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There are 11 ways to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel by train, bus, night bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train via Göttingen  •  5h 27m

  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 / ...

€95 - €250

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Night bus, train  •  9h 13m

  1. Take the night bus from Frankfurt - Main station to Hamburg BlaBlaCar Bus
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf Re / ...

€25 - €80

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Train  •  5h 50m

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

€97 - €186

Train #2  •  5h 53m

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

€100 - €140

Bus  •  10h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Frankfurt central train station to Kiel interim central bus station 098

€30 - €40

Rideshare  •  6h 50m

  1. Take the rideshare from Frankfurt to Kiel 583.4 km

€31

Drive  •  5h 12m

  1. Drive from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel 586.2 km

€60 - €95

Fly Frankfurt to Hamburg, train  •  4h 8m

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

€44 - €258

Fly Frankfurt to Bremen, train  •  4h 51m

  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

€69 - €374

Fly Frankfurt to Hannover, train  •  5h 31m

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

€110 - €439

Train to Cologne Bonn, fly to Hamburg, train  •  5h 10m

  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

€76 - €337

Frankfurt am Main to Kiel by train

The train journey time between Frankfurt am Main and Kiel is around 6h 1m and covers a distance of around 606 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 21m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Intercity, Deutsche Bahn Regional and others, the Frankfurt am Main to Kiel train service departs from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and arrives in Kiel Hbf. Typically 138 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 1m
Fastest train time:
5h 21m
Train distance:
606 km
Trains per week:
138
Cheapest price:
€102
Carbon emissions:
31 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
01:04
Last train departs at:
21:14

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Frankfurt am Main to Kiel train schedules

Trains departing Saturday, July 31, 2021

Frankfurt am Main → Kiel
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Kiel is 116 117.

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The social distance requirement in Kiel is 1.5 metres.

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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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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 €40 - €260 and takes 4h 8m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Frankfurt central train station station and arriving at Kiel interim central bus station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 10h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Frankfurt(Main)Sued and arriving at Kiel Hbf. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 53m.

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It is 478 km from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel. It is approximately 586.2 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel without a car is to train via Göttingen which takes 5h 27m and costs €90 - €250.

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It takes approximately 5h 27m to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is to train via Göttingen which takes 5h 27m and costs €90 - €250. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €40 and takes 10h 45m.

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  • Distance: 478 km
  • Duration: 5h 27m

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

You can take a train from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel via Goettingen and Hamburg Hbf in around 5h 27m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Frankfurt central train station to Kiel interim central bus station once daily. Tickets cost €30 - €40 and the journey takes 10h 45m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €350
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €250
Flights from Frankfurt to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €340
Flights from Frankfurt to Hannover
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €350
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Cologne Bonn to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€70 - €450
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €250
Flights from Frankfurt to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €340
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)Hbf to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €70
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 Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€85 - €130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Sued to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 53m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€100 - €140
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Siegburg/Bonn
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €50
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
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Goettingen
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€60 - €85
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
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€90 - €130
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €65
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€50 - €70
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 Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €60
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
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Phone
+49 (0) 911 / 240 388 – 22
Email
info@bahntouristikexpress.de
Website
bahntouristikexpress.de
Train from Goettingen to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
Frequency
3 times a week
Website
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
3 times a week
Website
BahnTouristikExpress GmbH
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from Göttingen to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€90 - €110
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Urlaubs-Express
Train from Bremen Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€90 - €110
Book at
Urlaubs-Express
Train from Hannover Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€90 - €110
Book at
Urlaubs-Express
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
€19 - €27
Website
HVV
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€29 - €45
Website
HVV
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Bremen central station to Hamburg central station
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€8 - €10
Website
Flixtrain
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 Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
metronom
Phone
+49 581 97164164
Email
presse@der-metronom.de
Website
der-metronom.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Website
metronom
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Website
metronom
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
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 central train station to Kiel interim central bus station
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Night bus from Frankfurt - Main station to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €21
Website
Blablabus
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 interim central bus station.

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Frankfurt am Main to Kiel train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Regional, arrive at Kiel Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Frankfurt am Main to Kiel is 586 km. It takes approximately 5h 12m to drive from Frankfurt am Main to Kiel.

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Luxair and Lufthansa offer flights from Frankfurt Airport to Hamburg Airport.

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There are 52+ 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 35880 train which takes 15 min and costs €3 - €5.

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