Public transport in Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe has an excellent public transportation system called KVV; its mostly build on trams/streetcars. Trams run not just within the city but also far into the surrounding area.
In the Karlsruhe region you only pay one tariff for a ticket that can be used on all city railroad, trams, regional trains, and bus lines that are operated by the Karlsruhe Verkehrsverbund (KVV - this is the local transport authority). So one ticket will suffice for all methods of transportation. You can obtain tickets from vending machines at the various stops.
Tickets are also available from outlets in the market place or at the central train station. If no vending machine is available, you can buy a ticket from the driver. Please note: The vending machines in the trams and trains do not accept bank notes, only coins. To be valid your ticket must be stamped with the current date before the start of your journey. This can be done by inserting your ticket into the yellow stamping machines found on all the transport services. In most cases, if you have obtained your ticket from a vending machine, it will have been already stamped.
What types of tickets are available?
There are several types of tickets available: For a day trip in Karlsruhe it is best to buy the Citykarte solo. This costs 5,60 € per person, and entitles the bearer to travel anywhere within Karlsruhe, as far as Ettlingen, Wörth, Stutensee, Pfinztal, Rheinstetten or Weingarten within 24 hours of the date stamped on the ticket. For small groups of up to 5 people there is the City plus ticket, which costs 8,80 € and also entitles the group to travel anywhere within Karlsruhe, as far as Ettlingen, Wörth, Stutensee, Pfinztal or Weingarten within 24 hours of the date stamped on the ticket.
For journeys that exceed the inner region (for example, Baden-Baden, Pforzheim, Landau, Bad Herrenalb, Eppingen or Forbach) there is the Regiokarte solo, which costs 9,80 € and is valid for 24 hours of the date stamped on the ticket. For small groups of up to 5 people there is the Regio plus ticket which costs 16,60 € and entitles groups to travel beyond the inner region (for example, Baden-Baden, Pforzheim, Landau, Bad Herrenalb, Eppingen or Forbach) and is also valid for 24 hours. The RegioX solo ticket entitles the bearer to travel to Freudenstadt, Baiersbronn, Bad Wildbad, or Heilbronn; it costs 15,60 € for one person and for small groups of up to 5 people theRegioX plus ticket costs 25,00 € and is valid for 24 hours. The City and Regio tickets for one person are also available as four trip tickets at a reduced rate.
For a short journey a single ticket is also available. The cost of this ticket depends on the distance you wish to travel. Karlsruhe is divided into "zones" and the price of your ticket increases for every zone you pass through on your journey. So for example, to travel in Karlsruhe you pass through two "zones" and so must pay for both "zones" you pass through, also to travel from Karlsruhe to Baden-Baden you pass through seven "zones", so you would have to pay for seven "zones". You can find a map of all the zones at every major stop.
What do I do if I have a question?
The KVV has a service phone number: +49 721 6107-5885. You can call this number on weekdays between 7am and 7pm and on Saturdays between 7am and 1pm for service information, schedule times and tariff information.
More information: www.kvv.de