Journey by motor practice – an summary of routes and repair suppliers

Once you cut through favorite roads in front of your front door, motorcyclists are drawn into the distance. But the road to the dream destination is sometimes difficult.

Either it is the slow arrival through attractive routes at the expense of the already short time at the holiday destination, or the desire to get there as quickly as possible requires endurance of people and materials on endless stretches of the motorway.

Securing baggage and other sensitive items is essential when loading a motorcycle

Going to bed in the evening and getting up at your destination in the morning, that’s it! This is exactly what the auto trains promise. Although Deutsche Bahn discontinued its auto trains in 2016, some roads are still serviced by private companies. In addition to Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), motorized travel trains Holiday Express (UEX) and BTE AutoReiseZug also travel to German train stations.

Routes and Providers Overview

Map with an overview of all motor trains
Map with an overview of all motor trains

Auto trains operate between the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as within Greece. The Optima Express even navigates the more than 1,300 km route between Villach in Austria and Edirne in Turkey. All of them, without exception, also transport motorcycles, sometimes with prices starting from 29 euros. This sounds very tempting given the savings in gas, tire wear, transit fees and slack.

Motorail Slovakia

OBB Nightjet

the prices

Prague – Kosice / Homini:
Motorcycle + 1 person: 59€
Motorcycle + 2 people: 79 euros
Prague – Poprad Tatry:
Motorcycle + 1 person: 49€
Motorcycle + 2 people: €69
Humen – Bratislava:
Motorcycle + 1 person: €29
Motorcycle + 2 people: €44

Account example:

Prague – Poprad Tatry:
Motorcycle + 1 person: €59.00 (car seat)
Bed in a single bed room: + 60 EUR

links:

Humen – Bratislava
Prague – Poprad Tatry
Prague – Kosice
Prague – Humen

www.zssk.sk

the prices

Transport vehicle tickets are available from €39.90, from/to Taksim from €79.90 (motorcycle)

Account example:

Per person: €29.90 (car seat)
Per motorbike: +39.90€
Couchette: +40€
Sleeper: +70€

links:

Vienna – Livorno
Vienna – Split
Vienna – Feldkirch
Graz – Feldkirch
Villach – Feldkirch
Innsbruck Hamburg

www.nightjet.com

The optional extras that can be booked on the motor trains are also tempting. Urlaubs-Express offers breakfast on board from €8.90. The cost of transport by motorbike is 199 euros, and a single ticket again costs 109 euros. ÖBB gives its customers a greater say by allowing the degree of travel comfort to be scaled to suit every budget. Of course, seat travel is cheaper, but an extra 40 euros for a camper van or even 70 euros for a sleeper car can add a touch of luxury to your trip.

Since 2016, Deutsche Bahn has not transported cars and motorcycles
Since 2016, Deutsche Bahn has not transported cars and motorcycles

ÖBB allows you to take a motorbike with you in addition to regular tickets from €29.90. Motorcycle transfers from Hamburg to Lörrach by BTE AutoReiseZug for €169.00. There is an additional 200 euros per person. This saves 800 km on your own, which is definitely worth considering given current gasoline prices.

UEX – Holiday Express

BTE AutoReiseZug

the prices:

Breakfast on board in your seat (€8.90, €9.50 on board)
Motorcycle: 199 euros
Single seats: 109 EUR
Total: 308 EUR

links:

Düsseldorf (motor transport) – Cologne – Siegburg / Bonn – Siegen – Augsburg – Munich – Kufstein – Würgel – Innsbruck (motor transport)
Düsseldorf (motor transport) – Cologne Messe / Deutz (low) – Siegen – Friedberg (Hesse) – Aschaffenburg – Kufstein – Innsbruck – Bosen – Verona (motor transport)
Düsseldorf (car transport) – Cologne Messe / Deutz – Siegen – Friedberg (Hesse) – Aschaffenburg – Munich – Salzburg – Schwarzach-St. Veit – Bad Gastein – Mallnitz – Obervilach – Villach (car transport)
Hamburg (motor transport) – Hanover – Karlsruhe – Baden-Baden – Freiburg (Brsg) – Lörrach (motor transport)
Hamburg (car transport) – Hannover – Würzburg – Augsburg –
Munich (car transport)
Hamburg (car transport) – Hannover – Würzburg – Augsburg –
Munich – Kufstein – Wargel – Innsbruck (car transport)
Hamburg (car transport) – Hannover – Fulda – Munich – Kufstein – Innsbruck – Bosen – Verona (motor transport)
Hamburg (car transport) – Hannover – Göttingen – Fulda – Munich –
Salzburg – Schwarzach-St. Wit – Bad Gastein – Mallnitz – Obervilach – Villach (car transport)

www.urlaubs-express.de

the prices:

Motorcycle: 169 euros
per person: 200 EUR
ADAC members save €15 per reservation and itinerary

links:

Hamburg – Lorach

www.bte-autoreisezug.de

Optimum Express

the prices:

A ticket for one person including a motorbike from 436 EUR

links:

Edirne Villach

www.optimatours.de

Text: Thomas Christian, Images: Alessandro Lai, Kenchi 991 and Karl-Allen Logmeier – stock.adobe.com, M&R archives

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