A train of Line S2 at Dresden Airport station
|Locale||Dresden and surrounding districts|
|Transit type||Commuter Rail (Differing from other S-Bahn lines)|
|Number of lines||3|
|Number of stations||47|
|System length||128 km (80 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) (standard gauge)|
The Dresden S-Bahn provides commuter train services in Dresden and the surrounding area. It was established in 1973 and comprises three lines. It connects many districts of Dresden as well as Meißen, Radebeul, Pirna and the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Dresden Airport, Freital, Freiberg and Tharandt.
The network is about 128 kilometers in length and has 47 stations (of which 16 are in Dresden).
The following lines are operated:
- Meißen - Dresden Neustadt - Dresden Hauptbahnhof - Pirna - Bad Schandau - Schöna Meißen-Triebischtal -
- Dresden Airport - Dresden-Klotzsche - Dresden Neustadt - Dresden Hauptbahnhof - Pirna
- Freiberg - Tharandt - Dresden Hauptbahnhof
All three lines carry two trains per hour in each direction, although this reduces to one train per hour in the outer sections of line S1 (Bad Schandau - Schöna) and S3 (Freiberg - Tharandt). In peak-hours S3 runs up to 4 times an hour between Dresden and Tharandt.