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Train  •  5h 28m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...

€110 - €160

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Bus  •  10h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Berlin Südkreuz train station to Karlsruhe central train station N1326

€31 - €88

6 alternative options

Train via Heidelberg  •  6h

  1. Take the train from Berlin central station to Heidelberg central station Flx10
  2. Take the train from Heidelberg Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf Re / ...

€39 - €91

Night train  •  8h 13m

  1. Take the night train from Berlin Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf Nj

€55 - €75

Rideshare  •  8h 21m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Karlsruhe 674.5 km

€34

Drive  •  5h 38m

  1. Drive from Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe 675.6 km

€70 - €110

Fly to Stuttgart, train  •  4h 26m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Stuttgart (STR) BER - STR
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf

€70 - €282

Fly to Frankfurt, train  •  4h 54m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Frankfurt (FRA) BER - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Karlsruhe Hbf

€46 - €196

Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe by train

The train journey time between Berlin Central Station and Karlsruhe is around 5h 29m and covers a distance of around 695 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 22m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and Deutsche Bahn Intercity, the Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe train service departs from Berlin Hbf and arrives in Karlsruhe Hbf. Typically 46 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5h 29m
Fastest train time:
5h 22m
Train distance:
695 km
Trains per week:
46
Cheapest price:
€110
Carbon emissions:
36 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:30
Last train departs at:
20:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe train schedules

Berlin Central Station → Karlsruhe
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Karlsruhe is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Karlsruhe is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Karlsruhe is 1.5 metres.

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Last updated: 31 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe is to rideshare which costs €34 and takes 8h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe is to fly and train which costs €70 - €290 and takes 4h 26m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Karlsruhe Hbf. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 28m.

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The distance between Berlin Central Station and Karlsruhe is 524 km. The road distance is 675.6 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe without a car is to train which takes 5h 28m and costs €110 - €160.

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The train from Berlin Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf takes 5h 28m including transfers and departs every three hours.

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Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Berlin Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe is to train which takes 5h 28m and costs €110 - €160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €90 and takes 10h 50m.

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The quickest flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Stuttgart Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Karlsruhe Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Berlin Central Station to Karlsruhe.
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  • Distance: 523.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 28m

What companies run services between Berlin Central Station, Germany and Karlsruhe, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Berlin Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf every 3 hours. Tickets cost €110 - €160 and the journey takes 5h 28m. Deutsche Bahn Intercity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Berlin Südkreuz train station to Karlsruhe central train station once daily. Tickets cost €30 - €45 and the journey takes 9h 45m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €380
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €380
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€110 - €380
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €270
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €270
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It 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 (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€110 - €160
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€18 - €25
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€110 - €160
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin central station to Heidelberg central station
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Flixtrain
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Heidelberg Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Go Ahead BW
Phone
+49 711 400 534 44
Website
go-ahead-bw.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Go Ahead BW
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€29 - €34
1st Class
€23 - €28
ÖBB Intercity
Website
oebb.at
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€21 - €29
Website
fahrplan.oebb.at
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Abellio
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€15 - €40
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€15 - €22
1st Class
€26 - €40
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Berlin Südkreuz train station to Karlsruhe central train station
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
7h 57m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€34
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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