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Train via Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf  •  1h 32m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf to Dessau Hbf Rb / ...

€22 - €68

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Rideshare  •  1h 42m

  1. Take the rideshare from Berlin to Dessau-Roßlau 123.9 km

€5 - €10

3 alternative options

Train  •  1h 39m

  1. Take the train from Berlin Hbf to Dessau Hbf Re / ...

€19 - €27

Train #2  •  2h 16m

  1. Take the train from S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf to Dessau, Hauptbahnhof Re7

€20 - €29

Drive  •  1h 13m

  1. Drive from Berlin Hbf to Dessau 123.7 km

€13 - €20

Berlin to Dessau by train

The train journey time between Berlin and Dessau is around 1h 44m and covers a distance of around 133 km. The fastest train normally takes 1h 19m. Operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, Deutsche Bahn Regional, Deutsche Bahn Intercity and others, the Berlin to Dessau train service departs from Berlin Hbf and arrives in Dessau Hbf. Typically 99 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
1h 44m
Fastest train time:
1h 19m
Train distance:
133 km
Trains per week:
99
Cheapest price:
€22
Carbon emissions:
7 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
00:27
Last train departs at:
22:33

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Berlin to Dessau train schedules

Berlin → Dessau
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If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 116 117

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Dessau is 116 117.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Dessau is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Dessau is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 116 117.

Last updated: 24 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Berlin to Dessau is to rideshare, which costs €5 - €10 and takes 1h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Berlin to Dessau is to drive which costs €13 - €20 and takes 1h 13m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berlin Hbf and arriving at Dessau Hbf. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 39m.

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The distance between Berlin and Dessau is 110 km. The road distance is 123.7 km.

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The best way to get from Berlin to Dessau without a car is to train via Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf which takes 1h 32m and costs €22 - €70.

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It takes approximately 1h 32m to get from Berlin to Dessau, including transfers.

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Berlin to Dessau train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, depart from Berlin Hbf station.

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Berlin to Dessau train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Regional, arrive at Dessau Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Berlin to Dessau is 124 km. It takes approximately 1h 13m to drive from Berlin to Dessau.

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  • Distance: 110.1 km
  • Duration: 1h 32m

What companies run services between Berlin, Germany and Dessau, Germany?

You can take a train from Berlin Hbf to Dessau via Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf in around 1h 32m.

Train operators
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€25 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€16 - €23
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf to Dessau Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dessau Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€19 - €27
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from S+U Zoologischer Garten Bhf to Dessau, Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €26
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 2970
Website
bahn.com
Train from Berlin Hbf to Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
DB Regio AG Südost
Phone
01806 996633
Email
regio.suedost@deutschebahn.com
Website
bahn.de
Train from Lutherstadt Wittenberg Hbf to Dessau Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
DB Regio AG Südost
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Berlin Hbf to Dessau Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
3 times a week
Website
Abellio
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Berlin to Dessau-Roßlau
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€5 - €10
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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