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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  2 h 50 min

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

$70 - $120

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Bus Ouibus  •  5 h 10 min

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

$11 - $29

7 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Zürich HB 3 / ...

$81 - $139

Bus FlixBus  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Freiburg 207 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Zurich 107 / ...

$16 - $28

Night train  •  3 h 56 min

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

$27 - $130

Rideshare  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Karlsruhe to Zurich 174.5 miles

$22

Drive  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Zürich 172.9 miles

$35 - $55

Bus to Stuttgart, fly  •  3 h 16 min

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

$64 - $228

Train, train to Frankfurt, fly  •  3 h 42 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 Zurich (ZRH) FRA - ZRH

$136 - $334

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Zürich is to bus which costs 9€ - 25€ and takes 5 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Zürich is to drive which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 2 h 37 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 train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Zürich HB takes 2 h 50 min including transfers and departs every three hours.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Zurich. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart every three hours, and operate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

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What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Zürich, Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Karlsruhe to Zürich every 3 hours. Tickets cost $70 - $120 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Karlsruhe to Zürich via Freiburg in around 4 h 39 min.

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 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
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 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 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 Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Website
bahn.de
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$22 - $25
Website
bahn.de
Second Class
$22 - $25
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
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
$27 - $35
Schedules at
nightjet.com
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$17 - $22
1st Class
$31 - $35
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 Freiburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg to Zurich
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $29
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $8
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 Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
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
$22
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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