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There are 8 ways to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe by train, bus, night train, night bus, 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 49 min

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

$70 - $120

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Freiburg N07 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Karlsruhe N33 / ...

$16 - $27

6 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB 37 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...

$73 - $129

Night train  •  3 h 2 min

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

$70 - $120

Night bus  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Take the night bus from Zurich to Karlsruhe N33 / ...

$16 - $27

Rideshare  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Karlsruhe 174.3 miles

$21

Drive  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Karlsruhe 174.8 miles

$35 - $55

Fly, bus  •  3 h 18 min

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

$64 - $269

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe is to rideshare which costs SFr 21 and takes 3 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe is to drive which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 2 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Karlsruhe. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Karlsruhe Hbf. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 49 min.

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The distance between Zürich and Karlsruhe is 183 km. The road distance is 279.7 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe without a car is to train which takes 2 h 49 min and costs SFr 70 - SFr 120.

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The train from Zürich HB to Karlsruhe Hbf takes 2 h 49 min including transfers and departs every three hours.

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

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Zürich to Karlsruhe train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Zürich HB station.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe is to train which takes 2 h 49 min and costs SFr 70 - SFr 120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 15 - SFr 28 and takes 4 h 52 min.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe.
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  • Distance: 114.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 49 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Karlsruhe every 3 hours. Tickets cost $70 - $120 and the journey takes 2 h 49 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Karlsruhe via Freiburg in around 4 h 52 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Train operators
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 Zürich HB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $70
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $28
1st Class
$41 - $42
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 Basel SBB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Nightjet
Phone
+43 51717
Website
nightjet.com
Night train from Zürich HB to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3 h 4 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Schedules at
nightjet.com
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 Zurich to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Zurich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Stuttgart to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
Website
Marino Autolinee
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Stuttgart Airport to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
eurolines.de
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 Zurich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Stuttgart Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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

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Zürich to Karlsruhe train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Karlsruhe Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Karlsruhe is 280 km. It takes approximately 2 h 40 min to drive from Zürich to Karlsruhe.

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Swiss offers flights from Zurich Airport to Stuttgart Airport.

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

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There are 234+ hotels available in Karlsruhe. Prices start at $58 USD per night.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 10 - SFr 20.

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