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The Danube Cycleway Volume 2

From Budapest to the Black Sea

Cycling guidebook to the Danube Cycleway exploring the route from Budapest to the Black Sea, the more adventurous second part of the Danube, suitable for most abilities and bike types. The river route starts in Hungary and continues into Croatia and Serbia before ending at Tulcea in Romania. The Danube Cycleway is also part of EuroVelo 6 (EV6).


can be cycled at any time between April and October, but best in April-June and then September-October: July and August can be very hot


this is a long point-to-point route with no particular bases


although the route is mostly level, with a few gentle gradients, it is a challenging ride due to a lack of tourist infrastructure, particularly in Romania. There are long distances between places offering accommodation or refreshments and very few tourist offices or cycle repair shops. Moreover few rural Romanians speak west European languages. There are long stretches in Hungary and Serbia along unsurfaced flood dykes, although alternative routes are given to allow you to avoid these stages. Otherwise surfaces are mostly asphalt and in good condition, suitable for hybrid or touring cycles

Must See

Budapest: Fishermen's bastion, St Mathias church, Europe's largest synagogue, Liberty monument; Kopački Rit nature reserve; Osijek: Tvrđa fortress; Vukovar: civil war memorials; Novi Sad: Petrovaradin fortress; Belgrade: Kalemegdan fortress, St Sava cathedral; Golubac castle; Iron Gates gorges: Golubacki klisura, Gospodin vir, Veliki Kazan, Mali Kazan; rural Romania; Dervent monastery; Tulcea; Danube Delta
28 Nov 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.50cm

A guidebook to cycling the lower 1647km (1023 miles) of the Danube Cycleway from Budapest, Hungary, through the former Yugoslav states of Croatia and Serbia, and on into Romania. The route, which is mainly level cycling, is well within the capabilities of most cycle tourists. It can be comfortably completed in three to four weeks.

Starting where Volume 1 stopped, this volume continues the journey east, bound for the Black Sea. It is described across 32 stages, averaging 53.5km (33 miles) per stage. A three-day variant for Stages 27-32 (Ion Corvin to Tulcea via Constanta and the Black Sea coast) is also described, and information about the boat journey from Tulcea to Sulina through the Delta Danube (Stage 32A) provided.

  • 1:150,000 mapping included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Refreshment and accommodation information given for each stage
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Volume 2 of a two-volume series of the full Danube Cycleway route  

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Mike Wells Cicerone author WELLS

By Mike Wells

Mike Wells has been a keen long-distance walker and cyclist for over 25 years. He has walked all the major British trails, the GR5 through the Alps from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean and has explored the Italian Dolomites’ Alta Via routes. He has also walked in Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway and Chilean Patagonia.

Mike has cycled the C2C route across northern England and Lon Las Cymru in Wales, as well as the Camino and Ruta de la Plata to Santiago de la Compostela. He has completed an end to end traverse of Cuba, a circumnavigation of Iceland and a trip across Lapland to the North Cape.

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