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Getting to Potsdam

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).

You are thinking about renting a car for your vacation in the federal State of Brandenburg? We then like to recommend the rental service Europcar. Rental points can be found at all Berlin airports, at the main train station in Potsdam and in all larger towns in the State of Brandenburg. Or book your car right here.

More information

Information from the German Automobile Association ADAC (for members only): www.adac.de (only in German)

City maps: www.stadtplan.net (only in German)

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.

Information, advice, and booking are available in all DB travel centres and agencies, or via the DB travel service by dialling the following number: 0180 5 99 66 33; reference “auto train” (“Autozug”) (14 cent per minute when calling from a landline, from a mobile phone prices do not exceed 42 cent per minute) on 365 days of the year from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Arriving in Potsdam as a group

Travel and save money with a group of at least 6 people. The group offer "Group &Save", valid for a minimum of 6 people, allows you to save travel expenses by up to 70 per cent as compared to the normal price. Take advantage of the price and availability information online at www.bahn.de/gruppenreisen and search conveniently for suitable Group & Save offers around-the-clock.

More information

Timetable information of the VBB Public Transportation Network Berlin-Brandenburg www.vbb.de

Timetable information of the Deutsche Bahn (http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml)

Timetable information of the ViP Public Transportation System Potsdam (in German only) http://www.swp-potsdam.de/swp/de/verkehr/home-vip.php

Timetable information of the Havelbus (bus network) Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH (in German only) http://www.havelbus.de

Timetable information of the S-Bahn Berlin (http://www.s-bahn-berlin.de/englisch/home.html)

Timetable information of the Berlin Public Transportation Network (BVG) www.bvg.de

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. The Berlin airports offer guests who plan a stopover in the region a website on local activities and information on where to stay: www.viaberlin.com. Dresden Airport provides an alternative for those staying in the more southern regions of the federal state. Additionally, a number of local airfields can be selected by smaller aircraft.

Effective from 6 November 2006, the carrying of liquids into the cabin is restricted on flights starting in the EU, on connecting flights from European airports, as well as domestic flights. Please contact your airline for more information and details on restrictions.

More information

Travel information from Berlin´s Airports (http://www.berlin-airport.de/EN/index.php?nocache=1)

Travel information from Leipzig Airport (http://www.leipzig-halle-airport.de/en/index.html?newLanguage=en)

Travel information from Dresden Airport (http://www.dresden-airport.de/homepage.html?newLanguage=en)

Arrival by boat

Potsdam is surrounded by the Federal waterway "Havel" which can be used to reach Potsdam via boat.

More information

Information from the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration www.elwis.de (in German only)

Information from the German Association for Inland Waterway Transport: www.binnenschiff.de (in German only)

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