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Need help with Romantic Road Bus route from Frankfurt to Munich

I have tried to E-mail several different addresses regarding information about the bus route on the Romantic Road from Frankfurt to Munich, but have received no answers. My husband and I will be traveling through Germany in September and I already have a night reserved in Rothenburg. What I want to do is ride the bus from Frankfurt to Rothenburg and then get off and spend the night there and then get back on the bus the next day and continue on to Munich. Does anyone know if this is possible? Thanks so much for any help anyone can give me!

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I think it is possible, but I'm not sure how to do it. I don't know if you can buy one ticket from Frankfurt to Munich and make a stop in Rothenburg or if you need two tickets, one from Frankfurt to Rothenburg and the other from Rothenburg to Munich (actually to Augsburg). I think the bus drops you off in Augsburg and you go to Munich by train on your own.

Here is the website for the Romantic Road Coach.

The Romantic Road Coach goes the length of the Romantic Road in a day with only short stops in a few towns, but the appeal of the Road is really the towns along the way. In other words, you spend most of a day looking at a very mediocre road and very little time visiting the towns that make the Road worthwhile.

Ten years ago, I spent five days doing the Romantic Road from Wieskirche to Würzburg, with overnight stops in Landsberg, Nördlingen, Feuchtwangen, and Weikersheim. Most days I spent only a few hours on the Road and the rest of the time visiting the towns.

Posted by
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Yes, it's very easy to do this. Check out the 2017 bus schedule in the link Lee gave: bus leaves Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (bus is around at the side of the train station) at 8 a.m. each morning and arrives in Rothenburg at 12:20 and drops you off near the center of town. Then you can catch it a little after noon the next day to continue to Munich. I did this a couple of years ago and it is a very scenic and enjoyable ride, with a bit of commentary about some sights along the way. When our bus made the 30-minute stop in the little town of Markelsheim, we were treated to a nice tour of the castle which is right next to the bus stop in the marketplace; I don't know if they always do that, though. You can make bus reservations on the website but I just purchased my ticket from the bus driver.
If you can stay for an extra day in Rothenburg it will be well worthwhile as there is a lot to see there. Just walking around the town and the walls in the evening is very enjoyable, as are the museums and other sights in the town.

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Thank you so much, Kathy and Lee, for your invaluable help! My hubby and I are planning a four week trip to Europe in September and we are such rookies! This is the first time I have even asked a question on this forum so I am so happy to get answers so quickly!! Thank you from Pam in Missouri!

Posted by
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Welcome! You will find that this forum is a great place to get help with travel questions. Glad I could help a fellow Missourian (I grew up in Warrensburg MO).