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There are 5 ways to get from Hamburg to Potsdam by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 31m

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

€18 - €138

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Bus  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Hamburg central bus station to Berlin central bus station 050 / ...

€16 - €25

3 alternative options

Train via S Babelsberg  •  2h 44m

  1. Take the train from Hamburg central station to Berlin central station Flx35 / ...

€18 - €113

Drive  •  2h 32m

  1. Drive from Hamburg to Potsdam 283 km

€30 - €50

Fly, train  •  6h 20m

  1. Fly from Hamburg (HAM) to Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) HAM - BER
  2. Take the train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf

€35 - €279

Hamburg to Potsdam by train

The train journey time between Hamburg and Potsdam is around 2h 40m and covers a distance of around 312 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 24m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Hamburg to Potsdam train service departs from Hamburg Hbf and arrives in Potsdam Hbf. Typically 196 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 40m
Fastest train time:
2h 24m
Train distance:
312 km
Trains per week:
196
Cheapest price:
€18
Carbon emissions:
16 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:27
Last train departs at:
22:51

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Hamburg to Potsdam train schedules

Trains departing Friday, August 6, 2021

Hamburg → Potsdam
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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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.

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Last updated: 3 Aug 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Hamburg to Potsdam is to bus which costs €15 - €25 and takes 4h 40m.

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The fastest way to get from Hamburg to Potsdam is to train. Taking this option will cost €17 - €140 and takes 2h 31m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Hamburg station to Potsdam station. However, there are services departing from Hamburg central bus station and arriving at Potsdam central train station via Berlin central bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Hamburg to Potsdam. However, there are services departing from Hamburg Hbf and arriving at Potsdam Hbf via Berlin Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 31m.

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The distance between Hamburg and Potsdam is 242 km. The road distance is 283 km.

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The best way to get from Hamburg to Potsdam without a car is to train which takes 2h 31m and costs €17 - €140.

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It takes approximately 2h 31m to get from Hamburg to Potsdam, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Hamburg to Potsdam is to train which takes 2h 31m and costs €17 - €140. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €15 - €25 and takes 4h 40m.

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Map of how to get from Hamburg to Potsdam.
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  • Distance: 242.3 km
  • Duration: 2h 31m

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

Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express operates a train from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf hourly. Tickets cost €50 - €75 and the journey takes 2h 3m. Three other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Hamburg central bus station to Berlin central bus station hourly. Tickets cost €15 - €19 and the journey takes 3h 15m. Blablabus also services this route every 4 hours.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €440
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€280 - €850
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €440
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€280 - €850
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€440 - €1400
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€190 - €500
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€190 - €500
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Salzburg
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€190 - €500
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€190 - €500
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€240 - €950
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€280 - €850
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
4h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€280 - €850
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €550
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€440 - €1400
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via London Stansted
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€22 - €140
Air Baltic
Website
airbaltic.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Riga
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€180 - €550
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Hamburg to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€290 - €900
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 Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €45
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 Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 4m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€60 - €90
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Hamburg Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€15 - €20
Website
Flixtrain
Train from Hamburg central station to Berlin central station
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €20
Website
Flixtrain
Urlaubs-Express
Phone
+49 (0) 221 800 20 820
Email
info@urlaubs-express.de
Website
urlaubs-express.de
Train from Hamburg Hauptbahnhof to Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€90 - €110
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Urlaubs-Express
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
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 Hamburg central bus station to Berlin central bus station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Hamburg to Berlin - ZOB
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
Blablabus

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There is no direct flight from Hamburg Airport to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Hamburg to Potsdam is 283 km. It takes approximately 2h 32m to drive from Hamburg to Potsdam.

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KLM, Brussels Airlines, Ryanair and seven other airlines offer flights from Hamburg Airport to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport.

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The best way to get from Hamburg to Hamburg Airport is to train which takes 28 min and costs €3 - €4.

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