Dresden has a good public transport system. Trams and buses within the city are operated by the Dresden Transport Services (DVB), which is part of the wider network Oberelbe Transport (VVO) of regional transport providers.
Schedules and information about the ticket prices are provided on their website and at each tram or bus stop: DVB Network Map.
Tickets can be bought on board the trams (yellow vending machines) and busses (from the driver), at most central bus and tram stops (yellow vending machines) and at the service points (Postplatz, Pirnaischer Platz, Prager Straße, Albertplatz, to name a few). Riding without a valid ticket will result in a fine.
Various suburban trains (S-Bahn) and regional trains (Regionalbahn, Regional-Express) connect Dresden and the surrounding area and can also be used with regular VVO tickets and semester tickets. Travel centres in the Dresden Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and in Dresden-Neustadt will provide you with further information.
You can find free smartphone apps for public transport in Dresden by searching your app provider for “VVO”. There is also an (inofficial) real-time app for DVB tram and bus stops. For journeys involving trains the “DB Navigator” app by Deutsche Bahn is useful to have.
You may also buy tickets via your mobile phone through DVB or Deutsche Bahn (DB). A subscription to one of the regional partners (DVB or DB) is sufficient: Handyticket (German only). Careful, these tickets are for immediate use – not for buying them well in advance of your trip.
JobTicket for TU Dresden employees
Employees of TU Dresden are eligible for reduced fares in coorporation with the TU Dresden and DVB. Please find more information on the TU Dresden website (Login necessary).