Ground Transportation to Baden-Baden Airport (FKB)

Getting to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airpark by Bus, Car, or Train

Buses run to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB) in Baden-Airpark but at late / early hours a private car or expensive taxi may be required.

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A car, whether a rental, taxi, or private vehicle, is often the easiest way of getting to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB). Public transportation is also available but bus departure times are limited, especially over weekends, early morning, and late night. Airport shuttle van and private car transfers are best reserved in advance- compare prices before booking. Suntransfers gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.

By Bus to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB)

Several bus services are available to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport. The public buses 285 and 234 operate strictly according to the timetable and do not wait for delayed flights. Services have recently been improved and are now available on weekends and later at night too.

  • Buses stop up to three times in Baden-Airpark – for the airport use the last stop, Baden-Airpark Terminal.

Public Bus 285 from Baden-Baden to Baden-Baden Airport

On weekdays, public bus 285 connects Baden-Baden Station and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport once per hour in just less than half an hour. The first bus from the station departs at 6:17 (6:40 from the airport) and the last bus to the airport departs at 10:50 pm (11:15 pm from the airport).

On weekends, the bus service is much more limited with large gaps of up to two hours in the schedules:

Good train connections are available from Baden-Baden to Karlsruhe for a total traveling time from the airport to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof of around an hour.

Public Bus 234 from Rastatt to Baden-Baden Airport

Public bus 234 connects Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport with Rastatt Bahnhof in half an hour.  On weekdays, buses run at least hourly with the first bus to the airport departing from Rastatt Station at 6:28 am (5:43 am from the airport) while the last bus leaves Ratsatt Station at 7:48 pm (7:13 pm from the airport).

On weekends, buses are less frequent.

Good train connections are available from Rastatt to Karlsruhe for a total traveling time from the airport to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof of around an hour.

Baden-Airpark Hahn Express Bus 140 to Heidelberg (via Baden-Baden & Karlsruhe)

Hahn Express operates a bus service from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport via Baden-Baden Station and Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof to Heidelberg with a few buses continuing all the way to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport (HHN). The Baden-Airpark Express or Bus 140 runs three to six times per day with two to four buses continuing all the way to Hahn. More buses are available to Karlsruhe with trains connecting to Heidelberg.

  • Traveling times are 40 minutes to Karlsruhe and 90 minutes to Heidelberg.

Baden-Airpark Express Bus 140 is mostly timed according to airberlin and Ryanair flight departures and arrivals but any traveler may use the bus. The time table changes seasonally.

The Hahn Express bus 140 stops in front of the McDonalds at Heidelberg Station and at the south exit (Südausgang) at Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof.

By Train to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB)

Trains do not run to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport. The closest railway station is Baden-Baden although Rastatt is also convenient. The busiest station in the region with the largest number of destinations served is Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof.

By Car to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB)

A car is the easiest way to reach Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB) and many locals make use of the reasonably priced parking when using cheap flights from Baden Airpark. Driving time to Baden-Baden and Rastatt are generally less than 20 minutes (14 km / 9 miles) and to Karlsruhe around 30 minutes (45 km / 30 miles).

  • From Autobahn A5 (Basel – Freiburg – Karlsruhe – Heidelberg – Frankfurt) use the Baden-Baden exit but drive away from the spa town towards Iffezheim and turn left onto the B36.
  • From Baden-Baden, use the B500 towards the A5 and continue as above.
  • From Rastatt simply follow the B36 south to the airport.
  • From France (Strasbourg), use highway A35, exit 56 (Roppenheim) to cross the Rhine into Germany and towards Baden-Baden. It is around 60 km (an hour) to Strasbourg.

Car rental agencies at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB) are Sixt, Europcar, and Hertz.

By Taxi to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport (FKB)

Metered taxis from the airport to Baden-Baden are around €30. Various shuttle services are also available to several towns in both Germany and France and are best reserved in advance. Suntransfers gives online quotations for private airport transfers without first requiring personal details or flight numbers.

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Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance travel writer with over 20 years of experience writing online. He is particularly interested in history, art, and culture. He has lived most of his adult life in Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark. In addition to, he also owns a travel website on the Lake Geneva region of Switzerland and maintains statistical websites on car sales and classic car auction prices. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Development Finance from the University of London.

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