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Taking the train from Dresden to Karlsruhe in 5 hours 45 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Dresden to Karlsruhe? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 7 hours 38 minutes to travel the 444 km from Dresden to Karlsruhe by train, although you can get there in as little as 5 hours 45 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 27 trains per day running on this route. You won't need to worry about making any changes along the way either as direct trains are available. You can travel with DB trains during your journey, as they are the main operator of services on this route.

Train tickets from Dresden to Karlsruhe start from $20.29 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Karlsruhe? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Dresden to Karlsruhe by train

It takes an average of 7h 38m to travel from Dresden to Karlsruhe by train, over a distance of around 276 miles (444 km). There are normally 27 trains per day traveling from Dresden to Karlsruhe and tickets for this journey start from $20.29 when you book in advance.

First train

04:48

Last train

23:06

Departure station

Dresden

Arrival station

Karlsruhe

Journey time

5h 45m

Distance

444 miles (276 km)

Frequency

27 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $20.29

Train and bus operators

Flixbus, Deutsche Bahn

Dresden to Karlsruhe train times

Check out the next trains departing from Dresden to Karlsruhe for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:10 13:44 6h 34m, 3 changes
07:10 14:05 6h 55m, 2 changes
07:45 16:09 8h 24m, 1 change
09:10 15:44 6h 34m, 3 changes
09:10 15:58 6h 48m, 2 changes
09:45 18:09 8h 24m, 1 change
09:51 17:53 8h 2m, 2 changes
11:10 17:44 6h 34m, 3 changes
11:10 17:58 6h 48m, 2 changes
11:51 19:53 8h 2m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn and EC (Eurocity) trains from Dresden to Karlsruhe

You can travel from Dresden to Karlsruhe on Deutsche Bahn and EC (Eurocity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Cheap train tickets from Dresden to Karlsruhe

The price of train tickets from Dresden to Karlsruhe starts at $20.29 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Dresden to Karlsruhe by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Dresden to Karlsruhe

Want to know more about your journey from Dresden to Karlsruhe? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Dresden to Karlsruhe take?

The average journey time by train between Dresden and Karlsruhe is 7 hours and 38 minutes, with around 27 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Dresden and Karlsruhe by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Dresden to Karlsruhe is 5 hours and 45 minutes.

How much does the train from Dresden to Karlsruhe cost?

Train tickets from Dresden to Karlsruhe can start from as little as $20.29 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Dresden to Karlsruhe?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Dresden to Karlsruhe without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Dresden to Karlsruhe each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Dresden to Karlsruhe leave?

The first train from Dresden to Karlsruhe leaves at 04:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Dresden to Karlsruhe leave?

The last train from Dresden to Karlsruhe leaves at 23:06. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Dresden and Karlsruhe by train?

Trains travelling from Dresden to Karlsruhe cover a distance of around 276 miles (444 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Karlsruhe to Dresden.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Dresden to Karlsruhe for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 01/24/2023 for travel on 01/24/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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