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Trip Summary

There are 24 daily trains from Berlin to Kiel. Traveling by train from Berlin to Kiel usually takes around 5 hours and 3 minutes, but the fastest Deutsche Bahn train can make the trip in 3 hours and 26 minutes.

Distance184 mi (296 km)
Fastest train3h 26m
Lowest price$20.26
Trains per day1
Most frequent serviceDeutsche Bahn
Train lines3

What is the price of a train ticket from Berlin to Kiel?

In the last month, $28.09 was the average price of a train ticket from Berlin, BE to Kiel, SH. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 19 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $72.87 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Berlin to Kiel by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for October. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $45 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Berlin to Kiel in May, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $77 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Which train should you take from Berlin to Kiel?

There are 3 train lines with service from Berlin, Berlin to Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein. Deutsche Bahn is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 20 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
DB Intercity-Express54h 14m$92.02
Deutsche Bahn204h 58m$68.75
Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company56h 47m$61.99
  • DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express

    DB Intercity-Express train tickets from Berlin to Kiel start from $28, and on average cost . Daily there are 5 DB Intercity-Express schedules to Kiel. DB Intercity-Express in Berlin leaves from Berlin Hbf (tief) and one other station. And in Kiel trains arrive at Train Station and 8 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Kiel train travel on DB Intercity-Express takes 4 hours and 14 minutes. If you are looking to get to Kiel faster, DB Intercity-Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 26 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, DB Intercity-Express offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Kiel.

  • Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn

    Deutsche Bahn train tickets from Berlin to Kiel start from $20, and on average cost . Daily there are 20 Deutsche Bahn schedules to Kiel. Deutsche Bahn in Berlin leaves from Berlin Hbf (tief) and 4 other stations. And in Kiel trains arrive at Kiel-Elmschenhagen and 8 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Kiel train travel on Deutsche Bahn takes 4 hours and 58 minutes. If you are looking to get to Kiel faster, Deutsche Bahn offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 26 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn offers 81 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Kiel.

  • Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company

    Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company train tickets from Berlin to Kiel start from $27, and on average cost . Daily there are 5 Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company schedules to Kiel. Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company in Berlin leaves from Train Station and 4 other stations. And in Kiel trains arrive at oppendorf and 8 other train stations.

    From Berlin to Kiel train travel on Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company takes 6 hours and 47 minutes. If you are looking to get to Kiel faster, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 26 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company offers 13 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Kiel.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many direct trains per day go from Berlin to Kiel?

Out of the 101 daily schedules per day between Berlin and Kiel on Deutsche Bahn, there are only two direct trips per day on average. On a direct train for this route, the trip takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes.

What stations in Berlin have trains to Kiel?

All trains in Berlin depart from the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central Station). The station is located in downtown Berlin, just north of the Bundestag across the Spree River.

What amenities does the Kiel Hauptbahnhof have?

The primary train station in Kiel is located near the city center, and has many useful amenities. There are 24-hour lockers, where you can store your luggage for a small fee. There is also free WiFi (for the first 30 minutes), as well as restaurants and a taxi stand.

Is it safe to travel by train from Berlin to Kiel during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Berlin to Kiel?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Berlin to Kiel. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Berlin to Kiel?

The distance between Berlin and Kiel is approximately 184 miles, or 296 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 3 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 26 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Berlin to Kiel are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Berlin at 12:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Berlin to Kiel?

There are 24 scheduled trains on most days. There is one direct train, which you can stay on for the entire journey from Berlin to Kiel. In contrast, taking a non-direct train would require you to transfer trains during your trip.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Kiel to Berlin. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Berlin to Kiel for $23.64.

City Information

Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting destinations in Europe for all travelers. One of the most unique landmarks in Berlin is its famous Brandenburg Gate, which was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II. The Gate now represents German unity, and it is perhaps the most photogenic landmark in the capital city. Modern art enthusiasts should visit the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art which is Germany’s first street art museum. Opened in 2017, the museum displays works from various graffiti artists from around the world and it’s located in Schöneberg, one of the city’s edgier areas. If you’re simply looking to enjoy a stroll, the Tiergarten, which spans 519 acres from central Berlin, will offer the relaxing vibes you need.

Berlin has an expansive and vibrant food scene with a good variety. Those looking for traditional German dishes should head over to Zur letzten Instanz, which is the oldest restaurant in Berlin. For a special twist, don’t hesitate to visit the Turkish Market, which offers amazing Turkish delicacies.

The main hub for intercity bus services is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof Berlin. For rail services, the Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main train station. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located just outside of the city’s south-eastern border, is the main air travel hub of the city.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Berlin?

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Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Berlin where you can board the train.

All train stations in Berlin:

  • Berlin Hbf (tief)

  • S+u Bundesplatz

  • Train Station

  • Rigaer Straße

  • Bellevue

Where is the train station in Kiel?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Kiel than most cities. Most trains from Berlin will stop at one (or more) of the 9 following stations in Kiel:

All train stations in Kiel:

  • Suchsdorf

  • Kiel-Elmschenhagen

  • Kiel-Russee

  • oppendorf

  • ellerbek

  • Train Station

  • Kiel Wiener Allee

  • Kiel-Hassee CITTI-PARK

  • Schulen Am Langsee

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