Austrian Railways (ÖBB) is a dependable transport option for cyclists in Carinthia and is massively expanding its services for cyclists with attractive frequent urban train services on many routes. In addition to the Tauern, Petzen and Micotra Sprinter, there is also a Karawanken Sprinter this year.
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The Micotra Sprinter connects Villach and Udine twice daily – on weekends from/to Trieste – along the Alpe Adria Cycle Path. In summer, additional trains run from Villach to Tarvisio on weekends, offering a direct connection to the Trenitalia trains in Tarvisio. Bicycles can be taken on all trains.
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The Tauern Sprinter connects Villach (departure 09:05) and the Hohe Tauern National Park (Mallnitz-Obervellach train station; arrival 10:08) or Mallnitz-Obervellach (departure 16:24) and Villach main train station (arrival 17:22) with a stop in Spittal-Millstättersee on the following days: Saturday and Sunday from 5 June to 11 July 2021 and daily from 12 July to 12 September 2021.
The train is equipped with a special carriage with over 200 spaces for bikes and takes passengers from Villach to Mallnitz in about an hour – with just one stop in Spittal. Connecting trains from various Carinthian valleys and towns – Hermagor, Klagenfurt, Rosenbach, Feldkirchen, etc. – are provided. You can return to Villach from Mallnitz along the very well developed cycle paths through the Möll and Drau valleys either by bicycle or, after a hike in the National Park, again by train.
With this leisurely cycle tour through 3 countries we have the perfect package for this summer.
By train or by bike from Villach to Tarvisio, from there, along the old imperial railway line and the Sava cycle path via Kranjska Gora to Jesenice and then back to the Villach/Faaker See region with the new bike train. 3 countries, 2 train connections (Villach-Tarvisio and Villach-Jesenice) and one cycle path. The trains from Villach to Tarvisio (and return) leave 4x a day, those to Jesenice and back 4x at the weekends.
From Villach you can also reach Tarvisio by bike on the well-established Gail cycle path (R3). The railway connection runs virtually parallel to the cycle path and, of course, facilitates the Villach-Tarvisio connection tremendously. The train between Villach and Tarvisio offers at least 120 spaces for bikes. Along the Villach-Tarvisio route we recommend a visit to the wonderfully restored monastery ruin in Arnoldstein.
On the route from Tarvisio to Jesenice you follow the Sava cycle path. The cycle path gets its name from the longest river in Slovenia: the Sava. The broad, beautifully established cycle path is more or less flat. A detour to the Laghi di Fusine (Fusine lakes) is definitely worth your while, as is a visit to the source of the Sava at the border village of Rateče. Fans of winter sports should also not miss the detour to one of the most spectacular ski jumps in the world, in Planica. Kranjska Gora can be reached after a good hour’s cycling, lunch in one of the numerous restaurants serving excellent Slovenian specialities is an absolute must.
From Kranjska Gora the path then continues slightly downhill for the most part to Jesenice (distance: 24 km). There, it is well worth visiting the old market square, “stara Sava”, in the museum there you can see and experience how miners really lived hundreds of years ago. There is a return train to Villach 4x a day through the Karawanken tunnel. As with the connection from Villach to Tarvisio you can also cover the section from Jesenice (from Rosenbach) to Villach along the 5-star Drau cycle path via St. Jakob and Rosegg.
The Petzen Sprinter, which connects Klagenfurt with Bleiburg – Bikepark Petzen, is the perfect connection for leisure cyclists and mountain bikers. The Petzen Sprinter runs as a regular suburban train with additional capacity for bicycles. Trains run on Saturdays and Sundays from 5 June to 11 July 2021, and daily from 12 July to 12 September 2021. A large number of bicycle spaces are available. Group trips to the Bikepark Petzen or to Lake Klopeinersee and the Drau Cycle Path are possible.