Slovenia & Italy: From Jesenice to Lake Faak

Arguably one of the most beautiful E-Bike day tours in all of Europe. Three countries, with an astounding cultural and culinary diversity. All on bike paths far from any other traffic, with the most beautiful scenary:

The first leg follows the river Save in the valley between Karawanks and Triglav National Park, from Slovenia into Italy. Then you cross the border to Austria in the valley between Karawanks and Julian Alps.

This is actually the most beautiful section of the multi-day tour “Karawanks circle”. You can cycle this section in one day, but taking the train from Faak am See to Jesenice or vice versa. The train takes only between 23 and 27 minutes, as it crosses the Karawanks in a tunnel.

Please note, that depending on the season the train schedule changes as follows:

OFF SEASON (1st of June till 5th of July 2024)

You can take the train S5 from Faak am See at 8:43, but only on Saturdays and Sundays!

Alternative options:

1. There is a daily train departing from Jesenice at 4:31 pm (D210), in order to get back to Faak am See in the afternoon.

2. On the weekends from June onwards, there is another train departing from Jesenice already at 4pm (it is called S5).

–> For both alternative options start your cycle trip from Faak early enough, and plan some buffer in order to be able to catch one of the two trains in Jesenice.

PEAK SEASON (6th of July till 5th of September 2024):

There is a S5 leaving daily from Faak am See railway station at 8:43am.

Alternative options:

1. Daily S5 train from Jesenice to Faak. It departs at 4pm from Jesenice.

2. Daily D210 train from Jesenice to Faak. It departs at 4:31pm from Jesenice.

According to our information, there will be some construction work on the rail tracks between Villach railway station and Jesenice during the following periods:

10th till 23rd of August, 2024

6th till 9th of September, 2024

The information about train connections is shared without any guarantee. In any case, we recommend that you check the ÖBB website for current train times before each tour.

  • Tour Distance: 76 km
  • Altitude difference: 690 m
  • Pure cycling time without breaks: 4 hours
  • Recommended rental period for this tour: entire day


The route can easily be cycled with our GPX files. Download to Komoot or BikeGPX by clicking one of the buttons below. 

Make sure to load the file in the right direction, i.e. from Jesenice to Lake Faak or vice versa.

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