Transport and Logistics

As a location for business and science, Dresden is at the intersection of important trading routes and has a powerful logistics infrastructure.

Interstates and Federal Roads

The city is skirted by three interstates with a total of eleven interchanges. They are part of a trans-European long-distance network. The international E-roads E55 and E40 meet in Dresden, putting two European capitals within two hours' drive.
  • The A13 interstate in the north of the city goes to Berlin. In the south, the A17 interstate leads to Prague.
  • The A4 interstate also connects Dresden to Görlitz in the east and Frankfurt in the west.
  • Dresden is also connected to the German and European road system via four Federal Roads (B6, B97, B170 and B173).

Dresden Airport

Just five and a half miles from the city center, the airport offers scheduled flights to international and national destinations. From Dresden, for example, there are direct links to Moscow or Zurich, and flights to the hubs in Frankfurt and Munich several times a day.

When the Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens there will be another international airport only about one hour and forty minutes from Dresden.

Rail Transport

From Dresden there are daily links to all the major German and European cities.

The city is connected to the international IC, ICE and EC networks and has two ICE stations.

Logistics & Commercial Transport

All possible modes of transport are available in Dresden for the carriage of freight: roads, rail, air and water.
  • Truck transport: The network of effective, truck-friendly routes through the city are a guaranty of high-quality logistics processes and ensure that freight traffic runs smoothly.
  • Freight traffic on rails: Dresden has a high-capacity trans-shipment stattion for combined transport. There are four loading platforms and two portal cranes on an overall area of 68,000 sqm.
  • Air freight: the airport has close connections to the logistics systems of various carriers and transport companies. It manages 10,000 metric tons of air freight per year.
  • Freight ships: the Alberthafen harbor on the Elbe in the district of Friedrichstadt provides trans-shipment facilities for piece goods, bulk freight, liquids, heavy freight and containers. The north German sea ports can be reached via the Elbe.


Harbor and Shipping

The city is intersected by the Elbe, one of Germany's longest waterways. It connects Dresden to the north German sea ports and their international trading routes.

There is also a tourist highlight: the Saxon Steamship Company, which boasts the world's oldest and largest fleet of steamers.

Public Transport Services

Dresden's streetcar network is one of the largest in Germany. There are twelve streetcar lines in the city, along with 29 bus routes, two historical hillside railways, three passenger ferries and one car ferry. Dresden also has three S-Bahn rapid transit rail routes.
The Dresden GVZ logistics centre brings all the transport routes together. Close to the city center, it is connected to the road system via three highways and four-lane feeder roads.

'CarGoTram': even the streetcar network fits into the city's logistics scheme. The 'CarGoTram' freight streetcar delivers automotive parts to Volkswagen's 'Transparent Factory' on the normal city-center streetcar rail network.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.