Danube Bike Trail 4
Part 4: From Budapest to Belgrade "On the Beautiful Blue Danube"
|Length: 570 km|
|City maps, accomodation index, elevation profile, wire-binding
|Price: € 14,90|
Danube Bike Trail 4The fourth part of our Danube Bike Trail series begins in the Hungarian capital Budapest and ends in the Serbian capital Belgrade.
With a total length of 2,845 kilometers, the Danube is Europe’s second longest river (after the Volga with 3,534 kilometers), and the only one on which kilometers are counted in reverse direction, starting with kilometer zero at the mouth and ending upstream at the source.
LengthThe length of the route between Budapest and Belgrade totals 570 kilometres when you ride via Hungary and Serbia. If you take the main route through Croatia between Mohács and Ilok then the distance shortens to 520 kilometres. The alternative routes and excursions have a total length of 410 kilometres.
Surface quality and trafficThe route mostly follows paved roads in good condition while in Hungary you will also be using dike roads, which are only in part paved. In Croatia and Serbia you will mostly be riding along roads with varying amounts of traffic. Most of the traffic is naturally encountered in proximity to the larger centres Budapest, Novi Sad and Belgrade. In between there are longer stretches which follow small, quiet country roads.
There are some tough climbs to be overcome, but these are mostly confined to the Croatian section, with some in Serbia between Sremski Karlovci and Beška and the alternative route through the Fruška Gora national park. The remainder of the route is very flat.
SignageThe Danube Bike Trail is part of the EuroVelo-Route 6 and is completely signposted between Budapest and Belgrade. In Hungary you follow the square signs with the number 6. The signs are green in the sections where the route has been completed and yellow along temporary routes, where the final route has not yet been constructed.
In Croatia you will encounter small blue signs with the words "Ruta Dunav" which you follow all the way to the Serbian border.
In Serbia the signposting is excellent. The signs, which even carry cheerful phrases, were developed in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ). The signs even provide the distance to the next and distant goals.
Planning a tour
Important Telephone NumbersInternational telephone codes:
Central information sourceswww.donau-info.org
Central information officesHungary:
The Hungarian Tourist Board: Bartók Béla út 105-113, Budapest 1115, Tourist helpline: +36 1 438 8080, E-mail: email@example.com, www.gotohungary.com
Tourinform Call Center: +36 1 438 80 80 or +800 36 000 000, www.tourinform.hu
Budapest Info, Tourist hotline +36 1 438-8080, www.budapestinfo.hu
Croatian Tourist Board: www.croatia.hr
Osijek-Baranja county tourist board: www.tzosbarzup.hr
Vukovar-Srijem county tourist board: www.tzvsz.hr, www.visitvukovar-srijem.com
Tourist Croatia: www.tourist-croatia.com
Tourist information in Croatian, English, German and Italian from the 23.03. – 15.10.: +385 (0)62 999 999
Visit Croatia: www.visit-croatia.co.uk
National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, Cika-Ljubina 8, 11000 Beograd, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.serbia.travel
Tourist Organization of Belgrade: www.tos.rs
Visitor requirementsAs a general rule for visitors to all three countries along this section of the Danube Bike Trail, no visa is required for visits of up to 90 days for EU citizens or citizens of countries such as the United Kingdom, United States or Australia. Visitors must hold a passport no older than 10 years and valid until at least three months after the intended date of departure.
Nationals of countries other than those listed above should inquire about visa requirements in good time.