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There are 5 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  30 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf Ice / ...

9€ - 55€

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Rideshare  •  59 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg 54.7 km

4€

3 alternative options

Bus  •  45 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg 880 / ...

6€ - 8€

Taxi  •  36 min

  1. Take a taxi from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg 54.6 km

170€ - 210€

Drive  •  36 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg 54.6 km

5€ - 9€

Karlsruhe → Heidelberg
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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg is to rideshare which costs 4€ and takes 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg is to train which costs 9€ - 55€ and takes 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Heidelberg. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Heidelberg Hbf. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 30 min.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Heidelberg is 49 km. The road distance is 54.6 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg without a car is to train which takes 30 min and costs 9€ - 55€.

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The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf takes 30 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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

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Karlsruhe to Heidelberg 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 Heidelberg is to train which takes 30 min and costs 9€ - 55€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 6€ - 8€ and takes 45 min.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg.
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  • Distance: 48.9 km
  • Duration: 30 min

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Heidelberg, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf every 4 hours. Tickets cost 18€ - 25€ and the journey takes 30 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg once daily. Tickets cost 6€ - 8€ and the journey takes 45 min.

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 Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 25€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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 to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
6€ - 8€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
4€
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blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
36 min
Estimated price
170€ - 210€
Taxiunternehmen Pforzheim Balagh Qamar
Phone
+49 7231 4962826
Taxiunternehmen Pforzheim Andreas Niedersetz
Phone
+49 7231 455454
Taxi Ebert Krankenfahrten
Phone
+49 7231 471247

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

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Karlsruhe to Heidelberg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Heidelberg Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Heidelberg is 55 km. It takes approximately 36 min to drive from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg.

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

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