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There are 8 ways to get from Munich to Karlsruhe by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  3 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from München Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf Ic / ...

$65 - $100

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Munich to Karlsruhe 178.9 miles

$11 - $23

6 alternative options

Bus FlixBus  •  3 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Karlsruhe N952 / ...

$15 - $80

Train via Stuttgart Hbf  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from München Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf Re / ...

$73 - $113

Bus Marino Autolinee  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Take the bus from Munchen to Karlsruhe MarinoBus / ...

$12 - $25

Drive  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Munich to Karlsruhe 179.2 miles

$35 - $55

Fly to Stuttgart, bus  •  3 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Stuttgart (STR) MUC - STR
  2. Take the bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Karlsruhe

$88 - $243

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Munich (MUC) to Frankfurt (FRA) MUC - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf

$123 - $288

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Munich to Karlsruhe is to rideshare which costs 10€ - 20€ and takes 3 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from Munich to Karlsruhe is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Munich, Munich central bus station station and arriving at Karlsruhe. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from München Hbf and arriving at Karlsruhe Hbf. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 9 min.

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The distance between Munich and Karlsruhe is 253 km. The road distance is 286.8 km.

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The best way to get from Munich to Karlsruhe without a car is to train which takes 3 h 9 min and costs 55€ - 85€.

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The train from München Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf takes 3 h 9 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Munich to Karlsruhe bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Munich, Munich central bus station.

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Munich to Karlsruhe train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from München Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Munich to Karlsruhe is to train which takes 3 h 9 min and costs 55€ - 85€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 13€ - 70€ and takes 3 h 50 min.

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Map of how to get from Munich to Karlsruhe.
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  • Distance: 157.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 9 min

What companies run services between Munich, Germany and Karlsruhe, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Munich to Karlsruhe every 4 hours. Tickets cost $65 - $100 and the journey takes 3 h 9 min. inOui TGV also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Munich to Karlsruhe hourly. Tickets cost $15 - $27 and the journey takes 3 h 50 min. Eurolines DE also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Munich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $380
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Leipzig
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,700
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $320
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Munich to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $2,700
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from München Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
bahn.de
Train from München Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
bahn.de
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from München Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$65 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$65 - $75
1st Class
$90 - $130
Train from München Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $60
1st Class
$75 - $95
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$17 - $22
1st Class
$30 - $35
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Munich, Munich central bus station to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from München Zob to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
eurolines.de
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Munchen to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$22
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Bus from Stuttgart to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Munich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Stuttgart to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Munich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $23
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Munich Airport to Stuttgart Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Munich to Karlsruhe bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Karlsruhe station.

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Munich to Karlsruhe train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Karlsruhe Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Munich to Karlsruhe is 287 km. It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to drive from Munich to Karlsruhe.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Munich Airport to Stuttgart Airport.

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Book your Munich to Karlsruhe bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 229+ hotels available in Karlsruhe. Prices start at $59 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Munich and Karlsruhe. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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