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How to travel from Berlin to Kiel Hbf by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf? Look no further.

You'll usually find 30 trains per day running between Berlin and Kiel Hbf, which usually take 3 hours 30 minutes to complete the 294 km journey. It can take as little as 3 hours 3 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Hop on a train operated by either ICE or DB to reach your destination in no time. These train companies are the main operators of services on this route and run modern comfortable trains to make your journey as relaxing as possible.

You can save money on train tickets from Berlin to Kiel Hbf if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $22.51. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Berlin to Kiel Hbf by train

It takes an average of 3h 30m to travel from Berlin to Kiel Hbf by train, over a distance of around 183 miles (294 km). There are normally 30 trains per day traveling from Berlin to Kiel Hbf and tickets for this journey start from $22.51 when you book in advance.

First train

1:11 am

Last train

10:38 pm

Departure station

Berlin

Arrival station

Kiel Hbf

Journey time

From 3h 3m

Distance

183 miles (294 km)

Frequency

30 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $22.51

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Berlin to Kiel Hbf train times

Check out the next trains departing from Berlin to Kiel Hbf for mardi juin 25 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:38 am 1:57 pm 3h 19m, 1 change
11:05 am 2:34 pm 3h 29m, 1 change
11:38 am 2:57 pm 3h 19m, 1 change
12:06 pm 3:34 pm 3h 28m, 1 change
12:38 pm 3:57 pm 3h 19m, 1 change
1:03 pm 4:22 pm 3h 19m, 1 change
1:38 pm 4:57 pm 3h 19m, 1 change
2:06 pm 5:34 pm 3h 28m, 1 change
2:38 pm 5:43 pm 3h 5m, 1 change
3:05 pm 6:34 pm 3h 29m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and EC (Eurocity) trains from Berlin to Kiel Hbf

You can travel from Berlin to Kiel Hbf on Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and EC (Eurocity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoNelso Silva, under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The high-speed train of Deutsche Bahn, with a maximum speed of 205 mph (330 km/h), the ICE connects major cities and is also used for international travel to neighbouring countries such as Austria, France and Denmark. This train is equipped with air conditioning, a dining car, a children's compartment and power sockets. Passengers enjoy a free WiFi connection throughout the duration of the ICE trip.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

Intercity Express (ICE) and Eurocity (EC) classes from Berlin to Kiel Hbf

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity Express (ICE) and Eurocity (EC) when traveling from Berlin to Kiel Hbf.

Onboard services on Intercity Express (ICE) and Eurocity (EC)

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Berlin to Kiel Hbf.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

You can take as much baggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Baggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Baggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead baggage rack. The standard dimensions of baggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm (27.5 x 19.6 x 11.8 inches). Larger items of baggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large baggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

When traveling with ICE, you can enjoy an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you choose the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

Upgrade to First Class and you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB change their menu every three months, but you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

If you’re traveling on an ICE train, you can connect to the free WiFi and catch up on some work or your favorite TV show.

You can also connect to the ICE portal, where you’ll find a wide range of entertainment, such as films, television, audiobooks, games, newspapers and magazines.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On DB’s ICE trains, kids under 5 years old travel for free and don’t need a ticket. Children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

You can also book family areas and children compartments on all ICE trains.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

With ICE, you need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle onboard. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Generally, bike storage spaces are located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

You can travel with your pet on all ICE trains. You do not need an extra ticket If you have a small dog and they can travel in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not traveling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

DB’s Mobility Service can assist you with boarding, disembarking or changing trains. Also, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

You can take as much baggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Baggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Baggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead baggage rack. The standard dimensions of baggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm (27.5 x 19.6 x 11.8 inches). Larger items of baggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large baggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

With EC, you can enjoy food and drink in the onboard restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you opt for the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

In First Class, you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

DB trains offer a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Deutsche Bahn are gradually installing free WiFi on all EC trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

When traveling with EC, children under 5 years old travel free of charge and don’t require a ticket. Also, children up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

On board most EC trains, you will find a family compartment or area suitable for families with babies and children up to the age of 3 years old.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

When traveling with EC, you need a bicycle ticket and a reservation to take a bicycle with you. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Usually, bike storage spaces are located in second-class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

If you’re traveling on an EC train, you can take your pet with you. If you have a small dog or pet, you do not need an additional ticket and they can travel for free in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an extra ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not traveling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

The Mobility Service can help you with boarding, disembarking and changing trains. In addition, staff are happy to answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

Cheap train tickets from Berlin to Kiel Hbf

The price of train tickets from Berlin to Kiel Hbf starts at $22.51 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Berlin to Kiel Hbf by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Berlin to Kiel Hbf

Want to know more about your journey from Berlin to Kiel Hbf? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf take?

The average journey time by train between Berlin and Kiel Hbf is 3 hours and 30 minutes, with around 30 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Berlin and Kiel Hbf by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf is 3 hours and 3 minutes.

How much does the train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf cost?

Train tickets from Berlin to Kiel Hbf can start from as little as $22.51 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Berlin to Kiel Hbf without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Berlin to Kiel Hbf each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf leave?

The first train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf leaves at 01:11. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf leave?

The last train from Berlin to Kiel Hbf leaves at 22:38. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Berlin and Kiel Hbf by train?

Trains travelling from Berlin to Kiel Hbf cover a distance of around 183 miles (294 km) during the journey.


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