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Directions to cruise port from Kiel train station:

There is a bus connection that connects Hamburg Airport with Kiel Main Station. The bus departs every hour at 5 past the hour, except for 10 h and 11 h a.m., when the bus departs at 20 min. past the hour. The departure at 11.20 h will also stop at Norwegenkai (connecting with the Norway ferry to Oslo) and the departure at 16.05 h will stop at Schwedenkai (connecting with the Sweden ferry to Gothenburg). Find the full schedule here: http://www.autokraft.de/docs/4550_beide_NEU.pdf In general you may be better off to take the train. Depart from either Hamburg Main Station or Hamburg Dammtor - they are the most central stations. http://www.bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/index.shtml

You can walk to the cruise port from the Main Railway Station or the City Centre in about 30 minutes along the Kiel Fjord.

Alternatively, especially if you have lot of luggages, you can take bus line 41 (or ferry F1) from the train station (Bahnhof) to the cruise port (see Map of Kiel bus transportation system )


  • Walking is free

Time required:

  • About 30 minutes


Directions to cruise port from Hamburg Airport:

By Bus:

Kielius provides bus transportation from Hamburg Airport to Kiel. You likely would take a bus to the the train station (Bahnhof) and transfer there. Kiel, Schwedenkai is located close to the cruise port, but the only bus stopping there arrives at 5:37pm - which would probably be soon after your ship departed.


  • 17,50 € for a one-way ticket (tickets including access to Kiel local bus system are also available for 21,90 €).
    A kids ticket costs 9,30 € and a familly ticket costs 42,50 € (Kombi tickets including access to Kiel local bus system also available in these categories).
    More info available

Time required:

  • About 1h20 minutes for the most direct bus.

By Train:

Line S1 (S-Bahn) operates between Hamburg Airport and Hamburg’s central railway station, Hauptbahnhof, the journey takes 25 minutes and you'll have minumal waiting time as the S1 runs every 10 minutes.

From the Bahn website, you can then find a train to reach Kiel from Hamburg Hbf.


  • S1: 2,70 €
  • ICE (High Speed) train: 31.00 €

Time required:

  • S1: About 30 minutes.
  • Train: Between 1h and 1h15 if travelling by ICE (High Speed) train.


Hotels with shuttle to Kiel Cruise Port:

Nordic Hotel Astor ; Best Western Hotel Kiel

5*: The Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten is a traditional hotel that often tops rankings. It is an institution in the city as it has been around for ages and is very old school. http://www.hvj.de/en/index.php
Alternatively, the Park Hyatt is a newer, very discrete option in a good location and it has a pool - I might prefer it. http://hamburg.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null

4*: The Sofitel is located just behind city hall convenient to upscale shopping in a bit of a bland building, but has strikingly modern interiors. http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-5395-sofitel-hamburg-alter-wall/index.shtml
The Grand Elysee is owned by local German steak house magnate Eugen Block and is a decent choice in a very pleasant location steps from Dammtor station, across from the university, facing a small park, adjacent to a posh residential neighbourhood, minutes from the Outer Alster Lake and not far from the downtown shopping. Think Marriott style. As far as I am aware, if you want a full bath with a tub, you'd have to request a room in the older part of the building, the newer part just features large showers. http://www.grand-elysee.com/en/

3.5*: The George features pleasantly modern British design (Hamburg is very anglophile) in the cool Britannia fashion in a decent location in St. Georg, just steps from the Outer Alster (although the Western shore of the Lake is quieter). Parts of St. Georg can still be dicey (generally East of Lange Reihe, away from the Lake), the rest is being gentrified - to a large part thanks to attracting the gay community. This one is in the better part and only a short bus ride from Main Station. http://www.thegeorge-hotel.de/english/
The Madison is an apartment hotel with decent rooms and good access to the port (a true sight) and the new HafenCity area, Europe's currently biggest urbanisation project that's also home to the fascinatingly playful and detailed Miniature Wonderland (the world's largest model railway cum landscaping exhibition - sounds strange, but comes highly recommended: http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/). http://madisonhotel.de/en/welcome.html?PHPSESSID=ovpd51vv4cln3b8ksno2un4557&cHash=9af2672d45cf8fd162ba8a811bf2e2dc


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