Getting around in KarlsruheKarlsruhe has an excellent public transportation network. You can also get around by taxi, however. If you live in the city center, taking the streetcar is highly recommended. During regular business hours a streetcar passes by every 2 to 10 minutes. Public transportation in Karlsruhe is managed by the local transport authority, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV), which means you can use the same kind of tickets for all streetcars and buses. For more information, contact the KVV.
How do I use busses and trams in Karlsruhe? 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, at the central train station and in the "Europaplatz". 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 stamped already.
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. This costs 4,20 EUR 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 6,50 EUR 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, which costs 7,30 EUR 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 12,00 EUR 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 ticket entitles the bearer to travel to Freudenstadt, Baiersbronn, Bad Wildbad, or Heilbronn; it costs 11,50 EUR for one person and for small groups of up to 5 people the RegioX-plus ticket costs 18,- EUR 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.
Questions? The KVV has a service telephone number: 0721/6107-5885. You can call this number on weekdays between 07:00 and 19:00 and on Saturdays between 07:00 and 13:00 for service information, schedule times and tariff information.