The Meißen VGM company maintains the following city bus routes:
-A Korbitz/Schletta - Busbahnhof - Spaar
-B Schletta/Korbitz - Busbahnhof - Zaschendorf - Spaar
-C Buschbad - Busbahnhof - Krankenhaus
-D Busbahnhof - Hafenstraße - Lercha
-E Porzellan-Manufaktur - Albrechtsburg / Dom
and the following bus routes to other towns:
-401 Meißen - Coswig - Meißen
-404 Meißen - Cossebaude
-407 Meißen - Diesbar - Seußlitz - Nünchritz
-408 Meißen - Jessen - Meißen
-409 Meißen - Priestewitz - Großenhain
-411 Meißen - Neusörnewitz - Weinböhla
-412 Meißen - Krögis - Nossen
-413 Meißen - Miltitz - Tanneberg
-414 Meißen - Taubenheim - Schmiedewalde/Tanneberg
-415 Meißen - Kleinzadel - Löbsal
-416 Meißen - Zehren - Lommatzsch
-417 Meißen - Leutewitz - Lommatzsch
-418 Meißen - Miltitz - Nossen
-421 Meißen - Niederau - Weinböhla - Moritzburg
-422 Meißen - Krögis - Ziegenhain - Rüsseina
-426 Meißen - Scharfenberg - Pegenau
-428 Meißen - Klipphausen - Wilsdruff
-446 Meißen - Neuhirschstein - Riesa
At certain times at some of these buses additional bicycle transportation is available.
Furthermore the company has a combined local taxi service (Anruf-Sammel-Taxi) operating:
Mo-Fr: 7.30PM - 1.30AM
Sa-Su: 5.30PM - 1.30AM
Meißen is right on the Elberadweg, one of the most popular cycling trails in Germany. The cycling trail is well maintained, away from streets/roads, runs along the river and through a lovely landscape with hills, vineyards, picturesque villages. From Dresden it'll probably take you 2 hours to cycle to Meißen - easy, all flat.
Meißen itself is not cycler's paradise, just like any medieval town. Narrow cobblestone alleys are no fun to ride with your bike and are to share with walkers, steep hills make for an exhausting bike ride, some alleys even have many steps. So cycling in town is limited to the side valleys - along Triebisch river to the porcelain manufacture e.g.
Probably the most "stylish" and pleasant mode of transportation to Meißen is the ride on a paddle steamer. The "Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt" company runs two steamers daily from Dresden to Meißen and back. One of them runs even beyond Meißen to Diesbar-Seußlitz.
The steamer trip is quite scenic, with lovely rolling hills, picturesque villages to both sides, vineyards on the right bank.
If you must, you can of course drive to Meißen. The major road B6 goes right through the town, it's the shortest drive from/to the Autobahn A4 (exit Dresden-Altstadt) and from/to Dresden. When coming from Berlin you will take the exit Thiendorf and drive via Großenhain to Meißen.
Driving and parking in the town are not exactly fun, just like in any other picturesque, medieval old town. There are large parking lots down by the river, a few free on the right bank (vis-a-vis the castle) but NOT free on the old town side of the river (left bank). And you're very fortunate if you find a a parking right in the old town! The castle courtyard is closed for traffic, driving up the very narrow and winding cobbled alleys is not recommended anyway.
There is a parking on the northern foot of the castle hill, day ticket quite inexpensive for 2.50 Euro (in 2012). From there you have easy access to the castle by a small funicular (fare is 1 Euro or so), but the walk to the old town is about 10 minutes - around the hill.
Hardly anyone will arrive by bus in Meißen. This mode of transportation doesn't get you very far beyond the city limits, only to nearby towns like Großenhain, but it is a very good option to get around in the town. Especially if you want to visit the wineries in the outskirts, the parish church in Meißen-Zscheila or the porcelain manufacture, then the bus is the way to go.
The main bus station is right next to the (main) train station Meißen. There is an information office there where you can get leaflets, timetables, info on fares and of course can buy tickets. Please note that since Meißen is in the VVO transportation network their rules and fares apply. Day tickets that you bought to get from Dresden to Meißen and back e.g. are also valid on the buses!
The three city routes A, B, C run frequently (every 15-30 minutes). Regional buses to nearby villages and towns usually run hourly or bi-hourly.
Meißen has two train stations, one is the "main" station (simply named "Meißen") and located on the right bank of the river, the other is Meißen-Triebischtal, located on the left bank. Both stations are served by the commuter train line S1 which runs twice per hour Meißen - Dresden - Bad Schandau (- Schöna). These S1 trains terminate at Meißen-Triebischtal. This is also the station that is closer to the Porcelain manufacture. However, if you want to see the old town and the castle/cathedral I recommend to get off at Meißen (main station). It is just a 5-10 minutes walk from there to the old town. The plus is that you have the best panoramic views from the bridge.
Both train stations are also served by the bi-hourly running regional train Meißen - Leipzig. This is a quite scenic but rather slow route. Deutsche Bahn wants to shut down this route, and I am afraid at some time they will do exactly that.
The (main) train station Meißen is a building in Bauhaus style, worth a quick look, too. Architect was Wilhelm Kreis, the building was erected in 1928.
Meißen is in the VVO transportation network, their fares apply. From Meißen to Dresden e.g. you need a ticket for three zones, in 2012 the fare for the single trip is 5.60 Euro. Day tickets are more economic in most cases.
The Meißen sightseeing bus or City-Bus is a minivan type bus
The City-Bus runs every day from April till the end of October. Departure locations are the Market square, the Castle and the Porzellan-Manufaktur Meissen. Passengers have the possibility to get off the bus at the different stops, to visit the sights of the city. The ride can be continued in one of the following buses with the same ticket.
Single ride: € 3.00
Day ticket: € 4.50
There is S-Bahn direct connection from Dresden to Meissen. Tickets can be purchased in the ticket-machines which are used for buying tickets for the local transport. Just choose "Meissen" as a destination area.
One ticket costs 5,10 euros.
All information about the routes and schedules available on the DB web-page.
So, it's really easy to get there.
If you are taking A4: exit Siebenlehn and continue on B 101 or exit Wilsdruff (greater Dresden area).
If you are taking A13: exit Radeburg.
If you are taking A14: Exit Nossen-Ost
From Dresden direction: on the B6
We took the tram/regional train from and to Dresden and walked most of the way.
There is a small shuttle bus that we jumped on to take us from the manufacture to the Albrechtsburg - rather expensive, but a nice treat for my feet !
There are very good train connections between Dresden and Meissen, leaving every half hour and taking 40 minutes for the journey. With a car, it's easier to access more of the sights just around the city. If you do drive, leave your car in the parking lot just outside the old town, by the river. The streets are narrow and the most enjoyable thing is walking around it anyway. These cars parked up in the Albrechtsburg must have special parking decals. ;)
Easy to get to Meißen from Dresden on the S1 (S-Bahn) line. For the centre get off at "Meissen" station. The porcelain factory is closer to the station at the end of the line, "Meissen Triebischtal"
Coming from Leipzig leave the autobahn A 14 at the exit Nossen-Ost, then enter the Federal Road B 101.
Coming from Dresden take Federal Road B6 in northern directions.
We took the train/tram from Dresden - a very comfortable way of travelling. Trains go at least once an hour to and from Dresden, so there is no long waiting time necessary.