The European University Viadrina is situated at the heart of Europe – internationality is its trademark. lts students and instructors hail from over 100 countries. Since the reopening of the Viadrina in 1991, the European University has developed into an internationally renowned address on the German-Polish border, with approximately 6,000 students now enrolled. European and international aspects of law, economics and culture play a special role in degree plans offered by our faculties of Law, Business Administration and Economics and Cultural Sciences.
How do I arrive in Frankfurt/Oder?
Arriving by plane
If you travel by plane, the closest international airports are Tegel and Schönefeld in Berlin. Having arrived in Berlin, you need to take a direct train to Frankfurt/Oder.
After arrival in Berlin-Tegel you can take either a taxi (costs approx. 12€) or a bus to get to the railway station. The latter would be either the TXL bus (bound for Alexander Platz) to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Railway Station) or the X9 bus to the station Zoologischer Garten. Tickets for the bus are available at the ticket machine on the bus or can be bought directly from the driver (approx. 2,70 €).
If you arrive in Berlin-Schönefeld you can either take the urban-suburban train (S-Bahn) or the train (Regionalexpress also called Airport-Express) to the station Ostbahnhof, where the direct train for Frankfurt/Oder departs from.
Arriving by train
There is a direct train connection between Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder with the so-called Regionalexpress (RE 1). The train usually departs every 30 minutes from Berlin Zoologischer Garten, Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz as well as Ostbahnhof.
Timetables and long-distance tickets are available on the web site of the German railway Deutsche Bahn. Alternatively you can purchase your train ticket (cost approx. 10€) upon arrival at the station, either at the ticket office or at the red-white DB (Deutsche Bahn) ticket machines.
Please consider that the final destination of the train can either be Frankfurt (Oder) or Eisenhüttenstadt or Cottbus. Please check the timetables to ensure that the train really stops in Frankfurt (Oder). Also, please be advised not to get off at Frankfurt (Oder)-Rosengarten station (which is one stop before the main station Frankfurt/Oder you are heading for).
If you travel via Poland you also have the possibility to arrive directly to Frankfurt/Oder by train (without a detour via Berlin). You can obtain your ticket either at the Polish railway (PKP) or at Deutsche Bahn.
Arriving by car
Frankfurt/Oder and its Polish neighbouring town Słubice are easily accessible via motorway no. 12 (A 12).
Coming from Western, Southern or Northern Europe, your way will lead via Berlin, e.g. from southern Germany via motorway no. 9 (A 9, from Munich, France, Switzerland, Austria), via motorway no. 2 (A 2, from Cologne, Belgium, the Netherlands) or the motorway no. 24 (from Hamburg, Denmark, Sweden). When near Berlin, please follow the signposts towards the “Berlin Ring” (motorway no. 10 or A 10) and then to Frankfurt/Oder and Warsaw (motorway no. 12, A 12). Get off the motorway at the exit no. 9 (Frankfurt/Oder-Mitte) and follow the roads no. 87 / B112 to the city center (signposts “Zentrum”, “Europa-Universität” or “Slubice”).
Coming from Eastern Europe, take the Polish motorway no. 2 (A2) connecting Warsaw and Poznań with Frankfurt (Oder) and Słubice.
In Frankfurt and Słubice
The university’s main campus in Frankfurt/Oder is located within walking distance from the railway station and the recommended accommodation. Still, you can get there by the tram lines 2 & 3 (the closest stops being Europa-Universität and Brunnenplatz). There is also bus transport with the 983 bus between Frankfurt and Słubice (after arrival: from the railway station in Frankfurt to Collegium Polonicum in Słubice; during the conference: from Plac Frankfurcki in Słubice to Brunnenplatz or Europa-Universität).
Header image: European University Viadrina campus with Auditorium Maximum © Heide Fest