I'm planning a day trip from Košice to Spišské Podhradie and Levoča via public transport. I'll be making my way there on Sunday, November 5. This is the only day I can go. I’ve managed to cobble together an itinerary via bus with cp.sk, but still had some questions.
This is the itinerary:
7:30am – Bus to Spišské Podhradie, with connection in Prešov
8:50am – Arrive in Spišské Podhradie, walk to Spiš Castle and tour, back to the town for a look around, if time allows -- Spišská Kapitula
1:10pm – Bus to Levoča, direct
1:30pm – Arrive in Levoča, lunch, walk around
4:10pm – Bus to Košice, direct
6:00pm – Arrive in Košice
My questions are:
Is the bus the easiest and fastest way or is the train an option?
Should I just rent a car for the day? I’d consider it if it adds value. For example, being able to take a more scenic route, or adding another interesting stop to the day, or if it’s the better choice to avoid "missed" connections given limited transportation schedules on a Sunday.
How long is the walk from Spišské Podhradie to Spiš Castle? I've read about an hour, but have seen a couple of comments indicating the walk is shorter by cutting across the hill.
Some websites indicate the castle is closed in November; others indicate it’s still open daily from 10am-4pm. Is there more information on this?
Thanks for the help!