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The commuter trains - there are three lines: S1, S2 and S3 - and the regional trains that connect Dresden with smaller towns in the surrounding region are the backbone of the public transportation in Dresden, most useful for those who want to get to work and back. These trains are also included in the VVO regional transportation network, thus you can use the same ticket that you bought for tram and bus on those trains. Please note that the VVO network is divided into zones, if you want to travel to a destination outside the city borders you have to pay for another zone (or even more).
The S1 trains run on the route Meissen - Bad Schandau (-Schöna) via Radebeul, Dresden, Pirna e.g. They cross Dresden from the northwestern areas via Neustadt and old town/city centre to the southeast and stop many times along the way. The S2 trains run from the airport in the north via Neustadt and old town also to the southeast but end in Pirna. Since both lines have a 30 minutes frequency you have 4 train departures per hour in each direction, but at an odd schedule, not exactly every 15 minutes.
The S3 trains connect Dresden central railway station and Freiberg via Freital and Tharandt. VVO tariff applies to "Klingenberg-Colmnitz", which is two stops beyond Tharandt. This route is much frequented by students (the Tech University has a branch in Tharandt).
Important regional train lines are from Dresden to Leipzig (via Radebeul and Riesa - which is the last stop in the VVO region), from Dresden to Nürnberg (same route as S3, then via Chemnitz, Zwickau, Plauen), from Dresden to Elsterwerda-Biehla where you change for another regional train to Berlin, and finally several routes in eastern direction - Bautzen, Zittau, Görlitz, even to Liberec in the Czech Republic (via Zittau) and Wroclaw/Breslau in Poland (via Bautzen, Görlitz). For all these regional trains VVO tariff applies, too, as far as your destination is still in the VVO region. Please see the map on the "other" link below!
Caution: Unlike in trams and buses, you cannot validate your ticket on the train! The machines for validation are on the platforms of the train stations. You cannot buy your ticket from the conductor on the trains. Purchase them from the ticket machines (there is one in each train station, if not working you *can* purchase from the conductor) or in the service centres at the main/Neustadt railway stations. Stupid Deutsche Bahn rules!! But in most cases you have to somehow get to the train stop anyway, so will have a ticket already (remember, one ticket for tram and bus AND trains!)
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