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There are 6 ways to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train via Hamburg  •  3h 3m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf Re / ...

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Rideshare  •  4h 31m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Kiel 347.5 km

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Train  •  3h 4m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Kiel Hbf Ice / ...

Train, bus  •  6h 28m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Bad Kleinen Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Bad Kleinen to Luebeck Hbf Re / ...
  3. Take the bus from Lübeck Hbf to Kiel Hbf Sev

Drive  •  3h 21m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel 347.4 km

Fly, train  •  6h 24m

  1. Fly from Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) to Hamburg (HAM) BER - HAM
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel by train

The train journey time between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Kiel is around 4h 15m and covers a distance of around 392 km. This includes an average layover time of around 26 min. The fastest train normally takes 3h 54m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, DB Fernverkehr AG, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel train service departs from Berlin Hbf and arrives in Kiel Hbf. Typically nine trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
3h 48m
Layover time:
26 min
Total time:
4h 15m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
3h 54m
Train distance:
392 km
Trains per week:
9
Cheapest price:
€71
Carbon emissions:
20 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:03
Last train departs at:
23:03

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel train schedules

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel is to rideshare which costs €14 - €20 and takes 4h 31m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel is to train via Hamburg which costs €45 - €150 and takes 3h 3m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Kiel Hbf. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 4m.

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The distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof and Kiel is 293 km. The road distance is 347.4 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel without a car is to train via Hamburg which takes 3h 3m and costs €45 - €150.

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It takes approximately 3h 3m to get from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel, including transfers.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Berlin Hbf station.

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There is no direct flight from Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport to Hamburg Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h and has one stopover.

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Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Regional, arrive at Kiel Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel is 347 km. It takes approximately 3h 21m to drive from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel.

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  • Distance: 292.9 km
  • Duration: 3h 3m

What companies run services between Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Germany and Kiel, Germany?

You can take a train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel via Hamburg Dammtor in around 3h 3m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €450
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €450
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€180 - €1400
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€240 - €900
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€270 - €850
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€110 - €500
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€110 - €500
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Brussels
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€180 - €1400
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€210 - €950
DAT Danish Air Transport
Website
dat.dk
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Saarbrucken
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€290 - €950
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€240 - €900
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Basel
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €200
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€250 - €2200
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Berlin Brandenburg Apt to Hamburg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€270 - €850
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Berlin Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€70 - €100
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
DB Fernverkehr AG
Website
delfi.de
Train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
5 times a day
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
delfi.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Schedules at
delfi.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€65 - €90
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 9m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€17 - €25
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bad Kleinen to Luebeck Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €15
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€17 - €25
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bahn DE
Phone
0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€21 - €30
Website
Bahn DE
Train from Bad Kleinen Bhf to Lübeck Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€12 - €19
Website
Bahn DE
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€21 - €35
Website
Bahn DE
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€19 - €27
Website
HVV
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€19 - €27
Website
HVV
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€20 - €25
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
Flixtrain
Polregio
Phone
(+48) 22 439 6052
Email
info@p-r.com.pl
Website
polregio.pl
Train from Bad Kleinen to Luebeck Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€2 - €3
Website
Polregio
Bus operators
Nahreisezug
Website
delfi.de
Bus from Lübeck Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
delfi.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Kiel
Ave. Duration
4h 6m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €20
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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