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Elbe ferries: cross the river without a tram or bus

Photo of the “Johanna” Elbe ferry with the cityscape in the background

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

Photo of the Johannstadt Elbe ferry crossing to the other bank

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.

Johannstadt – Neustadt ferry timetable

Niederpoyritz - Laubegast

Photo of the Niederpoyritz Elbe ferry in motion

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.

Niederpoyritz – Laubegast ferry timetable

Kleinzschachwitz - Pillnitz

Photo of the Pillnitz car ferry just about to dock

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.

Kleinzschachwitz – Pillnitz ferry timetable

Ferry prices

valid from 1st August 2020

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.

If you are only using the ferry, the following prices apply:

Tickets for individuals

Validity Normal Concessions 1
Single journey
€1.50 €1.00 2
Return trip
€2.40 €1.50 2
10-trip ticket €10.00 €6.00 2

Tickets for individuals with bicycles (and bicycle trailer), handcart or moped/mokick up to 50 cm³

Validity Normal Concessions1
Single journey €2.50 €1.502
Return trip €3.90 €3.002

Tickets for indivuduals with vehicles up to a length of 5 metres or horses

Validity Normal
Single journey €4.00
Single journey (subscribers)3 €2.00
Return trip €6.50
Return trip (subscribers)3 €4.00
10-trip ticket €27.00

1concessions: schoolchildren below age 15
2Price also applies the conveyance of a dog, one bicycle incl. trailer, one handcart or one moped up to 50 cm³.
3Price for vehicle driver or rider holding a subscriber's monthly pass or jobticket at the normal rate, within the area and period for which it is valid. Price also applies to severely disabled people with their disability ID card. Price also applies for a vehicle trailer.

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