As one of the most popular holiday destinations in Germany, it’s hardly surprising that people often want to know how to get from Munich to Fussen. There are several options open to those who want to visit this pretty Bavarian town with its beautiful lakes and charming Old Town, and this guide will take you through all the options.
You might like the idea of taking a Munich to Fussen day trip so you can see the key sights, or wish to take the Munich to Fussen train for a longer stay. If you’re flying into Germany, you may also want to know how to travel from Munich airport to Fussen or want to drive from central Munich to Fussen in a rental car.
This guide will outline all the options, so you can decide the best transport option for you according to your budget, preferences and timescale. We’ll also cover other important things you might need to know, such as the distance from Munich to Fussen and how much you should pay for a train ticket from Munich to Fussen.
Read on to discover the best route from Munich to Fussen for you – as well as the journey back to the Bavarian capital.
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Where is Fussen?
Fussen can be found in the state of Bavaria in southern Germany.
How far from Munich to Fussen?
The distance between Munich and Fussen is approximately 133 kilometres, or 83 miles.
Munich – Fussen transport options
Train from Munich to Fussen
Taking the train is probably the simplest way to travel between Munich and Fussen. Germany has frequent, reliable and comfortable rail services, and travelling by train means avoiding car rental, driving in an unfamiliar country and knowing just how much time to allow for the journey.
How long does it take to travel from Munich to Fussen by train? The trip takes around two hours, and during that time you can enjoy a stress-free journey with beautiful views over the Bavarian countryside.
The train from Munich Hauptbahnhof to Fussen may travel directly with no stops, or you may need to change services in Biessenhofen or Buchloe. You can also travel via Kaufbueren, but this will take around 15 minutes longer. Whether you travel directly from Munich or via Buchloe or Biessenhofen, the rail trip will take around two hours.
Train tickets from Munich to Fussen are very affordable. At the time of writing, a single fare cost from USD $26, while a return could be purchased for as little as USD $51.
The first service on weekdays departs Munich before 5am, and the last leaves after 10pm. There is approximately one train per hour throughout the day.
Train from Munich Airport to Fussen
If you’re wondering how to get to Fussen by train from Munich airport, it’s pretty easy. You will follow one of the same routes detailed above, but with the addition of an extra rail journey from Munich Flughafen – the airport station – usually to Munich Pasing or sometimes to Munich Hauptbahnhof.
On average the trip between the airport and Fussen will take about an hour longer than that from central Munich alone, though it depends on exactly which route you select and when you travel. Again there are some direct trains, or you may change in Biessenhofen or Buchloe as before.
There may also be a small additional cost. Single fares start at USD $32 from Munich airport to Fussen, with returns costing from USD $51.
Driving from Munich to Fussen
The car trip from Munich to Fussen should take around 1 hour and 35 minutes, depending on your precise departure and arrival points – and of course traffic. If you’re comfortable with driving on the right, then a car gives you more freedom and flexibility.
Opting to travel from Munich to Fussen by car can make it easier to visit other destinations around Fussen, such as Neuschwanstein Castle. Those who take the train to Fussen will need to take a taxi, or a bus trip and walk to reach the castle, whereas those with a rental car can easily drive.
You can find out more about getting from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle here.
Fuel costs in Germany mean that the trip will cost around USD $22 – 30 each way, plus car hire costs. If you drive from Munich airport rather than the city, the journey will take about 10 minutes longer – or around 1 hour and 45 minutes in total.
The fastest route by car follows a very similar route to the train, taking you close to Buchloe and Biessenhofen. This route travels via the B96 towards Buchloe before joining the A12 and then the A16 to Fussen.
If your hire car doesn’t have satellite navigation fitted, you can download Waze for free to navigate by. This Google owned app can help by providing current traffic alerts and even suggesting alternative routes where necessary.
Bus from Munich to Fussen
Unfortunately taking the bus from Munich to Fussen isn’t an option, as there is no direct Munich to Fussen bus service.
Day trips from Munich to Fussen
As it’s not too far to travel between Munich and Fussen, a number of travellers opt to take a day trip to Fussen from Munich. There are various organised day tours that can take you to Fussen, as well as other nearby attractions like Neuschwanstein Castle.
In fact as these involve coach travel, they are one way to travel from Munich to Fussen by bus. Having a guide and direct transport to all the sights is a stress-free way to travel.
Typical trips from Munich to Fussen last for between 9 and 11 hours, but do bear in mind that you’ll be on the road for a little over three hours at the very least – and probably more.
However you can save valuable time on planning and queuing. As everything is arranged for you, all you need to do is show up at the stated departure point on time. You will also skip the line by gaining direct entry into each attraction as part of a guided tour group.
Final thoughts on travelling from Munich to Fussen
As you can see, there are various options for those who want to spend some time in the Fussen area.
For the ultimate in freedom and the fastest journey you can rent a car, or why not sit back and enjoy a relaxing trip by train? The third option is an organised day trip, when all you need to do is book and turn up on time.
Whichever you choose, Fussen is a wonderful destination to include in your German holiday itinerary. You are sure to enjoy your time in this beautiful part of Europe.
You can also find our Bavaria Travel Guide here.