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 59 min

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

$70 - $120

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Freiburg 007 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Karlsruhe N307 / ...

$16 - $27

6 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  3 h 4 min

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

$73 - $128

Night train  •  3 h 2 min

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

$70 - $120

Night bus  •  4 h 10 min

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

$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, train  •  3 h 40 min

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

$75 - $254

Questions & Answers

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

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The train from Zürich HB to Karlsruhe Hbf takes 2 h 59 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

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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 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Karlsruhe Hbf. Services depart five times a day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 59 min.

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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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  • Distance: 114.4 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 59 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Karlsruhe 5 times a day. Tickets cost $70 - $120 and the journey takes 2 h 59 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Karlsruhe via Freiburg in around 4 h 35 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)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $27
1st Class
$40 - $41
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$22 - $27
1st Class
$39 - $40
Deutsche Bahn
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
$30 - $50
Website
bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
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
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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 20 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$8 - $15
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $13
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Zurich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
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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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