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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 traveling 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 the 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.
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3. Options for Getting From Hohenschwangau to Neuschwanstein
Once you have your ticket for Neuschwanstein (if you want to go inside the Castle, see the section below), you can make your way up to the castle in three ways:
- On foot in 40 minutes.
- By bus. These are specially organized 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 labeled. You should also be able to pick up a free map in the village.
In the 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 traveling.
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 the 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: 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 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: 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.