There are 5 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main by train, bus, night train, rideshare or car

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Train  •  1 h 8 min

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

$29 - $50

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Bus  •  2 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station 017 / ...

$5 - $55

3 alternative options

Night train  •  1 h 47 min

  1. Take the night train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Süd Nj / ...

$13 - $55

Rideshare  •  1 h 40 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt 90.5 miles

$6 - $12

Drive  •  1 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main 88.5 miles

$18 - $27

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 8 min.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Frankfurt am Main is 125 km. The road distance is 141.6 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main without a car is to train which takes 1 h 8 min and costs .

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The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf takes 1 h 8 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Karlsruhe station.

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Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Karlsruhe Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main is to train which takes 1 h 8 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 2 h 15 min.

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Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main.
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  • Distance: 77.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 8 min

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Frankfurt am Main, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 1 h 8 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main hourly. Tickets cost $8 - $14 and the journey takes 2 h 15 min. Eurolines DE also services this route once daily.

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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Night train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Süd
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$31 - $37
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$31 - $37
1st Class
$50 - $60
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 Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt(Main)Süd
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
nightjet.com
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 Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
eurolines.de
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 Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $12
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main is 142 km. It takes approximately 1 h 19 min to drive from Karlsruhe to Frankfurt am Main.

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

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