We wanted to go the open air museum and didn't know which bus to catch. Problem solved by going into the information centre, they soon told us where and when, and we were on our way to the Museum
Buses of the Kiel Verkehrs Gesellschaft mbH and others on the line 501, stop at the open-air museum. On the weekend, the service was not very good, so be aware of this.
Bus 501 departs from infront of the information centre.
By car or coach: the museum is situated 6 km from Kiel. Take State Road L318 and 5 km from the motorway A 215 (exit Blumenthal)
The information centre is located at.....Andreas-Gayk-Straße 31b, Kiel
Stena Line, a Swedish ferry company, offers daily ferries from Kiel/Germany to Göteborg/Sweden (and to Oslo, Norway). The ferries to Sweden depart at 7 p.m. in the evening and arrive at 9 a.m. in the morning. It is a perfect way to get to Sweden if you want to avoid driving the long stretch through Denmark and across the several bridges. It includes a bed in one of the cabins, typically four bed cabins. I was lucky that the ferry wasn’t full, so I had the cabin all to myself. I was impressed by the logistics of the whole loading process. They started to let us drive on the ferry at 3 p.m., the last car raced up the ramp at 6:45 p.m., but 15 minutes later, all ramps were up and we left Kiel’s harbour. There is a lot of entertainment on the ferry but I am afraid to be not the best to describe all the amenities because I was out on deck almost all the time before I went to sleep. They wake up the passengers with announcements starting at 7 a.m., it is loud enough that no one will miss to get up. There is a big duty free shop on the ferry which is opened already 2 hours before the ferry leaves the port. But, be careful with the prices, I realised that several alcoholic beverages are more expensive than in a normal supermarket in Germany. Example: 0,7 l of Baileys was 12,99 € in a supermarket but 1 l was 20,99 € on the ferry. It also has enough options to have dinner or a snack in the evening and of course a bar with several drinks to sample.
Prices for the crossing vary with the time of year and the day. My passage was on July 19, 2009 (in the middle of season) and I paid 250 € for the normal size car (without trailer) and me which was appropriate, given the time and driving hassle it saved me.
Kiel itself has an excellent logistics for the ferry passengers as well. The ferries for Sweden leave… haha, from Schwedenkai, which is at the northern side of the harbour. The ones for Norway leave, you guessede it, from Norwegenkai at the harbour south.
(I have transferred this tip from my "Sweden" page to Kiel, because it better belongs here)
Color Line's two new cruise ship car ferries (M/S Color Fantasy and M/S Color Magic) runs every day between Oslo and Kiel. The journey takes 20 hours each way, and the ships depart at 1400 hours (2.00 PM) from both cities, and arrive at 1000 hours (10.00 AM) the next morning. The ships are almost identical hosting, several restaurants, bars, nightclub, shopping promenade, casino, gameroom, showroom, golf simulator, aqualand (pool etc.), spa department and sundeck to mention the major highlights. We took a roundtrip cruise from Oslo in May 2008, which gave us a 4 hours stopover in Kiel to check out the city centre. You can also take one-way or return trips with your car, there are an number of packages with and without car, hotels, etc. on offer.
The Oslo - Kiel ferries are a step above other car/passenger ferries around, so if you want to take a ferry with more of a cruise feel to it, this one comes with my recomodations. If you are after a cheap partyboat, you might want to look at other options.
If you want to explore the Kiel Fjord from the water this is the only way to do so. Several times a day there are ferries going in and out the fjord connecting the small villages at each side of the Fjord with Kiel. This is also a very popular way to visit the beaches surrounding the fjord. It is actually very cheap. It is 3€ one way no matter how far you travel. Tickets can be purchased on the ferry.
If you need to get around Kiel quickly, use the passenger ferries. They're cheap, quick, and common. use them to get up and down one side of the river, or across it. the first dock is outside the Hauptbahnhof, on the right. Cant miss it.
We flew in to Kiel from Frankfurt - the flight is about 1 1/2 hour and it was a really tiny plane with large propeller. Surprisingly there was quite a number of passengers and many were going away for a couple of days for work or meeting.
The plane is ultra small; so small that most of the very tall Germans head actually reaches to ceiling of the small craft. You can hear the large propeller when you take off and land. Meals were provided and was mainly a choice of plain cheese sandwiches or with ham. I liked the cheese ones - it was plain and simple but tasty.
The airport in Kiel is also ultra small and I have to caution people that there are no buses or trains from the airport to the city. There are however several taxis (Mercedes Benz) and it cost about Euro 12 into the town.
Sometimes you do not see many taxis, so when you are in a queue waiting for one, just ask for the taxi driver to call for more to come - they usually turn up in 10 minutes or so - but it rather chilly to wait.
Please read about the hand luggage to carry on board tips
Kiel is a huge port and there are several ferry lines going to and from an number of destinations in England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia for example. Just do a search on the internet for timetables and fares for these lines. Also, it's common for these ferry lines to offer student discounts, sometimes up to 50% off for off-peak travel!
From Australia, fly to Frankfurt, where you can get a connecting flight direct to Kiel.
The bus service in Kiel is fantastic - the depot is in the centre of the city, and right next to the train station - trains don't go around Kiel though. You can get direct to Berlin, Luebeck, Hamburg or most other cities from here.
The cheapest way to get to Kiel from UK is to get the ferry from Hull-Rotterdam and drive. However Ryan air have started flights (which could be cheap) from stansted to Hamberg Lubeck which is pretty close.
I travelled from Lubeck to Kiel, and thereafter to hamburg. A single trip from Lubeck was 14 Euros, and onwards to hamburg cost about 18 Euros. Both trips were about 1 1/2 hours long.
If you want to get to Sylt you must take the train. If you want to bring your car, you must still ride the train!