Marianne is from Edinburgh in Scotland. She enjoys travelling and sharing helpful tips with her readers.
Where Is Neuschwanstein Castle?
Neuschwanstein Castle sits above the small Bavarian village of Hohenschwangau in southwest 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
This is a three-step process that involves taking a train to Füssen, catching a bus to the tourist village of Hohenschwangau, and making your way up to the castle from there.
Note: if you want to go inside Neuschwanstein Castle you need to get a ticket from the Ticket Center in Hohenschwangau.
1. Catch a Train to Füssen
Allow approximately 2.5 hours to get to Neuschwanstein from Munich, and about 1.5 hours to get to Neuschwanstein from Augsburg.
|Train Stations||Approximate Journey Time to Füssen||Regularity||Standard Ticket Prices*|
€56.80 for round-trip (standard fare)
1 hour 39 minutes to 1 hour 51 minutes
€47.00 for round-trip (standard fare)
How to Save Over €22 on Your Train Ticket
If you travel on the weekend or leave after 9 am Monday-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 within Bavaria by regional train and most other public transport for an entire day including the U-bahn and S-bahn in Munich. If you are travelling alone, it will cost just €25 for the day.
There are even better savings if you travel in a group of up to five people, as it is only an extra €6 for each additional person. This means for a group of five it will only cost €49 (or €9.80 each) to travel for a whole day. Children under the age of five can ride for free.
You can buy the ticket at the train station or on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Difference between the Regio-Ticket Allgäu-Schwaben and Bayernkarte
You might be confused about the difference if you come across an option for the regional ticket Allgäu-Schwaben which is €3 cheaper. The difference is that the Allgäu-Schwaben is only valid on trains, not other public transport. It will get you from Munich to Füssen, but you will need to pay for the bus to Hohenschwangau, and for other public transport you use for example in Munich. The Bayernkarte is the better option.
Pricing information last updated in March 2018.
2. Catch the Bus From Füssen to Hohenschwangau
Buses run regularly, and it takes less than 10 minutes to reach Hohenschwangau from Füssen. 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.
- Bus 73 in the direction of Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen
- Bus 78 in the direction of Schwangau until you reach the stop Hohenschwangau / Alpseestraße.
A return ticket can be purchased from the driver. However, the 'Bayernkarte' is valid on buses as well as trains, so if you have one of these, simply show the driver when you board.
3. Options for Getting From Hohenschwangau to Neuschwanstein
Once you have your ticket for Neuschwanstein (if you want to go inside the Castle, see section below), 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 the BayernKarte will not be valid; a round-trip ticket is currently €2.60.
- By horse-drawn carriage. How very Disney!
Lots of information about these options will be available in Hohenschwangau, and the paths are clearly labelled. You should also be able to pick up a free map in the village.
In winter months, due to ice and snow, the bus and horse-drawn carriages sometimes do not run, so you may only have the option of walking. If you have mobility issues check the advice on the official website before travelling.
If you want to take some photographs of the castle, follow the signs to Marienbrücke, a bridge which is about a 15 minutes walk away and has great views. Although if you are afraid of heights you may end up giving crossing the bridge a miss!
While you are in the area, you might also want to take some time to walk around and explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the castle.
Buying Castle Tickets in Hohenschwangau
If you want to go inside the castle, you must buy a ticket from the Ticket-Center in Hohenschwangau in advance.
Note: You can only see inside Neuschwanstein if you go on a guided tour. Tickets are for specific times, 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, Hungarian, Slovenian, Greek, Thai, Korean, and Arabic.
In addition to Neuschwanstein Castle, you can also visit Hohenschwangau Castle and the Museum of the Bavarian Kings. There are discounts if you buy all these tickets together, so consider whether you want to see more than just Neuschwanstein.
Please be aware that Neuschwanstein is extremely popular with tourists, and it can be very busy, especially during peak tourist season in summer. At busy times you may have to wait a couple of hours to purchase your tickets, and they sometimes sell out.
If you'd rather skip the queue, reserve tickets in advance. See the official website for more information.
If you reserve tickets, you must do so before 3 pm at least two days in advance, and you'll still need to pick up your tickets from the Ticket-Center. However, you will be able to join a fast-tracked queue.
Map Showing Füssen, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein Castle, and the Ticket-Center
Questions & Answers
Question: How do I get from Füssen to Zugspitze?
Answer: If you go to the German train website Bahn.de (https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml) you can find details of bus connections, or bus + train connections. I suggest looking up connections to Garmisch-Partenkirchen which is a good base for the Zugspitze. There are some direct buses which take over 2 hours.
You could also check the Flixbus timetable (https://www.flixbus.de), it has the fastest direct connection I've seen at 1hr 45 minute - although only once a day and not every day. What suits you will depend on your itinerary.
Question: As Flixbus takes you to Schwangau Parkplatz, is it not better than the train?
Answer: Thanks for pointing this out. Yes- the Flixbus sounds like a good option. The limitations are that it only runs once a day there and back, so you have to stick to the times the Flixbus allows, and it looks like the route only operates Thursday to Sunday at the moment. You also have to book your seats in advance. If the timings the Flixbus offers work for you though then yes it is a good option.
Question: I will be coming from Obernau and have reserved tickets to the Neushwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles (pick up time 14:30). I'll probably be using the Regional Day Ticket for Bavaria. Your wonderful article states to catch a bus from Füssen to Hohenschwangau, however, when I look at Google Maps, it indicates that there is a stop ten minutes prior to Füssen Pulverturm called the Schwangau Neuschwanstein. Do you recommend against getting off here?
Answer: I think that is just the name of the stop in Hohenschwangau.
Question: I just booked the tickets online to Fussen, but I think I miscalculated the time. We arrive by train from Munich at 11:55 a.m. I have to collect my ticket at 12:25 pm. Does this give me enough time to collect the ticket?
Answer: I think its cutting it too fine. If I was you I would get an earlier train, or phone up the ticket office and see if you can change your ticket time.
Question: How long does it take to get from Fussen to the ticket center? I arrive in Fussen at 11:55 and have to collect my tickets by 12:45. Will I have time to get to the ticket center?
Answer: I think that would normally be enough time.
samoanwanderer on September 17, 2020:
I love travelIng by bus around Europe! It is great. Thank you for sharing!
Soh zhau sen on September 15, 2018:
There is a day pass from Munich central train station to Fussen will cost €31 for 2 person and this price includes bus ticket to the castle. You can save a lot compare to buying ticket per way will cost you €56.8 and you need to pay €4.6 for the bus from fussen to castle.
Smeenk on May 17, 2018:
Tip: Since this spring there is a new way to get your tickets for the Neuschwanstein Castle. To avoid long queues (can be up to 3 hours) at the ticketcenter in Hohenschwangau you can book your 'skip the line' tickets in advance. Official 'skip the line' tickets can be bought at https://neuschwansteintickets.de
Marianne Sherret (author) from Scotland, UK on August 25, 2017:
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.
Sommer on August 22, 2017:
How could we get from Neuschwanstein Castle to Hohenschwangau Castle? Is there a bus?
Dion on June 06, 2017:
Thank you very much! I'm visiting Neuschwanstein this month. This guide is even more straightforward than the office website
TaxiChris on January 26, 2017:
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!
Susan on October 05, 2016:
We did this this August with six people and it worked great and was a big saving
K HARISH RAMACHANDRAN from INDIA on January 18, 2016:
Very useful information. I shall definitely visit Bavaria in the future.
Readmikenow on July 28, 2015:
This is valuable information. I don't like to rent cars in foreign countries so this will help me.
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 07, 2014:
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
Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 07, 2014:
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.
Marianne Sherret (author) from Scotland, UK on March 27, 2013:
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.
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on March 27, 2013:
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!