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

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Train  •  4 h 27 min

  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 Lausanne 1 / ...

$112 - $193

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang to Lausanne, park.Velodrome RegioJet / ...

$14 - $45

4 alternative options

Night train, bus  •  8 h 27 min

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

$33 - $43

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Lausanne 242.1 miles

$50 - $75

Bus to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 35 min

  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 Lausanne

$123 - $380

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Geneva, train  •  5 h 48 min

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

$129 - $346

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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lausanne is to bus which costs 12€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lausanne is to drive which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 3 h 42 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang and arriving at Lausanne, park.Velodrome. Services depart twice a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 6 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Karlsruhe to Lausanne. However, there are services departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Lausanne via Basel SBB and Bern. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 27 min.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Lausanne is 307 km. The road distance is 387.3 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Lausanne without a car is to train which takes 4 h 27 min and costs 95€ - 170€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 27 min to get from Karlsruhe to Lausanne, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Lausanne is to train which takes 4 h 27 min and costs 95€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 12€ - 35€ and takes 6 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Lausanne.
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  • Distance: 192 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 27 min

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

You can take a train from Karlsruhe to Lausanne via Basel SBB and Bern in around 4 h 27 min. Alternatively, RegioJet operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Lausanne once a week. Tickets cost $14 - $19 and the journey takes 6 h 15 min. FlixBus also services this route 5 times a week.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Bern to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
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
2 h 11 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Schedules at
nightjet.com
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang to Lausanne, park.Velodrome
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$14 - $19
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 Lausanne
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h
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 Lausanne
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
Ouibus
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
eurolines.de

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More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 35 min.

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Karlsruhe to Lausanne bus services, operated by RegioJet, arrive at Lausanne, park.Velodrome station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Lausanne is 387 km. It takes approximately 3 h 42 min to drive from Karlsruhe to Lausanne.

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Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

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

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There are 405+ hotels available in Lausanne. Prices start at $86 USD per night.

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