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The Semesterticket, for those great student days.

The photo shows two students in the tram.

All further education students in Dresden know, love and use it: the Semesterticket. It keeps them mobile without costing the earth.

Ticket validity

A valid student ID plus official proof of identity count as a Semesterticket, following this simple formula: student ID + proof of identity = ticket. The student ID must not be laminated or have any entries or writing you have added yourself, and must be printed with the words “gilt als Semesterticket” (“counts as a Semesterticket”). The Semesterticket is non-transferable.

Travel area

For students in further education1in Dresden, the Semesterticket is generally valid on all local public transport (except special forms of transport2) run by the VVO partner companies (on local transport trains only in 2nd class carriages), but not on the services or route sections marked in the current fare zone map with an “*” or in grey or light green.

Saxon regional rail Semesterticket

For regular students at universities in Dresden3 the VVO Semesterticket also counts as a ticket for the Saxon regional rail Network. It also entitles them to travel on all local trains within the Free State of Saxony:

  • Deutsche Bahn AG (DB): S, RB, RE, IRE 
  • Die Länderbahn: Trilex, Vogtlandbahn
  • Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn (MRB)
  • Veolia Verkehr Regio Ost GmbH
  • Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH
  • Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH
  • CityBahn Chemnitz GmbH
  • Freiberger Eisenbahn GmbH
  • Döllnitzbahn (with surcharge on historical vehicles)

For journeys from or to points outside Saxony, tickets are generally to be purchased from the relevant transport company from or to the last station in Saxony.

Special regulations

Dresden's hillside railways, the Kirnitzschtalbahn tram (Bad Schandau), the City Bus in Meissen and the narrow-gauge locomotives may only be used free of charge if this is specifically noted or indicated on the student ID card. The VVO partner companies operating the special form of transport will add this confirmation if the student can prove that he or she lives within the catchment area (within 800 metres of the boarding point; in the case of the hillside railways this only counts for the upper station).

Conveyance regulations

One bicycle or one dog per Semesterticket may be conveyed free of charge within the VVO network during the following periods:

  • from Monday to Friday between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. and all day long at the weekend or on public holidays in Trams and buses
  • from Monday to Friday (except holidays) between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. on all local Trains
  • every day and all day long on ferries where VVO fares apply

When conveying a bicycle or dog outside these periods, the VVO fare regulations apply as for a one-day pass:

  • a pricing level 1 one-day bicycle pass is required for trips within one fare zone
  • a one-day bicycle pass at the “entire network” pricing level is required for trips within two or more fare zones
  • These tickets are valid for the day they are time-stamped until 4 a.m. the next day

When frequently conveying a bicycle or a dog (not both at once) on local VVO transport, a monthly bicycle travel pass is recommended.

Attractive conditions for cycle hire

Since winter semester 2017/18 students at TU Dresden and HTW Dresden can use the Dresden bike rental system for a reduced price with a valid Semesterticket. The first 60 minutes of each ride are free of charge. You can even use this offer multiple times a day. Every additional 30 minutes cost 0.50 €, with a maximum amount of 5 € within 24 hours. The Semesterticket rate applies to one bike. You can rent up to four bikes at the same time on your account.

How to register?

1. Register for free at sz-bike using our hotline on +49 30 69205046, our app or the sz-bike website. Necessary Information are mobile phone number, first Name and surname. At this point, do not select subscription or partner! Then accept the terms and conditions and click "continue".

2. Via the menu items "My account" > "Partners", choose "Click here to connect with partner: Semesterticket Dresden - SZ bike". Afterwards you have to select your university and enter your university login. Please note: The semester ticket rate applies for the semester, in which you have activated the semester ticket rate. All semesterticket-subscriptions of winter term 2017/18 are valid in summer term until further notice. In case a re-authentication is required, you will receive an e-mail or text message.

3. In the menu "My account" -> "Manage tickets and subscriptions" you should now find "Semesterticket Dresden - SZ-bike". Good ride!

1Institutes of higher education in Dresden:
  • Dresden University/Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)
  • Dresden University of Applied Sciences/Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (HTWD)
  • Carl Maria von Weber University of Music, Dresden/Hochschule für Musik Carl-Maria von Weber Dresden (HfM)
  • Dresden University of Church Music/Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Dresden (HfK)
  • Dresden International University (DIU)
  • Dresden University of Applied Sciences/Fachhochschule Dresden (FHD)
  • Dresden University of Applied Sciences for Social Work/Evangelische Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit Dresden (EHS)
  • Academy of Fine Arts/Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HfBK)
  • Palucca University of Dance, Dresden/Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden
  • SRH University Berlin, Dresden Campus/SRH Hochschule Berlin, Campus Dresden
  • TU Dresden Institute for Further and Continuing Education (TUD FaCe)
2Special forms of transport:
  • Dresden's hillside Railways (Standseilbahn und Schwebebahn)
  • Kirnitzschtalbahn tram (Bad Schandau)
  • the City Bus in Meissen
  • the narrow-gauge locomotives (Lößnitzgrund- und Weißeritztalbahn)
3Univiserties with Saxon regional rail Semesterticket:
  • Dresden University/Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) 
  • Dresden University of Applied Sciences/Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (HTWD)
  • Carl Maria von Weber University of Music, Dresden/Hochschule für Musik für Musik Carl-Maria von Weber Dresden (HfM)
  • Dresden University of Church Music/Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Dresden (HfK)
  • Dresden University of Applied Sciences/Dresden International University (DIU)
  • Dresden University of Applied Sciences for Social Work/Evangelische Hochschule für soziale Arbeit Dresden (EHS) 
  • Academy of Fine Arts/Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (HfBK)
  • TU Dresden Institute for Further and Continuing Education (TUD FaCe)
  • Palucca University of Dance, Dresden/Palucca Hochschule für Tanz in Dresden (with a separate note)

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