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Travelling from Cologne to Karlsruhe by train
The fastest trains from Cologne to Karlsruhe take around 2 hours and 1 minute, covering a distance of approximately 240 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Cologne and Karlsruhe.
Direct trains run between Cologne and Karlsruhe.
We usually find around 15 direct trains on the route from Cologne to Karlsruhe every weekday.
Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends. The duration is normally about 2 hours and 1 minute, whatever time you make the journey.
On weekdays the earliest direct train to Karlsruhe is usually scheduled to depart Cologne around 06:54 and the last train is around 23:53. This is the same at the weekend.
Route map is indicative only and may differ from the optimal route. Actual routes will be displayed when searching.
When to book Cologne to Karlsruhe train tickets?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Cologne to Karlsruhe are £18.50.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around £27 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around £18. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
Trains in Germany usually open for booking around 6 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Cologne to Karlsruhe by train.
Which trains operate between Cologne and Karlsruhe?
More than one type of train operates on the route from Cologne to Karlsruhe, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Eurocity (EC)
- Intercity-Express (ICE)
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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