Elbe ferries: cross the river without a tram or bus
There's nothing so nice as messing about on the river – and crossing it on one of our Elbe ferries is a real delight! Being ferried over the Elbe is not only fun for younger passengers; it is very practical, too: whether you are taking a long stroll on the Elbe meadows or going to work, you can take a short-cut to the other bank with our Elbe ferries and enjoy the view of the city from the water.
We get you there, not just by rail or road but also on the water.
You can cross the Elbe by ferry at three points in central Dresden, and each crossing is attractive in its own special way.
Johannstadt - Neustadt
On the outskirts of the city centre, by the Johannstadt Fährgarten beer garden, the ferry crossing is a convenient place to continue your walk along the Elbe on the other side of the river. As you cross from Johannstadt to the Neustadt you get a marvellous view of the city centre skyline.
Niederpoyritz - Laubegast
Set in the sprawling Elbe meadows, this ferry crosses from Laubegast to Niederpoyritz, giving you an impressive view of the meadows to the east and the slopes of the Elbe valley to the west. This ferry crossing is easy to reach on tram routes 4 and 6, getting off at Alttolkewitz, or on bus route 63 to Moosleite.
Kleinzschachwitz - Pillnitz
The ferry connection between Kleinzschachwitz and Pillnitz is of particular interest to anyone visiting Pillnitz palace and grounds. As you arrive on the water there is a striking view of the palace. This is also the only ferry crossing in Dresden to carry cars. Moreover, combined with tram route 2, this ferry crossing is the fastest connection between the city centre and Pillnitz. From the terminal at Kleinzschachwitz, Freystraße, it is just a short walk to the ferry crossing.
More Elbe ferries in the Upper Elbe Transport Association
Most ferries do not run according to a strict timetable, but cross over as required.
Tip: With just one ticket, you can use local trains, suburban trains, trams, buses and any ferry (except spa town of Rathen).
On the following Elbe ferries, all tickets according to the VVO tariff (except the 4-ride ticket for short journeys) and also the Deutschlandticket are recognised, provided they are valid in terms of time and space:
- F1 Schöna, Bf. (D) – Hrensko, Ort (CZ) (cross-border)
- F2 Schmilka, Hp. Hirschmühle – Schmilka, Ort
- F3 Krippen – Postelwitz
- F4 Krippen – Bad Schandau, Elbkai/Stadt
- F5 Bad Schandau, Bf. – Bad Schandau, Elbkai/Stadt (Station ferry)
- F6 Königstein – Halbestadt
- F8 Stadt Wehlen, Fußweg zum Bf. – Stadt Wehlen, Markt
- F9 Pirna – Pirna-Copitz
- F10 Heidenau – Birkwitz
- F14 Pillnitz – Kleinzschachwitz (Car and passenger ferry)
- F16 Laubegast – Niederpoyritz
- F17 Johannstadt – Neustadt
- F24 Coswig-Kötitz – Gauernitz
- F28 Diesbar-Seußlitz – Niederlommatzsch
- F29 Riesa – Promnitz
- F30 Strehla – Lorenzkirch
No VVO fare tickets are recognised on the Elbe ferry (F7 Niederrathen – Oberrathen) in the spa town of Rathen.
If you are only using the ferry, the following prices apply!
Tip: All tickets based on the VVO tariff are accepted on the Elbe ferries (except in Kurort Rathen), providing they are within the correct geographical and time limits. The tickets are not tied to the specific ferry concerned, but rather you can, for example, use a Pillnitz 10-ride ticket for the crossings on the other ferries, too.
Ferry prices valid from 1st April 2023
|10-trip ticket||€12.00||€7.50 2|
|One-month pass3||€21.00||€13.00 2|
Bicycle (including rider)4
Vehicle (including 1 person)6
|Single journey (subscriber)7||€2.50|
|Return trip (subscriber)7||€5.00|