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There are 9 ways to get from Rotterdam to Kiel by train, bus, 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.

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Train  •  8 h 30 min

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

$57 - $152

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Bus  •  10 h 36 min

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

$29 - $85

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Bus, train  •  11 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Rotterdam to Hamburg 848502
  2. Take the train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf Re70

$35 - $51

Drive  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Rotterdam to Kiel 365.5 miles

$85 - $130

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Hamburg, train  •  5 h 23 min

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

$59 - $256

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Bremen, train  •  5 h 50 min

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

$114 - $428

Train to Brussels, fly to Hamburg  •  6 h 48 min

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

$30 - $154

Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, fly to Hannover, train  •  7 h 14 min

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

$121 - $360

Train, train to Dusseldorf, fly to Hamburg  •  7 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
  2. Take the train from Utrecht Centraal to Dusseldorf Hbf
  3. Fly from Dusseldorf (DUS) to Hamburg (HAM) DUS - HAM

$89 - $226

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The cheapest way to get from Rotterdam to Kiel is to bus and train which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 11 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Rotterdam to Kiel is to train and fly which costs 50€ - 230€ and takes 5 h 23 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Rotterdam to Kiel. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam and arriving at Kiel via Hamburg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Rotterdam to Kiel. However, there are services departing from Rotterdam Centraal and arriving at Kiel Hbf via Amersfoort, Osnabrück Hbf and Hamburg Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 30 min.

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The distance between Rotterdam and Kiel is 462 km. The road distance is 584.8 km.

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Kiel without a car is to train which takes 8 h 30 min and costs 45€ - 140€.

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It takes approximately 8 h 30 min to get from Rotterdam to Kiel, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Rotterdam to Kiel is to train which takes 8 h 30 min and costs 45€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 25€ - 75€ and takes 10 h 36 min.

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Map of how to get from Rotterdam to Kiel.
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  • Distance: 288.7 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 30 min

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

You can take a train from Rotterdam to Kiel via Amersfoort, Osnabruck Hbf, Osnabrück Hbf, and Hamburg Hbf in around 8 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Rotterdam to Kiel via Hamburg in around 10 h 36 min.

Airlines
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $300
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bremen
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $550
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to Hannover
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $550
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $200
Flights from Dusseldorf to Hamburg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $360
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Brussels to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $310
Train operators
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 Rotterdam Centraal to Amersfoort
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $21
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Amersfoort to Osnabruck Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $20
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Brussels Airport - Zaventem
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Website
ns.nl
Book at
eurail.com
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 Osnabrück Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
bahn.de
Train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
bahn.de
Train from Bremen Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
bahn.de
Train from Hannover Hbf to Hamburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 17 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
bahn.de
Train from Utrecht Centraal to Dusseldorf Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
bahn.de
Flixtrain
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Osnabrück, Osnabrück central station to Hamburg, Hamburg central station
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $19
Schedules at
flixtrain.com
HVV
Phone
040/ 19 449
Website
hvv.de
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
hvv.de
Train from Neumünster to Kiel Hbf
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Website
hvv.de
Thalys
Website
thalys.com
Train from Rotterdam Centraal to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $40
Website
thalys.com
2nd Class
$19 - $40
1st Class
$35 - $45
Bus operators
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Rotterdam to Hamburg
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$24 - $75
Website
eurolines.de
Low
$25
High
$51
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 Hamburg to Kiel
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $10
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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

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

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Rotterdam to Kiel train services, operated by HVV, arrive at Kiel Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Rotterdam to Kiel is 585 km. It takes approximately 5 h 30 min to drive from Rotterdam to Kiel.

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

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There are 492+ hotels available in Kiel. Prices start at $57 USD per night.

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