I have always used a bus direct from Gar.P to N,schwanstein, but this year our family might be going as a group, all adults 5 in total. Firstly is there still a direct bus on that route?
I have seen the train route recommended via Reutte in Tirol which sounds fun, could we have some details on this especially if Bavaria ticket covers all 5 of us.
You'll find train times, details and fares in English on the excellent German railway website here:
Though in many cases on this route the 'train' is actually a bus.
There isn't a direct train, l'm afraid. You'll need to make a couple of changes if you use the train rather than the direct bus. The direct bus is also faster than the train (because of the changes involved).
If you click on the red arrow to the right you'll see additional details of changes (e.g. the fact that you go via Reutte) and if you then click 'see intermediate stops' you'll see...well, the intermediate stops! :-)
Bus 9606 still runs the route from Garmisch-P to Fuessen, stopping at Schloss Hohenschwangau/Neuschwanstein complex. You can take a train to Reutte, but then you have to change to a bus to Fuessen, and then take another bus to the castle complex.
Most bus connections to Hohenschwangau require a change of bus. But there is at 09:40 a direct one.
DB timetable reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/qu...
Destination: Hohenschwangau, Schwangau (Schlösser)
The route via Reutte requires two changes (in Reutte and Füssen). But it is the even more scenic route. Travel times are nearly identical. Thus to make this day trip as a loop has its pros. You could spent some time in Füssen and return via Reutte. The buses between Füssen and Reutte are not covered by a Bayern Ticket. The trains Reutte to Garmisch-Partenkirchen are. As all other buses on this loop. Bus Füssen to Reutte is EUR 4,20 per adult, EUR 2,20 per child (6 - 14 years).
Thank you for your replies, sounds like it would make sense to go to N,schwanstein direct on the bus and back via the scenic route.
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