Hasso-Plattner-Institut Potsdam, Germany, March 25–30, 2012

Travel Information


  • Airports most proximate to HPI
  • Train station closest to HPI: Griebnitzsee (S Griebnitzsee)
    • 5 minutes from Potsdam Central Station (Potsdam Hauptbahnhof)
    • 5 minutes from Berlin Wannsee Station (Berlin Wannsee)
    • 30 minutes from Berlin Central Station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof)
  • Travel information sites / Up-to-date schedules
  • HPI street address
    Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Straße 2-3
    14482 Potsdam

How to reach HPI

The Hasso Plattner Institute is located in Babelsberg, a part of Potsdam. Potsdam itself is the capital of the sate Brandenburg and borders directly on Berlin. In fact, HPI is literally only a stone's through away from Berlin.

Berlin has two airports: Tegel (TXL) lies close to Berlins city center and to Potsdam. It is the main international airport of Berlin and can be reached directly from many German, European and some US destinations. Schönefeld (SXF) lies a bit outside of Berlin and is further from Potsdam. It is popular with low-cost carriers and has many cheap connections to German and European destinations.

The Berlin Ariports share a common website:

To HPI from Tegel (TXL)

  1. take the Bus X9 to S+U Zoologischer Garten (20 minutes travel time)
  2. at S+U Zoologischer Garten change to S-Bahn S7 (Direction S Potsdam Hbf)
  3. and stay on until S Griebnitzsee Bhf (25 minutes travel time)
Required ticket
Berlin ABC

To HPI from Schönefeld (SXF)

  1. Walk from the airport to the train station S Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld (6 minutes); shuttle buses are available, too.
  2. Take the train RB 22 to S Griebnitzsee Bhf (50 minutes travel time)
  3. Required ticket
    Berlin BC

    You can reach the Hasso-Plattner-Institute by public transportation (S-Bahn) from either Berlin or Potsdam. A trip from Potsdam city center to HPI typically takes not more than 15 minutes.

    General Potsdam/Berlin Travel info

    Public transportation in Berlin and the state of Brandenburg is organized in zones. The HPI resides in the public-transportation zones Berlin C and Postdam B.

    Typical Prices

    Public Transportation

    S-Bahn, Bus, Tram in Potsdam (AB)
    € 2.50
    One-day ticket
    € 3.90
    Seven-day Ticket
    € 11.90
    S-Bahn, Bus, Tram in Berlin (BC)
    € 2.70
    Four-trips ticket
    € 8.20
    One-day Ticket
    € 6.60
    Seven-day ticket
    € 28.00

    Typical Taxi Fares

    from the following destinations to the venue.
    Schönefeld Airport (SXF)
    ≈ € 80
    Tegel Airport (TXL)
    ≈ € 50
    Berlin Central Station
    ≈ € 50
    Wannsee Station
    ≈ € 20
    Potsdam Central Station
    ≈ € 15

    More information on public transportation in Berlin-Potsdam at the VBB website. Also, the VBB provides a route information to determine how long a trip might take and what lines to use: VBB Fahrinfo

    General Travel Information on Germany

    The German Federal Foreign Office has a website with general travel information on Germany. Also, you might want to check or Wikitravel. Your home country might have issued travel advices for Germany, too.

    Please note that on March 25, 2012—right before the conference—the time zone of Germany changes to Central European Summer Time (CEST), meaning daylight saving time (DST) being in effect. Please consider this when planning your trip.


    Please check whether a visa is required for your country of origin at the Federal Foreign Office. Note that for most countries, a visa is not required if you stay less than 90 days in Germany, but please check.