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About the train journey from Dresden to Bratislava

Want to travel from Dresden to Bratislava by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Dresden to Bratislava usually takes 9 hours 28 minutes on average to travel 403 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 6 hours 44 minutes. You can expect to find 14 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Bratislava, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. You can choose to travel with DB or ÖBB to get to Bratislava – both train companies offer modern comfortable services that will whisk you there in no time.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Dresden to Bratislava in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $28.04.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Bratislava, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Dresden to Bratislava by train

It takes an average of 9h 28m to travel from Dresden to Bratislava by train, over a distance of around 251 miles (403 km). There are normally 14 trains per day traveling from Dresden to Bratislava and tickets for this journey start from $28.04 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

6h 44m


403 miles (251 km)


14 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $28.04

Train and bus operators

Union Ivkoni (Bus), Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus, ÖBB

Dresden to Bratislava train times

Check out the next trains departing from Dresden to Bratislava for Tuesday Feb 7th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:10 16:01 7h 51m, 2 changes
10:10 16:54 6h 44m, direct
10:29 18:54 8h 25m, 3 changes
12:10 20:26 8h 16m, 2 changes
12:10 20:54 8h 44m, 1 change
12:29 20:54 8h 25m, 3 changes
14:10 23:44 9h 34m, 2 changes
16:10 04:33 12h 23m, 2 changes
16:29 04:33 12h 4m, 4 changes
18:10 04:54 10h 44m, 1 change

Deutsche Bahn, EC (Eurocity) and ÖBB trains from Dresden to Bratislava

You can travel from Dresden to Bratislava on Deutsche Bahn, EC (Eurocity) and ÖBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoQualle, under licence CC3.0

EuroCity (EC) trains offer convenient European cross-border connections between major cities in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria – it's often a good alternative to air travel.

ÖBB is the major railway company for Austria, subdivided into several subsidiaries, responsible for certain areas of transport, such as long distance and local transport, the operation of postal buses and the transport of goods. Railjet is ÖBB's high-speed train, which travels at speeds of up to 143 mph (230 km/h) and connects the main Austrian cities with Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Italy.

Cheap train tickets from Dresden to Bratislava

The price of train tickets from Dresden to Bratislava starts at $28.04 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Dresden to Bratislava by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Dresden to Bratislava

Want to know more about your journey from Dresden to Bratislava? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Dresden to Bratislava take?

The average journey time by train between Dresden and Bratislava is 9 hours and 28 minutes, with around 14 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Dresden and Bratislava by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Dresden to Bratislava is 6 hours and 44 minutes.

How much does the train from Dresden to Bratislava cost?

Train tickets from Dresden to Bratislava can start from as little as $28.04 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Dresden to Bratislava?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Dresden to Bratislava without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Dresden to Bratislava each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Dresden to Bratislava leave?

The first train from Dresden to Bratislava leaves at 05:29. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Dresden to Bratislava leave?

The last train from Dresden to Bratislava leaves at 22:59. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Dresden and Bratislava by train?

Trains travelling from Dresden to Bratislava cover a distance of around 251 miles (403 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bratislava to Dresden.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Dresden to Bratislava for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/19/2022 for travel on 10/19/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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