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Train via Karlsruhe  •  9h 28m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Basel SBB Ec
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Potsdam Hbf Ic

€181 - €324

Cheapest option

Bus  •  15h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Luzern to Basel SBB N836 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Basel SBB to Berlin central bus station 015

€52 - €65

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Train  •  10h 57m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich HB Ir75 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Berlin Hbf Ice

€183 - €271

Train, night train  •  13h 2m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich HB Ir75 / ...
  2. Take the night train from Zuerich Hb to Brandenburg Hbf Nj

€102 - €187

Drive  •  7h 34m

  1. Drive from Luthern to Potsdam 879.7 km

€95 - €140

Train to Zurich, fly to Berlin Brandenburg Apt, train  •  6h 8m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) ZRH - BER
  3. Take the train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf

€84 - €267

Train to Zurich, fly to Berlin Tegel  •  16h 2m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) ZRH - TXL

€128 - €472

Train to Basel, fly to Berlin Brandenburg Apt, train  •  6h 30m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Basel SBB
  2. Fly from Basel (BSL) to Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) BSL - BER
  3. Take the train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf

€79 - €263

Train, train to Stuttgart, fly to Berlin Brandenburg Apt  •  8h 28m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich HB
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Boeblingen
  3. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) STR - BER
  4. Take the train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Potsdam Hbf

€130 - €425

Train to Zurich, fly to Dresden, train  •  8h 3m

  1. Take the train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
  2. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Dresden (DRS) ZRH - DRS
  3. Take the train from Dresden-Neustadt to Berlin Hbf

€106 - €511

Luthern to Potsdam by train

The train journey time between Luthern and Potsdam is around 12h 28m and covers a distance of around 974 km. The fastest train normally takes 9h 46m. Operated by Südostbahn, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and others, the Luthern to Potsdam train service departs from Luzern and arrives in Potsdam Hbf. Typically two trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
12h 28m
Fastest train time:
9h 46m
Trains per week:
2
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
51 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:54
Last train departs at:
22:54

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Luthern to Potsdam train schedules

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Conditions of entry into Germany from Switzerland

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for all travellers by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 5
  • The exact quarantine requirements depend on the regulations in each federal state
  • Pre-arrival health declaration
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
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No, entry into Germany from Switzerland is currently restricted.

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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 Switzerland from Germany.

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Last updated: 21 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Luthern to Potsdam is to bus which costs SFr 55 - SFr 75 and takes 15h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Luthern to Potsdam is to train and fly which costs SFr 90 - SFr 300 and takes 6h 8m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Luthern to Potsdam station. However, there are services departing from Luzern and arriving at Potsdam central train station via Basel SBB and Berlin central bus station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Luthern to Potsdam. However, there are services departing from Luzern and arriving at Potsdam Hbf via Basel Sbb and Karlsruhe Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 28m.

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The distance between Luthern and Potsdam is 686 km. The road distance is 879.7 km.

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The best way to get from Luthern to Potsdam without a car is to train via Karlsruhe which takes 9h 28m and costs SFr 190 - SFr 360.

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It takes approximately 9h 28m to get from Luthern to Potsdam, including transfers.

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Luthern to Potsdam bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Luzern station.

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Luthern to Potsdam train services, operated by Südostbahn, depart from Luzern station.

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The best way to get from Luthern to Potsdam is to train via Karlsruhe which takes 9h 28m and costs SFr 190 - SFr 360. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 55 - SFr 75 and takes 15h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Luthern to Potsdam.
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  • Distance: 685.7 km
  • Duration: 9h 28m

What companies run services between Luthern, Switzerland and Potsdam, Germany?

You can take a train from Luthern to Potsdam via Basel Sbb and Karlsruhe Hbf in around 9h 28m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Luthern to Potsdam via Basel SBB and Berlin central bus station in around 15h 35m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €270
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
2h 52m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €320
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €320
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Tegel via Munich
Ave. Duration
11h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €480
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt, Munich
Ave. Duration
14h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €500
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Tegel via Berlin Brandenburg Apt, Munich
Ave. Duration
13h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €420
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Tegel via Hamburg, Munich
Ave. Duration
14h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €430
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Tegel via Dusseldorf, Munich
Ave. Duration
14h 20m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Tegel via Hannover, Munich
Ave. Duration
14h 45m
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €420
Flights from Basel to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €500
Flights from Basel to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €490
Flights from Stuttgart to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €350
Flights from Stuttgart to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €360
Flights from Stuttgart to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €360
Flights from Zurich to Dresden
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €260
Flights from Zurich to Dresden via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €350
Flights from Zurich to Dresden via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €350
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€80 - €410
Flights from Stuttgart to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €350
Flights from Zurich to Dresden via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€120 - €430
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €200
Flights from Basel to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €240
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €270
Flights from Zurich to Dresden
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €260
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Vienna
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€170 - €440
Scandinavian Airlines
Website
flysas.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Copenhagen
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€95 - €700
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Tegel via Helsinki
Ave. Duration
13h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€130 - €470
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Basel to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €280
Train operators
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Luzern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
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 Luzern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€55 - €100
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Luzern to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€21 - €40
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Luzern to Zürich Flughafen
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Boeblingen
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Zuerich Hb to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
8h 28m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€160 - €230
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Potsdam Hbf
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€110 - €160
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
Train from Dresden-Neustadt to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 49m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€45 - €110
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€45 - €65
1st Class
€80 - €110
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
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Dresden-Neustadt to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€9 - €15
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
€9 - €11
Business
€12 - €15
1st Class
€12 - €15
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 Dresden-Neustadt to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Railjet

Railjet trains operate domestically within Austria and also connect to major cities in Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Hungary. This premium service runs at speeds of up to 230km/h and offers three travel classes (economy, first and business), all with free Wi-Fi and power sockets. Other amenities include a bistro-restaurant car and family zones. Seat reservations can be made up to 90 days prior to the train's departure (compulsory for all cross-border trains but not for domestic routes).

Contact Details
Phone
+43 51717
Website
oebb.at
Train from Dresden-Neustadt to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€28 - €45
Website
Railjet
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 Dresden-Neustadt to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Luzern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Basel SBB to Berlin central bus station
Ave. Duration
11h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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