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About Dresden Airport

Dresden International Airport was opened in 1935 with the aim to operate commercial flights in Dresden, Saxony. It was given to the German army by the Nazi regime. It was used for military purposes until the end of the Second World War and was then closed for a while after the war. Commercial flights started again from Dresden International Airport in 1957. After the East and West of Germany decided to merge, the importance of Dresden International Airport increased and a major expansion project was implemented at the airport. In 1995, a second terminal building was built, and the number of passengers increased sevenfold. Dresden International Airport provides regular flight routes to Europe's favourite holiday destinations, aswell as to major cities in the continents of Africa and America. The annual passenger average is approximately two million passengers.

Getting to the City Center from Dresden Airport

Public Transportation in Dresden is quite advanced and modern. Many parts of the city are accessible by tram and bus. Dresden features a common ticketing system that is valid for all public transportation networks in the city. Public transport in the city is provided by the DVB company. There is a tourist information office located right next to Zwinger, which is located in the theater square Theaterplatz. You can get more detailed information about public transportation in the city on DVB’s website.

Dresden Airport is located approximately 9 km from the city center. There are a variety of transportation alternatives availale to get to the city center from Dresden Airport including car, tram, bus, train, and taxi. In addition to these alternatives there are also affordable shuttle services that provide door-to-door transportation operated by Dresden Airport.

The Dresden Card is a very handy card to have; it offers free trips on public transportation, free entry to various museums in the city, and discounts at several tourist attractions. The Dresden-City-Card is specially designed for tourists. The 1-day Dresden city card for a single adult is 10 euros, and 14 euros for a family (two adults and max 4 children up to the age of 14). A daily use ticket for Zone 1 costs 9 euros, 13 euros for Zone 2 and 19 euros for every other region. The Dresden Card provides free entry to 13 museums throughout the city. There are also group tickets available for a maximum of 5 people. A day ticket for every region costs 28 euros. You can get the most up-to-date information at dresden.de/tourismus or you can email inforesdeninformation.de.

Train

The train provides convenient and direct transportation to the city center from Dresden Airport, which is located 9 km away. The train runs every 37 minutes. The S2 line from Dresden Airport provides transportation to Grenzstraße in 2 minutes, Klotzsche in 5 minutes, Industriegelände in 9 minutes, Neustadt in 12 minutes, Mitte in 16 minutes, Freiberger Straße in 18 minutes and Dresden Hauptbahnhof (main station) in 20 minutes. The same train provides transportation to Strehlen in 28 minutes, Reick in 30 minutes, Dobritz in 33 minutes, Niedersedlitz in 35 minutes, Zschachwitz in 37 minutes, Heidenau in 39 minutes, Heidenau-Sud in 42 minutes, Heidenau Großsedlitz in 44 minutes, and Pirna in about 47 minutes.

There are trains that depart every 30-37 minutes from the ground floor of Dresden Airport. A single ticket for the train is 2.20 euros. You can buy public transportation tickets, which are valid on the S-Bahn, trams, and buses, at the automated ticket machines at the station.

Bus

Buses are the cheapest and most practical transportation alternative to get to the city center from Dresden Airport. Bus number 77 and bus number 80 depart directly from the airport. Bus number 77 operates between Dresden Airport and Infineon Factory. If you get off at the Infineon-Nord stop (which takes 7 minutes) and get on tram number 7, the Pennrich line, it will take you to Albertplatz and the city center. Bus number 80 operates between Dresden Airport and the ElbePark Shopping Center and continues on to Omsewitz. Another option is to take bus number 80 to the Grenzstrasse train station and transfer to the S2 train or tram line 7.

Tram

Trams are the most popular and most economical method of transportation from the airport to the city center. There are 12 tram lines in Dresden that cover a total length of 210 kilometers. There are 154 tram stops throughout the city. The tram line numbers are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13. Tram lines 2, 6, and 7 serve the southwest part of the city. Tram line 3 serves the northwest part of the city.

Tram lines 1, 9, and 13 serve the southeast part of the city. Tram line 6 starts in Niedersedlitz and continues on to Blasewitz, Albertplatz, Bahnhof Neustadt, Bahnhof Mitte, Löbtau and Wölfnitz. Tram line 7 starts in Pennrich and continues on to Gorbitz, Löbtau, Hauptbahnhof, Pirnaischer Platz, Albertplatz, Klotzsche and Weixdorf.

The first stop on tram line 8 is in Südvorstadt. Other stops along tram line 8 are Hauptbahnhof, Postplatz, Albertplatz and Hellerau. The first stop on tram line 9 is in Prohlis. Other stops along tram line 9 are Strehlen, Zoo, Hauptbahnhof, Postplatz, Mickten and Kaditz.

You can get more detailed information on the route and stops for tram lines 10, 11, and 12 on www.dvb.de. You can also save time by calling +49 351 857 10 11 for any additional information.

Bicycle

There are many bike paths throughout the city of Dresden. Since it is such a small city, transportation by bike is cheap. If you don’t have excess or heavy luggage you can rent a bicycle at the airport and enjoy a nice 30-35 minute ride to the city center.

Taxi

There are about 500 taxis operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Dresden. Traveling by taxi is affordable. You can call 0351-211211 to order a taxi at any time of the day. Getting to the city center from Dresden Airport by taxi costs about 20 euros. You might be able to negotiate this down to 15 euros.

Popular taxi companies in the city include 8x8 Ihr Chaufferuservice (+490351 88888888), Fritzche Gmblt (+4903724131313), FunkTAXIDresden (+490351211211), Go Taxi (+4901801113322) and Reiseburo Urlaubsparadies und Kreisel Dresden (+4903512060100).

Rental Car

Renting a car from one of the many rental car companies at the airport is a convenient way to get to the city center. The 9 km drive from Dresden Airport to the city center takes about 10-15 minutes. Traffic in the city is considerably light, espeiclaly since the city is so small that most people travel on bike or by public transportation.

The most popular rental car companies at the airport are Avis (+4903518814600), Budget (+4903518814600/01), Enterprise (+4903518888660), Europcar (+4903518814590), Hertz (+4903518814580) and Sixt (+4901805252525).

Last Updated: 14 Dec 2016
Getting to Dresden Airport from the City Center

Transportation within the city of Dresden is quite practical and cheap. The train, trams, and buses make up the three main methods of transportation in the city. This modern public transportation system almost entirely removes the need for taxis and rental car services. Thanks to this well-developed system it is very easy to get to the airport directly from the city center. It takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the airport from the city center using any method of transportation. There are automated ticket machines throughout the city that are very convenient and easy to use. It only takes a few minutes to get your tickets from these machines. You can use these tickets jointly on the bus and the tram.

Train

There are two train stations in Dresden, the Dresden Mitte Station and Dresden Hauptbahnhof (main station). Trains in Dresden are referred to as the S-Bahn. The S-Bahn line S2 links Dresden Central Station and Dresden Neustadt with Dresden Airport. Line S1 operates between Meissen- Schöna, passing through Pirna, line S2 operates between Dresden Hauptbahnhof (passing through the city center) – Pirna and Dresden Airport, and line S3 operates between Dresden Hauptbahnhof-Tharandt and Freiberg.

Bus

When it comes to urban transportation, buses are the second most popular method after trams. There are many different routes that buses follow throughout the city. Bus number 94 passes the train station in Mitte. If you take this bus to Mitte you can transfer to a tram or train to the airport. If you want to get to Dresden Airport directly by bus then you can take bus number 77 or bus number 80.

Both buses depart from different locations in the city but they both pass through Dresen Airport. Bus number 80 passes through the city center. The name of the company that runs the bus network in the city is called Stadtbus. There are many different bus lines, starting at number 61,62, 63 and continuing up until 100.

There are a total of 29 different bus routes in Dresden. The ticket you purchase can also be used on the tram, which makes transferring between vehicles very convenient.

Tram

The tram network in Dresden dates back to the 19th century. In fact there is a historic museum dedicated to the history of the tram network in the city. The museum has 37 trams on display that date back to 1902-1931. Since then providing public transportation in the city by tram has become an integral part of the culture. Therefore, trams are the most valuable and preferred means of transportation in the city, particularly among the locals. The tram stops are spread throughout the city and they are quite modern and comfortable.

Dresden features a common ticket system for buses and trams and ticket prices are quite cheap. Ticket prices vary slight from region to region. The city is basically divided into 3 zones, Zone 1, Zone 2, and Zone 3. These three regions are priced separately. For example, the most up-to-date price for a 1-hour ticket in Zone 1 is 2 euros. The price for a 1.5 hour ticket in Zone 2 is 3.80 euros. Finally, the price for a 2-hour ticket in Zone 3 is 5.60 euros. A day ticket costs 8 euros for Zone 1, and 13 euros for Zone 2. Tram lines 1, 2, 6, and 10 pass through the train station in Mitte.

The CarGoTram in Dresden is a freight tram that crosses through the city, suppling Volkswagen’s “Transparent Factor”. The factory is located to the east of the city center, in the Großer Garten. Thanks to the tram network, which is the most commonly used method of public transportation in the city, it is possible to get to almost every part of Dresden very easily. Tram line 1 starts in Prohlis and continues to Gruna, Straßburger Platz, Postplatz, Bahnhof Mitte, Friedrichstadt and Leutewitz.

Tram line 2 starts in Kleinzschachwitz and continues to Grana, Stra, Platz, Bahnhof Mitte, Cotta and Gorbitz. Tram line 3 starts in Coschütz and continues to Plauen, Hauptbahnhof, Pirnaischer Platz, Albertplatz, Bahnhof Neustadt, Trachenberge and Wilder Mann. Tram line 4 starts in Laubegast and continues to Striesen, Straß Platz, Postplatz, Mickten, Radebeul, Coswig and Weinböhla.

Bicycle

Dresden is a small and cozy town that is quite modern at the same time. Those who don’t want to get around via public transportation have the option of biking as a means of urban transportation. There are dozens of different bike rental companies located throughout the city. Cycling as a means of urban transportation is very common in Dresden. Many people visiting the city enjoy biking since it is the most economical transportation alternative and a very plesant way to explore the city. NextBike is one of the most popular and affordable bicycle companies in the city. You can contact the private bicycle company at 030 69205046 and enjoy this unique way of exploring the city. The Elbe Cycle Route is the longest and most famous bicycle path in Dresden.

Taxi

The abundance of public transportation options in the city and the fact that rental car companies offer reasonable prices has almost eliminated the need for taxis. Nevertheless, taxis are readily available in the city. Taxis in Dresden are reasonably priced; the taximeter starts at 2.5 euros and runs 1.5 euro for every kilometer. You can always try to negotiate the fare with the taxi driver to get a cheaper total.

Rental Car

The roads in and around Dresden are very well maintained and directly linked to many other cities in Germany. The most well known car park facilities in the city center are Frauenkirche/Neumarkt and Altmarkt. The fact that the roads in the city as so well maintained and that traffic is extremely light makes renting a car an even more appealing option for visitors. Renting a car is also a great way to explore other cities in Germany.

We recommend renting a vehicle that comes equipped with a GPS device to help navigate your way. If you rent a car from the city center make sure to check whether or not that company also has a an office at the airport. That way you can easily return your vehicle at the airport before your departure.

The drive from Dresden city center to Dresden Airport is very practical and easy via the B97 motorway. The airport is located about 9 km from the city center. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the airport from the city center by car. The A4 motorway is just outside of Dresden Airport. The airport is also easily accessible from Chemnitz, Leipzig, or Prague via the A4 motorway.

Airport Information

Located 9 km north of the city center, Dresden Airport is a rather small airport. The airport handled a total of almost 2 million passengers in 2015. Despite being small in size the airport offers a variety of services.

The airport parking lot has the capacity to accommodate about 3,000 vehicles. This parking lot offers free parking for up to 2 hours. Dresden Airport offers a delicious selection of eating and drinking venues. Places where you can get a bite to eat or something to drink include Elbezeit, Hangar 219, Bar Limon, Bar Cassis, and Klüh Catering.

The airport offers passengers free internet access throughout the terminal and contains a smoking area, market, and souvenir shops. There are also many travel agencies at the airport. Passengers can go shopping at stores like Gate 14, Heinemann Duty Free, Feinbackerei Heberer, News stands LS travel retail, Handelsgalerie Matthies, and Saturn.

There is an airport information desk at the arrivals terminal that is ready to assist you. For more detailed information about the airport just visit www.dresden-airport.de.

Last Updated: 14 Dec 2016

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