There are 7 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 61 / ...
  3. Take the train from Bern to Lausanne 1 / ...

$112 - $193

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Bus  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Lausanne 122 / ...

$13 - $40

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Night train, bus  •  7 h 57 min

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

$33 - $43

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Lausanne 242.1 miles

$50 - $75

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Zurich, train  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Lausanne

$144 - $369

Train, train to Frankfurt, fly to Geneva  •  5 h 37 min

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

$134 - $353

Train, train to Frankfurt, fly to Basel  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
  2. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  3. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Basel (BSL) FRA - BSL
  4. Take the train from Basel SBB to Bern
  5. Take the train from Bern to Lausanne

$173 - $443

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lausanne is to bus which costs 12€ - 35€ and takes 7 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 and arriving at Lausanne. Services depart four times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 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 FlixBus, depart from Karlsruhe 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 7 h 15 min.

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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 FlixBus, arrive at Lausanne station.

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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, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Lausanne once daily. Tickets cost $23 - $40 and the journey takes 7 h 15 min. RegioJet also services this route 3 times a week.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 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
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 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
2 h 48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Frankfurt to Basel
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
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 Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $28
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$21 - $25
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Bern
Ave. Duration
57 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
46 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
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $27
1st Class
$40 - $41
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$17 - $22
1st Class
$30 - $35
Bus operators
FlixBus
Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Karlsruhe to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.sk
Bus from Karlsruhe, Hbf. - Süd, am Hintereingang to Lausanne, park.Velodrome
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Schedules at
regiojet.sk
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Basel City Centre to Lausanne
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
Ouibus

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