There are 5 ways to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe by train, bus, night train, rideshare or car

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

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 49 min

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

$75 - $130

Cheapest option

Bus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Karlsruhe Turin - Gare routière > Milan > Lucerne > Zurich > Winterthur > Singen > Stuttgart > Karlsruhe > Mannheim > Francfort-sur-le-Main / ...

$11 - $30

3 alternative options

Night train  •  3 h 4 min

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof Nj 400 / ...

$28 - $40

Rideshare  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Zurich to Karlsruhe 174.3 miles

$22

Drive  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Karlsruhe 174.8 miles

$35 - $55

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Karlsruhe every 2 hours. Tickets cost $75 - $130 and the journey takes 2 h 49 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Zürich to Karlsruhe every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $11 - $16 and the journey takes 5 h 25 min. FlixBus also services this route once daily.

Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Night train from Zürich HB to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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
$28 - $40
Schedules at
nightjet.com
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zurich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $30
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Zurich to Karlsruhe
Ave. Duration
3 h 34 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Zürich to Karlsruhe?

The distance between Zürich and Karlsruhe is 183 km. The road distance is 280 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe?

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe is to bus which costs SFr 11 - SFr 30 and takes 5 h 25 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe?

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

Is there a direct train between Zürich and Karlsruhe?

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

Is there a direct bus between Zürich and Karlsruhe?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Karlsruhe. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 25 min.

How long does it take to get from Zürich to Karlsruhe?

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