Trams, local railway services and buses help you to get around the various parts of the city quickly and conveniently. At www.kvv.de – the website of the local public transport company Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) – you can find all the key information such as timetables for the individual routes, the different types of tickets and their validity.
The KVV.live app gives you information about bus and train departure times.
Good to know: Karlsruhe is a great city for cyclists – there are cycle paths next to the pavement in many streets.
How do I buy a ticket?
If you are travelling by bus or train once or occasionally:
- AVG local railway or VBK tram: You can buy a ticket at the ticket machine at the bus stop or on the train. In most cases you can only pay with cash.
- Bus: Bus tickets can be bought at the ticket machine or from the driver.
- You can also buy tickets and subscriptions via the KVV mobile phone ticket portal: https://www.kvv.de/fahrkarten/verkauf/online/kvvmobil.html
- The ticket is validated by stamping it on the train or bus.
- You can download the KVV.mobil app quickly and easily via your smartphone. You can then buy tickets for buses and trains conveniently via your account in the app.
Good to know: The price of your ticket depends on the distance you travel. For journeys in the Karlsruhe city centre, you need a two-zone ticket.
Tip: If you travel regularly by bus or train, it is worth buying a monthly or annual ticket. There are many different types of tickets. Children, pupils, apprentices, students, people over 65 and people looking for work pay less. They can buy tickets at a reduced price.
There are many different types of tickets, e.g. individual tickets, group tickets, special tickets for pupils, apprentices and students, monthly tickets, annual tickets and tickets that are only valid after 09:00. You can get advice at the KVV customer centres in front of the main railway station and on Marktplatz (Karl-Friedrich-Straße 9)!