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

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
Prices for tickets *see below to save money
Munich Hauptbahnhof
2 hours
every hour
49.40 Euros for return adult standard fare
1 hour 39 minutes to 1 hour 51 minutes
every hour
39.40 Euros for return adult standard ticket
Please note that train times are subject to change, and may vary in different seasons. In some circumstances you may need to change trains. Make sure you look up train times on Deutsche Bahn's website, and

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

If you are travelling by your self it will cost 22 Euros for the day. Even better if you are travelling in a group it is only an extra 4 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 38 Euros to travel for one day (7.80 Euros each). You can also travel with your own children or grandchildren without paying any extra.

Information correct March 2013.


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 will cost you 2.30 Euros and 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 and Greek.

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 may wish to reserve your tickets in advance, you can do so online, or by phone or email. Information is available on the following website:

Please note that the online booking form is currently only available in German. If this causes difficulty you can use google translate to work it out. If you reserve tickets you must do so at least a day in advance, and you must still pick up your tickets from the ticket center. However you will be able to join a fast tracked queue.

Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle | Source

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)
  • 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

show route and directions
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
[get directions]

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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Kathleen Cochran 3 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!

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daydreams 3 years ago from Scotland, UK Author

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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Thelma Alberts 2 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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techygran 2 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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Readmikenow 15 months ago

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

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hari87 9 months ago from INDIA

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

Susan 2 weeks ago

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

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