How to find PIK

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Telegrafenberg A 31
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 (0)331 288-2500

If you arrive by plane in Berlin at BER Terminal 1-2, there are various options for the onward journey to Potsdam. The fastest connection is with the regional train RB22 (heading in the direction S Griebnitzsee) from platform 4, which will take you to Potsdam main station (Hauptbahnhof) in 55 minutes. A single ticket in the VBB tariff costs 3.50€ (Berlin-BC ticket). The train station at the airport is directly below Terminal 1 in level U2. In addition, there is a direct express bus connection from the airport to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof with bus line BER2 departing at bus platform A2. Since comfort coaches are used for the route, there is a comfort surcharge of 6€, in addition to the VBB fare.

Furthermore, there is the possibility to get to Potsdam via a change in Berlin. The price of a single ticket is 3.80€ (Berlin-ABC ticket). You can either use the combination of RB14 (direction Nauen Bahnhof) and RE1 (direction Brandenburg Bahnhof) with a change in Berlin Ostkreuz, or the combination of RE7 (direction Dessau Hauptbahnhof) and RB21 (direction Golm) or S7 (direction Potsdam Hauptbahnhof) with a change in Berlin Wannsee.

If you arrive at BER Terminal 5, you can either take the above-mentioned express bus BER2 to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof or change to Terminal 1-2 with the S-Bahn lines S45 or S9 or bus lines X7 or X71 in less than 10 minutes to use the above-mentioned connections. The BER2 departs in front of the Terminal 5 station building, travel time is 52 minutes.

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:



You can obtain tickets 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.

Once you arrive at the Potsdam railway station you may either take a taxi up the Telegrafenberg - 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.


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 (see card below).