Means of transport, bicycle, taxi in Potsdam
Means of transport
Potsdam is a relatively small city, at least for tourists who stay in the old town. Therefore it is better to walk. From the main station take bus 695 to Sanssouci Castle. Take bus 605 or tram 91 to Luisenplatz to visit the park before walking up the terraces to the castle (about 30 minutes). To get to Cecilienhof Castle, it is better to take the bus 603 from the Old Town, from the Platz der Einheit. You can buy the tickets from the driver or at the ticket machines (on the platform or in the tram), bring change. Take the ABC day ticket for €9,60 if you are in Berlin (don't forget to validate it).
Public transport (BVG/DB)
The underground (U) : There are 9 underground lines (U-Bahn) circulating regularly and in short intervals. A line frequently used by tourists is U 2 because it takes you to the most interesting parts of the city: Ku’damm – Potsdamer Platz – Unter den Linden – Berlin-Mitte –Alexanderplatz – Prenzlauer Berg.
The city train (S) : These train lines (S-Bahn) mainly travel overground and you will enjoy the splendid view of the city when coming from Zoo Station and travelling direction Alexanderplatz. (lines S5, S7, S75 and S9). They also are a perfect connection to the suburbs and beautiful surroundings of Berlin. The airport of Schönefeld on the outskirts of Berlin is also directly connected to the city by train (S9, S45).
Metro Linien (M) : (Bus or tram) Not to be confounded with the Paris tube! This service was introduced in December, 2004 and stand for a few selected bus and streetcar lines that circulate more frequently than others (at least every 10 minutes) during hours. .
The bus lines : They operate throughout Berlin, but are less interesting for you, apart from lines 100 and 200, which are often used by tourists (from the zoo to Alexanderplatz).
The tram lines : The tram used to be the most important means of transportation, before World War II. Today, there are several important tram routes, but only in what formerly was East Berlin.
Buy your transport tickets
The area covered by Berlin transport is divided into three zones A – B – C. The whole city is comprised within A and B. Travelling to Potsdam, Schönefeld and Sachenshausen requires a three-zone-ticket.
The single ticket AB is valid for two hours, but only for one way, and costs 2,90 € (ABC 3,60 €).
The day ticket AB costs 8,60 € per person (ABC 9,60). If you are travelling with a group, we recommend the group day ticket.
A "small group ticket" is valid for 5 people and costs 23,50 € (24,90 € for ABC).
If you stay 6 to 7 days, the weekly ticket is worth 34 € per person. With this ticket you can take one adult and up to 3 children (6-13 years) free of charge on weekends and weekdays from 8 p.m. onwards.
The tickets must be validated (stamped).
Further information is available on the website of the Berlin transport company : bvg.de - sbahn.berlin
Welcome Card, the Pass for Berlin
With the Welcome Card you have free access to all public transport in Berlin and receive various discounts of up to 50% from 150 tourist partners (ships, museums, etc.). It is therefore particularly interesting if you want to take advantage of the many cultural and tourist offers. Here are the prices :
Berlin (tariff zone Berlin AB incl. Tegel airport) - valid for one adult and up to 3 children under 15 years
• 48 hours for € 23 • 72 hours for € 33 • 5 days for € 46
Berlin + Potsdam (Berlin-Potsdam ABC, incl. Tegel and Schönefeld) valid for one adult and up to 3 children under 15 years.
• 48 hours for € 28 • 72 hours für € 38 • 5 days for € 49
Berlin Welcome Card Museum Island, Zone Berlin AB, including free admission to the museums of the Museum Island
• 72 hours for € 51 (ABC for € 55)
Order online or in Berlin (BVG or VisitBerlin). .
Berlin by bike
Berlin is a paradise for cyclists, not least because of its numerous cycle paths. But to move freely through this city full of greenery on historical paths is particularly attractive by bike.
Take a bike - www.takeabike.de
Neustädtische Kirchstr. 8 - 10117 Berlin
+49/ (0)30. 20 65 47 30 (Neben Bahnhof Friedrichstraße)
Monday to Sunday from 9:30am to 7pm (December-Feburary: Closed)
Price: 4 hours 8 € - 24 hours 12,50 € - 2 days 9,50 € per day
Guided bike tour through Berlin & Potsdam
We offer you bike tours through Berlin, at your own pace and as long as you want (at least 4 hours). Ideal if you are with your family or in a small group (maximum 7-8 persons per guide). The meeting point is at Take a Bike or at the reception of your hotel. You can decide for a general discovery of the city or for the tour about the Berlin Wall and the daily life in the GDR (Prenzlauerberg).
More information about the city tours in Berlin or Potsdam here.
Bicycle rental in Potsdam
You can rent bicycles (reservation from 4-5 bicycles required or recommended) potsdam-per-pedales.de
Compared to other European capitals, taxi fares are relatively attractive, especially if you travel in small groups. You can order a large taxi (large capacity taxi / 7 people).
For a distance of less than 2 km, for 5 €, you can use the special tariff "short distance". Only with a taxi on the way (no telephone order or at a taxi stop). Tell the taxi driver "Kurzstrecke bitte". For several reasons we advise against using any commercial taxi platforms in Berlin.
All taxis have the same yellow-sandy color. There are many taxi stops, especially in front of hotels.
To order a taxi in Berlin :
+49 (0)30. 20 20 21 220 (english) oder 20 20 20 ou 26 10 26
The practical app TAXI BERLIN for Apple or Google Play
Funk Taxi Berlin
To order a taxi in Potsdam :
+49 (0)331. 29 29 29
Germany, Brandenburg & Potsdam by numbers
Potsdam by numbers
Federal Republic of Germany
Federal State :
Postal codes :
175.710 (2017) - 128.000 (1999!) - 143.000 (1988!)
Lord Mayor :
Mike SCHUBERT (SPD from 2018)
Parlement (City) :
Die Linke 14 - SPD 13 - CDU 9 - Die Grünen 7 - "Andere" 4 - BürgerBündnis 3 - AFD 3 - FDP 1 - PD 1 - BVB 1 / Total 56 (2014)
Official website :
City guided tour in Potsdam
Jean-Pierre Andreae, professional guide, offers you a one-day guided tour of Potsdam, at your own pace and from your hotel.
The Federal State of Brandenburg by numbers
Federal State :
State Capital :
1947 / 1990
German - (Low German, Sorbian)
29 654 km²
GDP Per capita :
27 675 € (Germany 39.477 €)
6,5 % (01.2019) - ! 18,8 % (2003)
The largest cities :
Potsdam (175.000 inhabitants) - Cottbus (101.000) - Brandenburg an der Havel (71.900)- Frankfurt an der Oder (58 200) - Oanienburg (44.000)
Dietmar WOIDKE (SPD)
Parlement (Land) :
SPD 30 - CDU 21 - Die Linke 17 - AFD 10 - Die Grünen 6 - + 4 / Total 88 (2014)
Oficial website :
The Federal Republic of Germany by numbers
Federal Republic of Germany (23. Mai 1949)
Berlin since 3 october 1990
357 578 km²
0-2962 meter (Zugspitze)
GDP Per capita :
39.477 € (Lux. 92.000 - Fr. 34.100 - Bul. 7.100 €)
4,9% (Bremen 9,7% - Bayern 2,8% - Berlin 7,7%)
Federal President :
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) since 2017
Angela MERKEL (CDU) since november 2005
Governing parties :
19. Bundestag (September 2017):
CDU/CSU 246 - SPD 152 - AFD 91 - FDP 80 - Die Linke 69 - Die Grünen 67 - Fraktionslos 4 / Total 709
Official website :
Germany by numbers
16 Federal States : (Inhabitants x 1000 & ranking largest states) :
• North Rhine-Westphalia (17,91 inhab. / 4.)
• Bavaria (12,99 / 1.)
• Baden-Würtemberg (11,02 / 3.)
• Lower Saxony (7,96 / 2.)
• Hesse (6,24 / 7.)
• Saxony (4,08 / 10.)
• Rhineland-Palatinate (4,07 / 9.)
• Berlin (3,61 / 14.)
• Schleswig-Holstein (2,88 / 12.)
• Brandenburg (2,50 / 5.)
• Saxony-Anhalt (2,22 / 8.)
• Thuringia (2,15 / 11.)
• Hamburg (1,83 / 15.)
• Mecklemburg-Vorpommern (1,61 / 6.)
• Saarland (0,99 / 13.)
• Bremen (0,68 / 16.)
The largest cities :
• Berlin 3,48 million inhabitants
• Hamburg 1,83 million inhabitants
• Munich 1,53 million inhabitants
• Cologne 1,08 million inhabitants
• Frankfurt 0,74 million inhabitants