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How to Get to Neuschwanstein Castle by Public Transport (Bus and Train)

Updated on January 12, 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The fairy tale castle with its turrets it said to have inspired Walt Disney's  palaces.
Neuschwanstein Castle is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The fairy tale castle with its turrets it said to have inspired Walt Disney's palaces. | Source

Where is Neuschwanstein Castle?

Neuschwanstein Castle sits above the small village of Hohenschwangau in the South West of Bavaria in Germany, close to the Austrian border. The nearest railway station is 5 kilometers away in the town of Füssen. This article explains how to visit Neuschwanstein using public transportation from Munich, Augsburg and further afield.

How to get to Neuschwanstein


1. Catch a train to Füssen

You should allow approximately 2 and a half hours to get to Neuschwanstein from Munich, and about 1 and a half to get to Neuschwanstein from Augsburg.


Train stations
Approximate journey time to Füssen
Regularity
Prices for tickets *see below to save money
Munich Hauptbahnhof
2 hours
every hour
54.80 Euros for return adult standard fare
Augsburg
1 hour 39 minutes to 1 hour 51 minutes
every hour
42.20 Euros for return adult standard ticket
Please note that train times are subject to change, and vary. You may need to change trains. Make sure you look up train times on Deutsche Bahn's website. Prices here last checked January 2017 but may change.

How to save over 22 Euros on your train ticket

If you travel at the weekend or leave after 9am Monday to Friday, you will be able to use a 'BayernKarte' or in English "Regional day ticket for Bavaria"

These are special train tickets that entitle you to travel anywhere by train within Bavaria for an entire day.

If you are travelling alone it will cost 25 Euros for the day.

There are even better saving if you are travelling in a group it is only an extra 6 Euros for each additional person in your group for up to 5 people in total. This means for a group of 5 it will only cost 49 Euros to travel for one day (9.80 Euros each). You can also travel with your own children or grandchildren without paying any extra.

You can buy the ticket at the train station or on the Bahn.de website.

Information about the Bayern ticket

Pricing information last updated: January 2017

Tip

You can find the timetables for the buses on the Deutschesbahn website as well as the train's. Germany's public transport system is conveniently integrated.

The buses are generally timed so that they arrive at the same time as trains. Be aware that in summer months they can be really busy.

2. From Füssen you can catch the following buses to Hohenschwangau:

Buses run regularly, and it takes less than 10 minutes to reach Hohenschwangau.

  • Bus 73 in the direction to Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Bus 78 in the direction to Schwangau until you reach the stop Hohenschwangau / Alpseestraße.
  • Bus 9606 Bus direction: Post/Bahnhof, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

A return ticket can be purchased from the driver. However the 'Bayernkarte' is valid on the buses as well as trains, if you have one of these simply show the driver when you board.

Hohenschwangau village
Hohenschwangau village | Source

3. Purchase of tickets in Hohenschwangau village

If you want to go inside the Palace you must buy a ticket from the Ticketcenter in Hohenschwangau in advance.

You can only see inside Neuschwanstein if you go on a guided tour. Tickets are timed, and you must show up at Neuschwanstein at the time your tour starts.

Guided tours are offered in German and English. You can also go on audio guided tours in Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Czech, Russian, Polish, Mandarin and Hungarian, Slovenian, Greek, Thai, Korean and Arabic

As well as Neuschwanstein Castle, you can also see Hohenschwangau Castle, and the Museum of the Bavarian tickets. There are discounts if you buy tickets together, so it is worth considering whether you want to see all of these.

Please be aware that Neuschwanstein is very popular with tourists, and it can be very busy, especially during peak tourist season in summer. At certain times you may find you have to wait a couple of hours to be able to purchase your tickets. You can reserve your tickets in advance, you can do so online, or by phone or email. Information is available on the following website:

Ticket centre website in English

If you reserve tickets you must do so at least two days in advance before 3pm, and still need to pick up your tickets from the ticket center. However you will be able to join a fast tracked queue.

Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle | Source

4. Getting from Hohenschwangau village to Neuschwanstein

Once you have got your ticket for Neuschwanstein in Hohenschwangau you can make your way up to the castle in three ways:

  • On foot in 40 minutes
  • By bus (these are specially organised private buses, so your train ticket will not be valid - a return trip is current 2.60 Euros)
  • By horse drawn carriage.

Lots of information about these options will be available in Hohenschwangau, and the paths are clearly labelled. You should be able to pick up a free map. You may also want to walk around and explore some of the beautiful surrounding countryside whilst you are there.

Beautiful Bavarian countryside surrounding Hohenschwangau
Beautiful Bavarian countryside surrounding Hohenschwangau | Source

Map showing Füssen, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle

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A markerFüssen -
Füssen, Germany
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B markerHohenschwangau -
Hohenschwangau, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
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C markerNeuschwanstein Castle -
Neuschwanstein Castle, Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
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Interior view of Neuschwanstein from the 1890's. Tourists these days are not allowed to take photographs of the inside.
Interior view of Neuschwanstein from the 1890's. Tourists these days are not allowed to take photographs of the inside. | Source

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      Marianne Sherret 8 weeks ago from Scotland, UK

      You can get a bus some of the way between the two, but need to walk a bit at either end.

      Other options are horse drawn carriage or walking...

      It is beautiful countryside so worth walking if you can.

      There will be maps at the ticket centre and its well signposted.

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      Sommer 8 weeks ago

      How could we get from Neuschwanstein Castle to Hohenschwangau Castle? Is there a bus?

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      Dion 4 months ago

      Thank you very much! I'm visiting Neuschwanstein this month. This guide is even more straightforward than the office website

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      TaxiChris 8 months ago

      Busses and trains can be used to visit the Castles, however you miss the bits in between like Rothenbuch which are very beautifull and should not be missed.

      Private Tours are more expensive but compared to the overall cost of an European holiday then they really don´t empty your pockets. However, as in any Country there are those who charge well over the top for such Tours and even charge for children, some are not even licensed to take paying customers in their uninsured vehicles!

      I hope everybody has a wonderful time in the Garmisch and Fuessen Wonderland!

      PS, You will see in one day on a Tour with a guide about 3 or 4 days worth of holiday time, surely that is worth the extra Bucks? Just be careful with whom you travel!

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      Susan 12 months ago

      We did this this August with six people and it worked great and was a big saving

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      K HARISH RAMACHANDRAN 21 months ago from INDIA

      Very useful information. I shall definitely visit Bavaria in the future.

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      Readmikenow 2 years ago

      This is valuable information. I don't like to rent cars in foreign countries so this will help me.

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      This is useful information for anyone with Neuschwanstein on their bucket list! Just looking the fairy tale photos with the blue sky makes me want to be transported to a train station in Bavaria right now! Thanks for putting this together! ~Cynthia

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      I have not been there. I wish I can go their sometime. I might go there when I visit my friend again who is living in Bavaria. Thanks for the useful informations.

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      Marianne Sherret 4 years ago from Scotland, UK

      Thank you for your comment. I think there are lots of organised coach tours that go to Neuschwanstein from Munich. It might be a good option if you don't want to have to worry about all the details of getting there, although think they tend to be on the expensive side.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks for a new and interesting picture of this castle. We always see the "Disneyland shot."

      My sons, when teenagers, viewed this wonderful castle on a bike tour. They booked it in Munich while there for the World Cup Finals. My best guess is they found this tour through their hostel. Nice hub!