There are 6 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Basel by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  1 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Bad Bf Ice / ...

$35 - $75

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Rideshare  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Karlsruhe to Basel 123.3 miles

$12

4 alternative options

Bus  •  3 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Basel, Basel central station 322 / ...

$11 - $20

Night train  •  2 h 6 min

  1. Take the night train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Bad Bf Ic / ...

$18 - $75

Drive  •  1 h 46 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Basel 121.3 miles

$25 - $40

Train, fly  •  3 h 12 min

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

$113 - $337

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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Basel is to rideshare which costs 10€ and takes 2 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Basel is to train which costs 30€ - 65€ and takes 1 h 38 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Basel, Basel central station station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Basel Bad Bf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 38 min.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Basel is 173 km. The road distance is 194 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Basel without a car is to train which takes 1 h 38 min and costs 30€ - 65€.

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The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Bad Bf takes 1 h 38 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Basel is to train which takes 1 h 38 min and costs 30€ - 65€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 10€ - 17€ and takes 3 h 10 min.

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  • Distance: 107.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 38 min

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

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Karlsruhe to Basel hourly. Tickets cost $45 - $75 and the journey takes 1 h 38 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Basel every 4 hours. Tickets cost $11 - $20 and the journey takes 3 h 10 min.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
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 Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Bad Bf
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Basel Badischer Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Schedules at
nightjet.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$17 - $22
1st Class
$31 - $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 Karlsruhe to Basel, Basel central station
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Karlsruhe to Basel
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$12
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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Karlsruhe to Basel train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Basel Bad Bf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Basel is 194 km. It takes approximately 1 h 46 min to drive from Karlsruhe to Basel.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Basel Airport.

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Book your Karlsruhe to Basel train tickets online with Loco2.

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Book your Karlsruhe to Basel bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 505+ hotels available in Basel. Prices start at $72 USD per night.

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

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