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There are 10 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Vienna by train, bus, car or plane

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Train via Salzburg  •  7h 28m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Salzburg Hbf Ic
  2. Take the train from Salzburg Hbf to Wien Hbf Rjx / ...

97€ - 196€

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Bus  •  10h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Vienna, Vienna Erdberg N136 / ...

30€ - 40€

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Train  •  8h 34m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Wien Hbf Rjx

90€ - 186€

Train, bus  •  11h 51m

  1. Take the train from KA Kronenplatz to Heilbronn Hbf/Willy-Brandt-Platz S4
  2. Take the bus from Heilbronn Central Train Station to Passau Train Station
  3. Take the train from Passau Hbf to Linz Hbf Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Linz, Linz central station to Vienna, Vienna Felberstrasse

Drive  •  6h 19m

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Vienna 687.4 km

75€ - 120€

Train to Stuttgart, fly to Vienna  •  5h 23m

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

60€ - 334€

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Vienna  •  5h 2m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Vienna (VIE) FRA - VIE

83€ - 244€

Train to Basel, fly to Vienna  •  6h 5m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Vienna (VIE) BSL - VIE

70€ - 242€

Train, train to Zurich, fly to Vienna  •  7h 16m

  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 Vienna (VIE) ZRH - VIE

119€ - 330€

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Linz, train  •  6h 38m

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Linz (LNZ) FRA - LNZ
  3. Take the train from Linz Hbf to Wien Hbf

81€ - 487€

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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Vienna is to bus which costs 30€ - 40€ and takes 10h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Vienna is to train and fly which costs 80€ - 250€ and takes 5h 2m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Vienna, Vienna Erdberg. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Karlsruhe to Vienna. However, there are services departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Wien Hbf via Salzburg Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 28m.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Vienna is 592 km. The road distance is 687.4 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Vienna without a car is to train via Salzburg which takes 7h 28m and costs 95€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 7h 28m to get from Karlsruhe to Vienna, including transfers.

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

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Karlsruhe to Vienna train services, operated by Go Ahead BW, depart from Karlsruhe Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Vienna is to train via Salzburg which takes 7h 28m and costs 95€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 40€ and takes 10h 25m.

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  • Distance: 592.2 km
  • Duration: 7h 28m

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Vienna, Austria?

You can take a train from Karlsruhe to Vienna via Salzburg Hbf in around 7h 28m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Vienna, Vienna Erdberg every 2 hours. Tickets cost 30€ - 40€ and the journey takes 10h 25m. Karat-S also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 550€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 370€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna via Innsbruck
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 380€
Flights from Basel to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 370€
Flights from Zurich to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 340€
Flights from Frankfurt to Linz
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 550€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 550€
Flights from Stuttgart to Vienna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 550€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 370€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 360€
Flights from Basel to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Basel to Vienna via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 370€
Flights from Zurich to Vienna via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 370€
Flights from Zurich to Vienna via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
110€ - 350€
Flights from Frankfurt to Linz
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 550€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Vienna via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 550€
Flights from Frankfurt to Vienna via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 480€
Flights from Basel to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 370€
Flights from Zurich to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 340€
Lauda
Flights from Stuttgart to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
11€ - 65€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 650€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Vienna via Berlin Tegel
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Flights from Basel to Vienna
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Air Dolomiti
Website
airdolomiti.it
Flights from Frankfurt to Linz
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 430€
Train operators
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 Salzburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 54m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
85€ - 130€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Passau Hbf to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Linz Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 65€
Website
Railjet
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80€ - 130€
Website
Railjet
Train from Linz Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 45€
Website
Railjet
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Salzburg Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Train from Passau Hbf to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 25€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Train from Linz Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Train from Salzburg, Hbf to Vienna, Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
8€ - 28€
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
8€ - 12€
1st Class
18€ - 28€
Train from Linz, Hbf to Vienna, Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
5€ - 17€
Website
RegioJet
2nd Class
5€ - 9€
1st Class
11€ - 17€
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 Salzburg Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 42m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
85€ - 160€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
30€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Linz Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
55€ - 100€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Go Ahead BW
Phone
+49 711 400 534 44
Website
go-ahead-bw.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
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
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
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 Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Passau Hbf to Linz Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
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 Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
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
Train from Linz Hbf to Wien Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
30€ - 35€
1st Class
25€ - 30€
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
30€ - 35€
1st Class
24€ - 29€
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 Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
DB Regio AG Baden-Württemberg
Phone
0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
DB Regio AG Baden-Württemberg
Schedules at
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
14€ - 21€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH
Phone
+49 721 61075885
Email
info@avg.karlsruhe.de
Website
avg.info
Train from KA Kronenplatz to Heilbronn Hbf/Willy-Brandt-Platz
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Linz, Linz central station to Vienna, Vienna Felberstrasse
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
11€ - 14€
Website
Flixtrain
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
20€ - 50€
Website
NS
Book at
Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
20€ - 28€
1st Class
30€ - 50€
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 Vienna, Vienna Erdberg
Ave. Duration
10h 25m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
30€ - 40€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Karat-S
Phone
+359 2 8120810
Email
operations@eurolines.bg
Website
karat-s.com
Bus from Karlsruhe Central Bus Station to Vienna Central Bus Station VIB
Ave. Duration
10h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
Karat-S
Bus from Heilbronn Central Train Station to Passau Train Station
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
Karat-S

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The quickest flight from Stuttgart Airport to Vienna Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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Karlsruhe to Vienna train services, operated by Railjet, arrive at Wien Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Vienna is 687 km. It takes approximately 6h 19m to drive from Karlsruhe to Vienna.

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Lufthansa, Swiss, easyJet and three other airlines offer flights from Stuttgart Airport to Vienna Airport.

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