Traffic and transport

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Travelling south from the northernmost German state takes a while. By train, you go from Kiel to Hamburg and in most cases change trains there for onward connections. For information on connections and providers in Schleswig-Holstein and beyond, check out


Getting here by car is easy, the A215 motorway takes you all the way right into the city of Kiel.

The nearest airport is Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel; two shuttle services, Kielius (coach from Kiel Bus Terminal, ZOB) and Kielexx (shuttle taxi service), provide transfer to and from Hamburg Airport.

The south may not exactly be at your doorstep, but Scandinavia and the Baltics being just a stone's throw away makes up for that. Take a weekend ferry trip with Color Line to Oslo, use Stena Line to spend a few days in Gothenburg or explore the country from there. You can also take a DFDS Seaways ferry to Klaipeda in Lithuania, the choice is yours. Denmark by train is not complicated, either. For coach trips to cities such as Berlin, you can find many express coach lines offering regular services.


In Kiel, Kieler Verkehrsgesellschaft (KVG) maintains the bus connections. For greater Kiel, Autokraft and KVG provide services jointly. You can search and check connections here. As a registered student of Kiel University, you receive a semester pass for public transport so you can move around Kiel without additional cost.

By the way, public transport takes to the seas in Kiel as well, the ferries of Kieler Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft even accept your semester pass on some of their routes.