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Travel from Kiel to Dresden by train in 5 hours 15 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Kiel to Dresden by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Kiel to Dresden by train is 7 hours 54 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 5 hours 15 minutes. You'll usually find 25 trains per day traveling the 437 km between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Dresden. As the main train operator on this route, you're likely to be traveling on a service operated by DB for all or at least part of your journey to Dresden.

Book train tickets from Kiel to Dresden in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $27.20. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Kiel to Dresden by train

It takes an average of 7h 54m to travel from Kiel to Dresden by train, over a distance of around 272 miles (437 km). There are normally 25 trains per day traveling from Kiel to Dresden and tickets for this journey start from $27.20 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 5h 15m


272 miles (437 km)


25 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $27.20

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn

Kiel to Dresden train times

Check out the next trains departing from Kiel to Dresden for Tuesday Apr 4th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:25 16:07 5h 42m, 1 change
12:02 17:27 5h 25m, 2 changes
12:25 18:07 5h 42m, 2 changes
13:13 19:27 6h 14m, 1 change
14:12 19:27 5h 15m, 2 changes
14:25 20:07 5h 42m, 1 change
16:02 21:40 5h 38m, 2 changes
17:02 23:41 6h 39m, 2 changes
17:25 04:41 11h 16m, 4 changes
17:25 05:41 12h 16m, 3 changes

Deutsche Bahn and EC (Eurocity) trains from Kiel to Dresden

You can travel from Kiel to Dresden on Deutsche Bahn 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.

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.

Cheap train tickets from Kiel to Dresden

The price of train tickets from Kiel to Dresden starts at $27.20 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 Kiel to Dresden 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 Kiel to Dresden

Want to know more about your journey from Kiel to Dresden? 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 Kiel to Dresden take?

The average journey time by train between Kiel and Dresden is 7 hours and 54 minutes, with around 25 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 Kiel and Dresden by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Kiel to Dresden is 5 hours and 15 minutes.

How much does the train from Kiel to Dresden cost?

Train tickets from Kiel to Dresden can start from as little as $27.20 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 Kiel to Dresden?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Kiel to Dresden without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Kiel to Dresden each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Kiel to Dresden leave?

The first train from Kiel to Dresden leaves at 05:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Kiel to Dresden leave?

The last train from Kiel to Dresden leaves at 22:43. 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 Kiel and Dresden by train?

Trains travelling from Kiel to Dresden cover a distance of around 272 miles (437 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Dresden to Kiel.

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