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There are 9 ways to get from Kiel to Rotterdam by train, bus, car, shuttle or plane

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Train via Hengelo  •  8 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Kiel Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Osnabrück Hbf Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Osnabruck Hbf to Hengelo
  4. Take the train from Hengelo to Utrecht Centraal
  5. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal

$53 - $157

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Shuttle to Hamburg, fly to Brussels, train  •  7 h 3 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Kiel to Hamburg Airport
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Brussels (BRU) HAM - BRU
  3. Take the train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Rotterdam Centraal

$27 - $130

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Train  •  8 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Kiel Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Osnabrück Hbf Ic / ...
  3. Take the train from Osnabruck Hbf to Amersfoort
  4. Take the train from Amersfoort to Rotterdam Centraal

$57 - $151

Bus  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Kiel to Hamburg 050 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Hamburg to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS 075 / ...

$36 - $64

Train, bus  •  10 h 16 min

  1. Take the train from Kiel Hbf to Hamburg Hbf Re70
  2. Take the bus from Hamburg to Rotterdam

$28 - $80

Drive  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Kiel to Rotterdam 366.3 miles

$85 - $130

Shuttle to Hamburg, fly to Amsterdam, train  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Kiel to Hamburg Airport
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Amsterdam (AMS) HAM - AMS
  3. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$56 - $231

Train, train to Bremen, fly to Amsterdam  •  5 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Kiel Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Dammtor to Bremen Hbf
  3. Fly from Bremen (BRE) to Amsterdam (AMS) BRE - AMS
  4. Take the train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal

$99 - $410

Shuttle to Hamburg, fly to Dusseldorf, train  •  7 h 31 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Kiel to Hamburg Airport
  2. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Dusseldorf (DUS) HAM - DUS
  3. Take the train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
  4. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal

$87 - $198

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The cheapest way to get from Kiel to Rotterdam is to bus which costs 30€ - 60€ and takes 10 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kiel to Rotterdam is to shuttle and fly and train which costs 45€ - 210€ and takes 5 h 9 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kiel to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Kiel and arriving at Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS via Hamburg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Kiel to Rotterdam. However, there are services departing from Kiel Hbf and arriving at Rotterdam Centraal via Hamburg Hbf, Osnabruck Hbf, Hengelo and Utrecht Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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The distance between Kiel and Rotterdam is 462 km. The road distance is 586.2 km.

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The best way to get from Kiel to Rotterdam without a car is to train which takes 8 h 15 min and costs 45€ - 140€.

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It takes approximately 8 h 15 min to get from Kiel to Rotterdam, including transfers.

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Kiel to Rotterdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Kiel station.

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Kiel to Rotterdam train services, operated by HVV, depart from Kiel Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Kiel to Rotterdam is to train which takes 8 h 15 min and costs 45€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 60€ and takes 10 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Kiel to Rotterdam.
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  • Distance: 288.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 15 min

What companies run services between Kiel, Germany and Rotterdam, Netherlands?

You can take a train from Kiel to Rotterdam via Hamburg Hbf, Osnabrück Hbf, Osnabruck Hbf, Hengelo, and Utrecht Centraal in around 8 h 15 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kiel to Rotterdam via Hamburg in around 10 h 10 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Hamburg to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Hamburg to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Hamburg to Dusseldorf via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $360
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Hamburg to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Bremen to Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Hamburg to Brussels via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Hamburg to Brussels
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Train operators
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Kiel Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
hvv.de
Train from Kiel Hbf to Hamburg Dammtor
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
hvv.de
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 Hamburg Hbf to Osnabrück Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Hamburg Dammtor to Bremen Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
bahn.de
Train from Dusseldorf Hbf to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hamburg, Hamburg central station to Osnabrück, Osnabrück central station
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
Eurobahn
Phone
0180 6 9 27 37 27
Email
info@eurobahn.de
Website
eurobahn.de
Train from Osnabruck Hbf to Hengelo
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
eurobahn.de
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Osnabruck Hbf to Hengelo
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Hengelo to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Osnabruck Hbf to Amersfoort
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Amersfoort to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Brussels Airport - Zaventem to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
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 Kiel to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Hamburg to Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Hamburg to Rotterdam
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $75
Website
eurolines.de
Low
$25
High
$51
Autokraft DB
Phone
0431/38671024
Website
bahn.de
Shuttle from Kiel to Hamburg Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Schedules at
bahn.de

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

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Kiel to Rotterdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Rotterdam, Rotterdam CS station.

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Kiel to Rotterdam train services, operated by Dutch Railways (NS), arrive at Rotterdam Centraal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kiel to Rotterdam is 586 km. It takes approximately 5 h 32 min to drive from Kiel to Rotterdam.

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Eurowings and KLM offer flights from Hamburg Airport to Amsterdam Airport.

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Book your Kiel to Rotterdam bus tickets online with FlixBus and FlixBus.

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There are 574+ hotels available in Rotterdam. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kiel to Hamburg Airport is to shuttle which takes 1 h 30 min and costs .

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