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How to travel from Kiel to Hannover by train

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

You'll usually find 37 trains per day running between Kiel and Hannover, which usually take 3 hours 12 minutes to complete the 217 km journey. It can take as little as 2 hours 25 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 Kiel to Hannover if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $20.17. 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.

Kiel to Hannover by train

It takes an average of 3h 12m to travel from Kiel to Hannover by train, over a distance of around 135 miles (217 km). There are normally 37 trains per day traveling from Kiel to Hannover and tickets for this journey start from $20.17 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

2h 25m


217 miles (135 km)


37 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $20.17

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Kiel to Hannover train times

Check out the next trains departing from Kiel to Hannover for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:25 12:20 2h 55m, 1 change
10:12 12:38 2h 26m, direct
10:25 13:22 2h 57m, 1 change
11:02 13:38 2h 36m, 1 change
11:25 14:20 2h 55m, 1 change
12:02 14:38 2h 36m, 1 change
12:25 15:22 2h 57m, 1 change
13:02 15:38 2h 36m, 1 change
13:25 16:20 2h 55m, 1 change
14:02 16:57 2h 55m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) trains from Kiel to Hannover

You can travel from Kiel to Hannover on Deutsche Bahn and ICE (Intercity Express) 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.

Cheap train tickets from Kiel to Hannover

The price of train tickets from Kiel to Hannover starts at $20.17 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 Hannover 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 Hannover

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

The average journey time by train between Kiel and Hannover is 3 hours and 12 minutes, with around 37 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 Hannover by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Kiel to Hannover is 2 hours and 25 minutes.

How much does the train from Kiel to Hannover cost?

Train tickets from Kiel to Hannover can start from as little as $20.17 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 Hannover?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Kiel to Hannover without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Kiel to Hannover 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 Hannover leave?

The first train from Kiel to Hannover leaves at 03:14. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Kiel to Hannover leaves at 23:05. 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 Hannover by train?

Trains travelling from Kiel to Hannover cover a distance of around 135 miles (217 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Hannover to Kiel.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Kiel to Hannover for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 02/03/2023 for travel on 02/03/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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