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There are 9 ways to get from Vienna to Dresden by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  6h 42m

  1. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Dresden Hbf Rj

100€ - 140€

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Bus via Prague  •  7h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Vienna, Hbf to Prague, ÚAN Florenc RegioJet
  2. Take the bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Dresden, Hbf., Bayrische Str. RegioJet / ...

16€ - 105€

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Bus  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Vienna Stadioncenter to Dresden Bayrische Strasse Varna - Berlin

25€ - 31€

Rideshare  •  6h 18m

  1. Take the rideshare from Vienna to Dresden 476.9 km

22€

Drive  •  4h 49m

  1. Drive from Vienna to Dresden Hbf 475.4 km

50€ - 75€

Fly to Dresden  •  6h 14m

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Dresden (DRS) VIE - DRS

109€ - 366€

Fly to Prague, train  •  6h 13m

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Prague (PRG) VIE - PRG
  2. Take the train from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi to Dresden Hbf

86€ - 169€

Fly to Berlin Brandenburg Apt, train  •  6h 17m

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Berlin Brandenburg Apt (BER) VIE - BER
  2. Take the train from Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Dresden Hbf

101€ - 291€

Fly to Leipzig, train  •  5h 54m

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Leipzig (LEJ) VIE - LEJ
  2. Take the train from Leipzig/Halle Flughafen to Dresden Hbf

156€ - 466€

Vienna to Dresden by train

The train journey time between Vienna and Dresden is around 6h 42m and covers a distance of around 584 km. The fastest train normally takes 6h 42m. Operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), the Vienna to Dresden train service departs from Wien Hbf and arrives in Dresden Hbf. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Vienna to Dresden train schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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

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

The social distance requirement in Dresden is 1.5 metres.

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

No, but conditions apply when returning to Austria from Germany.

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The most affordable way to get from Vienna to Dresden is to rideshare, which costs 22€ and takes 6h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Vienna to Dresden is to drive which costs 50€ - 75€ and takes 4h 49m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Vienna Stadioncenter and arriving at Dresden Bayrische Strasse. Services depart six times a week, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 7h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Wien Hbf and arriving at Dresden Hbf. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h 42m.

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The distance between Vienna and Dresden is 369 km. The road distance is 475.4 km.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Dresden without a car is to train which takes 6h 42m and costs 100€ - 140€.

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The train from Wien Hbf to Dresden Hbf takes 6h 42m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Vienna to Dresden bus services, operated by Arda Tur, depart from Vienna Stadioncenter station.

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Vienna to Dresden train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Wien Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Dresden is to train which takes 6h 42m and costs 100€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus via Prague, which costs 15€ - 110€ and takes 7h 21m, you could also fly, which costs 100€ - 370€ and takes 6h 14m.

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Map of how to get from Vienna to Dresden.
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  • Distance: 368.6 km
  • Duration: 6h 42m

What companies run services between Vienna, Austria and Dresden, Germany?

Austrian Railways (ÖBB) operates a train from Wien Hbf to Dresden Hbf once daily. Tickets cost 100€ - 140€ and the journey takes 6h 42m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Vienna to Dresden Hbf via Prague, ÚAN Florenc in around 7h 21m.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Vienna to Dresden via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 550€
Flights from Vienna to Dresden via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 500€
Flights from Vienna to Dresden via Stuttgart, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
120€ - 550€
Flights from Vienna to Dresden via Hamburg, Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
130€ - 600€
Flights from Vienna to Dresden via Nuremberg, Munich
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday
Estimated price
120€ - 550€
Flights from Vienna to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 450€
Flights from Vienna to Berlin Brandenburg Apt via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
130€ - 450€
Flights from Vienna to Leipzig
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
100€ - 390€
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Prague
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 330€
Flights from Vienna to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 450€
Flights from Vienna to Leipzig
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
100€ - 390€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Vienna to Dresden via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 430€
Eurowings
Website
eurowings.com
Flights from Vienna to Dresden via Dusseldorf
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
95€ - 350€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Vienna to Dresden via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Vienna to Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
30€ - 140€
Train operators
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Wien Hbf to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
100€ - 140€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Czech Railways (ČD)
Phone
+420 221 111 122
Email
info@cd.cz
Website
cd.cz
Train from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
8€ - 15€
Website
Czech Railways (ČD)
2nd Class
8€ - 11€
Business
12€ - 15€
1st Class
12€ - 15€
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 Flughafen Ber - Terminal 1-2 to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 70€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Leipzig/Halle Flughafen to Dresden Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Vienna, Hbf to Prague, ÚAN Florenc
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Website
RegioJet
Bus from Prague, ÚAN Florenc to Dresden, Hbf., Bayrische Str.
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
5€ - 8€
Website
RegioJet
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Prague Florenc Central Bus Station to Dresden Bayrische Strasse
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
11€ - 15€
Website
Arda Tur
Bus from Vienna Stadioncenter to Dresden Bayrische Strasse
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
25€ - 31€
Website
Arda Tur
Comati PSG
Phone
0040 723 450 475
Email
info@comati-psg.ro
Website
comati-psg.ro
Bus from Prague Florenc Central Bus Station to Dresden Bayrische Strasse
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
75€ - 90€
Website
Comati PSG
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 Vienna to Dresden
Ave. Duration
6h 18m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
22€
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Vienna Airport to Dresden Airport. The quickest flight takes 3h 20m and has one stopover.

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Vienna to Dresden bus services, operated by Arda Tur, arrive at Dresden Bayrische Strasse station.

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Vienna to Dresden train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), arrive at Dresden Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Vienna to Dresden is 475 km. It takes approximately 4h 49m to drive from Vienna to Dresden.

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Swiss, Eurowings, KLM and two other airlines offer flights from Vienna Airport to Dresden Airport.

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There are 658+ hotels available in Dresden. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Vienna and Dresden. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Vienna Airport is to line 9011 train which takes 16 min and costs 12€.

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