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There are 5 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) by train, bus, bus and ferry or car

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Train  •  1h 5m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice / ...

40€ - 75€

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Bus and ferry  •  2h 18m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main

5€ - 7€

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Bus  •  2h

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe central train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. K1958a / ...

35€ - 50€

Bus via Frankfurt Main Train Station  •  2h 36m

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe Central Bus Station Southside to Frankfurt Main Train Station Zagreb - Frankfurt

10€ - 21€

Drive  •  1h 14m

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) 139.3 km

15€ - 22€

Karlsruhe → Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level)
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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to bus and ferry which costs 5€ - 7€ and takes 2h 18m.

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The fastest way to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to train. Taking this option will cost 40€ - 75€ and takes 1h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe central train station station and arriving at Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str.. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 5m.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 123 km. The road distance is 139.3 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) without a car is to train which takes 1h 5m and costs 40€ - 75€.

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The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 1h 5m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Karlsruhe central train station.

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Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Karlsruhe Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is to train which takes 1h 5m and costs 40€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 2h.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level).
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  • Distance: 123.5 km
  • Duration: 1h 5m

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level), Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf hourly. Tickets cost 30€ - 45€ and the journey takes 1h 5m. Four other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe central train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. 4 times a day. Tickets cost 10€ - 13€ and the journey takes 2h. Four other operators also service this route.

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 Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
35€ - 45€
1st Class
30€ - 40€
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 35€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 75€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Karlsruhe central train station to Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str.
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Crnja Tours
Phone
+385 91 30 30 356
Email
info@crnja-tours.hr
Website
crnja-tours.hr
Bus from Karlsruhe Central Bus Station to Frankfurt Main Central Train Station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 12€
Website
Crnja Tours
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Karlsruhe Central Bus Station to Frankfurt Main Central Train Station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Karat-S
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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 Karlsruhe to Frankfurt - Main station
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
9€ - 12€
Website
Blablabus
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
2h 13m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
5€ - 7€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Nomago
Phone
+386 1 431 77 00
Email
info@nomago.si
Website
nomago.si
Bus from Karlsruhe Central Bus Station Southside to Frankfurt Main Train Station
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
10€ - 21€
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Nomago
Economy
10€ - 15€
Premium
13€ - 18€
Family&friends
15€ - 21€

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Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt HBF. AREA B Mannheimer Str. station.

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Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level) is 139 km. It takes approximately 1h 14m to drive from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt (Main) Hauptbahnhof (low level).

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