Berlin to Dresden by train

How to travel from Berlin to Dresden by train

There's no getting away from the fact that taking the train from Berlin to Dresden is something of an anomaly.
Once you're on board its a very easy trip, it's the timetable that's odd, as it tends to alternate between two departures in one hour and then nothing in the next, so there can be big gaps between trains.
Scenically it's a dull journey, but what can make this trip an interesting experience is that Dresden is on an international rail route from Berlin, so some of the departures are by Austrian, Czech and Hungarian trains.



From Berlin Hbf to Dresden Hbf

Travel Information

Final Destination: Praha or Budapest or Dresden or Graz

All trains also call at: Berlin Südkreuz

Some trains also call at: Berlin-Spandau

Additional IC train services now operate on the Berlin > Dresden route, so the service is now more frequent than it has been in years
However, these new IC services depart in the same hour as the international EC services; which are heading on to Praha and beyond.
Meaning that in odd hours there will still be no direct trains from Berlin to Dresden.

The first departure of the day is now a new Railjet service heading to Graz in Austria.

Czech and Hungarian trains are used for the EC services.

The EC trains can be particularly busy in 2nd class during the summer; it’s a popular route for rail pass users, so if you’ll be travelling 2nd class* between May and October making a reservation is recommended.
*Book a 1st class ticket and you seat(s) will be assigned; seat reservations are complimentary when booking 1st class tickets.

Arriving in Dresden:

It is a good idea to look up the location of your ultimate destination in Dresden before booking tickets and boarding.
These trains all call at Dresden-Neustadt station before they arrive at the main station in the city, Dresden Hbf.

If you'll be heading to the historic heart of Dresden on a day trip and want to avoid making a 20 - 30 min walk from either of these stations in Dresden, taking tram line 11 (direction Zschernitz) from the stop outside of the main exit at Dresden-Nuestadt to the Postplatz stop will take you to within a five minute walk of the old town area.

12 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 6 months ahead of the travel date

When making an online booking, check that you’re looking at booking info for the direct trains.

On the DB booking site look for journeys that have:

- 0 in the Chg. column

- EC or IC in the Products column.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day -  so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.

Use the earlier/later buttons to search for the cheapest ticket prices.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
DB Bahn from €17.90

DB Bahn Guide

DB is the national railway operator in Germany, so its website can be used for booking journeys by German express trains; the ICE and IC trains and it doesn't charge booking fees.
It also sells tickets for journeys by direct trains on all international routes from Germany regardless of whether DB is operating the train service.

It also sells an extensive range of end-to-end journeys which involve making connections both within Germany and in neighboring countries, but journeys between Germany and Britain cannot be booked on DB.

A key feature of DB website worth keeping mind is that it offers 1st class ticket purchasers complimentary seat reservations on journeys both within and to/from Germany.

Seat reservations for daytime in both 1st and 2nd class can also be booked separately from tickets.

Happy rail from €17.90

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

Omio from €17.90

Omio Guide

Omio is an online ticket agency which offers tickets for rail journeys in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain.

The three key advantages of using Omio are

  • it offers prices in multiple currencies
  • it usually offers price comparison with other modes of travel including flights and buses
  • when visiting Europe, you can book journeys in multiple countries in one transaction.

The disadvantage of booking with Omio is that it often adds a booking fee to the final price; therefore when it does so without offering a price advantage, SMTJ doesn't tend to offer Omio as a booking option.

Save A Train from €17.90

Save A Train Guide

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