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

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Train  •  4h 52m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Sued to Kiel Hbf Ice

100€ - 140€

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Bus  •  8h 35m

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

28€ - 35€

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Train via Hamburg  •  4h 57m

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

90€ - 183€

Train via Göttingen  •  5h 28m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Goettingen Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf Re / ...

90€ - 230€

Bus, train  •  8h 25m

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

49€ - 122€

Rideshare  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Kiel 583.6 km

31€

Drive  •  5h 22m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel 586.8 km

65€ - 100€

Fly Frankfurt to Hamburg, train  •  4h 11m

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

99€ - 417€

Fly Frankfurt to Bremen, train  •  5h 6m

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

149€ - 529€

Train to Mannheim, fly to Hamburg, train  •  5h 5m

  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 Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf

38€ - 301€

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly to Hamburg, train  •  5h 25m

  1. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Siegburg/Bonn
  2. Fly from Cologne Bonn (CGN) to Hamburg (HAM) CGN - HAM
  3. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf

78€ - 516€

Fly Frankfurt to Hannover, train  •  6h 12m

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

92€ - 554€

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

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The quickest way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is to fly and train which costs 95€ - 420€ and takes 4h 11m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station station and arriving at Kiel. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Sued and arriving at Kiel Hbf. Services depart four times a week, and operate Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4h 52m.

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The distance between Frankfurt am Main and Kiel is 478 km. The road distance is 586.8 km.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel without a car is to train which takes 4h 52m and costs 100€ - 140€.

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The train from Frankfurt(Main)Sued to Kiel Hbf takes 4h 52m including transfers and departs four times a week.

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Frankfurt am Main to Kiel bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Kiel train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Frankfurt(Main)Sued station.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is to train which takes 4h 52m and costs 100€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 28€ - 35€ and takes 8h 35m.

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  • Distance: 478 km
  • Duration: 4h 52m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Frankfurt(Main)Sued to Kiel Hbf 4 times a week. Tickets cost 100€ - 140€ and the journey takes 4h 52m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt, Frankfurt central station to Kiel every 4 hours. Tickets cost 28€ - 35€ and the journey takes 8h 35m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 370€
Flights from Frankfurt to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
190€ - 400€
Flights from Frankfurt to Hannover
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 410€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 400€
MHS Aviation GmbH
Website
mhs-aviation.de
Flights from Mannheim to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
60€ - 170€
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Mannheim to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
60€ - 170€
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 Frankfurt(Main)Sued to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 52m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
100€ - 140€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
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
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
22€ - 30€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Siegburg/Bonn
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
90€ - 130€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 85€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 90€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
40€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
3€ - 5€
Website
HVV
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
3€ - 5€
Website
HVV
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
3€ - 5€
Website
HVV
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
17€ - 25€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
13€ - 19€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
16€ - 24€
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
Website
bahn.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
13€ - 19€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 70€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
29€ - 34€
1st Class
23€ - 27€
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
15€ - 23€
Website
Railjet
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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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
8h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
28€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Frankfurt to Kiel
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
31€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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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 Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Kiel Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is 587 km. It takes approximately 5h 22m 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 Omio.

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There are 1115+ hotels available in Kiel. Prices start at 87€ 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 line 35802 train which takes 16 min and costs 3€ - 5€.

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