Passau is located on the border to Austria and counts as border station. If you intend to do a day trip into Austria, for example to Linz, you can do the whole trip on ÖBB (Austrian Railway) tickets. They are cheaper than international tickets issued by DB, so make sure you buy your tickets from them.
I found one single ÖBB ticket machine in the station hall, hidden behind a column, on the side by the Reisezentrum.
There are three ticket counters inside the Reisezentrum - the one on the left, and only this one, is an ÖBB counter. If you prefer talking to a live person and being able to ask for advice, use him. Fares are the same as from the ticket machine.
For a day trip, your best bet is the Oberösterreich (Upper Austria) day pass. The fare depends on your destination. To Linz it was 16 Euro something if I remember correctly. For a very small surcharge it extends to public transport within the destination city, in this case Linz.
Big advantage: Unlike the German Länder-Tickets, these Austrian day passes are valid on trains of all categories. That includes ICE trains, which is very convenient.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
It depends where your cruise ship arrives. Some arrive at Donaulände very close to the railway station. Walking from there is really short and no problem at all.
But some cruise ships also arrive very close to the so called Three-River-Corner (Dreiflüsseeck), and from there it would be rather long and unpleasant to walk with luggage, particularly because the streets are cobblestone. So if you have a roller suitcase you might struggle a bit.
There are 18 docking sites, some close, some rather far away from the railway station.
You can check out on this site where your ship docks:
On this map you see where the cruise ship docks are, just look for "Kreuzfahrtschiffe":
A1 to A5 is clearly too far too walk with luggage.
There are not always taxis around but I can imagine that they will be there for the arrival of cruise ships. You can also call a taxi, if in doubt from the Visitor Centre in Town Hall, next to A7.
Do not worry about the time it takes to get to the railway station. By taxi it takes two or three minutes.
In the city of Passau plenty of people have specialized their business on the special needs of travellers coming to Passau by car or train, cycling down the Danube to Vienna or Budapest.
You may book there for a transportation of your big luggage from one hotel to the other, while you are cycling with just a daypack and at the end of the tour the bike is taken back to Passau by bike-taxi.
On my picture : Festung Oberhaus , the beautiful castle of Passau !
Please click on my link below in order to get informations about organized bike-tours along the Danube !
Our connection to Passau was by train from Zurich to Munich and then by coach to our ship waiting in Passau. The Swiss Crystal a 101.5 meter long ship was to be our home for the next 7 days.
Once on board we were greeted by music and as it was tea time with coffee and and choice of cakes and a chance to meet our fellow passengers.
Our boat's capacity was for 120 passengers and as we were only 60 we did not get in each others way. Of course, at this time of the year I must warn you the majority including myself were over 60 going up to past 80's.
As such some were handicapped and some needed chair lifts for getting up and down but this was no problem for the crew. It might be boring for younger people but then if you wanted to just chill out it is really ideal.
Then it was time to inspect our cabins and explore the boat and enjoy the evening sun setting over the city of Passau.
Soon it was dinner time and we were ushered to our tables by the very friendly and efficient staff. At 8:00pm it was time untie the ropes and enjoy the evening cruise to Regensburg our next stop
In summer a small bus is leaving daily from the old townhall taking you up to the castle Oberhaus. The ride is 2 or 3 Euros one way and saves you of a lot of sweat in summer.
The bus will drive you up on the backside of the castle-hill and will take you directely to the ticket-box of the castle, close to the Youthhostel Veste Oberhaus.
For your way back to the city again, I may highly recommend to walk the interesting path leading down the hill between the different walls and towers of the different castles.
When you inted to take a cruise down the Danube or want to go cycling along the Danube, you may park your car at seperate parking-lots in Passau.
H.Eckert is one of these companies, offering a parking for your car and a taxi-service to the city for a minimum-fee of 32,- Euros per week, depending on the size of your car.
On my picture : The Danube at Passau seen from a lower part of the castle Oberhaus.
Parking your car in Passau is rather easy, as long as your car is not extra-high, as my motorhome. Plenty of shady parkings may be found under the street that was built on a higher level because of the frequent floods in passau.
Parking-fees are 1 Euro per hour and may be payed in a machine.
The maximum-fee between 08.00a.m. and 06.00p.m. is 10 Euros !
Free parking besides Mon-Fri.08.00a.m.-06.00p.m.
and except saturday 08.00a.m. - 01.00p.m. !
Throw in the right amount of coins,
the machine will NOT give back any change !!
Take a small rivercruise to all of the 3 rivers that join in Passau:
The ILZ is the smallest river, and also much to small for ships sailing on it, so you simply are taken the mouth of the river, next to Veste Niederhaus.
The river Inn is a lot bigger and smaller ships could enter it as well, but they will turn around soon again and most of the so-called 3-river-cruise will be done only on the Danube. Such tours will start several times each day with ships of all sizes.
Getting to Passau is easy by train. From Munich it takes two hours as the train makes the detour over the Landshut area, but there are also frequent trains from Regensburg and Linz, and some from Vienna. The train station is just a few minutes walk from the Old Town, as trains stop on the peninsula leading to it.
Around a two hour train journey from München or a little longer from Nürnberg. The latter often involves a change of train in Regensburg, well worth a visit.
It's a very steep walk from the town centre. A minibus operates from the town hall to the outside of the fortress twice an hour. Cost (7/09) 5Euro for adults return.
IC and ICE opperates from Nuremberg/Regensburg and from Munich to Passau.
By car: Passau can be reached on autobahn 3 (Cologne-Nuremberg-Linz-Vienna)