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There are 9 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Geneva by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train via Bern  •  5h 8m

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

$125 - $223

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Bus  •  7h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang to Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere RegioJet / ...

$16 - $50

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Train  •  5h 20m

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

$129 - $223

Night train, bus  •  9h 6m

  1. Take the night train from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Basel SBB Station Nj 401
  2. Take the bus from Basel City Center to Geneva - Bus station Ouibus

$31 - $42

Drive  •  4h 12m

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Geneva 276.9 miles

$55 - $85

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Geneva  •  4h 35m

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

$113 - $314

Train, train to Zurich, fly to Geneva  •  5h 33m

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

$150 - $306

Train to Strasbourg, fly to Lyon, train  •  6h 32m

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

$119 - $469

Bus to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 33m

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

$138 - $367

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Geneva is to bus which costs 14€ - 40€ and takes 7h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Geneva is to drive which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 4h 12m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang and arriving at Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere. Services depart twice a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 7h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Karlsruhe to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Genève via Basel SBB and Bern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 8m.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Geneva is 355 km. The road distance is 443.1 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 5h 8m and costs 100€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 5h 8m to get from Karlsruhe to Geneva, including transfers.

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Karlsruhe to Geneva bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang station.

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

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Geneva is to train which takes 5h 8m and costs 100€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 14€ - 40€ and takes 7h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Geneva.
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  • Distance: 221.9 miles
  • Duration: 5h 8m

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

You can take a train from Karlsruhe to Geneva via Basel SBB and Bern in around 5h 8m. Alternatively, RegioJet operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Geneva once a week. Tickets cost $16 - $21 and the journey takes 7h 10m. FlixBus also services this route 5 times a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Hop!
Website
hop.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Strasbourg to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $550
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
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 SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
41m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
59m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $80
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Olten to Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$50 - $95
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Genève
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $160
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Basel SBB Station
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Schedules at
nightjet.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
41m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $26
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $26
1st Class
$37 - $39
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
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 Lyon-Part-Dieu to Gare de Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$28 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $60
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang to Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Website
regiojet.com
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 Geneva
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Basel City Center to Geneva - Bus station
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
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 Karlsruhe to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
Website
Marino Autolinee

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Karlsruhe to Geneva bus services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Geneva is 443 km. It takes approximately 4h 12m to drive from Karlsruhe to Geneva.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Geneva Airport.

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

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