Key topics for the future such as environmental living and sustainability are becoming increasingly important. Hereby the increased use of local public transport (ÖPNV) can help us take a decisive step forwards. Alongside the long-term advantages which this would bring there is also a whole series of other good arguments for the increased use of public transport. Travel by bus and rail etc is a much more relaxed way of travelling – with no traffic, stress or parking to deal with and no restrictions for you – to name only a few of the benefits.
A good public transport network is also important for holiday-makers who arrive here by car but do not want to use it the whole time. Pirna has such a network! An example is the good connections to Dresden and Saxon Switzerland. And, thanks to the S-Bahn (urban rail) which sometimes even operates every 10 minutes between the state capital and Pirna, the use of public transport represents a great alternative not only for tourists.
Travel by public transport
Deutsche Bahn offers convenient access to Dresden’s main station. From here, take the S-Bahn S1 or S2 heading towards Schöna which travels every 30 minutes, sometimes even every 10 minutes, to Pirna between 4.30 am and 1.00 am.
The S-Bahn route connects Pirna and Dresden and the most important towns and communities in the Upper Elbe Valley. The significance of the S-Bahn in local public transport which is already quite major is set to increase further in the coming years with the development and expansion of the S-Bahn network.
The regional public transport company Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge GmbH (RVSOE) is one of the biggest public transport companies in the region.
In peak season, several buses of the regional lines also offer bike trailers at the weekends which each provide space for up to 16 bikes or e-bikes. Many of the bus routes travel through very scenic hiking regions.
RVSOE timetables and offer (in german)
The long-distance bus operator Flixbus offers stops in Pirna, Bad Schandau and Schmilka in the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge. From the bus station in Pirna, there are direct connections to Berlin, Decin, Liberec or Vienna. An overview of all connections from Pirna can be found on the website of the long-distance bus operator.
Travel between the banks of the river Elbe in different ways whilst keeping your feet dry! One option is the ferry connection between the Elbe car park in Pirna-Copitz and the Old Town. With RVSOE boat, passengers can, for example, enjoy a fast direct service between the car park and town centre and vice versa.
At bigger events, for example Pirna’s town festival, the operating hours are extended into the night.
The Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt paddle steamer fleet incorporates nine historic paddle steamers which are historically protected as well as two modern, comfortably fitted salon ships. It is the oldest and biggest paddle steamer fleet in the world (established 1836). The scenic routes between Bad Schandau and Dresden as well as along the Sächsische Weinstraße (Saxon wine route) with the towns of Meißen and Diesbar/Seußlitz offer an impressive experience combining beautiful river landscapes, technical fascination and culinary delights. Numerous special and themed journeys also available.