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Take the train from Karlsruhe to Heerlen in 3 hours 40 minutes

If you want to travel from Karlsruhe to Heerlen by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Karlsruhe to Heerlen by train to take around 4 hours 12 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 3 hours 40 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 20 trains per day running on this route, which spans 170 miles (273 km). You’ll have to make 2 changes along the way on your journey to Heerlen. Both ICE and DB trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

You can save money on train tickets from Karlsruhe to Heerlen if you book in Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices – we'll show you how much you can save on train tickets from Karlsruhe to Heerlen if you book in advance.. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Karlsruhe to Heerlen by train

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Last train


Departure station


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Journey time

From 3h 40m


170 miles (273 km)


20 trains per day


2 changes

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn

Karlsruhe to Heerlen train times

Check out the next trains departing from Karlsruhe to Heerlen for Tuesday 4th June 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:00 10:42 3h 42m, 3 changes
08:00 11:42 3h 42m, 2 changes
09:00 12:42 3h 42m, 3 changes
10:00 14:12 4h 12m, 2 changes
11:00 14:42 3h 42m, 3 changes
12:00 15:42 3h 42m, 2 changes
13:00 16:42 3h 42m, 3 changes
14:00 17:42 3h 42m, 2 changes
15:00 18:42 3h 42m, 3 changes
16:00 19:42 3h 42m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Karlsruhe to Heerlen

You can travel from Karlsruhe to Heerlen on Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) 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.

ICE classes from Karlsruhe to Heerlen

Compare the different travel classes offered by ICE when travelling from Karlsruhe to Heerlen.

Onboard services on ICE

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Karlsruhe to Heerlen.


You can take as much luggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Luggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Luggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead luggage rack. Generally, the standard dimensions of luggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm. Larger items of luggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large luggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

When travelling with ICE, you can enjoy an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you choose the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

Upgrade to First Class and you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB change their menu every three months, but you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.


If you’re travelling on a ICE train, you can connect to the free WiFi and catch up on some work or your favourite TV show.

You can also connect to the ICE portal, where you’ll find a wide range of entertainment, such as films, television, audiobooks, games, newspapers and magazines.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On DB’s ICE trains, kids under 5 years old travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

You can also book family areas and children compartments on all ICE trains.


With ICE, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle onboard. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Generally, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.


You can travel with your pet on all ICE trains. You do not need an extra ticket If you have a small dog and they can travel in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not travelling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

DB’s Mobility Service can assist you with boarding, disembarking or changing trains. Also, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

Cheap train tickets from Karlsruhe to Heerlen

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 Heerlen 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Karlsruhe and Heerlen is 4 hours and 12 minutes, with around 20 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 Heerlen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Karlsruhe to Heerlen is 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Karlsruhe to Heerlen?

No, there are no direct train services from Karlsruhe to Heerlen. Travelling from Karlsruhe to Heerlen by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

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

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

The last train from Karlsruhe to Heerlen leaves at 22:02. 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 Heerlen by train?

Trains travelling from Karlsruhe to Heerlen cover a distance of around 170 miles (273 km) during the journey.

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