Directions to GEOMAR on Kiel's eastern shore

A platform for marine sciences, unique in Europe, has being created on the site of the fish market on Kiel's eastern shore. With the move to the new extension building, a plan became reality that was already laid out in 2004 when the then IFM-GEOMAR was founded from the Institute of Oceanography (IfM) on the west shore of the Kiel Fjord with the Geomar Research Center for Marine Geosciences on the east shore. Because even though the two previous locations were less than a nautical mile apart, the separation was not optimal for daily work. As of October 2023, GEOMAR’s new building on the east shore campus now unites all four research divisions.

The GEOMAR campus is located on the former sea fish market at the opening of the Schwentine river. ► Download GEOMAR location map (pdf)


Directions by train or bus

From the main train station / central bus station (ZOB): By taxi or by bus (lines 11, 60S, 100, 200/201). Bus stops in front of the main station (west exit/Sophienblatt). Lines 60S and 200/201 are express lines (15 min.). Exit at bus stop "Seefischmarkt" and follow the signs to "GEOMAR".


Directions by car

1. Via A7 from Hamburg: leave A7 at junction “Bordesholmer Dreieck” to A215 (Kiel). Leave A215 at last exit to east shore (Ostufer), B76 direction Lübeck. Leave B76 to B502 direction “Ostufer/Laboe”. Follow B502 about 4 km, follow traffic signs to GEOMAR (see map for details). Sufficient parking options are available on the campus.

2. Via A7 from Flensburg/Schleswig: leave A7 at junction with A210 in “Rendsburg” direction Kiel. A210 meets A215 about 2 km before the exit A210 to B76. See further details under item 1.


Directions by plane

The best way to reach Kiel is via Hamburg Airport. From there, take the airport shuttle "Kielius" to Kiel. The bus ride to Kiel takes about 90 minutes and ends at Kiel main station.



  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre
    for Ocean Research Kiel 

    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    D-24148 Kiel

    Phone: +49-431 600-0
    E-Mail: info(at)