Getting around Dresden by S-Bahn train, tram, bus, ferry or cable car

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Buses, trams, cable cars, trains, and even boats. There are so many options to get around in 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.


Move to Dresden by tram

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.


One of the most popular ways to get 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.


More than a way to move around Dresden, the two cable cars are a real attraction that attract many travelers for over 100 years. Both are managed by the local DVB company

Standseilbahn, is known to be one of the most beautiful cable cars in the whole country. The strong point is its unique position on the picturesque slopes of the Elbe in Loschwitz. Open, in summer, up to 21: 30 and in winter until 18: 00.
Schwebebahninstead, it is a special cable-stayed cableway, which operates between Körnerplatz and Oberloschwitz. It is the oldest of its kind, particularly loved for the incomparable view of the enchanting Elbe valley. Open, in summer, up to 20: 00 and in winter until 18: 00.

To travel on the cable cars, you have to buy a special ticket, different from other public transport.

Dresden Bergbahn 129

Photo ©, Norbert Aepli, Switzerland


Dresden is part of the single VVO network, based on a zone tariff system. All major attractions, attractions and the international airport are within the 10 area. Therefore, to travel on public transport, just buy tickets valid for ONE AREA.

The single ticket (Single trip) for single trips in a Zone, allows you to travel up to an hour from the first validation, on all means of Dresden. Costa 2.40 € for adults and 1.60 € from 6 to 14 not completed. Keep in mind that with this ticket, you can use buses, trams and metro, as often as you like, including the Dresden ferries.

If you have budgeted more than one trip in a day, it may be convenient to buy the day pass, or Day tickets. It costs € 6.00 for an area, and allows unlimited movement over the entire network, from the time of validation to 04: 00 in the morning of the following day.
Even cheaper Familientageskarte. This is a daily pass that allows a maximum of two adults and up to 4 children under 15, to travel on all means of the network, at the cost of 9.00 €!
Wochenkarteinstead, it is a valid pass for 7 days. Costa 21.90 € per person

To travel on two funivie, you must purchase a special ticket, available in the versions:
- one way, at the cost of 4.00 €.
- ascent and descent on the same day, 5.00 € per person.
- Familienkarte, valid for two adults and up to 4 children over 14. It costs 12.50 €, and allows the whole family to make a climb and a descent, on a cableway, on the same day.

On Ferries, the ticket for a single ride costs € 1.50 per trip and € 2.40 per return.
If you have a bike or motorbike in tow, the ticket, including transportation of the vehicle, costs € 2.50 per trip, and € 3.90 return.

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