The tram S1 runs in the valley to/from Karlsruhe, the buses go over the passes to neighbouring valleys and towns. I took the bus to go via Gernsbach in the neighbouring Murg valley to Baden-Baden, which was faster than going via Karlsruhe. Other buses run to Bad Wildbad, to the other villages that are part of the municipality Bad Herrenalb, like Dobel, Rotensol e.g.
Buses usually run every hour. Fares and rules of KVV apply, ditto the KONUS guestcard freebies (e.g. the ride to Baden-Baden is free.) For more info check the websites below.
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Bad Herrenalb has an excellent tram connection to Karlsruhe, where you can change to all sorts of (long distance, too) trains and buses: S1 runs Bad Herrenalb - Karlsruhe main railway station - Hochstetten. The ride to Karlsruhe takes 37 minutes, single trip fare is 4.60 Euro (in 2014), no changes.
Bad Herrenalb is part of the KVV regional transportation network, fares and rules apply. However, if you stay overnight in Bad Herrenalb you pay (obligatory) the local tax ("Kurtaxe") - and in return you get the KONUS guestcard, which entitles you to a lot of reductions on admission fees to sights (even some freebies), but most importantly it is also valid as ticket for public transportation in the Black Forest region. The tram ride to Karlsruhe is covered, ditto public transportation in central Karlsruhe, even the train ride to Freiburg and Basel (on regional trains.) For more info check out the "other" website below.
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The train station of Bad Herrenalb is not used by Deutsche Bahn any more. The dead-end railway line up the Alb valley has been adopted by Karlsruhe's tram network, so the yellow trams of the S 1 now do the passenger transport.
Besides, on some summer weekends an old steam train does tourist rides up there.
From the train station, several bus routes start that connect Bad Herrenalb with the villages further up in the mountains. There is also a line across the mountain ridge over to the Murg valley and on to Baden-Baden.
The train station is not manned any more, tickets have to be obtained from ticket machines. The station building now hosts Bad Herrenalb's tourist information office.
Tram S 1 from/to Karlsruhe
Bad Herrenalb and all the other places in the Alb valley are connected to Karlsruhe's tram network. The line S 1 runs from Bad Herrenalb via Ettlingen to Karlsruhe, passes both Karlsruhe central station and the city centre and continues further north to Hochstetten.
When coming from Karlsruhe, check carefully because the S 1 runs every 10 minutes in the city, but not all of them do the whole way, many end in Ettlingen. Two trams per hour (daytime hours on weekdays) continue to Bad Herrenalb, the interval is 20 and 40 minutes alternating. In the evening and on weekends there is one tram per hour. Have a look at the timetable before starting your trip to avoid long waiting periods (lesson learned the hard way).
Download of S 1 timetable
Fares: A single ticket from Karlsruhe to Bad Herrenalb or back (5 zones) is 3.70 €.
Groups up to five people travel cheapest with the Regioplus ticket for 13.50 € which is valid for 24 hours of unlimited travel in the whole KVV area.
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