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How to get to Kiel

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Kiel is located at the Baltic Sea Coast about 100 km north of Hamburg, Germany's second-largest city.
You can travel to Kiel:

• by train:
There is a frequent train service from many destinations to Kiel central station operated by Deutsche Bahn.

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• by plane:
The nearest international airport is located in Hamburg. There is an hourly bus service ("Kielius") from Hamburg airport to Kiel central station as well a regular minibus service ("Kiel-Exx") which can take you to any destination within the city.

get timetable information for Kielius bus service (please note: payment in cash only. No credit cards will be accepted.)

get timetable information for Kiel-Exx minibus service (page in German)

KielExx info and timetable:

bus stop: between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (take the exit next to the Metropolitan Pharmacy and wait at the curb). It takes about an hour to get to Kiel. The driver will ask you for your destination and will drop you directly in front of your hotel or at the conference venue. You may have to change to a taxi in Kiel to get to your final destination but this is included in the price (€ 35).

timetable (no bus on Saturdays, no bus on Sundays before 14:15)

  • 07:15
  • 07:45
  • every 30 min
  • 14:15
  • 14:45
  • every 30 min
  • 21:15
  • 21:50
  • 22:20
  • 23:20

If you arrive at a Saturday or Sunday morning, you have to use the Kielius (large bus).

• by bus:
There are regular bus connections from Kiel to various cities all over Germany.

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• by ferry:
The port of Kiel is located in the city center. There are daily overnight connections to Oslo (Norway), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Klaipeda (Lithuania).

get information on ColorLine to Oslo

get information on StenaLine to Gothenburg

get information on DFDS Seaways to Klaipeda


• by car:
Kiel is connected to the German highway / autobahn network (A7 / A215 / A210).
Driving distances to various cities:

  • Hamburg: 95 km / approx. 1 hour
  • Berlin: 350 km / approx. 3.5 hours
  • Copenhagen: 400 km / approx. 4 hours
  • Cologne: 500 km / approx. 5 hours
  • Dresden: 540 km / approx. 5.5 hours
  • Frankfurt: 580 km / approx. 5.5 hours

How to get from your hotel to the venue

There is a frequent regular bus service between Kiel central station and the university. Buses leave approximately every 5 to 10 minutes, taking about 20 minutes to the destination. You can use any of the following bus lines: 60S (express service), 61, 62, 81, 91 or 92. Buses are operated by KVG.

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