Overview and tickets
There are several cross-border connections in the Euroregion Elbe/Labe. The Elbe-Labe-Ticket is a good choice when using the regional connections.
You can find an overview of all regional cross-border connections in the brochure of the regional transportation agency VVO (unfortunately only in German). You can download it here or get it at the service centers of VVO.
The Euroregion Elbe/Labe is part of the area of the regional transportation agency Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (VVO). This area is divided in several zones. Ticket prices depend on how much zones you travel through. Cross-border transport doesn't follow this zone model, but has seperate tariffs per line.
For day trips cross-border the Elbe-Labe-Ticket of VVO and the Ústí region is recommended. It's a day ticket for single users or groups and valid in all regional public transport in the Euroregion Elbe/Labe.
When travelling only by train or outside of the area of Euroregion Elbe/Labe, the Sachsen-Böhmen-Ticket from Deutsche Bahn is a good choice. All regional trains in Saxony and northern Czechia can be used as well as long distance trains of the Czech side.
Germany and the region: Deutsche Bahn
The Deutsche Bahn travel information not only provides information on train connections, but also takes into account all modes of transport and also offers connections to addresses. Cross-border connections are also reliably identified. The very convenient and feature-rich DB Navigator app is available for Android and iOS . In many cases, tickets can be purchased directly, usually also for regional transport.
Czech Republic and the region: IDOS
A very convenient offer for determining connections with all means of transport and also to postal addresses and important points can be found at the IDOS.CZ service (also in German). This service, which belongs to the MAFRA media group, also identifies good cross-border connections. The Jízdní řády IDOS app is available for Android and iOS . In many cases, tickets can be purchased directly.
Dresden and the surroundings: VVO
The timetable information of the regional transport provider Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (VVO) is particularly suitable for connections in the area of this transport association, which includes Dresden and the surrounding districts. The presentation of the results is partly (especially the map display) better than at Deutsche Bahn. However, the latter is preferable for connections outside the network area. The VVO mobile app is available for Android and iOS .
Ústí District: DÚK
The transport company of the Ústí district (Doprava Ústeckého kraje) operates regional transport in the Czech part of the Elbe / Labe Euroregion. There is a portal for information, unfortunately only in Czech (English only with Google translation).
Eurocity Dresden - Děčín - Ústí nad Labem
Between Dresden and Ústí nad Labem there are long-distance trains on the Berlin-Prague line. On these trains the tickets of the regional transport are not valid, so the Elbe-Labe ticket is not valid either.
Since 2014 there's a regional train connection U28 from Děčín via Bad Schandau and Sebnitz to Rumburk. The trains run every 2 hours. A separate tariff applies for cross-border journeys. Tickets can be purchased on the train.
From April to October/November the Wanderexpress Bohemica (RE 20) runs on weekends and holidays from Dresden to Litoměřice with various stops. The train goes there in the morning and returns in the afternoon.
Information on connections and prices
There are the following cross-border bus lines (links to timetables in German):
The Elbe-Labe-Ticket is valid on both lines.
Tolls must be paid for motorways in the Czech Republic. However, there are exceptions that apply in the Elbe/Labe Euroregion:
- When entering the Czech Republic no toll has to be paid until the exit Řehlovice (after Ústí n.L.). However, this only applies in this direction.
- In the direction of Germany, the motorway between the exits Řehlovice and Varvažov is toll-free. But beware: between Varvažov and the border there is a toll charge!
The first opportunity to buy the toll stickers in the Czech Republic is at the Varvažov service station (after the second exit in the Czech Republic). In Germany the toll stickers can be purchased from the ADAC.
The toll prices and more detailed information can be found here.