Getting to Neuschwanstein Castle by Public Transport (Bus and Train)

Updated on March 14, 2018
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Marianne is from Edinburgh in Scotland. She enjoys travelling and sharing helpful tips with her readers.

Neuschwanstein Castle is surrounded by beautiful countryside. This fairytale castle is said to have inspired Disney's logo.
Neuschwanstein Castle is surrounded by beautiful countryside. This fairytale castle is said to have inspired Disney's logo. | Source

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*
Munich Hauptbahnhof
2.5 hours
every hour
€56.80 for round-trip (standard fare)
Augsburg
1 hour 39 minutes to 1 hour 51 minutes
every hour
€47.00 for round-trip (standard fare)
Please note that train times and prices are subject to change, and may vary. You may need to change trains. Make sure you look up train times on Deutsche Bahn's website. Prices here last checked March 2018. *See below for a money saving tip.

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.

Timetable Tip

Because Germany's public transport system is conveniently integrated, you can find both bus and train timetables on the Deutsche Bahn website.

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.

Beautiful Bavarian Countryside Surrounding Hohenschwangau
Beautiful Bavarian Countryside Surrounding Hohenschwangau | Source
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

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.

Hohenschwangau Village
Hohenschwangau Village | Source
Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle | Source

Map Showing Füssen, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein Castle, and the Ticket-Center

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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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D markerTicket-Center -
Alpseestraße 12, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
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        Smeenk 

        2 months ago

        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

      • daydreams profile imageAUTHOR

        Marianne Sherret 

        10 months 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 

        11 months ago

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

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        Dion 

        13 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 

        17 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 

        21 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 

        2 years 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.

      • daydreams profile imageAUTHOR

        Marianne Sherret 

        5 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 

        5 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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