Dresden Transportation

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    Railway station Dresden-Mitte

    by german_eagle Updated Sep 15, 2013

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    The most central railway station in Dresden is not Hauptbahnhof (main station), but Dresden-Mitte. However, only regional and commuter trains stop here - long-distance trains do not. It was opened in 1897 as stop Wettiner Straße. The railroads are elevated so they do not interfere with other traffic, and were covered by a large steel-glass construction, similar to the big railway stations. That hall was flanked by four slender towers.

    The station was damaged in the bombing in 1945. Restoration was possible but the communist administration decided to tear the steel-glass construction down in 1953. Since then the station has been neglected, it was in decay until some restoration was done in the years 2001-04.

    The station is only 500 m from the Zwinger, even shorter from the Congress Centre and the new Operetta theatre and Art center in the former power plant Kraftwerk Mitte is right next to the station. Trams #1, 2, 6 and 10 as well as bus 94 have stops right at station Dresden-Mitte, so it is a major hub in the city. From 2014 on major construction works and development are planned, so stay tuned - even a manned ticket counter would be a major improvement.

    In case you were on the virtual Friedrichstadt walk you are finished now. Go back to the respective tip in the "Favourite" tip category or return to the main Dresden page.

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    Guided Tour Buses

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 10, 2011

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    There are a lot of these that drive around the city and tourists use them for guided tours, or on/off stops. Some tours also includes taking you out of the city to Meissen, or Pillnitz as examples of places to stop. Prices of the tour range from 20-50 Euro depending on the time of 2-4 hour tours, or where to go on the tour.

    Typical tour bus on the street Name of tour bus we followed
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    Velotaxi and Rickshaw

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 4, 2008

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    Want a tour of the town centre with a private guide and don't feel like walking?

    Velotaxis and rickshaws are at your service. Each of these vehicles seats two passengers. The driver will be your personal guide and take you where you want to go. I think this is a great, and environment-friendly, way of getting around if you have difficulties or just can't be bothered walking. (Haven't done this myself yet, though).

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    Rickshaw in Theaterplatz Velotaxis Velotaxi in Neumarkt Rickshaw in Theaterplatz Velotaxi on Augustusbr��cke
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    How to get to Dresden

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 14, 2011

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    When we are driving from Moscow to Bavaria or Baden Wuerttemberg and back home we usually choose A4 autobahn which is passing close to Dresden.
    There are a plenty of signs to Dresden along the way. Usually we turn Ausfahrt #78 to road #6 or Ausfahrt #81 to the road #170 (7 km to the Zentrum).

    You can watch my 3 min 38 sec HD Video Germany Sachsen Autobahn A4 Görlitz-Dresden out of my Youtube channel.

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    Parking is an Issue to Consider

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 12, 2011

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    There are not a lot of available spaces to find parking, and especially ones that are cheap. In the Altmarket, there are garages, but they do cost about 8-12 Euro daily. WE found a surface lot for 6 Euro for the day, or for 3 hours it is the same in Altmarket to the west of it and south of Zwinger two blocks. By our apartment on Bischofsweg there was only parallel street parking and that was the cheapest for 3 Euro a day, which is also the price for 6 hours.
    Parking places at Weiner Platz cost 6 Euro for 3 hours, and need to pay at a booth to get ticket to get out. Airport parking is about 5 Euro a day if I recall correctly?

    Cashier booth to get ticket Park wherever you can Signage of parking garage plaza Airport parking garage
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    CATCH A TRAM

    by balhannah Updated Oct 16, 2013

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    Near our Hotel was a Tram stop, so we decided to catch the Tram into the city centre on one of our days. We found the Trams very modern and comfortable, with good sized windows for viewing.

    When you buy a ticket, it covers you for travel by Bus and Tram. We bought the 1 zone ticket, as I had decided to walk around Dresden.
    Fares for this are priced in zone numbers. Best to ask at your accommodation what ticket you need to buy...eg. number of zones. Our ticket lasted for 1hour. We could hop on and off different Trams or Buses on the one ticket, as long as it was within the 1 hour.

    1 tariff zone, maximum 1 hour 2.00 € adult fare 1.40 € reduced fare
    2 tariff zones, maximum 1.5 hours 3.80 € adult fare 2.60 € reduced fare
    3 tariff zones, maximum 2 hours 5.60 € adult fare 3.90 € reduced fare

    If you intend to use the Tram or Bus a lot, then the ONE DAY TICKET may be for you.
    1 tariff zone Until 04:00 a.m. of the day following validation 8.00 €
    2 tariff zones Until 04:00 a.m. of the day following validation 13.00 €

    We bought our ticket from a machine, then validated once onboard the Tram.
    Remember to validate the ticket the first time you use it.

    Fast and efficient, we were impressed!

    The website has lots of information on using public transport in Dresden

    Dresden Tram
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    Railway

    by german_eagle Updated Nov 20, 2010

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    Dresden is a railway hub in Eastern Germany, although we locals wish Deutsche Bahn would invest more money in railroads so the trains would get faster.

    Trains are running to/from Berlin, Frankfurt (via Leipzig), Nürnberg (via Chemnitz), Prague/Vienna/Budapest and Wroclaw. Regional trains and the S-Bahn are running frequently on several routes to the airport, the National Park Sächsische Schweiz, Meissen, Lausitz region etc.

    Dresden has two big railway stations: The Central railway station (Hauptbahnhof) is still undergoing reconstruction works. They do not affect the traveller anymore, though - it's convenient to get around, navigation is easy. All the services you expect are there: ticket desks, ticket machines, lockers, shops, restaurants etc. The architecture of this station is quite impressive. Built 1893-98 and severely damaged in the bombing 1945 it was reconstructed after plans of Sir Norman Foster and reopened 2006. Quite beautiful is the main hall - the huge vaulted roof is a steel construction with teflon fabric.

    The other big station is Dresden-Neustadt. Built 1898-1901 with Art Nouveau elements it is the successor of the so called Leipziger Bahnhof, the station of the first long-distance railway in Germany (1839). Relics of Leipziger Bahnhof are still to see about 100 m west of the station Dresden-Neustadt. Anyway, Dresden-Neustadt offers all the services of a big railway station and is less crowded than Hauptbahnhof. I prefer to go there to get tickets or information because lines are usually shorter (or no lines at all).

    Railway station Dresden-Neustadt (main hall) Dresden central railway station central railway station, the steel construction
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    Two train stations

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 10, 2011

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    There are two train stations; one on the north in Neustadt called the same name, and south in Weiner Platz, just south of old center 3/4 of a mile is called Hauptbahnhof. The Weiner Platz was designed and built in 1892-97 but damaged substantially in WWII. It has 18 tracks, with 11 to take you to destinations. Over 1997 and 2006 there was a major refurbishment due to finding that the structure besides being left to deteriorate and structural faults in the roof supports, and the 2002 floods caused more havoc. NOw it is pristine looking again back to its art deco period.

    Clkose up of the building and arched dome Row of warehouse/train depot Inside of the train stop The Neustadt station
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    Trams

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 10, 2011

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    A great deal of people use the tram system as it traverses all around the city and outskirts. The system is appearing to be efficient and on time. The only hitch is that is traffic backup, the trams also have to wait a lot because the tracks run right over the streets in the traffic lanes.
    The system started in early 19oo's and has had to resort to the narrow streets because buildings were built right up close to them when there was only horse traffic. There are 28 tram routes and 12 bus routes.

    Modern day looking tram in south Tram running down the street Following or getting hit? Trams in mix of traffic
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    Bikes-Many Use Them

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 10, 2011

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    Since vehicles are expensive and parking a mess, if not impossible in areas, a lot of people of all ages use the bikes to get around to work, shop, and play, and even site see. There are also some motorbikes but not many small Mopeds or big motorcycles.

    Biker following the tram? Tours of sites on bikes Bikes at the bus stops/traffic Motorbikes in traffic
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    Elbe River Cruises

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 11, 2011

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    We did not take a cruise due to time constraints, but kind of wish we had been able to do so. A cruise down, or up river would have been nice. They take you to some places only about 5 miles away, while others can a a 4-5 hour cruise to sites about 20 miles away on the river.
    Prices range varying on the trip taken. An example is Dresden to Meissen (30 miles away) is 11 Euro, and to Pillnitz (15 miles south) is 9,40 Euro. Local short rides going by closer in sites may be about 10 Euro.

    Paddlewheel ship by Bruhl Terrace Docked cruise ship at Bruhl Terrace by CAthedral Cruise ship going down the Elbe
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    Dresden by foot

    by Raimix Written Jan 4, 2013

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    I love places, where you could simply see mostly everything in walking distance, so it is quite typical to Dresden also. It is for sure relatively small city, let say, comparing to Berlin.

    Sightseeing of Dresden could be made by seeing old town (Altstadt), and some places a bit further - as Dresden parks and Hygiene museum. Also sightseeing could be continued to other side of Elbe with New town (Neustadt) and such interesting places as singing house.

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    Airport

    by german_eagle Written Nov 4, 2012

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    Dresden has a rather small airport. Most flights are within Germany or to hubs in Germany or Europe (Frankfurt, München, Zürich, Moscow) where you can change to intercontinental flights. There are also charter flights to tourist destinations in the Mediterranean region, Egypt etc. from Dresden.

    The airport is only 9 km north of the city centre, easily reached by car, taxi, tram/bus or - most convenient - by commuter train S1 which runs once or twice per hour (depending on daytime). The trains arrive and depart in the basement of the terminal, ticket machines are on the platform (2 Euro for a single trip to the city centre in 2012). The buses and taxis depart right in front of the terminal.

    The airport offers the basic services, there is not much in regards to shopping there. You can rent a car, have a snack, coffee etc. or buy some basic food.

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    The World’s oldest Paddle Wheel Steamer

    by Kakapo2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dresden prides itself of having the world’s oldest and biggest fleet of paddle wheel steamers. They have nine such historic ships, 80 to 130 years old.

    They travel through Dresden’s Elbe Valley which has UNESCO World Heritage status, and get into Saxon Switzerland (Sächsische Schweiz) and to the border of the Czech Republic. Also 90 min city tours, so called Bridge Tours (Brückentour), are on offer.

    The steamers travel between Seußlitz in the north-west to the border town Schmilka in the south-east, and pass at Meißen (wonderful town of the royal porcelain manufactory), Dresden, Schloss Pillnitz, Pirna and Bad Schandau.

    The stop in Dresden is called Terrassenufer. That is just at Brühlsche Terrasse, below the castle, between Augustusbrücke (Theaterplatz) and Carolabrücke.

    To give you an idea about the price of a trip (as Oct. 2008):

    Dresden – Meißen costs 11.40 Euro single/16.80 return
    Dresden – Schloss Pillnitz 9.60/14.80
    Dresden – Bad Schandau 20.50/20.50 (yes, not more)

    If you plan to cruise quite a bit and use land transportation as well you should think about purchasing a so-called Kombiticket for 27 Euro (children 16.50/family 43.00). Those tickets can only be purchased at the shipping company’s counter.

    They also offer themed cruises at special rates.

    On the VVO website you can also find trips on passenger ships that cruise along the vineyards etc.

    The paddle wheel steamer Pirna on the Elbe.
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    Airport

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 11, 2011

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    The airport is north of the city main center about 6 miles, by going up Rt 97, or Konigsbrucker Strasse. It is easy to find the airport and parking and rental cars there are pretty simple to get into the garage. Since there are not many flight coming here daily, the ability to get around and through the airport is easy.

    Airport entrance from the street Main section to enter airport Main info counter near entrance Picture of lobby of airport
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