Traffic and transport

How to get where?

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 in Schleswig-Holstein and beyond, check out Deutsche Bahn.

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; the coach service Kielius (coach from central bus station to airport to central bus station) provides 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 south of Sweden 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, there are several intercity coach lines you can book via the internet.

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, a semester pass for public transport in Kiel, Hamburg and the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein is included in the semseter administration fee.

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