Download a map of the changes starting November 18, 2013.


Public Transportation


kvv (Karlsruhe Verkehrsverbund) is Karlsruhe’s excellent public transportion system which operates on time and to schedule.

Timetables for trams and buses are available at kvv information centers at Markplatz (across from the Rathaus) and outside the main train station. Timetables are also located at each tram/bus/train stop. Many stops/stations also have electronic signs indicating which tram/train is next to arrive and when it should arrive.

At many stops, and in many trams and trains, there are ticket buying automats, which accept both coins and paper money. Riding is on the honor system. When you enter the tram/train, be sure to stamp your ticket. On buses, you need to show your valid ticket when entering. Occasionally, controllers go through the system and check tickets. If you don't have a ticket, the fine is upwards of €40. If you are a repeat offender, a jail sentence is also possible.

During the next years, the center of Karlsruhe will be a construction site while a brand new subway is being built — estimated time of completion 2018! In the meantime, be patient and look for signs at the tram/bus stops for any detours. In spite of the construction, most of the public transportation continues to work efficiently and without major interruptions — a technological masterpiece in the making.

The most useful public transportation information (trip planner and fares) is now available in English and French!

Changes! Starting November 18, 2013, there will be no trams running between Marktplatz and Ettlinger Tor and later Augartenstrasse in the center of the city. For a map of the changes, click on the right or consult maps at the tram stops.