Location & travel


The Europlanet Science Congress will take place at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, from 8–13 September 2024.

Henry Ford Building
Freie Universität Berlin
Garystraße 35
14195 Berlin-Dahlem

How to get to Berlin

Fly to Berlin Brandenburg airport

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is the main international airport serving the city of Berlin. It is located in Schönefeld to the south east of Berlin. BER Airport can be reached by public transport and by car. There is an Airport Express (FEX) and other regional trains (RB23, RB24, RB32, RE8) which connect the airport to main stations within Berlin such as Ostkreuz (15 min), Alexanderplatz (25 min), Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station, short: HBF, 30 min) or Zoologischer Garten (40 min). Additionally, BER is connected with two S-Bahn lines (S45 and S9) as well as with several bus connections. Alternatively, you can also rent a car at the airport and travel via the A113 and B96a towards the city center. Taxis and other ride-sharing services are widely available at the airport and in Berlin in general, but be aware that some require an app to be installed.

Train to Berlin

Berlin is well connected to various European cities by an extensive rail network. Berlin Central Station (HBF) can be reached by high-speed trains such as the ICE (InterCity Express) from major German cities such as Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg, as well as international destinations such as Paris and Amsterdam. There are also night trains that take you to Berlin with connections to cities such as Vienna, Budapest, Paris, Brussels and Zurich. Berlin HBF is located close to the government district and is connected to Berlin's S-Bahn network (S3, S5, S7, S75, S9) as well as to subway (U5), tram (M5, M8, M10) and multiple bus lines.

Bus to Berlin

Berlin is well connected to various European cities by an extensive bus network operated by both international and local bus companies. The central bus station in Berlin is the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof (ZOB), located in the western part of the city, which provides easy access to public transport for onward travel within Berlin. You can find more information about connections and how to get there on the ZOB website.


Henry Ford Building
Freie Universität Berlin
Garystraße 35
14195 Berlin-Dahlem

The closest metro station (U) to Henry Ford Building (~5 minutes walk) is "Freie Universität", which connects the university with the city center of Berlin up to the eastern Berlin touristic area around "Warschauer Straße" (U3), via main traffic hot spots such as "Gleisdreieck" and "Heidelberger Platz". At a 20 minutes walk distance is the closest city train station (S) "Lichterfelde West" located, from where the S1 train connects the university campus to the major western Berlin locations (e.g., "Potsdamer Platz" and "Friedrichstraße").

The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) is the public transport company in Berlin responsible for subway (U-Bahn), bus and tram lines. There is also the S-Bahn for commuting in Berlin which belongs to Deutsche Bahn. BVG tickets are also valid on S-Bahn trains and vice versa. The public transport system in Berlin is divided into three fare zones. Zone A includes the city centre and is surrounded by the S-Bahn ring. Then there is Zone B, which includes the conference venue. And then there is Zone C, which includes Berlin Airport. In general, an AB ticket (which covers Zones A and B) should be sufficient for your commute during the conference week, and a Zone C extension is only required for travel to and from the airport.

For public transport, there are different ticket options, the relevant ones for your EPSC stay would be:

  • One-way ticket for each ride, valid for 2 hours, but only in one direction. Price: €3.50 (AB)
  • 4-trip ticket: You can buy 4 one-way tickets at once at a reduced price compared to buying 4 separate one-way tickets. Do not forget to validate your ticket at the start of your ride. Price: €10.80 (AB)
  • 7 Day ticket: A flat rate ticket for 7 days. Price: €41.50 (AB)
  • Berlin tourist ticket: This ticket is ideal if you want to combine your visit to Berlin with some sightseeing. The validity period is flexible and for more information, including which attractions are featured, click here.

For more information about tickets, prices, the fare zones and conditions, please visit the official BVG website.

There are ticket machines at most stations and you can buy one-way tickets from the bus driver. Another convenient option is to use the BVG ticket app, where you can buy and activate your tickets. Please be aware that you must activate a ticket at least 1 minute before getting on public transport.


EPSC is committed to ensuring the conference is safe and inclusive for all participants. The Henry Ford Building is accessible for those with restricted mobility, with ramps and elevators to all floors. The auditorium lecture hall can be accessed from a side entrance, which needs to be opened by a conference assistant from inside. Please note that a prior notification would be, therefore, needed. Adapted bathrooms are available next to the registration area.

Attendees are responsible for arranging any special accommodation needs when making their hotel reservations.

If there are any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Julia Marleen Schmidt .