It is possible to do this route using train connections and local buses, but the going is complicated, tedious and slow on weekdays, virtually impossible at weekends. The ideal way to travel is by car, though many foreign travellers prefer to take Deutsche Touring’s Romantic Road Coach, which can get incredibly crowded in summer. From April to October the special coach runs daily in each direction between Frankfurt and Füssen (for Neuschwanstein); the entire journey takes around 12 hours. There’s no charge for breaking the journey and continuing the next day.
Tickets are available for short segments of the trip, and reservations are only necessary during peak-season weekends. Reservations can be made through travel agents, Deutsche Touring (www.touring.de, www.romantic-road.com) and Deutsche Bahn’s Reisezentrum offices in the train stations. If you stayed on the coach all the way from Frankfurt to Füssen (a pointless exercise), the total fare would be €158. The average fare from one stop to the next is around €5.
Coaches can accommodate bicycles but you must give three working days’ notice. Students, children, pensioners and rail-pass holders qualify for discounts of between 10% and 50%.
For detailed schedules and prices, see www.romanticroadcoach.de.