Kiel ferry port in Germany is served by a number of ferry routes with crossings to Gothenburg, Oslo & Klaipeda available. With a selection of up to 22 Sailings Weekly, the port of Kiel connects Germany with Sweden, Norway & Lithuania.
Sailing durations range from 14 hours 30 minutes on the Gothenburg service to 20 hours on the Oslo service.
Although there is a brief summary on this page, as sailing information can vary based on time of year we’d advise you to get live sailing times and prices in our Kiel fare search.
On the northern coast of Germany sits the proud maritime city of Kiel, home of the German Navy’s Baltic fleet and host of Kiel Week - an annual sailing event that ranks as the biggest of its kind in the world. The city’s reputation as a centre of sea-craft was cemented during the Olympic games of Germany in 1936 and 1972 when it was chosen as the location for all sailing heats.
Kiel (meaning “quill” in German,) is named after the narrow inlet of the Baltic sea around which the city is built. Today the port is a lively transport hub and trade route. Ships arriving into port can make use of the manmade Kiel Canal, the world’s busiest artificial waterway that cuts all the way across the northern tip of Germany and into the North Sea.
Nearly half a million passengers travel to and from the port of Kiel every year. There are 4 different cruise terminals across the harbour, all large facilities within walking distance of the Kiel HBF train station that services the city and ventures towards Hamburg just 60 miles south. There is also plenty of parking for those travelling by car and a luggage transfer service that makes disembarking a pleasantly smooth experience.
Currently there are three passenger routes leaving from the port throughout the week. Two services sail north across the Great Belt strait of the Baltic sea to stops in the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the Norwegian capital of Oslo, both routes taking ferry-goers beneath the magnificent Storebælt suspension bridge. Another service makes the long journey eastwards to Klaipėda found on the west coast of Lithuania.
For the Color Line terminal, follow B76/Theodor-Heuss-Ring towards Norwegenkai/Fähren (Ferry). After about 3km head towards Norwegenkai/Fähren into Sörenstraße and then on to Werftstraße. After about 1.5km turn left towards Norwegenkai.
For the DFDS Lisco terminal, from Hamburg drive towards Flensburg via the A7 highway. At the highway triangle Bordesholm, from A7 head towards A215 Blumenthal/Kiel. Follow the road signs for Ostuferhafen/Klaipeda to highway exit A215. From this point on, follow the road signs.
There are train connections between most of Germany and the Central Railway Station in Kiel.
If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Kiel Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Kiel Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!