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Taking the train from Karlsruhe to Bonn in 2 hours 34 minutes

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

It usually takes around 3 hours 5 minutes to travel the 215 km from Karlsruhe to Bonn by train, although you can get there in as little as 2 hours 34 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 25 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 on this route with either ICE or DB trains. Both train companies run modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage.

Train tickets from Karlsruhe to Bonn start from $19.88 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 Bonn? 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.

Karlsruhe to Bonn by train

It takes an average of 3h 5m to travel from Karlsruhe to Bonn by train, over a distance of around 133 miles (215 km). There are normally 25 trains per day traveling from Karlsruhe to Bonn and tickets for this journey start from $19.88 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 34m
PriceFrom $19.88
Distance133 miles (215 km)
Frequency25 trains per day
First train01:20
Last train21:28
Departure stationKarlsruhe
Arrival stationBonn
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsDeutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Karlsruhe to Bonn train times

Check out the next trains departing from Karlsruhe to Bonn for Tuesday Dec 13th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:00 09:44 2h 44m, 1 change
07:06 10:43 3h 37m, 1 change
07:59 10:53 2h 54m, 2 changes
07:59 10:55 2h 56m, 1 change
08:55 11:44 2h 49m, 1 change
09:59 12:33 2h 34m, 1 change
11:00 13:36 2h 36m, 2 changes
11:00 13:44 2h 44m, 1 change
11:59 14:55 2h 56m, 1 change
12:25 15:55 3h 30m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) and EC (Eurocity) trains from Karlsruhe to Bonn

You can travel from Karlsruhe to Bonn on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity) 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.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

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 Karlsruhe to Bonn

The price of train tickets from Karlsruhe to Bonn starts at $19.88 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 Karlsruhe to Bonn 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 Karlsruhe to Bonn

Want to know more about your journey from Karlsruhe to Bonn? 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 Karlsruhe to Bonn take?

The average journey time by train between Karlsruhe and Bonn is 3 hours and 5 minutes, with around 25 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 Karlsruhe and Bonn by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Karlsruhe to Bonn is 2 hours and 34 minutes.

How much does the train from Karlsruhe to Bonn cost?

Train tickets from Karlsruhe to Bonn can start from as little as $19.88 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 Karlsruhe to Bonn?

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

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

The first train from Karlsruhe to Bonn leaves at 01:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Karlsruhe to Bonn leaves at 21:28. 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 Karlsruhe and Bonn by train?

Trains travelling from Karlsruhe to Bonn cover a distance of around 133 miles (215 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bonn to Karlsruhe.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Karlsruhe to Bonn for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/13/2022. 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 01/05/2023 for travel on 01/05/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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