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Population: 508,351 (31/12/2007)
Licence plate: DD
Major roads: A4, A13, A14, A17
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Dresden is a city in the Eastern part of Germany. Dresden Elbe Valley, a former World Heritage Site, is located on its outskirts.

General remarks

Due to the specific positioning of motorway petrol stations around Dresden, passing this city from the North to the South (and vice versa) could be (but not necessarily) rather difficult.

Hitchhiking out

North towards Berlin, Cottbus (A13)

Take a tram line 13 (Strassenbahn in German) to the Friedensstraße stop. Continue further until the junction (you'll see a McDonald's restaurant on your right), turn right (this will be a Hansastrasse, Hansa street) and walk straight ahead (underneath the railway bridge and further). After 1 km you will find a Shell petrol station. There you have 2 possibilities: to ask drivers directly while they are refilling at the petrol staion, or to stand before (or right besides) this petrol station and try thumbing up the ride - there is enough space for the cars to stop on a long drive-in lane. The Hansastrasse is an access to the A4 in both directions, although it is said that most cars go North from there; however, with a right sign you might be able to catch a car to the East/South, too (Chemnitz, Leipzig...). Very often there are other hitchhikers on this petrol station - if it is so, and if you don't like the place, you may walk 200m further to yet another petrol station where you can try both asking drivers directly or thumbing on the road. As of 2008, the petrol was slightly cheaper on that petrol station, which automatically attracts more drivers there. However, by choosing the second petrol station you might miss both some company cars (the drivers of these very often have special payment cards when using “Shell” petrol stations) and more snobbish (?) type of people that “Shell” customers tend to be.

Very often there are hitchhikers right behind the railway station Dresden-Neustadt. Be aware that this is a common meeting point for the users of www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de which is a car-pooling service, so if you stop a car there you might be asked to contribute to the cost of fuel, although generally it is very unlikely like anywhere else in Germany.

Another good hitchhiking spot is very close to the motorway ramp. From Bahnhof Neustadt take the bus 81 towards Wilschdorf and get off at Hellerberge. If you stand besides the bus station with a sign Berlin, you probably won't wait for long.

East towards Görlitz, Wroclaw (A4)

From Dresden-Neustadt DB station; take bus number 81 (WILSCHDORF) to the stop 'Hellerberge'. This should not take longer than fifteen minutes. Here you are right at 'Dresden Hellerau' interchange of B170 and A4 / A13 direction Bautzen as well as Görlitz.

West towards Chemnitz, Leipzig (A4), (A14)

Go to the tram stop Cossebauder Straße and walk up the big street (Meißner Landstraße). You can either ask people at the petrol station, stand next to the road with a sign or walk about 1,5km to the A4 ramp (see below).

Another good spot is directly at the motorway A4 ramp. There is quite a good place for the cars to stop; in addition, drivers can notice you in advance when waiting at the traffic lights. To get to this spot, take a bus 94 towards either Cossebaude or Niederwartha and get off at the Zschonergrundstraße stop; you can also get there by local trains RB/RE going to Elsterwerda-Biela or Hoyerswerda (get off at Dresden-Kemnitz). Both for the train and/or the bus you can use one-fare-zone ticket, so it is relatively cheap.

From Dresden-Neustadt DB station; take bus number 81 (WILSCHDORF) to the stop 'Am Olter'. This should not take longer than fifteen minutes. Here you are right at 'Dresden Hellerau' interchange of B170 and A4 / A13 direction Leipzig as well as Chemnitz. You can try to directly hitchike there or to use 'Rastanlage Dresdner Tor' (10 minutes/12 kilometers from here) as a relais.

South towards Prague (A17)

One possible option could be near bus stop Südhöhe (Lines 72, 76 & 360). There is a petrol station ("Aral") but it is located on the opposite side of the road. It's the last petrol station before the motorway though. You could also try to stop cars on various bus stops, usually near traffic lights, throughout all the way on Bergstraße, however, most of the road is an upward slope which makes it difficult for the drivers to stop (or to get back on the road).

Probably the best spot on Bergstraße is Haltestelle Mommsenstraße where you can easily stand close to the bridge and ask people at the traffic light.

From Dresden DB main station; take bus number 66 (MOCKRITZ) to the stop 'Altkaitz' and walk over 'Possendorfer Straße' and the fields in southward direction uphill to the B170, A17 / E55 autobahn interchange. This should not take longer than twenty minutes but saves you hours of waiting somewhere else. Stand right on the bridge over A17 / E 55 before the blue sign 'Pirna'. It took me once only 15 minutes to find a driver bringing me right into Prague (main train station).

2011, 13th August: at that place - waiting time 5 minutes - you've gotta love hitchhiking!

Try to get to the first parking lot right after getting on the A17, since the people going to Pirna are also passing there. There are not very many people, but surely everybody is going across the border to the first gas station in Czech Republic.

Another possibility is to take a bus from bus stop "Südhöhe" in the direction of the motorway (must be 360 or something, direction Dippoldiswalde). Press the stop button directly after you pass the entry ramp of the motorway. The bus will stop 200m later. Walk back and position yourself by the traffic light. Just after the corner to the entry ramp is a small slab of asphalt were drivers can stop. MF and his grilfriend got a ride to the centre of Prague after half an hour. (MF)

(There might be better spots in Dresden Prohlis - does anyone have any information on this?)

Passing through Dresden (North->South or South->North)

If you are coming from the North (e.g. Berlin, A13 or A4 from the East) and you want to continue to the South (e.g. Prague) you might have some troubles regarding the location of where you can be dropped off for further successful hitchhiking in case when your driver is not going further your way.

The problem is that the motorway splits just before the motorway petrol station called Dresdner Tor (Aral), so if you are dropped at the petrol station, you will get only those drivers who go the other way (to the West).

Then, you have several ways to get further (in any of these ways you will have similar problems and solutions):

  • you might want to get dropped off way before Dresden, approximately 20-50 kilometers before getting into the city; (exact information needed!)
  • get a ride going west onto A4 at Dresden, so that you can be dropped off at Dresdner-Tor Nord. Then walk west for about 800 meters to a local road, walk through the tunnel and walk back east at the other side of the motorway for 800 meters to get back on Dresdner-Tor Sud.
  • you find a nice driver willing to do a loop for you meaning that he must drive off the motorway after that "Aral" petrol station, make a U-turn, take the motorway in the opposite direction and drop you off at the petrol station, and only then he can either enter Dresden or make another U-turn if he is heading West;

Public transport / Blackriding (Freeloading, Freeriding)

[The information below does not apply to the S-Bahn city train. See Deutsche Bahn instead]

  • If you fail to show your ticket to an inspector you will most likely get a fine of 40 EUR which needs to be paid by bank transfer within about 10 days. Rumors are that even if you are a foreigner but living within the European Union an announcement to pay will be send even to your country.
  • Ticket inspectors in Dresden (DVB AG) are dressed in civil clothes.
  • Ticket inspectors are difficult but possible to spot: They do -not- look like students which mostly carry a laptop case and/or wear a white or light blue shirt with a collar. They do -not- look like businessmen which would wear suit and tie. The are mostly -not- older than 50 to 55 years. They are mostly -not- younger than 20 years. They do -not- carry any (large) case, (heavy or completely filled) backpack or plastic (shopping) bag with them. They do -not- use mp3 player or walkmen with any sort of earphones. They mostly appear in smaller groups of two or three men in an average dress (sloppy T-shirt or pullover, jeans, a fisherman vest, cheaper non-brand shoes). They are mostly standing (or sitting) together but are -not- talking (or arguing) to/at each other in public.
  • Ticket inspectors mostly carry a very small waist backpack or normal (but almost empty) backpack underneath a vest/shirt where their DVB AG computer devices or official papers are in.
  • Ticket inspections are -not- conducted (as in some other european cities) -on- bus or tram platforms or -on- open bus or tram doors but -only- when vehiles are moving between two stops.
  • Ticket machines on tram stops give you unstamped (unvalidated) tickets which you validate inside the tram at any time later. Bus drivers sell stamped (validated) tickets.
  • You can validate your ticket in both trams and buses. The machines "beeps" when you do so.
  • Inside most of dresden DVB AG trams there is a ticket machine that gives you an already stamped (validated) ticket. You cannot rely on the phrase: "I am already hanging around the machine to buy a ticket the very next moment" when inspectors are showing up around you within seconds. The given argument will definitely not be helpful! You do not hold a valid DVB AG transportation document in yours hands!
  • After 8 P.M. (20.00 hrs) you need to get into the bus through the first door where the driver sits. Drivers are supposed to check tickets but usually do not give them a closer look. You might be lucky when you quickly show an older (and now invalid) DVB AG ticket.
  • Most DVB AG ticket inspections are conducted from around 9 A.M. (09.00 hrs) to around 1 P.M. (13.00 hrs).
  • All in all: Do not blackride in Dresden. It doesn't work. Don't do it.

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This article is based on text from the German language Anarchopedia which is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.