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How to travel from Rostock to Kiel by train

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

You'll usually find 29 trains per day running between Rostock and Kiel, which usually take 4 hours 1 minute to complete the 132 km journey. It can take as little as 3 hours 12 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Kiel from Rostock, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. 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 Rostock to Kiel if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $14.73. 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.

Rostock to Kiel by train

It takes an average of 4h 1m to travel from Rostock to Kiel by train, over a distance of around 82 miles (132 km). There are normally 29 trains per day traveling from Rostock to Kiel and tickets for this journey start from $14.73 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

3h 12m


132 miles (82 km)


29 trains per day


1 change


From $14.73

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn

Rostock to Kiel train times

Check out the next trains departing from Rostock to Kiel for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:25 12:43 3h 18m, 1 change
10:08 13:20 3h 12m, 2 changes
10:08 14:19 4h 11m, 1 change
10:14 14:16 4h 2m, 2 changes
12:08 15:20 3h 12m, 2 changes
12:08 16:22 4h 14m, 1 change
12:14 16:16 4h 2m, 2 changes
13:25 16:57 3h 32m, 1 change
14:08 17:20 3h 12m, 2 changes
14:14 18:16 4h 2m, 2 changes

Deutsche Bahn, ICE (Intercity Express) and IC (Intercity) trains from Rostock to Kiel

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

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An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Cheap train tickets from Rostock to Kiel

The price of train tickets from Rostock to Kiel starts at $14.73 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 Rostock to Kiel 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 Rostock to Kiel

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

The average journey time by train between Rostock and Kiel is 4 hours and 1 minute, with around 29 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 Rostock and Kiel by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Rostock to Kiel is 3 hours and 12 minutes.

How much does the train from Rostock to Kiel cost?

Train tickets from Rostock to Kiel can start from as little as $14.73 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 Rostock to Kiel?

No, there are no direct train services from Rostock to Kiel. Travelling from Rostock to Kiel by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Rostock to Kiel leaves at 04:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Rostock to Kiel leaves at 23:13. 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 Rostock and Kiel by train?

Trains travelling from Rostock to Kiel cover a distance of around 82 miles (132 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Kiel to Rostock.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Rostock to Kiel for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. 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 10/01/2022 for travel on 10/01/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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