There are 12 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train via Hamburg Dammtor  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Hamburg Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf Re70 / ...

$105 - $188

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Kiel N33

$35 - $60

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Train  •  8 h 14 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Kiel Hbf Ic / ...

$150 - $220

Bus, train  •  8 h 54 min

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt Hbf to Hamburg ZOB
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Bordesholm Re70

$61 - $83

Rideshare  •  6 h 50 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Kiel 367.2 miles

$36

Drive, train  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Fulda
  2. Take the train from Fulda to Hamburg Hbf Ice
  3. Drive from Hauptbahnhof Nord to Kiel

$110 - $167

Drive  •  5 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel 369.9 miles

$75 - $120

Fly Frankfurt to Hamburg, train  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Hamburg (HAM) FRA - HAM
  2. Take the train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf

$74 - $287

Fly Frankfurt to Bremen, train  •  5 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Frankfurt (FRA) to Bremen (BRE) FRA - BRE
  2. Take the train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
  3. Take the train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf

$138 - $389

Train to Mannheim, fly to Hamburg, train  •  5 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
  2. Fly from Mannheim (MHG) to Hamburg (HAM) MHG - HAM
  3. Take the train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf

$207 - $448

Train to Cologne/Bonn Apt, fly to Hamburg, train  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
  2. Fly from Cologne/Bonn Apt (CGN) to Hamburg (HAM) CGN - HAM
  3. Take the train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf

$101 - $239

Train to Dusseldorf, fly to Hamburg, train  •  5 h 48 min

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

$88 - $212

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The cheapest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is to rideshare which costs 31€ and takes 6 h 50 min.

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is to fly and train which costs 60€ - 250€ and takes 4 h 17 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station and arriving at Kiel. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arriving at Kiel Hbf. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 14 min.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Kiel is 478 km. The road distance is 591.8 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel without a car is to train which takes 5 h 2 min and costs 85€ - 160€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 2 min to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel, including transfers.

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Frankfurt am Main to Kiel bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Kiel train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is to train which takes 5 h 2 min and costs 85€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 29€ - 50€ and takes 8 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel.
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  • Distance: 298.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 2 min

What companies run services between Frankfurt am Main, Germany and Kiel, Germany?

You can take a train from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel via Hamburg Dammtor in around 5 h 2 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel twice daily. Tickets cost $35 - $60 and the journey takes 8 h 15 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
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from Frankfurt to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
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
1 h
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $200
MHS Aviation GmbH
Website
mhs-aviation.de
Flights from Mannheim to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$50 - $380
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3 h 37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$100 - $150
Website
bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$28 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
8 h 14 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $220
Website
bahn.de
Train from Fulda to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$80 - $120
Website
bahn.de
Train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Köln Messe/Deutz Gl.11-12
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Düsseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Bordesholm
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
hvv.de
Train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
hvv.de
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$21 - $26
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $26
1st Class
$37 - $40
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Kiel
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Frankfurt Hbf to Hamburg ZOB
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
eurolines.de
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Frankfurt to Kiel
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$36
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Frankfurt Airport to Hamburg Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Frankfurt am Main to Kiel bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Kiel station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Kiel train services, operated by HVV, arrive at Kiel Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is 592 km. It takes approximately 5 h 28 min to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel.

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Lufthansa offers flights from Frankfurt Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Kiel train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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Book your Frankfurt am Main to Kiel bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 484+ hotels available in Kiel. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Frankfurt am Main and Kiel. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Frankfurt Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs 9€ - 14€.

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