Choose a language
  • Alpe Adria Cycle Route
    Alpe Adria Cycle Route Photo: Franz Gerdl, Kärnten Werbung
  • Photo: Heiko Mandl, SalzburgerLand Tourismus
  • Alpe Adria Cycle Path in Bad Gastein Bridge over Gastein Waterfall
    Alpe Adria Cycle Path in Bad Gastein Bridge over Gastein Waterfall Photo: Daniel Simon, SalzburgerLand Tourismus
  • Alpe Adria Cycle Route Grado Photo: Ciclovia Alpe Adria Radweg
  • Drau Bridge Photo: Kärnten-Werbung
  • Salzburg View from the Müllnersteg Photo: Eduardo Gellner, SalzburgerLand Tourismus

Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Route 

In One Week from Salzburg to Grado
The route leads us from Salzburg City of Mozart (elev. 425 m) through the Salzachtal and Gasteinertal valleys to Böckstein. From here we take an 11-minute train ride to Mallnitz (1,191 m), before biking again from Carinthia via Spittal a. d. Drau, Villach and Arnoldstein to the Austrian-Italian border. Now on Italian soil, the route leads us – occasionally along abandoned railway lines – via Tarvisio, Gemona, Udine and Aquileia to Grado on the Adriatic Sea. Our companions along the way are idyllic towns, imposing sights and magnificent natural landscapes!


Current: Tauern Tunnel closure 12.04.-17.05.2023

Due to urgently required maintenance work, the ÖBB will have to completely stop train traffic through the tunnel during this time.
For cyclists on the Alpe Adria Cycle Path, the Tauern Lock Böckstein-Mallnitz will therefore only be available again from 18 May 2023. For passengers of the Alpe Adria Cycle Path there will be a special rail replacement service in the period from 28.04. to 17.05.2023:  

  • Bad Hofgastein: 10:00, 16:00
  • Dorfgastein: 10:10, 16:10
  • Schwarzach St. Veit: 10:30, 16:30
  • Bischofshofen: 10:45, 16:45
  • Spittal a. d. Drau: 12:10, 18:10
  • Obervellach: 12:45, 18:45
  • Mallnitz: 13:00, 19:00

  • Mallnitz: 13:00
  • Obervellach: 13:15
  • Spittal a. d. Drau: 13:50
  • Bischofshofen: 15:15
  • Schwarzach St. Veit: 15:30
  • Dorfgastein: 15:50
  • Bad Hofgastein: 4:00 pm 

Attention: Only 30-35 bicycles can be transported at a time. Registration by 16:00 the day before is therefore absolutely necessary. Contact for reservations:  or +43 (0)6477 8111. 

Cost per ticket: € 10,– (collected in cash from the bus drivers) 

The ÖBB information website on the subject of the Tauern Tunnel can be found here: Ö 


More bike shuttles

  • Touristik Oberkofler offers a daily bike shuttle from Bischofshofen to Spittal an der Drau during the time of the closure (12.04.-17.05.2023). The departure time is daily at 16:30 in Bischofshofen (main station). Price: 50,- per person incl. bike and luggage. Other transport options on request. Registration absolutely necessary under T +43 (0)664 3939666 or 

  • Taxi Schneeberger offers a transfer from Bad Gastein during the closure. Price and transfer time on request: T +43 (0)676 84161117, 

  • Gastein Taxi also offers a transfer from Bad Gastein during the closure. Price and transfer time on request: T +43 (0) 6432 6622, 

Racing bike rental on the Alpe Adria bike path Salzburg-Grado

At the "Salzburger Rennradverleih" fully equipped racing bikes can also be rented, including luggage bags, lights and an individual setup. Bikes can be delivered directly to your hotel in Salzburg. There is also a route briefing with tips and suggestions. It is additionally possible to return the bikes in Grado.


Road Bike City Salzburg Photo: Heiko Mandl

At a glance | Signage

From: Salzburg or Grado

Finish: Grado or Salzburg

Length: 410 km

Elevation changes:

Salzburg – Grado: ^ 2417 m / v 2842 m  (^ = up, v = down )

Grado – Salzburg ^ 2842 m / v 2417 m


The route in SalzburgerLand is signposted as a Tauern Cycle Path and Gasteinertal Cycle Path and additionally signposted with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo.


In Carinthia, the route from Obervellach is signposted as the Glockner Cycle Path (R8) and from Möllbrücke as the Drau Cycle path (R1). Also in Carinthia, the entire route is additionally signposted with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo.


In Italy, there are still some sections “under construction”. The section from Tarvisio to Moggio Udinese on the route of the former Pontebbana Railway is already perfectly developed and signposted as the Alpe Adria Cycle Path. The signage with the green-blue Alpe Adria Cycle Path logo is gradually being installed.


The “Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Path” project
An example of cross-border cooperation


In the beginning, behind the Italian-Austrian “Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Path (CAAR)” project was a common wish of the three participating counties Friuli Venezia Giulia, Carinthia and SalzburgerLand. This wish was a cross-border cycle path that crosses the Alps and connects the Central European cycling network directly with the Adriatic Sea.
In 2008, the project entered the preparation phase, during which the Salzburg-Villach-Udine-Aquileia/Grado route was defined. The advantage of this route was that it was usable within a relatively short time, because cycle paths were already available or under construction on longer sections and low-traffic secondary roads were available for the remaining sections.


The project, which cost a total of 1.2 million Euros, was the winner in the call for tenders carried out under the European inter-border cooperation programme Interreg IV Italy-Austria 2007-2013.


It is managed by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Partners are the province of Udine, the state of Carinthia, the state of Salzburg, Carinthia Advertising and SalzburgerLand Tourism.
The strength of the project lies in the cooperation between the project partners in the realisation of the infrastructure (cycle path construction) and the joint marketing measures.
The infrastructural work has already been completed, and thanks to the co-financing by the European Union, the following three important sections of the Alpe Adria Cycle Path have been realised:


  • Werfen in SalzburgerLand

  • Arnoldstein - Thörl Maglern in Carinthia

  • Cervignano - Grado in Friuli Venezia Giulia

    A first, major cross-border event took place in June 2010 when the Arnoldstein - Thörl Maglern stage was opened in the presence of the two State Governors of Carinthia and Friuli Venezia Giulia. They were accompanied by hundreds of cyclists from Austria, Italy and Slovenia on the route from Villach via Arnoldstein and Coccau to Tarvis. Another opening event took place in June 2014 in Palmanova.

    The “Ciclovia Alpe Adria Cycle Path (CAAR)” project is a good practical example of EU-funded cooperation aimed at not only improving cross-border links and developing border regions. It is also essential to increase sustainable mobility as a concrete measure in view of the European Union's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020.


Interreg Logo