Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegraphenberg A 31
Phone.: +49 (0)331 288-2500
Berlin and Potsdam
From Berlin to Potsdam
If you are coming to Berlin by air, you will most probably arrive at Berlin Tegel Airport. Outside the airport buildings you will find Berlin transport buses (BVG), No. X9 and No. 109.
Bus No. X9 will take you to the station Zoologischer Garten, this takes about 20 minutes. There you can change to the railway (any RE-train with a stop in Potsdam Hauptbahnhof), the RE-train departs every 30 minutes and takes roughly 20 minutes to get to Potsdam. You may also take the city train S-Bahn (S7) which leaves every 10 minutes (direction Potsdam Hauptbahnhof) and takes about 35 minutes to Potsdam.
Bus 109 from Tegel airport, takes you also to Zoologischer Garten, but you can get off already at station Charlottenburg and take the S7 from there, this will take a total of 55 minutes.
If you arrive at Airport Schönefeld the fastest way to get to Potsdam Hbf is to take the Regional Train from the airport. It leaves about every ½ hour at platform 3, 4 or 6. If you take the train at platform 3 or 4 make sure to get off at ‘Alexanderplatz’ and change to S7 with final station Potsdam Hbf. If you take the train at platform 6, make sure the sign says Potsdam Hbf. This train goes directly to Potsdam.
On arrival by train at the Berlin main station take the regional train (RE-train) departing from platform 13 or the S-Bahn (S7), platform 16, both located on the upper floor, in order to go to Potsdam. The S-Bahn stops more often but leaves more frequently.
Most buses and trains run at intervals of 10 to 20 minutes depending on the time of the day. - If arriving late, you might want to check the time tables beforehand at:
To reach Potsdam, you need only one ticket, a Berlin-ABC ticket (it costs 3,30 EUR). You can obtain it from the bus driver or at the underground or S-Bahn station at a ticket machine. When obtaining your ticket from the ticket machine, please make sure to validate your ticket by stamping it (red box, next to the ticket machine) before entering the train. If you buy the ticket from the bus driver it is valid immediately.
From Potsdam main station to PIK, Telegraphenberg
Once you arrive at the Potsdam railway station you may either take a taxi up the Telegraphenberg - which is recommended if you have heavy luggage to carry. Or you can walk, which takes about 15 minutes: From the train station take the exit 'Friedrich Engels Str.', cross the tram- and bus-station as well as the Friedrich Engels street, take the footpath (50 m) to the next parallel street (Heinrich Mann Allee), cross it at the traffic light and walk uphill 100 m to the next traffic light. There you turn into 'Albert-Einstein-Str.' which first leads you through a small residential area and then through a wooded area. Finally it ends right at the gate of the 'Einstein-Wissenschaftspark', where PIK and other institutes are located. PIK's main building is the impressive historic building with the three domes, on top of the site's hill.
On working days, a minibus (No. 691) leaves Potsdam main station (platform 7) heading towards ‘Einstein-Wissenschaftspark’ in the mornings and in the evenings.
From Potsdam main station to hotel 'Mercure'
Once you arrive at the Potsdam railway station, take the exit 'Lange Bruecke', cross the street at the tram stop, turn to the right and walk along the bridge, from there you will already see the hotel.