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Climate-friendly to the Hohe Tauern National Park: ÖBB expands the Freizeit- & Radsprinter Hohe Tauern long-distance traffic

Climate-friendly to the Hohe Tauern National Park: ÖBB expands the Freizeit- & Radsprinter Hohe Tauern long-distance traffic
photo: Limpl / ÖBB/Climate-friendly to the Hohe Tauern National Park: ÖBB expands the Freizeit- & Radsprinter Hohe Tauern long-distance traffic
18 / 07 / 2022

Travel by train between Mallnitz and Villach along the famous Möll and Drava cycle paths with or without a bike - load up, set off, and get on or off at the point where the bike tour or hike begins and ends. Together with the Hohe Tauern National Park, the price offer was also created with the Sparschiene for long-distance and local trains from EUR 9.90 from all over Carinthia to Mallnitz.

Climate Protection and National Park Regional Councillor Sara Schaar invite you to also take advantage of this offer of a climate-friendly and cost-effective journey to the Hohe Tauern National Park: "Transport is the largest cause of greenhouse gas emissions in Carinthia with over 40 percent. That is why we in Carinthia are strongly committed to public transport expansion. This offer is a further incentive to switch to the climate-friendly train. After all, those who travel by train instead of by car reduce CO2 emissions by an average of 93 percent." 

Climate-friendly to the Hohe Tauern National Park

With ÖBB, the Hohe Tauern National Park can be discovered in a particularly climate-friendly and comfortable way. The national park community of Mallnitz is a particularly attractive destination thanks to its direct train connection and, with its visitor center (, it offers the perfect introduction to the world of Austria's largest protected area. Whether it's an animated landslide, the smallest survival artists, mysterious wilderness, or species-rich fauna, the interactive exhibition Univerzoom Nationalpark conveys the natural wonders of the Hohe Tauern entertainingly and, with the integrated research workshop Valuable Water, ensures exciting discoveries at diverse experiment stations. You can also learn from nature as part of the additional (approx. 3.5-hour) range of lab workshops dedicated to the world of herbs, adaptation strategies of the animal and plant world, and climate phenomena. 

"The perfect conclusion to the climate-friendly nature experience is the colorful summer program of the Hohe Tauern National Park or the individual discovery of the Seebach Valley, including the natural jewel Lake Stappitz," says National Park Director Peter Rupitsch.

Every two hours from/to Mallnitz/Obervellach with ÖBB long-distance trains

As one of the few regions in the Alpine region, Mallnitz/Obervellach can be easily reached directly from all over Austria and Germany with the two-hourly ÖBB long-distance train service. With the new Sparschiene offer from EUR 9,90, you can now find connections from all over Carinthia at even more attractive price conditions.

ÖBB / Limpl

The bicycle boom on the Alpe Adria Ciclovia continues to grow

ÖBB is now responding with an expansion of capacity between Böckstein and Mallnitz to better meet the customers' needs. Reinhard Wallner, Regional Manager ÖBB Passenger Transport Carinthia, is pleased to draw a positive balance and looks to an exciting future: "After the previous "all-time high" of 2021, with over 16,000 bicycles between Böckstein and Mallnitz/Obervellach, this year about 10,000 bicycles were already transported by the end of June. The strongest bicycle weeks from July to mid-September have just begun, and the ÖBB Regional Management Carinthia meets the expected rush of leisure seekers with an additional offer already available from July 9, 2022. Because a total of over 20,000 bicycles are expected." 

ÖBB Leisure/Bike Sprinter

With the ÖBB Tauernsprinter train comfortably from Villach to the national park region the Hohe Tauern and back:

  • from Villach Central Station at 09:05 and 18:25
  • from Mallnitz-Obervellach at 16:24

runs on Sat and Sun, a holiday from 4.6.2022, daily 9.7. - 11.9.2022

The new offer

From July 9 to September 11, 2022, in addition to the scheduled hourly car service, four additional bicycle trains will run daily in each direction between Böckstein and Mallnitz-Obervellach, equipped with their own barrier-free accessible bicycle cars. Each of these trains has a capacity of up to 100 bicycle parking spaces! Unique to Austria is the ground-level and thus barrier-free access with bicycles to the bicycle parking spaces. 

Traffic times of the additional bicycle trains:

  • Departure from Böckstein to Mallnitz-Obervellach at 11:50, 12:50, 13:50 and 14:50.
  • Departure from Mallnitz-Obervellach to Böckstein at 11:20, 12:20, 13:20 and 14:20

ÖBB / Limpl

Offer Freizeit & Radsprinter in detail

  • Villach - Mallnitz starting at 9:07 and 13:10
  • Mallnitz - Villach from 10:25 and 14:25 o'clock
  • Additional entry/exit stop between Villach and Mallnitz in Spittal/Millstättersee
  • Traffic period from May 30 to September 13, 2022
  • 223 seats and up to 209 bicycle stands per train
  • Guaranteed connections from all Carinthian S-Bahn lines in Villach
  • More information at   

AKTIV - Ticket for Freizeit- & Radsprinter Hohe Tauern

For the "Freizeit & Radsprinter" the Aktiv-Ticket - a ticket offer of the Kärntner Linien - is used. It was designed based on the leisure ticket and is valid only in combination travelers with a bicycle. The fare for adults (EUR 16) and children (around EUR 11) for bicycle transport is integrated into the ticket price in the form of a combination ticket and can also be used on all local trains of the S-Bahn Carinthia daily.


Source: ÖBB Press Releases