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There are 8 ways to get from Canterbury to Potsdam by train, plane, bus, bus and ferry, car ferry, car or car train

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Train to London Heathrow, fly, train  •  7h

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) LHR - BER
  3. Take the train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf

€106 - €364

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Train, bus to London Stansted, fly  •  7h 8m

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to Stratford International
  2. Take the bus from London Stratford also for Westfield to Stansted Airport London
  3. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) STN - BER
  4. Take the train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf

€58 - €203

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Train, train to London Gatwick, fly  •  7h 32m

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Gatwick Airport
  3. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) LGW - BER
  4. Take the train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf

€100 - €236

Train via Cologne  •  12h 41m

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi Eil
  3. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf Ice
  4. Take the train from Koeln Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf Re / ...
  5. Take the train from Wuppertal Hbf to Berlin Hbf Ice / ...

€285 - €761

Train  •  14h 13m

  1. Take the train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Amsterdam Centraal Eil
  3. Take the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Magdeburg Hbf Ic
  4. Take the train from Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf Re / ...

€227 - €591

Bus, bus and ferry  •  23h 9m

  1. Take the bus from Canterbury to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Potsdam central train station

€61 - €76

Car ferry, drive  •  10h 17m

  1. Take the car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk Dover to Dunkirk
  2. Drive from Dunkirk to Potsdam

€198 - €1555

Eurotunnel, drive  •  9h 7m

  1. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  2. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Potsdam

€258 - €309

United Kingdom → Germany
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International entry into Germany from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Germany, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Paraguay, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside Germany with the above exceptions

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Conditions of entry into Germany from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
Greece: South Aegean

This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, India, Netherlands, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, India, Netherlands, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test is required to end quarantine early. This test occurs on day 5 in quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, India, Netherlands, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Andorra, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, India, Netherlands, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Digital entry registration is required prior to arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from compulsory quarantine (certificate needed)
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: Andorra, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, India, Netherlands, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain and United Kingdom
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This applies to arrivals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa and United Kingdom

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Rules to follow in Germany

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Germany from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Potsdam is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Potsdam is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Potsdam is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Germany.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 3 Aug 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Robert Koch Institute.

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The cost-effective way to get from Canterbury to Potsdam is to bus and bus and ferry, which costs £50 - £65 and takes 23h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Canterbury to Potsdam is to train and fly which costs £85 - £310 and takes 7h.

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No, there is no direct bus from Canterbury to Potsdam station. However, there are services departing from Canterbury and arriving at Potsdam central train station via London and Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23h 9m.

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No, there is no direct train from Canterbury to Potsdam. However, there are services departing from Canterbury West and arriving at Potsdam Hbf via London St Pancras Eurostar, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, Koeln Hbf, Wuppertal Hbf and Berlin Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 41m.

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The distance between Canterbury and Potsdam is 832 km.

The best way to get from Canterbury to Potsdam without a car is to train via Cologne which takes 12h 41m and costs £240 - £650.

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It takes approximately 7h to get from Canterbury to Potsdam, including transfers.

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Canterbury to Potsdam bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Canterbury station.

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Canterbury to Potsdam train services, operated by South Eastern Trains Service, depart from Canterbury West station.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 55m.

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Map of how to get from Canterbury to Potsdam.
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  • Distance: 831.8 km
  • Duration: 7h

What companies run services between Canterbury, England and Potsdam, Germany?

You can take a train from Canterbury to Potsdam via St Pancras International, London St Pancras Eurostar, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, Koeln Hbf, Wuppertal Hbf, and Berlin Hbf in around 12h 41m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€9 - €140
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €400
Flights from London Heathrow to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €400
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €550
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €410
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€160 - €360
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €350
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€80 - €410
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €180
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€75 - €230
Train operators
South Eastern Trains Service
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Canterbury West to St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €70
Schedules at
National Rail
Schedules at
South Eastern Trains Service
Anytime
€35 - €55
1st Class
€45 - €70
Train from Canterbury West to Stratford International
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€35 - €65
Schedules at
National Rail
Schedules at
South Eastern Trains Service
Anytime
€35 - €50
1st Class
€40 - €65
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€10 - €14
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €27
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€35 - €55
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Wuppertal Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€90 - €130
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €65
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
€16 - €20
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€100 - €350
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
€300 - €350
Standard
€100 - €130
Standard Premier
€150 - €190
Train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Amsterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€130 - €360
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
€310 - €360
Standard
€130 - €170
Standard Premier
€180 - €240
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Koeln Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€17 - €24
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Wuppertal Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€85 - €120
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€27 - €40
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Koeln Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€65 - €130
Website
Thalys
Standard
€65 - €90
Comfort
€75 - €100
Premium
€90 - €130
National Express
Phone
0221 13 999 444
Website
nationalexpress.de
Train from Koeln Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
€10 - €14
Website
National Express Rail
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Koeln Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Koeln Hbf to Wuppertal Hbf
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€19 - €35
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Dutch Railways (NS)

Dutch Railways (NS) is the main passenger railway operator in the Netherlands. Founded in 1938, NS connects all major cities in the Netherlands, and offers night trains, international trains, Intercity direct, and trains to and from the airport. NS International is the international subsidiary of NS; their services include high-speed trains such as Thalys, ICE International, Eurostar and TGV, to major European hubs including Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Lille.

Contact Details
Phone
+31 30 751 5155
Website
ns.nl
Train from Amsterdam Centraal to Magdeburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€40 - €100
Website
Dutch Railways (NS)
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Netherlands Rail Pass
2nd Class
€40 - €60
1st Class
€70 - €100
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Abellio
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€155
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Stratford also for Westfield to Stansted Airport London
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€5 - €7
Website
National Express
Bus from Canterbury to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€6 - €9
Website
National Express
Airport Bus Express
Phone
0044 (0) 1279681984
Email
info@airportbusexpress.co.uk
Website
airportbusexpress.co.uk
Bus from London Stratford City Bus Station to London Stansted Airport Coach Station
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
Airport Bus Express
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Lille
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lille to Potsdam central train station
Ave. Duration
14h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
DFDS Seaways
Phone
+45 33 42 30 10
Email
incoming@dfdsseaways.dk​​
Website
dfds.com
Car ferry from Dover to Dunkirk
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€100 - €1400
Website
dfds.co.uk
Standard Car - Economy
€100 - €1400
Standard Car - Flexi
€150 - €190

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Canterbury to Potsdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Potsdam central train station.

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Potsdam is 1h ahead of Canterbury. It is currently 5:53 AM in Canterbury and 6:53 AM in Potsdam.

Canterbury to Potsdam train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Berlin Hbf station.

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