Danube Cycling Tour Packing List: What You Need to Bring

The Danube cycling route from Passau, Germany to Vienna, Austria,  is one of the most popular cycling routes in Europe and for good reason.  It’s inspired artwork since medieval times, is flat and perfect for beginners and it’s is your almost constant companion!

day-hiking pack list: quick dry moisture wicking shirt

2 Quick-dry moisture-wicking shirts

Only 2 is enough if they are long-sleeved with the option to roll the sleeves up, otherwise, bring 2 short-sleeve and 1 long-sleeve shirt.

Price Range: from $8 to $55

day-hiking pack list: always bring a rain proof soft shelled jacket for your adventure

Waterproof shell with hood

It will likely rain at some point while you’re hiking the TMB. Shells don’t take up much room. It will save you in rain, hail or even snowstorm.

Price Range: from$35 to $170

day hiking packing list: lightweight fleece with hood

Lightweight fleece with hood

Or another warm layer. I love my Salomon one (similar to the one in the link) for its lightweight and warmth.

Price Range: from $25 to $120

Danube cycling tour packing list cycling helmet

Cycling Helmet

Cycling helmets are not legally required, but we highly recommend wearing one at all times.

Price Range: from $16 to $300

cycling gloves danube cycling packing list

Cycling gloves.

Look for ones that are shock-absorbing, or with gel padding. They make a huge difference in preventing handlebar palsy, a painful condition where the ulnar nerve becomes compressed.

Price Range: from $10 to $60

Wicking Cushion Thermal Crew Socks for Winter

3 pairs of thin athletic socks

Price Range: from $5 to $50

2 pairs of padded underwear

(you can wear hiking pants over them). Alternatively, you can choose between padded hiking shorts or padded hiking pants. The choice is yours, but padding will help prevent saddle soreness.

Price Range: from $7 to $20

Danube cycling tour packing list padded cycling shorts

1 pair of padded cycle shorts

You may/may not require these depending on the time of year that you are cycling the Danube, but I recommend them between mid-May to mid-September.

Price Range: from $20 to $105

Danube cycling tour packing list padded cycling pants

1 pair of padded cycling pants

I would always bring a pair of cycling pants (or padded underwear with hiking pants), with me, even in summer, since temperatures can vary dramatically.

Price Range: from $20 to $50

Danube cycling tour packing list waterproof paniers

2 Waterproof panniers

I recommend these even if you are having your luggage transported for you. They come in handy for carrying water, rain gear, and extra layers. You won’t require 2 if you’re having your luggage transported, but I would still recommend two, just to stay balanced. If you are doing the tour on your own, two should be sufficient to carry your gear. That was all I used, and I had a laptop in mine as well.

Price Range: from $50 to $350

Danube cycling tour packing list Puncture proof tires

Puncture-proof tires

These make a big difference over regular tires and can result in you spending more time cycling, and less time on the sidelines fixing a puncture.

Price Range: from $30 to $150

Danube cycling tour packing list cycle repair kit

Bike repair kit

You only require this if you bring your own bike. On our recommended cycling tours, you’ll be provided with a bike and with a repair kit.

Price Range: from $ to8 $40

Danube cycling tour packing list cycle odometer

Cycle odometer

You don’t technically need this, but it’s fun to monitor how far (and how fast) you’ve cycled.

Price Range: from $10 to $60

Danube cycling tour packing list cycling shoes

Cycling shoes

You can get away with regular running shoes as I did, but cycling shoes will be more comfortable. Note: I don’t recommend buying shoes online, as you need to try them on in-person to ensure that you have the right fit.

Price Range: from $50 to $200

Danube cycling tour packing list cylcling atlas

Danube Bike Trail 2

(Passau to Vienna) Cycling Atlas. If you are doing the self-guided tour that we recommend you’ll be provided with a map, so this won’t be required. However, if you are doing this tour on your own, this is an excellent resource.

Price Range: from $16 to $22

Danube cycling tour packing list flipflops

Flip flops

For wearing afterward and for sightseeing. Part of what makes the Danube Cycling Tour so special, are all the sights so ensure that you have flip flops, or other comfortable shoes for sightseeing.

Price Range: from $15 to $150

Day hiking packing list 2 litter water bladder

2- 3 litres of water

There are lots of towns and villages where you’ll be able to stop and get something to drink, but I recommend always having enough water with you.

Price Range: from $13 to $60

Additional Notes on this Packing List


Although there are lots of restaurants along the way, I recommend having some nutritious snacks with you, since you may get hungry along stretches where there is nothing available. A typical day for us was a quick coffee stop in the morning, lunch in a restaurant, followed by another coffee and cake stop later in the afternoon!

Luggage Transfer

If you’re having your luggage transferred, on one of the Danube Cycling Tours, that we recommend please note that your luggage will be left unattended at times. As a result, I would carry your valuables with you in your panniers.