Freiberg Transportation Tips by german_eagle
Freiberg Transportation: 3 reviews and 10 photos
The streets in Freiberg's old town are narrow, it's a rather flat area, parking is rare and not free, so many locals seem to prefer cycling over driving when going to the town's centre. Pedestrian zones are free for cycling.
The only problem IMO is that the streets in the old town are cobbled - cyclers prefer asphalt, or at least even ground. However, when they reconstructed the old town in the past years they made sure to replace the big cobblestones with smaller ones, so it's not too bad.
There is a network of cycling trails around Freiberg, too. You can do cycling trips to neighbouring towns and villages, but also along the Mulde river - the Mulde cycling trail is very popular. A train runs up the river valley to the Erzgebirge mountains (Holzhau), from there it is a relaxing two- or three-hours cycling trip back.
central bus station
For getting to Freiberg an alternative to the train is the bus. The line #400 serves the route Dresden Hauptbahnhof - Freiberg - Annaberg-Buchholz. There are only a few running each day but the one that leaves Dresden 10.10 am is quite convenient. Travel time is one hour, the fare is 5 Euro, so a bit less than for the train.
These buses are comfortable with A/C. The route is quite scenic via Freital, Tharandt and Grillenburg castle. The advantage is that you arrive at the central bus stop right next to the old town while the train station is a 5-10 minutes walk away.
Update: Since 2012 the #400 bus takes a different route. It's still scenic in parts, but runs via villages and tiny towns like Mohorn, Hetzdorf to Freiberg. VVO tickets are not accepted anymore, VMS tickets are. The fare Dresden - Freiberg is 5.70 Euro. The bus runs once in late morning (dep. 10.31 am at Dresden Hbf) and takes an hour to Freiberg (arr. 11.29 am), twice in the afternoon. In the other direction the buses run twice in the a.m. (8.05 and 11.20) and once in the afternoon (15.40).
Freiberg is a stop on the train route Dresden - Chemnitz - Hof (- Nürnberg). Trains run frequently from early morning till late at night.
Please note that there are different types of trains on this route: IRE trains stop only in the bigger cities like Freiberg and Chemnitz, RE trains stop more often and RB and S3 trains stop at each and every small station - thus they are slow. Fares are the same, though.
Last time I took the RE train coming from Zwickau back to Dresden and to my shock I noticed they are these old double-deckers that earlier ran as commuter trains in Dresden - shabby, run down and no A/C. So better avoid these. Same goes for the S3 trains as far as I know.
The fare Dresden-Freiberg is 7.10 Euro at the moment. Please note that if you have a ticket for the VVO (Dresden and surroundings) or VMS (in which Freiberg is located) public transportation network and take the train crossing from one network into the other you have to pay the fare for the whole distance - the network tickets are not valid in this case. This is particularly annoying for those (like me) who have a monthly pass for the VVO (or VMS) and want to travel to the other network. Talk about Deutsche Bahn ripping off their passengers ...
Update: The train fare Dresden - Freiberg in 2013 is 7.70 Euro one way.
Other Contact: www.vms.de
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