The State Capital Potsdam in the heart of Brandenburg is easy-to-reach from all directions by car or train. Located inside the circle of the autobahn ‘Berliner Ring’, Potsdam is connected with all highways leading to Berlin.
From Berlin, where all long-distance trains stop, you can quickly get to Potsdam by S-Bahn and regional train. Because of the proximity of the two airports Schönefeld and Tegel, you can arrive comfortably by plane. In Potsdam itself, trams, buses and ferries run day and night.
Arriving by public transportation
You can reach Potsdam from all directions with public transportation using trains, the S-Bahn (city trains) and buses. From Berlin the city trains S7 and S1 as well as regional trains go to the state capital of Brandenburg. The buses from the Havelbus transportation company mainly connect the surrounding region to Potsdam. Buses and trams of the Potsdam Public Transportation Service take you to the city center.
Arriving by train
Potsdam is connected to the intercity and regional transportation network of the Deutsche Bahn. Long-distance trains stop at Berlin’s main station ‘Hauptbahnhof’. From here you can reach Potsdam’s main station in 45 minutes on the S-Bahn. The regional express trains going in the direction of Magdeburg or Brandenburg/Havel also stop at the Potsdam Hauptbahnhof and are considerably faster.
Arriving by car
North: If you come from the north via expressway A24, you should turn onto the Berliner Ring (A10) in the direction of Potsdam at the expressway junction ‘Havelland’. Then you should leave the expressway at the ‘Potsdam Nord’ exit and continue your journey on road B273 directly towards Potsdam’s city center.
West: If you come from the west via expressway A2, you should turn at the ‘Werder’ junction onto the expressway ‘Berliner Ring’ (A10) in the direction of ‘Frankfurt/Oder’. Then leave the expressway at exit 17 ‘Michendorf’ and follow the road B2 to Potsdam’s city center.
South: If you come from the south via expressway A9, turn onto the expressway Berliner Ring (A10) ‘Potsdam’ junction. Then leave the expressway at exit 17 ‘Michendorf’ and follow road B2 to Potsdam.
East: If you come from the east via expressway A13, you should turn onto the expressway ‘Berliner Ring’ (A10) in the direction of Potsdam/Hannover at the ‘Schönefeld’ junction. Then leave the expressway at the ‘Michendorf’ exit and take road B2 towards Potsdam.
From Berlin: You should take expressway A115 to Potsdam. Either you leave the expressway at the ‘Babelsberg’ exit and take the road ‘Nuthestraße’ into Potsdam’s city center, or you leave the expressway at the exit ‘Berlin-Wannsee’ to go directly to Potsdam via road B1 and the Glienicke Bridge.
Arriving by plane
From Berlin-Tegel and the airport ‘Schönefeld’ in Brandenburg, you can easily reach Potsdam. From Schönefeld, regional trains or buses take you directly to Potsdam. From Tegel, you can take the airport shuttle to the train station ‘Berlin Zoologischer Garten’ and then the S-Bahn or regional train to Potsdam’s main station.
Please note that the conference takes place in different locations all over the city. Here are the addresses of the venues and the closest stops nearby. If you have a smartphone, you can download one of the following free apps for short-range transit routes and tickets: VBB / BVG.
ZEM (Preconference): Potsdam Main Station (Trains + 10 minute walk) “Alter Markt/Landtag” or “Platz der Einheit/Bildungsforum” (Streetcars / Bus)
Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM)
Bildungsforum Potsdam (Preconference): “Platz der Einheit/Bildungsforum” (Streetcars / Bus)
WIS im Bildungsforum
Am Kanal 47
University of Potsdam (Panels / Keynotes): “Griebnitzsee” (Train) / “S Griebnitzsee” (Bus)
Filmmuseum Potsdam (Italian Film Night on Wednesday): Potsdam Main Station (Train) / “Alter Markt” (Streetcars / Bus)
Breite Straße 1A
Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Party on Saturday): “Stahnsdorfer Str.” (Bus) / „Medienstadt Babelsberg“ / “S Griebnitzsee” (Trains + 10-15 minute walk)
Tickets are available at ticket vending machines at all train stations as well as bus/tram stops or through the apps mentioned above, they allow restricted travel and are usually valid for one journey up to two hours. If you cannot find a vending machine, it is also possible to buy tickets from bus drivers.
You can buy tickets for three fare zones if you are flying in via Berlin or commute from there. To get to Potsdam from Berlin you need an “ABC”-ticket (3.30 Euro / one journey). If you stay in Potsdam, you can travel to all conference venues with a local “AB”-ticket (which, however, is not the same as the one you can purchase in Berlin – you cannot buy it in Berlin or use it there later!). The Potsdam “AB”-ticket costs 1,90 Euro for 60 minutes or 4,00 Euro for a day ticket.
Taxi Association (tel.: (+49) 331 / 29 29 29 )
Tourist Information Center at Potsdam Main Station:
Inside the station (next to platform 6)
Babelsberger Straße 16
tel.: (+49) 331 / 27 55 88 99
Tourist Information Center at Luisenplatz
331 / 27 55 88 99
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
GENERAL EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR MOBILE PHONES: 110 / 112
Fire Brigade: 112
Local police station:
Henning-von-Tresckow-Straße 9 – 13
+49 331 / 5508-0
WiFi Internet Access at NECS 2016 Conference Venue
A free access to Wi-Fi network will be provided via Eduroam, please remember to bring your personal log-in information if existent.