How to Get to Neuschwanstein Castle by Public Transport (Bus and Train)
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
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.
Approximate journey time to Füssen
Standard prices for tickets *see below for moneysaving tip
54.80 Euros for return adult standard fare
1 hour 39 minutes to 1 hour 51 minutes
42.20 Euros for return adult standard ticket
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' or in English "Regional day ticket for Bavaria"
These are special train tickets that entitle you to travel anywhere by train within Bavaria for an entire day.
If you are travelling alone it will cost 25 Euros for the day.
There are even better savings if you travel in a group, as it is only an extra 6 Euros for each additional person in a group for up to 5 people in total. This means for a group of 5 it will only cost 49 Euros to travel for one day (9.80 Euros each). You can also travel with your own children or grandchildren without paying any extra.
You can buy the ticket at the train station or on the Bahn.de website.
Pricing information last updated: January 2017
- Bahn.com - your online travel booking tool for rail journeys, holidays, city trips and car rental
For the most up to date train times visit Deutsche Bahn (the Germany national railway services) website and search for journeys between your starting point, and Füssen.
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 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.
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, Greek, Thai, Korean and Arabic
As well as Neuschwanstein Castle, you can also see Hohenschwangau Castle, and the Museum of the Bavarian tickets. There are discounts if you buy tickets together, so it is worth considering whether you want to see all of these.
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 have to wait a couple of hours to purchase your tickets.
You can reserve tickets in advance, online, or by phone or email. Information is available on the following website:
If you reserve tickets you must do so at least two days in advance before 3pm, and still need to pick up your tickets from the ticket centre. However, you will be able to join a fast-tracked queue.
4. 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 - a return trip is current 2.60 Euros)
- By horse drawn carriage.
Lots of information about the options will be available in Hohenschwangau, and the paths are clearly labelled. You should also be able to pick up a free map.
While you are in the area you might also want to take some time to walk around and explore some of the beautiful surrounding countryside.