There are 10 ways to get from Cologne to Kiel by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  5 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Kiel Hbf Ic

$110 - $160

Cheapest option

Train Flixtrain  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf Hkx / ...
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf Re / ...

$4 - $45

8 alternative options

Train Flixtrain #2  •  6 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena to Duisburg Hbf Re1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Duisburg, Duisburg central station to Hamburg, Hamburg central station
  3. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf Re / ...

Bus  •  9 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Hamburg X73 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hamburg to Kiel 050 / ...

$29 - $50

Rideshare  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Cologne to Kiel 317.5 miles

$31

Drive  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Drive from Cologne to Kiel 317.8 miles

$65 - $100

Fly Cologne/Bonn Apt to Hamburg, train  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Hamburg (HAM) CGN - HAM
  2. Take the train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf

$55 - $179

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Hamburg, train  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
  2. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Hamburg (HAM) DUS - HAM
  3. Take the train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf

$41 - $164

Train to Frankfurt, fly to Hamburg, train  •  4 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
  2. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Hamburg (HAM) FRA - HAM
  3. Take the train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf

$103 - $327

Fly Dusseldorf to Westerland, train  •  6 h 16 min

  1. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Westerland (GWT) DUS - GWT
  2. Take the train from Westerland(Sylt) to Husum
  3. Take the train from Husum to Kiel Hbf

$128 - $488

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cologne to Kiel is to train which costs 3€ - 35€ and takes 5 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cologne to Kiel is to fly and train which costs 45€ - 160€ and takes 4 h 14 min.

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The distance between Cologne and Kiel is 434 km. The road distance is 508.5 km.

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The train from Köln Hbf to Kiel Hbf takes 5 h 13 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cologne to Kiel. However, there are services departing from Köln, Heumarkt and arriving at Kiel via Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen and Hamburg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 31 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Köln Hbf and arriving at Kiel Hbf. Services depart twice daily. The journey takes approximately 5 h 13 min.

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What companies run services between Cologne, Germany and Kiel, Germany?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Cologne to Kiel twice daily. Tickets cost $110 - $160 and the journey takes 5 h 13 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cologne to Kiel via Leverkusen, Wiesdorf Rathaus-Galerie, Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen, and Hamburg in around 9 h 31 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Dusseldorf to Westerland
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Cologne/Bonn Apt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $280
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Condor Flugdienst
Website
condor.com
Flights from Dusseldorf to Westerland
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
5 h 13 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $23
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln Hbf to Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Westerland(Sylt) to Husum
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Husum to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
bahn.com
Train from Köln Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Duisburg, Duisburg central station to Hamburg, Hamburg central station
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Train from Cologne, Cologne central station to Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf central station
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
hvv.de
Train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
hvv.de
Train from Westerland(Sylt) to Husum
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
hvv.de
Bahn DE
Website
bahn.de
Train from Köln, Deutz Bf Deutz / Messe LANXESS arena to Duisburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $26
Schedules at
bahn.de
Bus operators
FlixBus
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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Cologne, Cologne North, Leverkusen to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Hamburg to Kiel
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Cologne to Kiel
Ave. Duration
6 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$31
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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