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Fly to Berlin Brandenburg Apt, train  •  2h 59m

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

€62 - €219

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Bus  •  11h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Zürich Airport to Heidelberg central train station 107
  2. Take the bus from Heidelberg central train station to Berlin central station Flx10

€51 - €112

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Fly to Berlin Tegel  •  12h 53m

  1. Fly from Zurich (ZRH) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) ZRH - TXL

€108 - €421

Train via Frankfurt am Main  •  10h 19m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf Ice
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Berlin Hbf Ice

€170 - €307

Train  •  11h 23m

  1. Take the train from Zuerich Flughafen to Bregenz Ec
  2. Take the train from Bregenz to Berlin Hbf Ice

€169 - €259

Night train  •  12h 24m

  1. Take the night train from Zuerich Hb to Brandenburg Hbf Nj

€84 - €167

Drive  •  6h 59m

  1. Drive from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam 815.6 km

€85 - €130

Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam by train

The train journey time between Zurich Airport (ZRH) and Potsdam is around 10h 11m and covers a distance of around 996 km. The fastest train normally takes 9h 23m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Deutsche Bahn Eurocity, Thurbo and others, the Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam train service departs from Zürich Flughafen and arrives in Potsdam Hbf. Typically 42 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
10h 11m
Fastest train time:
9h 23m
Trains per week:
42
Cheapest price:
€177
Carbon emissions:
52 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:34
Last train departs at:
18:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam train schedules

Switzerland → Germany
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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
  • 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
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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
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
France: Mayotte, French Guiana, Guadeloupe
Finland: Satakunta, Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi
Norway: Innlandet
Portugal: Azores, Madeira

This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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Rules to follow in Germany

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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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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam is to bus which costs SFr 55 - SFr 130 and takes 11h 49m.

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The fastest way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam is to fly and train which takes 2h 59m and costs SFr 65 - SFr 250.

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No, there is no direct train from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam. However, there are services departing from Zürich Flughafen and arriving at Potsdam Hbf via Zuerich Hb, Frankfurt(Main)Hbf and Berlin Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 19m.

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The distance between Zurich Airport (ZRH) and Potsdam is 637 km. The road distance is 815.6 km.

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The best way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam without a car is to train via Frankfurt am Main which takes 10h 19m and costs SFr 180 - SFr 340.

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It takes approximately 2h 59m to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam, including transfers.

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Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Zuerich Hb station.

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The best way to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam is to fly which takes 12h 53m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 470. Alternatively, you can train via Frankfurt am Main, which costs SFr 180 - SFr 340 and takes 10h 19m, you could also bus, which costs SFr 55 - SFr 130 and takes 11h 49m.

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Berlin Hbf station.

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Map of how to get from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam.
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  • Distance: 637.5 km
  • Duration: 2h 59m

What companies run services between Zurich Airport (ZRH), Switzerland and Potsdam, Germany?

Lufthansa, Finnair and Swiss fly from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam via Zuerich Hb, Frankfurt(Main)Hbf, and Berlin Hbf in around 10h 19m.

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
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €270
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €200
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
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Zurich to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Cologne Bonn
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€80 - €410
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
Train operators
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
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
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 Zuerich Hb to Frankfurt(Main)Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€75 - €110
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(Main)Hbf to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€90 - €130
Website
Deutsche Bahn
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 Zuerich Flughafen to Bregenz
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Bregenz to Berlin Hbf
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€130 - €190
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zürich Airport to Heidelberg central train station
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€18 - €23
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Heidelberg central train station to Berlin central station
Ave. Duration
5h 11m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Yes, the driving distance between Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam is 816 km. It takes approximately 6h 59m to drive from Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Potsdam.

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Eurowings, Scandinavian Airlines, easyJet and three other airlines offer flights from Zurich Airport to Berlin Brandenburg Apt Airport.

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