"DB Call-a-Bike" Dresden Transportation Tip by Nemorino

Dresden Transportation: 94 reviews and 171 photos

  1. CallBikes at the Dresden main station
by Nemorino
 
  • 1. CallBikes at the Dresden main station - Dresden
      1. CallBikes at the Dresden main station
    by Nemorino
  • 2. My CallBike on the Carola Bridge over the Elbe - Dresden
      2. My CallBike on the Carola Bridge over the Elbe
    by Nemorino
 

The German Railway System DB has recently expanded its Call-a-Bike program (which I described in detail in a tip on my Karlsruhe page) to include a minimal presence in a large number of German cities, including Dresden.

In this stripped-down version of Call-a-Bike, you can only check out and return bikes at the main railroad station, and nowhere else. Which is all right if you just want to have a quick look around between trains, but not nearly as flexible and useful as the full-scale Call-a-Bike systems in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe.

Anyway, I tried it out in September 2008 on my first afternoon in Dresden, checking out a bike using my cell phone and riding it all around for just over two hours. This was fine except that every time I wanted to stop and have a closer look at something the clock kept running while I had the bike locked up somewhere. In the end I kept the bike for two hours and two minutes, which cost me EUR 7.38 on my next credit card bill. This is quite a bit when you consider that in Paris I only paid seven Euros for an entire week of intensive cycling on the Velib' bikes.

In Dresden and other cities Call-a-Bike has a daily rate of nine Euros, in other words they stop counting after nine Euros and let you use the bike for the rest of the day.

Recently I filled out an online customer satisfaction questionnaire for the Call-a-Bikes. I gave them generally good marks, but noted that for many trips I would much prefer to take my own bike along on the train -- which DB stubbornly refuses to allow on its long-distance trains, particularly the InterCityExpress (ICE).

Second photo: My CallBike on the Carola Bridge over the Elbe River.

Mode: AROUND
Type: Bicycle
Website: http://www.callabike-interaktiv.de/kundenbuchung/process.php?proc=english&f=500

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 16, 2008
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