There are 9 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Zürich by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 57 min

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

$70 - $120

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Bus FlixBus  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Zurich 007 / ...

$10 - $27

7 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  3 h 6 min

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

$80 - $138

Bus Ouibus  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Winterthur Ouibus

$26 - $44

Night train  •  3 h 56 min

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

$26 - $130

Rideshare  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Karlsruhe to Zurich 174.5 miles

$21

Drive  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Zürich 172.9 miles

$35 - $55

Train to Stuttgart, 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

Train to Frankfurt, fly  •  3 h 35 min

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

$129 - $326

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Zurich. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart every four hours, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 57 min.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Zürich is 183 km. The road distance is 276.6 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 2 h 57 min and costs .

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The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Zürich HB takes 2 h 57 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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

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

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Zürich is to train which takes 2 h 57 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 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 Zürich bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Zurich station.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 114.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 57 min

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Zürich, 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, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Zürich every 4 hours. Tickets cost $16 - $27 and the journey takes 4 h 15 min. Ouibus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich via Nuremberg
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Flights from Frankfurt to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
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
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 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
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Schedules at
nightjet.com
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
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 Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $27
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 Karlsruhe to Zürich
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Ouibus
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
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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Karlsruhe to Zürich train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Zürich HB station.

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

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Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

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Book your Karlsruhe to Zürich train tickets online with Loco2.

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

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There are 501+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at $89 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Karlsruhe and Zürich. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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