There are 5 ways to get from Dresden to Potsdam by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train  •  2 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Dresden-Neustadt to Berlin Hbf (tief) Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to S Potsdam Hauptbahnhof S7 / ...

$45 - $81

Cheapest option

Bus RegioJet  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Dresden, Hbf., Bayrische Str. to Berlin, Südkreuz Bf RegioJet

$10 - $15

3 alternative options

Bus FlixBus  •  3 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Dresden, Dresden central station to Potsdam 066

$11 - $19

Rideshare  •  2 h 19 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Dresden to Potsdam 128.4 miles

$10 - $15

Drive  •  1 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Dresden to Potsdam 127.6 miles

$26 - $40

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Dresden, Dresden central station station and arriving at Potsdam. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 3 h 5 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Dresden to Potsdam. However, there are services departing from Dresden-Neustadt and arriving at S Potsdam Hauptbahnhof via S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 23 min.

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The distance between Dresden and Potsdam is 157 km. The road distance is 204.1 km.

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The best way to get from Dresden to Potsdam without a car is to train which takes 2 h 23 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 23 min to get from Dresden to Potsdam, including transfers.

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

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Dresden to Potsdam train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Dresden-Neustadt station.

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The best way to get from Dresden to Potsdam is to train which takes 2 h 23 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 5 min.

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Dresden to Potsdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Potsdam station.

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Dresden to Potsdam train services, operated by S-Bahn Berlin, arrive at S Potsdam Hauptbahnhof station.

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Map of how to get from Dresden to Potsdam.
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  • Distance: 98.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 23 min

What companies run services between Dresden, Germany and Potsdam, Germany?

You can take a train from Dresden to Potsdam via Berlin Hbf (tief) and S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof in around 2 h 23 min. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Dresden to Potsdam 4 times a week. Tickets cost $11 - $19 and the journey takes 3 h 5 min.

Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and 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.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Dresden-Neustadt to Berlin Hbf (tief)
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
bahn.de
Train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to S Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
bahn.de
S-Bahn Berlin
Website
s-bahn-berlin.de
Train from S+U Berlin Hauptbahnhof to S Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Website
s-bahn-berlin.de
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Dresden, Dresden central station to Potsdam
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$11 - $19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Dresden, Hbf., Bayrische Str. to Berlin, Südkreuz Bf
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Website
regiojet.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Dresden to Potsdam
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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More Questions & Answers

Yes, the driving distance between Dresden to Potsdam is 204 km. It takes approximately 1 h 55 min to drive from Dresden to Potsdam.

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Book your Dresden to Potsdam bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Dresden and Potsdam. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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