg Cathedral, this comfortable, centrally-located hotel brings the best of Salzburg to your doorstep.

Hotel Golingen in Golling

Holiday delight in Hotel Golingen! Our comfortable, family-run hotel in the heart of Golling, 25 km south of Salzburg, is the ideal vacation base for your outdoor adventures and cultural activities.

Hotel Brückenwirt in St. Johann

This chalet-style hotel features incredible views of the Salzburg Alps and modern amenities like an outdoor pool.

Erlebnishotel Kärnten Mölltal in the Mölltal Valley

This hillside hotel invites guests to relax in laid-back rooms and to enjoy the use of a cozy restaurant, bar and terrace.

Erlebnis Post Hotel in Spittal

Located in the historic main square of Spittal, this lively hotel features warmly decorated rooms and modern amenities.

City Hotel Villach

A modern 4-Star hotel located in a quiet part of Villach, these accommodations will allow you to easily explore the town and access transit hubs like the train and bus stations.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour?


6 breakfasts are included.


Accommodations for 6 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Salzburg and after the tour in Villach are not included, but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage is included throughout the tour. This tour also includes 1 train ticket from Böckstein to Mallnitz per guest.

Also Included

  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route
  • Detailed travel documents (1 set per room)
  • 1 train ride Böckstein – Mallnitz incl. your bike
  • App for navigation and GPS
  • Phone support

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Bike rental
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Guide services

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Bike rental
  • Return transfer to Salzburg after the tour from Villach

Frequenty Asked Questions about Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour

How hard is the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 out of 5 in terms of difficulty. This route unfolds on mostly well-developed cycle paths, but you should be comfortable riding between 55 to 75 kilometres in a given day.

Do I need a visa to travel to Austria?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour?

6 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your travel insurance.

How do I get to Salzburg to start this tour?

Fly into the Salzburg Airport (SZG) and take the train into the city.

Is the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour in English?

Yes, the travel documents and resources for this trip are in English.

Where does the Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour end?

The Across the Alps: Salzburg to Villach Bike Tour ends in the Austrian town of Villach. From there, you can take the train to either the Klagenfurt (KLU), Salzburg (SZG), or Ljubljana (LJU) airports.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Rental bikes are 21-gear male/female bikes, 7-gear unisex bikes, or e-bikes.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a road bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Austria?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Austria?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.


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We rate this tour as a 3 out of 5 in terms of difficulty. This route unfolds on mostly well-developed cycle paths, but you should be comfortable riding between 55 to 75 kilometres in a given day.

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