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How to Get to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich – A Step-by-Step Guide

Neuschwanstein Castle is a popular attraction in Germany, a few hours from Munich. The views are breathtaking and the castle is quite a structure to witness (it was Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle!) so plan to spend plenty of time snapping pictures and taking it all in.

If you’re planning a visit, my biggest piece of advice is to plan ahead! We witnessed plenty of people who took the long, long trip to the castle with us, only to be sorely disappointed to be told at the ticket centre that the tours were fully booked for the day. You can freely walk around the outside of the castle but to go inside you’ll need to have a guided tour booked.

There are a few steps to get there and you’ll need to book your tour in advance so I’ve provided a breakdown below of what we did. If you’re following my schedule, we took the 15:55 tour. Our train left Munich Hbf at 11:53 and our train back into Munich left Füssen station at 18:05.

 

1 WEEK AHEAD: Book your castle tour tickets

The tours are booked online here.

The website allows you to book two days in advance but even in low season we weren’t able to get the original time we wanted. I’d maybe even book earlier during high season just to be safe.

The online time slots are weird. It doesn’t really tell you what time the tours are, it just gives you dates and times in 5 minute increments. I picked a time I thought we could be there at and then selected the language I wanted the tour in. The next day, I received an email from the ticket centre confirming the time they had reserved for me (15:55).

 

ON THE DAY OF YOUR TOUR

Allow for plenty of time for travel, at least four hours before your tour to be safe. You’ll see what I mean when I detail the steps below. It’s a long trip and you don’t want to miss your tour!

1. Go to Munich Hauptbahnhof (Hbf)

This is the central station in Munich. If you need to pay for fare to get to Munich Hbf, see step 2. This ticket will cover your ride to the Hbf.

2. Buy a Bayern ticket to Füssen

You can buy this ticket at any ticket machine, whether it’s at Hbf or your origin station. If you’re planning to return the same day, there’s a day ticket option that gives you a round trip journey for € 23 for one person + € 5 per additional person up to five people. Make sure you get this one if you’re doing a day trip because you’ll save a ton of money this way.

There are solid lines on the ticket. Write your name and the names of all other passengers traveling with you. When a conductor came around to check our tickets, he had a pen for anyone who didn’t do this. I don’t know whether they would’ve fined you – maybe he wasn’t as strict – but you might as well do this just in case.

Update from reader’s comment: On weekdays the Bayern ticket is only valid after 9am, with the earliest train to Füssen at 9:55am. Plan your tour time accordingly if you’ll be traveling Monday-Friday (holidays excluded). There are trains to Füssen that leave earlier than 9:55am, however the day ticket option is not valid for these times.
Also, the Bayern ticket is not just for travel to Füssen, but allows access to all regional trains in Bavaria for as long as the ticket is valid. Regional trains are all trains with the designating letters RB, RE, IRE, ALX, S-Bahn, BOB (Bayerische Oberlandbahn).

3. Train ride to Füssen

Once you have your ticket, follow the signs marked “trains”. There will be signs showing which platform you’ll be getting on for Füssen. We took platform 28 although it might be different for you.

The train ride will take approximately two hours. It’s a nice scenic ride with washrooms available and there will be plenty of tourists heading to Neuschwanstein Castle too if you’re looking for some conversation to pass the time.

4. Get to the ticket centre

When you get to Füssen, walk to the end of the platform and hang a right where you’ll take bus 78. There will be a crowd going that direction so you can’t miss it. Your Bayern train ticket will cover this bus so hang on to it and show the driver when you board.

The bus will take about 5-10 mins. When you arrive, walk uphill where the ticket centre is located and go through the reserved line (aren’t you glad you planned in advance?). You’ll need to pick up your ticket an hour before your tour time. If you don’t pick up an hour before your tour time, they’ll cancel your tour!

A tour ticket costs € 13.80 a person, which includes a reservation fee. You can pay with cash or credit card.

5. Get to the castle

You have your ticket and now it’s time to go to the castle!

There are three ways to get there:

– Walk. It’s a steep uphill climb that’ll take 30-40 minutes. If you’re relatively fit and/or on a tight budget, it’s a doable option.

– Shuttle bus. It costs € 2.60 return trip. There’s an area where you lineup for the shuttle and a booth there to buy your ticket. The lineups get long as the shuttles aren’t very frequent and we waited for about 20 minutes until we could board one. If you’re in a time crunch, this wouldn’t be your best option.

– Horse carriage. This is the fastest option since the lineup isn’t as long but it’s the most expensive option at € 6 uphill and € 3 downhill.

It’s worth noting that the bus and horse carriage don’t go right up to the castle. From where it drops you off, it’s another 10 minute walk uphill. There’s also a bridge located at the drop off point where you can get “the money shot” but it was unfortunately closed when we were there. If it’s open, you don’t want to miss it!

6. Going on your tour

On your ticket is a tour number that you’ve been assigned to. At the entrance of the castle, there’s a gate with a screen showing tour numbers and you can enter once your number is called.

The tour itself is guided and there will be a tour guide waiting for you when you enter the castle. The tour takes about 30 minutes since a large portion of the castle is still incomplete so you’ll only see a few rooms. There’s an amazing view at the end of the tour and the ticket/long day of travel was worth that alone!

7. Getting back to Munich

To recap how to get back:
– Walk downhill from the castle to catch the shuttle/horse carriage, or walk the 30-40 minutes back to the ticket centre
– Take the shuttle or horse carriage to ticket centre (show your round trip ticket for the shuttle!)
– Take bus 78 to Füssen station (free with your Bayern train ticket!)
– Füssen station to Munich Hbf

There’s a yummy Middle Eastern take out place around the corner from where bus 78 drops you off. We grabbed a shawarma and falafel wrap and ate that while waiting for the train.

Update from reader’s comment: on the train back to Munich Hbf, there is a direct train every second hour and another that requires a change of trains in Buchloe. Make sure you check for departure times when you arrive in Füssen if you’re looking to take the direct route.

Last thoughts…

There are a few tour companies who will take you to the castle. I looked into it on Viator but we ended up getting there ourselves since it was significantly cheaper. Neuschwanstein Castle uses their own tour guides so if you do go this route, you’ll still need to purchase a separate tour ticket. I also don’t think you can avoid the 10 minute uphill walk no matter which way you get there.

Wear comfortable shoes. There’s a lot of walking involved but it doesn’t stop there – you’ll be doing a lot of stair climbing on the castle tour too.

I honestly wished we could’ve spent more time in Schwangau, the village where the castle is located. It was so beautiful and would’ve been perfect for a bike ride. Unfortunately we had to catch our train back into Munich so we didn’t get much time to explore. Definitely get there earlier if you can. I’d even spend another day or two there.

 

Planning a trip to Neuschwanstein? Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to help!

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  • Reply Sarah Noelle @ The Yachtless December 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Ohmigosh, I have been to this castle! So, so long ago (13 years, yipes!) and I’d completely forgotten about it, but it is all coming back. I remember I bought a little mini-book about the prince or whoever who had lived there (Ludwig?), and I definitely remember walking up that hill! I’m not planning to go back anytime soon, but this was a nice trip down memory lane. 🙂
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    • Reply Christine December 4, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Haha it was Ludwig! He was a bit nuts and his obsession with swans creeped me out but it was still a cool castle to visit. Glad I could recreate those memories for you 😉

  • Reply robyn March 14, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Thanks so much for this great info – we are planning a trip in July and I have been weighing up the tours via train/coach etc from Munich. Your blog makes the independent travelling sound easy – hopefully we’ll find our way easily with your excellent advice!

    • Reply Christine March 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      You can save a ton of money via independent travel! Highly suggest you go this route…there are a few steps to get there but it’s easy. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to help 🙂

      • Reply Craig February 23, 2017 at 12:01 pm

        Christine
        I am flying into Munich for the first time march 3, 2017 in the Morning with my 14 year old son. We want to see Neusch. Castle /Hohen. Castle/Linderhof. Trying to figure out if renting a car is best way to see and maybe spend Saturday / Sunday night in that area or take train to Fussen. We have to be Ingelstadt to take Audi tour 11:00 am Monday.. What would you suggest. Really want to see sights.

        Thanks

        • Reply Christine February 24, 2017 at 9:19 am

          Renting a car would be your best bet if you need to be in Ingelstadt before 11:00. Plus you’ll have more time in Fussen which is a beautiful area. Have fun!

      • Reply nikeille February 25, 2017 at 9:37 am

        hi christine, the tour guide is already included in the ticket right if i wanna travel independently?

        • Reply Christine February 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

          The tour guide is included in the tickets you purchase to gain access to the castle. You can travel there on your own with the instructions I’ve provided but you can’t wander around the castle on your own — you’ll need to go on the guided tour 🙂

  • Reply SHARON CHEN July 1, 2016 at 7:45 am

    HI, I found some day tour via Viator too. The tour included romantic road. It’s just at the bottom before we going up the castle. Is that true ? Tell me more , what we can do by ourselves around Munich. Where other places we can see or visit. Simple and cheap without day tour/ coach tour. Thank you.

    • Reply Christine August 4, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Hi Sharon, I’m afraid I don’t have much info for you as we didn’t do a day tour. I’d read the reviews on Viator to get a sense of what to expect on the tour and whether it’s the right one for you.
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  • Reply Dianne August 4, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Thank you very much. My friend and I are planning to visit this coming September and I saw on the website that the St. Marys Bridge is going to be open to the public again. Your suggestions will definitely help us as we initially planned to get a tour going there. All in all, how much were you able to save versus what you were supposed to spend if you go on a tour?

    • Reply Christine August 4, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Oh awesome! You’ll have to go on the bridge if it’s open.

      The tour we were originally looking at was about $160 for two people. We saved $120 between the both of us and the difference being the train ticket, as all tours only bring you to the ticket centre so you’ll have to manage your own way up to the castle.

      There are benefits on doing a tour – getting there via coach bus, having a tour guide, seeing other sights – but the extra cost wasn’t worth it for us. Hope that helps!
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  • Reply Anisha August 7, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Hey Thank you so much for the info. My girlfriend and I will be traveling at the end of this month. Just a couple of concerns. How much time do you think this entire trip to and fro to the castle will take us from Munich?

  • Reply Anisha August 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Also do you think it is advisable for us to plan a trip to Erding the same evening for the Herbstfest?

    • Reply Christine August 7, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      We left Munich around noon and got back around 8pm. I didn’t go out to Erding so I don’t have much advice to give but check the train schedules heading back into Munich. If you don’t think you can squeeze it all in before then, you might want to consider staying overnight in the area and heading back into Munich the next day.

  • Reply Marco Lia August 9, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Thanks a lot ! we’re going there in December ! anything interesting to do apart from the Castle tour ? we’re arriving in Fussen at around 10am so that we have quite a lot of time to spend ! Thanks for your advice

    • Reply Christine August 9, 2016 at 8:53 am

      I highly recommend cycling the area! I saw a few people do it and wished I had known about it because the Fussen area is just beautiful. From TripAdvisor:

      Fussen stands on the banks of the Forggensee – a large lake. There is a cycle route all the way round the lake (20 miles) on quiet, traffic free roads. Cycling is easy; the route is nearly all flat and the surface is very good. The views of the mountains and the ‘fairy tale castles’ are breathtaking. Bikes can be hired at the railway station in Füssen.

  • Reply Luis August 26, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Hello Christine,

    Amazing article! Thank you so much for all your information. It helps a lot.
    I have a question for you, and I would really appreciate it if you could give me your advise. I am planning to visit the castle at the end of September, and I want to buy the tickets to visit it ahead of time. The only problem that I have is how did you do to calculate the time of the train from Munich + the bus + the walk ( I’m planning to do the 40 min. walk up the hill )? Do you get your tour assigned when you arrived to pick up your reservation at the kiosk? or you just have to calculate 4 to 5 hours ahead of your tour for traveling time.
    I also wanted to ask you about the other castle in the area. I guess you were not able to visit it because of time, but do you think it’s possible to travel early in the morning from Munich, visit both castles and return the same day back to Munich?
    I thank you ahead of time for your help and feedback. i haven’t been able to find any information about the traveling time and tour reservation calculations.

    • Reply Christine August 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Luis! So when you book your tickets online, you specify what time you want your tour to start. Then they’ll email you back to confirm your time (we ended up with a later time since the time we wanted was fully booked). So you will know what time your tour starts beforehand so you can plan your trip there accordingly.

      I know of Hohenschwangau Castle. That’s actually right by the ticket centre so you’ll have plenty of time to see that if you go a bit early. I’d leave Munich at least 6 hours prior to your Neuschwanstein tour time to make time for both castle tours.

    • Reply Christine August 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Also, I’d highly recommend booking your tickets now for end of September visit!

      • Reply Luis August 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

        Christine,

        Thank you SO much for your guidance and response. I already made the reservation. Let’s hope we get the time we want.

        • Reply Christine August 29, 2016 at 9:35 am

          Great! Hope you have an amazing tour and would love a follow up afterwards to hear about your experience.

  • Reply Peeter August 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    This is a wonderful guide! I just used it on Monday this week and it was really useful. There are just a couple of comments I would like to make.

    -there is a Bayern ticket, this is not a Bayern ticket to some specific place (eg Füssen). It means that with this ticket you can travel all over Bayer all day long using RE trains (it is not valid on IC or TGV trains). The trains are going to be full so one might consider buying a 1st class Bayern ticket, it does exist, too). Depending on your budget, of course.
    -the Bayern ticket is valid from 9 am on workdays. It means that the earliest train to Füssen is smth at 5 min to 10 and it was a direct train. I booked a tour for 2.30 pm (adding an half an hour to the suggested time for lunch), so I picked up the ticket just after arriving to Hohenschwangau, had a quick lunch and then took a carriage up. The schedule was quite tight, but it worked.
    -when you take your train back to Munich you notice that there is a direct connection every second hour and a connection that requires to change train in Buchloe in between direct connections. It happened that I was in Füssen just when the changing option departed. I noticed that this was an Augsburg train, so I quickly checked the evening connections from Augsburg to Munich and decided to treat myself with an evening walk and a supper in Augsburg. I had the train ticket anyway, the Bayern ticket (see the first paragraph. And avoid IC and TGV trains from Augsburg to Munich!). And Augsburg is a nice city. With all that history etc. I did not regret it and would really recommend it, if you stay in Munich.

    But, yes, great guide. Thanks a lot for putting all this information together. Really useful.

    • Reply Christine August 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Hey Peeter, great to hear that it was helpful for your trip! And thanks so much for the additional comments. They’ll be useful for anyone planning their trip to Neuschwanstein.

  • Reply Luis August 29, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Christine,

    Thank you SO much for your guidance and response. I already made the reservation. Let’s hope we get the time we want. We are taking all your notes to make that trip to visit the castle a successful one.

  • Reply chett September 11, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    If you get a rail pass, is the bayern ticket covered already?

    • Reply Christine September 13, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Hmm not too sure about a rail pass. You can ask when you purchase it if the Bayern ticket is covered.

  • Reply Nazli September 13, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Thank you for this extremely helpful guide. I am planning to visit Germany in Oct and will definitely try to visit the castle.

  • Reply Jon September 19, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    We drove from Munich to the castle in our rental car. No trip to Germany is complete without a drive on the autobahn!

    I had booked in advance and when we got there, there was a line of about 150 people waiting for tickets and there was one person in line for those with reservations. Very happy to have booked in advance. 🙂

  • Reply Annie September 21, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Hi Christine,
    Can I buy the Bayern one day ticket the day before departure?

    • Reply Christine September 21, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Annie, I believe it’s only valid on the day that you purchase it. From the Munich tourist website:

      The ticket is valid
      weekdays Mon – Fri from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. the following day (18 hours)
      Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 0 a.m. to 3 a.m. the following day (27 hours)

      • Reply Jeff Chung April 3, 2017 at 5:43 am

        Hi Chris

        Thank you for all the info you have contributed to this webpage. So based on this info regarding the validity of the Bayern train operating times, would it be best if you didnt want to feel rushed, to do the tour on a weekend because you can get to Fussen station much earlier? The local buses and the castle are still open and operating at the weekends I assume? Is there anying significant to be aware of if doing it on a weekend rather than weekday?

  • Reply Tori September 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    How do you get the view of the castle from far away, like the photo you’ve posted to this article?

    Thank you!

  • Reply Amita October 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Hi ,

    I am planning to go on Saturday in November . What tour plan (what time train , which time 78 bus, which tour time ) I should choose so I will be back to Munich Hbf before 5 pm. I have to catch 5PM train to Berlin but I do not want to miss seeing this castle . I am ready to take early morning train to Füssen if needed.

    • Reply Christine October 14, 2016 at 8:11 am

      That’s a tight schedule as the earliest train to Fussen leaves at 9:55. I don’t even think that would be possible given how long it takes to get there alone. If you need to be back in Munich before 5pm, I’d suggest looking into an organized group tour and seeing if any of them will have you back in the city before that time.

      • Reply Victoria October 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        Hello, i was just at the castle on Monday. I’d like to clarify, that there ARE times to Fussen before 9:55 however you cannot get the cheap day-pass if you leave before 9AM. Therefore you’ll probably have to buy your Roundtrip to Fussen individually. But it is doable. From what I have just learned, leave at least 3 hours to get there, pick up your tickets, and 30-40 minutes to walk up to the castle. The train is about 2 hours unless you need to make a connection and then it is 2.5 hours. Hope that helps!

        • Reply Christine October 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm

          Thanks for clarifying, Victoria! I’m not aware of all the variables so it really helps when I get amendments from readers like yourself. I’ll make a note in the post.

          I do think you’ll need more than 3 hours as the train is 2-2.5 hours as you mentioned, plus you need to pick up your reserved ticket an hour ahead of your tour or else it’ll be cancelled. My recommendation is minimum 4 hours ahead of your scheduled tour.

          • Amita October 14, 2016 at 3:37 pm

            Thanks Christine and Victoria .
            Looking at the popularity of castle I have decided to go previous night to fussen , have booked hotel in fussen.
            I hope now I will have plenty of time to enjoy the castle next day and return back to Munich at time 🙂

          • Christine October 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm

            That sounds like a great plan! And the area around Fussen is just lovely. If you haven’t yet, I’d look into booking your tour ticket now so you can get the time slot you need to arrive back in Munich before 5pm. Have fun!

  • Reply Toby November 18, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Thanks a heap for the detailed information! Will be there during winter, and i can’t just can’t imagine how cold its going to be with all the walking outside…

  • Reply JR December 3, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Christine,

    As everyone else mentioned before, great post and great tips, thanks a lot for it!

    I have a question about the Bayern ticket you mention: we just need to buy that ticket (no matter where), get inside the desired train and show it to the conductor in that moment, or do we need to buy the Bayern ticket but still make some kind of reservation for the specific trips we want?

    I am asking because the train company may require to have the exact number of passengers on the train and so a “reservation” for the particular trip could be required, instead of going directly to the train with just the Bayern ticket.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Reply Christine December 4, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Hi Joana! You’ll purchase your ticket and will show it to the conductor who will be walking between the train cars. It’s a public train with commuters (not just for tourists) so there’s no need to make a reservation.

  • Reply Lucy December 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you for this guide! I’m heading there tomorrow and this has certainly been helpful. I am so excited to visit because it looks absolutely stunning.

    Lucy
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  • Reply Josh December 16, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I dont know how to thank you enough. We found your advice and followed it to the T. It helped us out so much and made for a perfect day. It helped us save so much time and money and really helped us enjoy the trip. There were so many moving parts to this trip and no way would it have worked out if we didn’t find this site. Again, thank you so much.

    • Reply Christine December 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      That’s awesome! I’m glad to hear it was helpful and that you had a good day at the castle.

  • Reply ShiYun January 6, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Hi,

    May I know where can we check the train timings? I’m intending to make this trip this coming summer! 🙂

  • Reply Sharon February 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Hi great information,we will be going in June and I am worried as it’s our first trip to Munich/fussen and we have no clue about getting there and it’s a very expensive taxi ride.We arrive on a Friday and are staying next to the castle do you know if they do a 3 day weekend train pass for a return trip? Any tips on food places? Thanks

    • Reply Christine February 13, 2017 at 9:28 am

      I’m not sure if a taxi would take you to Fussen from Munich but I wouldn’t even suggest it as an option — that would be a really expensive fare! There is a pass that allows a return trip on a separate day but it’s more expensive than the same day return (the ticket I mention above). I didn’t venture too much beyond the castle but there are food options in Fussen.

  • Reply Claudio Meeks February 26, 2017 at 2:55 am

    Hi Christine! Great info !
    Im planing on going alone since Im going to Amsterdam to visit a friend. She isn’t interested on going to see the castle … anyways I bought a ticket from Amsterdam to Munich and from the airport I ll have to reach the bus station. Thank God I’m Im not going till May 23rd so I have time to schedule things now that I have my flight booked and reserved a hotel at Hohenschwangau, the village right by the smaller castle. At first I was a little concerned about the bus schedule for only reading reviews of people going for a day trip and I only saw one company for a 2 day trip. I decided to do all on my own to be free to venture out and hope to go at least for one or two hikes around the castle vicinity. May 25th is actually a German holiday… I just hope the bus schedule won’t be altered since I have to be back to Munich by 5pm… I did make sure to book my return with time to spare.

  • Reply Brenda March 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Christine – I was referred to a website by a friend to purchase a combo ticket to visit 3 castles. But when I went to purchase, it didn’t ask me for the time I needed. I’m being told they include a tour but not a reservation @ Neuschwanstein. So do we have to purchase separate tickets to “reserve” a time ? I don’t want to buy duplicate tickets. Below is the info that I was given. Thank you for any help you can provide.

    W offer the combination ticket “Königsschlösser” (King Ludwig II’s palaces). The combination ticket (24 euros) is valid for six months; you can visit each of the palaces Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein once.

    • Reply Christine March 1, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Hi Brenda, I’m not sure which site you’re on but my understanding is that all tours to go inside the castle are organized by the castle. Any 3rd party tour company can take you TO the castle and surrounding area but to gain access inside, you’ll need to book your tickets directly with the castle. A visit inside is only possible with their guided tour, where you would need to reserve a time beforehand.

      They offer combination tickets on here for 31,50 Euros: https://www.hohenschwangau.de/1397.0.html

      The website your friend referred you to might be a company that takes you to each of the 3 castles and provides a guided tour en route. Then you’ll need to purchase a separate ticket to reserve a guided tour and gain access to go in.

  • Reply Vanessa Herrman March 4, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful information, Christine! We have booked a tour for 11:35am and need to pick up our tickets at 10:35am. I was hoping to get your advice- there is a train leaving from Munich at 7:51am, arriving at Fussen at 9:55am. Do you think that would be cutting it too close for the bus, ticket pick up, and getting up to the castle? The other option is 6:55am, arriving at 8:55am but includes a transfer.

    Also- any idea how much the cost is for the bus if you do not book the day ticket? It’s a bummer it is only valid after 9am. We booked our tickets before seeing your post. Thanks in advance!

    • Reply Christine March 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Hi Vanessa, it’s close but you should be okay. The bus is a short 5 minute ride so just make sure you head straight for it as soon as you arrive into Fussen.

      I’m not sure about pricing but you can look it up on their website at bahn.de.

  • Reply sukhjit Singh March 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you very much for your brief description regarding to reach Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich by train.
    I am planning to visit this place in ending March 2017, hope everything will be fine.

  • Reply Kartika March 28, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Hi,

    your post arw so great. I would like to ask you, what time did you book for the ticket to Neuschweinstein castel? I was planning the same, take train from Münich to Füssen and take bus, is it the bus available every minute? And what time did you arrive in Munich? I have a plan to continue going to Salzburg with the same bayern ticket, do you think it’s possible? Thank you!!

    • Reply Christine March 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Hi Kartika, I list my ticket and train times above. The bus to the castle, I wouldn’t say every minute, but my guess is that they time it with the train arrivals. Going back the opposite way may be different however, since we had to wait about 15 minutes to get back to the train station.

      • Reply Kartika March 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

        thank you so much!!

  • Reply Rain April 13, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Christine,

    This is a big help, thanks. I am also opting on not getting the tour. But may I ask, do you think I can cover this by leaving Munich as early as 7 AM and be back in Munich by 2-3 PM? Thanks so much,

    • Reply Christine April 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      You can definitely choose not to do the tour but remember that you won’t be able to get inside the castle without one! I don’t know if that’s a feasible schedule considering it takes close to 4 hours just getting there. You’ll be spending that much time getting there and back and no time left to explore Neuschwanstein.

  • Reply Claudio Meeks April 16, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Christine! Happy Easter!
    I have 2 questions…
    I’m Flying from Amsterdam to Munich and from there I’ll go to the castle. Instead of doing a day trip I booked two nights and leave back to Munich Airport by Afternoon and then to Amsterdam again. My question is … will be easy to go to the bus station from the airport? I won’t be able buy a two ticket same day which is cheaper but I can buy in that case a two trips as single tickets ?
    Thank you !

    • Reply Christine April 20, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Happy Easter! Very easy, the s-bahn lines take you into Munich hbf from the airport so it’s no problem at all.

      • Reply Claudio Meeks April 21, 2017 at 12:53 am

        Thank you Christine! Yes i was able to book the train just not a bus from Füssen. I”ll be arriving about 5:50 /6pm … i just hope the buses run through the evening towards the village /castle.

        • Reply Christine April 25, 2017 at 11:15 pm

          I don’t believe you can book the bus but if they’re not running, they may have taxis available that’ll take you up to the castle.

        • Reply Christine April 25, 2017 at 11:16 pm

          I think the buses time their schedule around the train arrival times though so you should be able to find a bus!

          • Claudio Meeks April 26, 2017 at 6:27 am

            Thank you Christine !!! I think there might be buses at evening … I was also reading posts off Trip Advisor and some people said the bus would be there at the train station following train arrival, granted Ive noticed not many people seem to arrive at evening times. If i must take a cab i learned that its $10 Euro. I wonder if UBER made it there lol . One last question … Can I only book 1 week before my trip to the castle? Or should I try reserving at begining of May, since I’ll be there on the 24th?

          • Christine May 3, 2017 at 1:06 am

            I’d book as soon as possible to get the time you’d like to reserve. Have fun!

          • Claudio Meeks May 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

            Hi Christine!
            Thank you again ! I did my request last night for 3pm and this morning i got my reservation for 2:10pm for Neuschwastein and the other castle at 11:45am … pick up sat 10:45am gotta stay put on my time set. Now I’ll share with you my experience after the awaited day !!! So excited! I hope i can do the bridge … last night the website said they had a frost … their winter lingers, no? Lol I hope 3 more weeks bring more warmth and spring colors!

  • Reply Nancy June 18, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for the detailed report Christine! I’ll be heading there later this week.

    • Reply Claudio Meeks June 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Christine ! I actually returned from my trip from Europe 2 weeks ago. So i had a few hiccups lol such as missing my flight from Amsterdam to Paris… I flew from Amsterdam to Munich… but i didnt allow enough time from the train i took from the airport to the station where i had to take the next train to Fussen. Since I bought my train ticket from an European Train agency. I didnt know it wasnt still the high season so i could have gotten a ticket last minute. well live and learn. The fact was the email i got from this agency wasnt like an airplane type of confirmation i could download over the phone nor print at home… had to be printed at the station and … i had to search through couple emailsthey sent me to find the code amidst the email info sent to me. So after almost 30 min of clueless and anxiety I finally figure it out. What i didnt realize my train ticket was some sort of a voucher type of ticket. Mind it was my first trip outside the US alone. So the entire trip was like learning how to be and to do things on my own. Id say it made me realize how easy is to travel through the US using Airplanes and car rentals. I’d also tell people to be mindful of speeding through Europe they have lots of cameras and the limit to speed is to be respected. I was lucky i only got 1 ticket ($20 Euro charged straight to the credit card via the car rental) when i could have gotten several.
      Anyways all that was to say I missed the train i was supposed to take but was able to take the next. Later i learned there was 2 different ways i could have taken. There is a straight train from Munich to Fussen and there is another that one that you have to take a connection. Which is the best choice! See because I missed the train I was to take at 4:14 pm I had to take the 4:15pm with a connection… well few stations later the door wouldn’t close for awhile so by the time i reached my next connection it was too late. I had to the next train. Luckily the train ticket (voucher) apparently works yet for anytime of the day not only for the original time. So by the time I arrived to Fussen was too late! The hotel i was to stay 2 nights closes the reception at 8pm. If you have the key you are fine the hotel stays open,but you cannot check in after 8pm. So i got another hotel, should i say it was pouring rain while this was going on? Thank God I made sure to sign up for international plan. Id be in big trouble if i had to rely on WiFi only. Anyways this hotel i got last minute was actually nicer. It had breakfast included, tv … the bed was kind funny though both hotels had very thin mattress with an unusual type of coverlet … no sheet ? lol The village where the Neuschwastein Castle is, is actually 2 miles walking from Fussen the bus runs from early morning till 5pm. After only cab … no Uber. But its a easy walk very pleasant even in a dark night!!! Restaurants do close around 9pm but a few might stay open till 10pm for patrons . Fussen its a beautiful city, super cute! The Village by the castle is kind dead after 6pm. Most tourists will leave and few people I guess book hotels right there. It gave me a feeling I was sort of in a movie set… seriously! The village is basically cared for the daily visitors! Now I see why most people come for a day trip. But Id say if someone wants to experience the place, book a hotel in Fussen! I went on Wednesday and left on Friday noon. When I took the bus from the village to Fussen I saw lots of cars coming into the city and I saw couple trains coming in also full of tourists. So if you like to enjoy ur day with less people avoid weekends. During the week wont be empty either … maybe during winter? But I went May 22 till May 24 which was not yet high season.
      Last thing to say the entrance of the castle was under construction so that was a bummer … that orange reddish color at the entrance is gone its all concrete colored now and scaffolding all around the front. So the other sides of the catles are prettier for the photos. Mary’s Bridge is a must place to hike and if you can go even further up the hill, the views are gorgeous!!!
      Hmmm i also you like to say I liked the other castle best in therms of visiting the inside. Tge guide was wonderful and took the time to answer all our questions even helped a lady that … passed out in the middle of one of the rooms (thank god she didnt fell over a priceless antique piece! ) . I just mentioned this cause inside the Neuschwastein Castle the guide will bately say a word … you will be given a recorder with a ear bud phone … thats your guide… i was a bit disappointed considering such nice guide at tge old castle. Neither castle you cant take photos inside .. except towards outside the window.
      Sorry for the long review?

  • Reply Jessa July 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Hello Christine,

    Where did you buy the train ticket going to Füssen? Is the ticket to Bayern can be purchased in the ticketing machine in trains stations (ex. Partnachplatz ticketing machine)? Is it already a roundtrip ticket?

    • Reply Christine July 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Hi there, you can buy the ticket at any ticketing machine at any station. Make sure it specifies round trip and same day return if you’ll be returning that day.

  • Reply Jessa July 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Hello Christine,

    Thank you for your very informative blog. It was indeed very helpful. We followed your itinerary except for returning to Munich, wherein we dropoff in Augsburg instead of Buchloe. Thank you so much! Godbless 🙂

  • Reply Tahoe September 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I found the whole trip including with train and castle tickets is only $54.40 per person for 9.5 hours tour.
    https://www.viator.com/tours/Munich/Neuschwanstein-Castle-Small-Group-Day-Tour-from-Munich/d487-2666CASTLE?itemId=627617164
    Do you think it is ok? Thanks!

  • Reply smp September 22, 2017 at 4:26 am

    It’s been two years since your precise description of the tour to the castle, and it has still so helped me. I love that you have put the information so we’ll up to the point, yet have so many interesting stories within (the post as well as comments?). Just wanted to type in a thank you for taking your time to write this post!

    • Reply Christine September 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad it helped you out ?

  • Reply Varun October 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Can’t tell you how helpful this was for me. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Thank you!

  • Reply Maryanne Florentino October 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks for all the helpful information and tips! Did you buy your train ticket from Munich to Fussen online? If so, which website did you use?

    • Reply Christine October 12, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Nope, I purchased it when I entered the subway station going to Munich hbf. You can purchase online although not necessary.

  • Reply Rob Fereday October 29, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Great article and thanks for sharing your key learning.

    I am planning to travel from Munich airport straight to fussen (2 nights by the castle) and then back to Munich for 2 nights before flying back to the UK. Any advice on train tickets that are most suitable for this sort of “return” journey?

    • Reply Christine October 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      I’m only aware of the one ticket from Munich to Fussen. The one I purchased was for a same day return so you’d get the regular return ticket.

  • Reply Mark McElroy November 4, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    How helpful! I know what goes into detailed, useful travel accounts like this, and really appreciate your work. We are headed to the castle in December 2017 and we will use your plan. Thanks so much!

    • Reply Christine November 6, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      That’s great! Have the best time.

  • Reply Pilar Eizaga November 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Christine!
    In your experience where is the best place to get pictures of the castle? I read about a hill but Im not sure if it is the one you are talking about.
    Thank you very much.

    • Reply Christine November 22, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Hi! It would be on the bridge. It was closed when I was there but is a must!

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