There are 6 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Switzerland by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Zürich HB Ice / ...

$82 - $134

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Rideshare  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Karlsruhe to Zurich 174.5 miles

$21

4 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 36 / ...

$81 - $139

Bus  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Winterthur Ouibus

$26 - $44

Drive  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Zürich 172.9 miles

$35 - $55

Train, fly  •  3 h 38 min

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

$85 - $261

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No, there is no direct train from Karlsruhe to Switzerland. However, there are services departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Zürich Stadelhofen via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 1 min.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Switzerland is 246 km. The road distance is 276.6 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Switzerland without a car is to train which takes 3 h 1 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 1 min to get from Karlsruhe to Switzerland, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Switzerland is to train which takes 3 h 1 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 39 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 Switzerland train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Zürich HB station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Switzerland is 277 km. It takes approximately 2 h 37 min to drive from Karlsruhe to Switzerland.

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Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Switzerland.
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  • Distance: 153.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 1 min

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Karlsruhe to Zürich every 4 hours. Tickets cost $70 - $120 and the journey takes 2 h 57 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Zürich once daily. Tickets cost $10 - $15 and the journey takes 4 h 45 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
bahn.de
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
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $27
1st Class
$40 - $41
Bus operators
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 Karlsruhe to Winterthur
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Karlsruhe to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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