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Zurich-Karlsruhe Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 184 daily trains from Zurich to Karlsruhe. Traveling by train from Zurich to Karlsruhe usually takes around 3 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 2 hours and 49 minutes.

Distance113 mi (182 km)
Fastest train2h 49m
Lowest price$42.22
Trains per day9
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines5

Which train should you take from Zurich to Karlsruhe?

There are 5 train lines with service from Zurich, Canton of Zurich to Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 157 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Eurocity13h 10m$56.35
DB Intercity13h 2m$42.22
DB Intercity-Express92h 56m$70.77
Deutsche Bahn1573h 34m$64.10
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company167h 50m$51.58

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Zurich to Karlsruhe during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Zurich to Karlsruhe?

The distance between Zurich and Karlsruhe is approximately 113 miles, or 182 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 49 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Zurich to Karlsruhe are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Zurich at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 9:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Zurich to Karlsruhe?

There are 184 scheduled trains on most days. 9 of these are direct connections to Karlsruhe. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Karlsruhe to Zurich. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Zurich to Karlsruhe for $37.51.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Zurich?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Zurich.

Where is the train station in Karlsruhe?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Karlsruhe than most cities. Most trains from Zurich will stop at one (or more) of the 7 following stations in Karlsruhe:

Train stations in Karlsruhe:

  • Grötzingen

  • Grötzingen Krappmühlenweg

  • Karlsruhe-Durlach

  • Train Station

  • Maxau

  • Karlsruhe-Knielingen

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