Getting to Neuschwanstein Castle by Public Transport (Bus and Train)
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.
Approximate Journey Time to Füssen
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.
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.
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.