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There are 11 ways to get from Geneva to Karlsruhe by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Olten 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...

$119 - $209

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Karlsruhe 122 / ...

$16 - $45

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Train via Bern  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Bern 1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...

$120 - $212

Bus, night train  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Geneva - Bus station to Basel City Center Ouibus
  2. Take the night train from Basel SBB Station to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof Nj 400

$31 - $43

Drive  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Geneva to Karlsruhe 279.4 miles

$55 - $85

Fly Geneva to Frankfurt, train  •  5 h 4 min

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

$118 - $331

Fly Geneva to Zurich, train  •  5 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  3. Take the train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf

$140 - $297

Train to Zurich, fly to Stuttgart, bus  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Stuttgart (STR) ZRH - STR
  3. Take the bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Karlsruhe

$141 - $363

Train to Lyon, fly to Strasbourg, train  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Strasbourg (SXB) LYS - SXB
  3. Take the train from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe Hbf

$118 - $465

Train to Lyon, fly to Stuttgart, bus  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Stuttgart (STR) LYS - STR
  3. Take the bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Karlsruhe

$122 - $344

Train to Basel, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  6 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Genève to Olten
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Frankfurt (FRA) BSL - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Mannheim Hbf
  4. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf

$190 - $477

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Karlsruhe is to bus which costs SFr 15 - SFr 45 and takes 8 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Karlsruhe is to drive which costs SFr 55 - SFr 85 and takes 4 h 14 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Geneva and arriving at Karlsruhe. Services depart four times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Karlsruhe. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Karlsruhe Hbf via Olten and Basel SBB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 58 min.

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The distance between Geneva and Karlsruhe is 355 km. The road distance is 447 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Karlsruhe without a car is to train which takes 4 h 58 min and costs SFr 110 - SFr 210.

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Geneva to Karlsruhe, including transfers.

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Geneva to Karlsruhe bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Geneva station.

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Geneva to Karlsruhe train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Genève station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Karlsruhe is to train which takes 4 h 58 min and costs SFr 110 - SFr 210. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 15 - SFr 45 and takes 8 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Karlsruhe.
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  • Distance: 221.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 58 min

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Karlsruhe, Germany?

You can take a train from Geneva to Karlsruhe via Olten and Basel SBB in around 4 h 58 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Geneva to Karlsruhe twice daily. Tickets cost $26 - $45 and the journey takes 8 h 15 min. RegioJet also services this route once a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Lyon to Stuttgart via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Lyon to Stuttgart via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $950
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Basel to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Flights from Lyon to Stuttgart via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Lyon to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Lyon to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Olten
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
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
Train from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Basel SBB Station to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Schedules at
nightjet.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
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
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
Train from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $26
1st Class
$37 - $39
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Gare de Genève to Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
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 Geneva to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$26 - $45
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
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere to Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$16 - $20
Website
regiojet.com
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 Geneva - Bus station to Basel City Center
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
Ouibus
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Stuttgart to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
marinobus.it

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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

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Geneva to Karlsruhe train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Karlsruhe Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Karlsruhe is 447 km. It takes approximately 4 h 14 min to drive from Geneva to Karlsruhe.

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Swiss and Lufthansa offer flights from Geneva Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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Book your Geneva to Karlsruhe bus tickets online with FlixBus and Distribusion.

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

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to line 1 train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 18.

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