How to get to Dresden by train
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Sometimes called the Florence of the North, Dresden is a magnificent city that is slowly recovering from its losses during the Second World War. As one of the most visited cities in Germany, Dresden is rich in culture and heritage; both are exemplified in the Frauenkirche, a reconstructed cathedral that serves both as the reminder of the horrors of wars and as a shining beacon of hope. If you are a fan of beautiful architectural works, don't miss out on Dresden Castle, a Baroque castle that has stood firmly and confidently for over 400 years. For fans of music and cultural activities in general, plan a special night out at the Semperoper, the premier opera house of the city.
Dresden's food scene is an eclectic mix of local specialties and international cuisines. For the best local dishes, check out Brühlscher Garten, in the heart of the Old Town quarter. Also worth visiting is Historisches Fischhaus, housed in a building dating back to the 16th century.
Bus and train service connect Dresden to other cities in Germany and the rest of Europe. If you're flying in, the Dresden airport is just a few miles from downtown.
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Dresden's largest train station, referred to as Dresden Hauptbahnhof in German, is the central train station in the city. First opened in 1898, the station has gone through numerous renovations and reconstructions. The last major renovation was completed in 2014. The current station is enormous, and it welcomes more than 60,000 passengers daily. You'll find high-class restaurants, retail and gift stores, and a first-class waiting lounge for frequent travelers inside the station. Many Deutsche Bahn railway lines serve the station, and travelers who are transferring to a bus need only walk across the street to the city's main bus station, Dresden ZOB.
Popular train stations in Dresden:
Dresden Neustadt - Exit
Dresden Freiberger Straße
What train companies travel to Dresden, Germany?
Located in Germany, Dresden is accessible by train from 123 other cities. You can choose from 2660 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Dresden on Wanderu. Deutsche Bahn usually has the most trains on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Coach tickets to Dresden are also available..
Train companies serving Dresden
|Train||Routes||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Deutsche Bahn||342||5h 4m||£54.77|
|Deutsche Bahn with non-federally owned railway company||271||6h 12m||£63.28|
|DB Intercity-Express||108||4h 17m||£60.50|
|DB Intercity||44||3h 36m||£35.91|
|Non-federally owned railway company||36||2h 21m||£20.64|
|DB Eurocity||12||2h 38m||£41.20|
|trilex express||9||1h 33m||£20.32|
The most popular Deutsche Bahn ICE routes travel to Berlin, Cologne, Paris, and Munich. Seating is spacious with a good amount of legroom, and onboard amenities include complimentary WiFi, restrooms, and a restaurant car selling beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and hot meals. Unlike the rest of the Deutsche Bahn network, ticket prices on Deutsche Bahn ICE services are not based on a per-kilometer rate but on specific station-to-station links.
Deutsche Bahn IC is the German railway's long-distance train service provider with service across Germany and neighboring countries, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, and Poland. Onboard amenities include restrooms, power outlets, and a restaurant car where passengers can purchase drinks, snacks, and meals.
Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles.
Frequently Asked Questions
The busiest train station in Dresden is Train Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Dresden are:
- Train Station
- Dresden Neustadt - Exit
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