How to Get from Dresden to the Nearest Airports and Other Destinations
This German city is located on the banks of the Elbe River, 40 km from the border with the Czech Republic. Tourists who do not know how to get from Dresden to other neighbouring cities like Prague or Karlovy Vary, or not sure how to reach Berlin-Tegel Airport or Prague-Václav Havel International Airport, can use a taxi service, transfer or public transport.
Taxi from Dresden
Around 500 different cars providing transportation services can be found on the streets of the Saxony capital, but hailing is not accepted here. If you want to go to the international airport of Wenceslas Havel or to Prague, you need to come to a special taxi parking lot. There are about 100 taxi parking lots downtown, so it is not difficult to find the nearest one.
You can also book a taxi in Dresden by phone. If you choose this method, do not forget to buy a local SIM-card first - this will make your calls cheaper than in roaming.
One of the biggest taxi service companies in the city is called Funk Taxi Dresden. It guarantees to provide a car within 5-10 min after the call and all their cabs are equipped with counters. All taxi services in Dresden have a fixed fare. So, getting in the cab usually costs 2.5 euro, first three kilometers - 1.7 euro, and every next kilometer costs 1.4 euro. One hour the driver spent waiting for the passenger costs 21 euro. The night fare is a bit higher: one kilometer costs 1.6 euro.
Another good traveling option in Dresden is cycling. It is quite popular during the warm season, and people usually choose it for short and medium distance trips. The main advantage of this bicycle taxi is that they can easily bypass traffic jams and park almost anywhere. But it also has a significant disadvantage - it is not as comfortable as taxis. Bicycle taxis cost 3 euro for the first kilometer, and 1 euro for each subsequent one.
By the way, Dresden taxi drivers offer tourists not only passenger transportation services, but also a delivery service. In addition to a simple taxi, you can also book a car tour around the city.
Transfer from Dresden
If you prefer to plan the trip in smallest details, it is best to use an individual transfer service. You can book a car on the Kiwitaxi website in advance, so during the trip, the only thing you will do is enjoy your vacation.
The transfer will take you from Dresden to Prague in just 1 hour and 50 minutes. Such trip usually costs 115 euro for an economy class vehicle and 144 euro for a 7-passenger minibus.
Berlin-Tegel Airport can be reached in just two hours and you won't have to change trains or buses. The transfer trip from Dresden costs 308-431 euro depending on the type of the vehicle.
Public transport from Dresden
Public transportation in Dresden includes trains and buses.
Dresden is the largest railway junction in the country, so you can reach almost any place in Europe from here. So, you can get to Prague's central train station in about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Trains between cities run every two hours, and the ticket price is about 15-20 euro.
It is also quite convenient to get to Prague by bus. Four transport companies have direct buses to the Prague city center, so a lot of buses run daily in this direction, and you can choose the most suitable one. The ticket price is 12-15 euro, and the travel time is approximately two hours.
If you need to get to Berlin-Tegel Airport, it's best to take a bus. It is faster and cheaper. The bus goes from the railway station of the Saxony capital, and it takes approximately three and a half hours to reach its destination.
Unfortunately, there is no direct train going to Berlin-Tegel Airport, so if you prefer trains, note that it goes only to Berlin train station, and then you will have to change to the bus that goes to the airport.
Dresden: useful information
Thanks to the beautiful architecture and picturesque views, the city received its second name - "German Florence".
Beautiful Altstadt (the Old Town) is on the left side of the Elbe River, recently rebuilt after the World War II. This is the central district of the city.
Neustadt district is on the right side of the river. Baroque buildings create a special atmosphere here. Here tourists should definitely visit the Japanese Palace, The Pfund Brothers' Dairy Store, which is put in the Guinness Book of Records, and the Neuchtädter-Markt Square with its famous monument to Augustus the Strong.
There are many museums in the city, united in the complex called "Dresden State Art Collections". In its collections, you can see masterpieces of European artists, as well as ancient medieval weapons and armor.