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Getting around Dresden

  1. Things you need to know before arriving in Dresden
  2. How to get to Dresden
  3. Getting around Dresden
  4. Cost of Living in Dresden
  5. Saving money in Dresden
  6. Accommodation for students in Dresden
  7. Dresden neighborhoods: the most important districts of Dresden
  8. Dresden Nightlife
  9. Typical Dresden Cuisine
  10. What to do in Dresden
  11. Places to visit around Dresden
  12. What to see in Dresden in 3 days

If you are a student in one of the Universities in Dresden you can be super happy, because with your student card public transportation is free in Dresden and whole Saxony.

In the city itself you can take every transport you want, in the rest of the federal state “only” the trains. If you are here for visiting the city, a single ticket is 2,30€. For moving around in the city of Dresden you have different options. As is is a capital city, you have trains, trams, busses and even boats. One of the good things of the main transport websites is, that they are also available in English (in this case also in Polish and Czech). On this site you can put your departure and destination point and it will shows you the most fast way, including all transport possibilities.


Inside the City it is not necessary to take the trains, as the transport system is very fully developed by trams and busses. But for travels in Saxony for example to cities like Leipzig, Chemnitz or Görlitz the train is the faster transport. Or if you want to go hiking in one of the two big mountains (Sächsische Schweiz, Erzgebirge), that Saxony offers: Use the train.


People living in Dresden mostly uses trams, as there arelines 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.Don’t ask me why there is missing the 5, I have no idea. Someday I heard, that they are planning to make a line 5 between the faculties of the Technical University, because the students have to chance them sometimes and the busses are all the times super crowded. Anyway, with these 12 lines you can reach every neighborhood of the city. The trams fluid shedule is more or less from 6am to 8pm, like every 10 min. After 8pm the waiting time is a little bit more longer and from 11pm on are running thenight lines. You will see it a each station, if this one is passed by a night line reading “GuteNachtLinie”. If not, check the side that I mentioned before, because if there is no night line, there is always a…


The busses in the city have almost the same shedules like the trams. A good thing is, that the busses also running out of the city. So if you one day are full of the “big city life” just catch a bus and go to the wonderful green surroundings. The nature around the city is incredible.


With your student card you also can cross the river for free with the ferry. The ride maybe only takes two minutes, but it’s a funny experience and it’s also worth to see the city from the riverside. If you don’t have a student card, it costs you1,50€ for a single ticket, 2€ with return.


If you want to be more healthy and sporty, you also can buy a cheap bike und crossing the streets by bike. This city is almost flat in every party, what is perfect to ride. Also the distances are not that long and you can be from one party of the city to another in 15-20 min. For buying a bike you should check the flea market at the river Elbe, which takes place every Saturday, in summer and winter or at eBay Kleinanzeigen.

There is also the possibility of bike-sharing. There are more than 500 in the city. How it works? You have to download the app nextbike. This application shows you, where are the next freebikes. For every half an hour you pay 1€.

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