Getting to Potsdam
How to get there?
The city of Potsdam, which is situated right at the gates of Germany’s federal capital Berlin and connected with the metropolis via the Glienicke Bridge, can be reached in a number of ways. Depending upon your preferences, you may either reach Potsdam by land, water, or air.
Arrival by car
The A 10 motorway (“Berliner Ring”) links Potsdam to the international motorway network. If you are coming from the North you can reach Potsdam via the A 24 (Hamburg-Berlin) and the A 11 (Rostock-Berlin); from the East via the A 12 (Frankfurt/Oder-Berlin); from the South via the A 9 (Munich-Berlin), and if you are coming from the West via the A 2 (Hannover-Berlin).
Arrival by railway
Potsdam‘s dense regional and commuter railway network connects the city with the federal states of Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Some connections, however, require you to switch trains at Berlin-Spandau, Berlin-Zoologischer Garten (Zoo), Berlin-Ostkreuz or Berlin-Lichtenberg.
Via the main train station of Berlin, Potsdam is directly linked to long distance and intercity connections next to its regional network. Guests from Munich can conveniently reach Potsdam with the DB night train without switching trains. From Berlin it takes only 20 minutes for the regional express train (RE) to arrive at the main train station in Potsdam. The “S-Bahn” takes you to Potsdam in 40 minutes.
Busses and trams bring you anywhere in the city from the main train station in Potsdam. The current line network of the public transportation services (ViP) indicates which lines and routes you have to go and provides information on tickets and prices. Tickets can be obtained in the ViP’s customer centre, southern exit of the main train station.
Arrival by airplane
When coming to Potsdam by air, it is recommended to fly into one of Berlin’s two airports, Berlin-Tegel or Schönefeld.