Fare zones made easy
The Upper Elbe transport association (VVO) is divided into 21 fare zones. One is the Dresden fare zone, which covers the entire city. The VVO fare system is based on the number of zones you travel through.
Pricing levels for one-week, one-month and yearly passes
The pricing level you need depends on the number of fare zones you intend to travel through regularly.
Pricing level A1 – You are only travelling within the Dresden fare zone, without leaving it.
Pricing level A – for trips within a single fare zone (as stamped on the ticket). Price level A1 is for the Dresden fare zone.
Pricing level A – border area – Pricing level A also applies to trips within a border area (as stamped on the ticket). You will find further information on border area regulations further down the page.
Pricing level B – for trips within two neighbouring fare zones (as stamped on the ticket).
Pricing level C – for trips within one fare zone (as stamped on the ticket) and all neighbouring fare zones.
Example: A commuter between Dresden and Bad Schandau selects the Pirna fare zone (70) as her regular zone. This means that all three fare zones she travels through on her commute are covered on the pricing level 3 ticket. She can also travel through the fare zones for Bad Gottleuba (71), Radeberg (31), Neustadt (73) and Freital (61).
Pricing level D – for trips throughout the entire network.
Border area regulations
When you cross the fare zone border you have to pay the price for two fare zones. To “cushion” this jump in the price from level 1 to level 2, “border areas” have been created at the borders between neighbouring fare zones. This is of advantage to you if you get on shortly before the fare zone border and get off shortly after it. The border areas come in different sizes depending on the network and the transport links.
The border areas are indicated on tickets by means of the special stamp or the word “Grenzraum” (border area) printed on season passes. Border area stops are indicated on the VVO network map by blue semi-circles and on timetables by the letters “GR”.
If you are only travelling within the border area (between stops A and B), you only need a ticket for one fare zone, i.e. pricing level 1 (when using single tickets) or pricing level A (when using one-week, one-month or yearly passes). Please note that one-day passes are not issued only for use within border areas.
Example 1: You are travelling from Prohlis (Dresden) to Pechhütte (Heidenau). You use a pricing level A ticket. The border area regulation applies. You are staying within the border area.
Example 2: you are travelling from Prohlis (Dresden) to Pirna. You use a pricing level B ticket. The border area regulation does NOT apply. You are leaving the Pirna fare zone border area.
Border areas and border bus and tram stops in the Dresden network
|Route in question||Border stop||Border areas|
|4 Laubegast – Radebeul – Weinböhla||Forststraße||Mickten - Hauptstraße|
| 63 Löbtau – Pillnitz – Graupa – Bonnewitz
||Am Waldrand||Pillnitz, Leonardo-da-Vinci-Straße – Bonnewitz|
|65 Blasewitz – Reick – Luga / Heidenau|| Dresdner Straße / Käthe-Kollwitz-Straße
||Berthold-Haupt-Straße – Heidenau, Bahnhof|
|72 Elbe Park – Klotzsche||Altserkowitz||Sörnewitzer Straße – Boxdorf, Ernst-Wagner-Straße|
|Boxdorf, Baumwiese bis Ernst-Wagner-Straße||Boxdorf, Am Grunde – Boxdorf, Ernst-Wagner-Straße|
|86 Heidenau – Dobritz – Kreischa||Dresdner Straße / Käthe-Kollwitz-Straße||Heidenau, Bahnhof – Meußlitzer Straße|
|Fußweg nach Borthen||Prohlis, Einkaufszentrum – Kreischa|
|89 Niedersedlitz – Lockwitz – Röhrsdorf||Lockwitz
||Altlockwitz – Röhrsdorf|