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There are 8 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Saclay by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 56m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Paris l'Est Tgv / ...

€90 - €131

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Bus  •  9h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe central train station to Paris N91 / ...

€24 - €41

6 alternative options

Night bus, train  •  9h 39m

  1. Take the night bus from Karlsruhe to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine BlaBlaCar Bus
  2. Take the train from Bibliotheque F. Mitterrand to Jouy En Josas C

€24 - €30

Drive  •  5h 21m

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Saclay 576.6 km

€65 - €95

Train to Frankfurt, fly, train  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Paris CDG (CDG) FRA - CDG
  3. Take the train from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 Tgv to Massy Palaiseau

€91 - €206

Train to Stuttgart, fly, train  •  6h 40m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Paris CDG (CDG) STR - CDG
  3. Take the train from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 Tgv to Massy Palaiseau

€93 - €346

Train to Basel, fly, train  •  7h 11m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Paris CDG (CDG) BSL - CDG
  3. Take the train from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 Tgv to Massy Palaiseau

€97 - €373

Train, train to Zurich, fly  •  8h 27m

  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 Paris CDG (CDG) ZRH - CDG
  4. Take the train from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 Tgv to Massy Palaiseau

€106 - €341

Karlsruhe to Saclay by train and bus

The journey time between Karlsruhe and Saclay is around 4h 52m and covers a distance of around 545 km. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 35m. Operated by TGV inOui, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Paris RER and others, the Karlsruhe to Saclay service departs from Karlsruhe Hbf and arrives in La Martinière. Typically 34 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
4h 52m
Fastest journey time:
3h 35m
Journey distance:
545 km
Services per week:
34
Cheapest price:
€90
Carbon emissions:
29 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
07:32
Last service departs at:
19:32

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Karlsruhe to Saclay train and bus schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Saclay is 800 130 000.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Saclay is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Saclay is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Saclay is to night bus and train which costs €24 - €30 and takes 9h 39m.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Saclay is to train which costs €85 - €140 and takes 3h 56m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Karlsruhe station to Saclay. However, there are services departing from Karlsruhe central train station and arriving at La Martinière via Paris and Gare Massy Palaiseau. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 34m.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Saclay is 457 km. The road distance is 576.6 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Saclay without a car is to train which takes 3h 56m and costs €85 - €140.

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It takes approximately 3h 56m to get from Karlsruhe to Saclay, including transfers.

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Karlsruhe to Saclay bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Karlsruhe central train station.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Saclay is to train which takes 3h 56m and costs €85 - €140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €23 - €45 and takes 9h 34m.

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Paris CDG Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Saclay.
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  • Distance: 456.7 km
  • Duration: 3h 56m

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Saclay, France?

TGV inOui operates a train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Paris l'Est 4 times a day. Tickets cost €80 - €110 and the journey takes 2h 44m. Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe central train station to Paris twice daily. Tickets cost €28 - €35 and the journey takes 7h 15m. Blablabus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€80 - €320
Flights from Stuttgart to Paris CDG via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €550
Flights from Zurich to Paris CDG via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €380
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €240
Flights from Stuttgart to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €280
Flights from Basel to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €350
Flights from Zurich to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€75 - €350
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Paris CDG via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
€150 - €340
Flights from Zurich to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €460
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Paris CDG via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €430
Flights from Basel to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€60 - €350
Gulf Air Bahrain
Website
gulfair.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €380
Train operators
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Paris l'Est
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€80 - €110
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€80 - €95
1st Class
€90 - €110
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€29 - €34
1st Class
€23 - €28
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€30 - €35
1st Class
€24 - €29
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 Paris l'Est
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€90 - €130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Transilien

Transilien is a suburban rail network operated by SNCF that departs from major Paris train stations and connects the Ile de France region. Transilien operates the following lines: RER A, B, C, D, and E; Transilien trains H, J, K, L, N, P, R and U; Tram 4 and 11 Express; and the Noctilien night bus. Tickets and passes can be purchased from ‘Ile-de-France’ ticket machines and desks in train, Metro and RER stations.

Contact Details
Website
transilien.com
Train from Bibliotheque F. Mitterrand to Jouy En Josas
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€6 - €8
Website
Transilien
Paris RER

The Réseau Express Régional (RER) has 5 lines that connect central Paris to the city suburbs, including notable destinations such as Charles de Gaulle airport, Disneyland Paris and Versailles. The RER is also a great option for getting around the city centre as it operates like an express subway train (like the Paris metro, but with fewer stops). If you’re travelling solely within central Paris Zone 1, you can use a Paris Metro ticket. If you’re travelling beyond Zone 1, you’ll need to purchase a Billet Ile-de-France. Children under 4 travel free on the RER.

Contact Details
Phone
3424
Website
ratp.fr
Train from Aeroport Charles De Gaulle 2 Tgv to Massy Palaiseau
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
RATP Paris
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Go Ahead BW
Phone
+49 711 400 534 44
Website
go-ahead-bw.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Go Ahead BW
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
reiseauskunft.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.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€30 - €55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 central train station to Paris
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€28 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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 Karlsruhe to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€17 - €22
Website
Blablabus
Night bus from Karlsruhe to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
7h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€18 - €22
Website
Blablabus

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Saclay is 577 km. It takes approximately 5h 21m to drive from Karlsruhe to Saclay.

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Gulf Air Bahrain, Air France and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Paris CDG Airport.

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