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

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Train  •  2h 29m

  1. Take the train from Erfurt Hbf to Berlin Hbf Ice / ...

18€ - 124€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2h 58m

  1. Take the rideshare from Erfurt to Potsdam 273.4 km

12€ - 17€

3 alternative options

Train via Magdeburg  •  4h 8m

  1. Take the train from Erfurt Hbf to Magdeburg Hbf Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf Re / ...

Bus  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Erfurt central train station to Berlin central bus station 147

20€ - 25€

Drive  •  2h 26m

  1. Drive from Erfurt to Potsdam 273.4 km

29€ - 45€

Erfurt to Potsdam by trains

The train journey time between Erfurt and Potsdam is around 2h 41m and covers a distance of around 311 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 21m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Austrian Railways (ÖBB), Flixtrain and others, the Erfurt to Potsdam train service departs from Erfurt Hbf and arrives in Potsdam Hbf. Typically 227 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 41m
Fastest train time:
2h 21m
Trains per week:
227
Cheapest price:
18€
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:22
Last train departs at:
23:13

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Erfurt to Potsdam train schedules

Trains departing Saturday, June 12, 2021

Erfurt → Potsdam
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Erfurt to Potsdam is to rideshare which costs 12€ - 17€ and takes 2h 58m.

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The fastest way to get from Erfurt to Potsdam is to drive. Taking this option will cost 29€ - 45€ and takes 2h 26m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Erfurt station to Potsdam station. However, there are services departing from Erfurt central train station and arriving at Potsdam central train station via Berlin central bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Erfurt to Potsdam. However, there are services departing from Erfurt Hbf and arriving at Potsdam Hbf via Berlin Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 29m.

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The distance between Erfurt and Potsdam is 211 km. The road distance is 273.4 km.

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The best way to get from Erfurt to Potsdam without a car is to train which takes 2h 29m and costs 17€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 2h 29m to get from Erfurt to Potsdam, including transfers.

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Erfurt to Potsdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Erfurt central train station.

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Erfurt to Potsdam train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Erfurt Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Erfurt to Potsdam is to train which takes 2h 29m and costs 17€ - 130€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 19€ - 25€ and takes 5h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Erfurt to Potsdam.
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  • Distance: 211.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 29m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Erfurt Hbf to Berlin Hbf every 30 minutes. Tickets cost 50€ - 75€ and the journey takes 2h 1m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Erfurt central train station to Berlin central bus station once daily. Tickets cost 15€ - 19€ and the journey takes 4h 25m.

Train operators
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 Erfurt Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
15€ - 20€
Website
Flixtrain
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Magdeburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Abellio
Train from Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Abellio
Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Erfurt Hbf to Magdeburg Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH
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 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 Magdeburg Hbf to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
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 Erfurt central train station to Berlin central bus station
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Erfurt to Potsdam
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Erfurt to Potsdam is 273 km. It takes approximately 2h 26m to drive from Erfurt to Potsdam.

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Book your Erfurt to Potsdam train tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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Book your Erfurt to Potsdam bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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

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