Getting to Kiel

Most travelers to Kiel arrive via Hamburg:

 

Getting to Kiel by plane:

Hamburg Airport – Helmut Schmidt Airport: The easiest way to reach Kiel if you are flying is via Hamburg, approximately one hour by car from Kiel.

While most international flights to Germany are to Frankfurt, the city of Hamburg also has an international airport with excellent international connections, but also to all other major airports in Germany, so that you can get a connecting flight to Hamburg.

Once at the Hamburg Airport, take the Kielius Bus directly to the Kiel Train Station. The bus takes just over one and a half hours (but please do NOT get off until the bus has reached its final destination!) and at present costs 36 € for a round-trip ticket, in which case please do not lose your ticket for the return trip. You can also purchase a one-way ticket each trip, which is somewhat more expensive (20.50 € each way). The bus leaves from the bus stop directly between Terminals 1 and 2 in Hamburg Airport at 15 minutes past the hour (unless you take the bus at 5:30 a.m.).

If you do not speak German, it is advisable to ask a fellow passenger for help, since the drivers do not generally speak English, although they are very patient!

The Train Station is located in the city center and almost all local busses in Kiel start and/or end at the train station, so that there should be no problem getting a bus. You will find the bus plans here. The main taxi stand at the station is located at the main entrance, down the escalators, and if your hotel is located in the city itself, the trip should cost you anywhere between 5 and 15 € at most, except during rush hour.

Please note that there is now major construction work in progress on the highway between Kiel and Hamburg, so that the trip to Kiel from Hamburg / to Hamburg from Kiel can take considerably longer than usual. At present, it takes approx. 2.5 hours during rush hour. Please allow for delays, especially if you have to cath a flight in Hamburg!

 

 

Getting to Kiel by train:

Unless you are coming to Kiel from Scandinavia, you will almost certainly pass through Hamburg on your train trip to Kiel, i.e., whether you are coming from the south, east or west. If you take the fast trains (ICE), the journey from Hamburg should take you about 1 hour and 15 minutes (but plan on delays, as the route between Kiel and Hamburg is currently under repair).

If you are traveling to Kiel from Scandinavia via train, please be sure that your train – and the part of the train that you are sitting in! – goes all the way to Kiel, as some trains divide into two parts at Flensburg or Eckernförde (two cities near Kiel), only one of which continues on to Kiel. Your best bet is to ask your fellow passengers for help, just to be on the safe side!

The fastest trains in Germany – but also the most expensive – are the “ICE” trains. The next fastest are the “IC” trains. All others are cheaper but will take much longer to reach Kiel and you will probably have to change trains many times. If possible, we recommend either an ICE or at least an IC train.

The Train Station is located in the city center and almost all local busses in Kiel start and/or end at the train station, so that there should be no problem getting a bus. You will find the bus plans here. The main taxi stand at the station is located at the main entrance, down the escalators, and if your hotel is located in the city itself, the trip should cost you anywhere between 5 and 15 € at most, except during rush hour.