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Getting around Dresden by S-Bahn train, tram, bus, ferry, scooter

Getting around Dresden

Buses, trams, cable cars, trains, and even boats. There are so many options for getting around Dresden. All particularly valid, and efficient. Some, as in the case of cable cars and ferries, really suggestive.
The center, of course, can easily be walked around.


Dresden is served by an efficient suburban railway, S-BAHN, which crosses the city, the surrounding areas and the main points of interest. These include the central railway station HBF and the airport, the terminus of the S2 line.
In total, three lines are operational, with a total extension of over 140 km and 62 stations currently open to the public. The frequencies are between 30 and 60 minutes.

The S1 line, Meißen Triebischtal – Coswig – Radebeul Ost – Dresden-Neustadt – Dresden Hbf – Heidenau – Pirna – Bad Schandau – Schöna, is the oldest, and most important.
The S2 line connects the international airport of Dresden with Neustadt e Hbf.


Getting around Dresden

Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG, is the company that manages the excellent public transport system in the city. Twenty tram lines, and numerous buses, cover a network of about 500 kilometers that allows you to move around Dresden, in the city center, and in outlying areas.

By tram, and by bus, you can move at all hours, both day and night. You can visit the main monuments and attractions of the city, and have fun and get wild during the nightlife.
During the day, the vehicles are active from the morning up to the 22:00.
After the 22:00, up to the 05:00 in the morning, however, several bus and tram lines are active, with frequencies from 15 to 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday night, and from 15 to 60 minutes a week.


These are particularly comfortable and useful means to navigate the streets of the center, and move around Dresden in full autonomy, avoiding traffic and traffic jams.

You can choose between several companies, including the American Lime and Bird, the Swedish VOI (quite famous in these parts) and CIRC, a startup “made in Germany”. The latter offers more advantageous rates: about 0.15 cents, compared to €0.20 per minute for the others. About also offers advantageous packages of 30 or 60 minutes.

In order to use the scooters, you will need to download the official app, register (by entering a few data and of course the payment card) and unlock the scooter. Always remember to refer to the official app: you can use and leave the scooter ONLY IN THE AREAS INDICATED ON THE MAP. Each time you unlock a scooter, you will have to pay the appropriate fee (generally equal to €1). At the end of use, always remember to block the operation via the APP.

Remember always respect the rules. Stay on cycle paths wherever possible and avoid cutting off cars and pedestrians.


One of the most popular ways for getting around Dresden is to cross the Elbe on board a comfortable boat.
The service is particularly recommended to move from one bank to another, quite quickly, it’s simple. Furthermore, you can have a fantastic view of the city from the river perspective.
Currently, three river lines are operational, which cross significant sites in Dresden:

  • Johannstadt – Neustadt
  • Niederpoyritz – Laubegast
  • Kleinzschachwitz – Pillnitz.


Dresden is part of the single VVO network, based on a zone tariff system. All the main places of interest, attractions and the international airport fall within zone 10. Therefore, to travel on city vehicles, you just need to buy tickets valid for ONE ZONE.

The single ticket (Einzelfahrt) for a single trip in one Zone, allows you to travel up to one hour from the first validation, on all means of Dresden. It costs €2.50 for adults and €1.70 from 6 to 14 years old. Keep in mind that with this ticket, you can use the bus, tram and metro as often as you like, including the Dresden ferries.

If you have planned more than one trip in the course of a day, it may be convenient to purchase the day pass, or Tageskarten. It costs €6.50 for one zone, and allows you to make unlimited travel on the entire network, from the moment of validation until 04:00 am the next day.
The Familientageskarte is even cheaper. It is a day pass that allows a maximum of two adults and up to 4 children under 15 to travel on all means of the network, at a cost of €10.00!
Wochenkarte, on the other hand, is a subscription valid for 7 days. It costs €21.90 per person.

If provided on the vehicle, you can carry a bike or a dog with you, at a cost of €2.00. In this case, you will need to purchase a special Pass valid for the day.

On ferries, the ticket for a single journey costs €1.50 for a single journey and €2.40 for a round trip.
If you have bikes or motorcycles in tow, the ticket, including transport of the vehicle, costs € 2.50 per single trip, and € 3.90 round trip.

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