Biking in the Dolomites: An Easy, Scenic Ride from Italy to Austria

You’d never guess from looking at the photo below that any biking path in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy could be easy. But the paved cycling route from San Candido, in the Sud Tyrol region of Italy, to Lienz, Austria, is 42km / 26mi of gentle downhill. It’s ideal for kids, rollerbladers, or anyone who wants to focus on the scenery and breathe fresh air – and maybe not get much exercise.


Biking in the Dolomites Italy

“Dolomites” by Navin Rajagopalan via Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


San Candido, Italy – Lienz, Austria

You’ll need about half a day for the whole trip, after you get to San Candido. If you need to, rent a bike in San Candido, then just follow the well-marked, well-maintained path. Take a break at one of the many playgrounds or small towns en route, or continue to the very pretty town of Lienz. Allow some time to explore the town before loading your bike on the train back to San Candido. 


Useful To Know…


Biking in the Dolomites, Italy

“Sillian” by János Korom Dr. via Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


The Trains
  • San Candido is 2 hours by train from Bolzano, 3 hours from Trento, or 5 hours from Venice. 
  • Trains back to San Candido run about once an hour.
  • If you are traveling in a group of 4 people or more, it’s less expensive to buy a group pass (person + bike) on the train from Lienz to San Candido.


Biking in the Dolomites Italy

Photo by Alessio Milan via Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

What’s Nearby?
Add this bike ride to a week of hiking in the Dolomites out of Ortisei. Or, if you’re comfortable driving in Italy, add it to an itinerary around the Veneto countryside. Or add another couple days to the Italy Beyond the Obvious sample itinerary from Milan to Venice, but instead of heading down to Venice on Day 2, drive up to San Candido.

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