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The VVO transport companies offer a ticket specifically for students. The Semester Ticket (annual student ticket), which is an arrangement reached by various companies, student organisations at the participating universities and the VVO, can be used for trains, buses, trams and most ferries.

In brief:

Student ID = Semester Ticket


The semester ticket (student annual ticket) is valid in the VVO area:

Semester Tickets are only valid when presented with valid personal ID. They are non-transferable, so nobody else may use them. On local trains they are only valid in 2nd class.

Participating universities




Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden

01.08. – 28./29.02

01.03. – 31.07.

Hochschule für Technik und
Wirtschaft Dresden (HTW)

01.09. – 28./29.02

01.03. – 31.08.

Evangelische Hochschule für
soziale Arbeit Dresden (EHS)

01.09. – 28./29.02

 01.03. – 31.08.

Hochschule für Musik Dresden (HfM)

01.09. – 28./29.02

 01.03. – 31.08.

Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Dresden (HfK)

01.09. – 28./29.02

01.03. – 31.08.

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)

01.10. – 31.03.

01.04. – 30.09.

TU Dresden Institute for Further and
Continuing Education (TUD FaCe)

01.10. – 31.03.

01.04. – 30.09.

Fachhochschule Dresden (FHD)

01.10. – 31.03.

01.04. – 30.09.

Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (HfBK)

 01.10. – 31.03.

 01.04. – 30.09.

SRH Hochschule Berlin, Campus Dresden 

 01.10. – 31.03.

 01.04. – 30.09.

Dresden International University (DIU)

 01.10. – 31.03.

 01.04. – 30.09.

IU Internationale Hochschule  01.10. – 31.03. 01.04. – 30.09.

Cycles and dogs

A cycle or dog may be carried free of charge within the VVO area at the following times:

Ferries using the VVO tariff Every day Throughout the day
Buses and trams

Monday to Friday

Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays

7pm to 4am

Throughout the day

Local trains Monday to Friday
(except bank holidays)
7pm to 4am

At other times a cycle or dog may be carried upon purchase of an additional cycle day ticket or monthly cycle pass.

Validity on special tourist services

The SemesterTicket is also valid

  • on the Bergbahns in Dresden (funicular railway and suspension railway)
  • and on the Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway in Bad Schandau,
  • in the city tour buses in Meissen, as well as in the
  • narrow-gauge railways Lößnitzgrundbahn and Weißeritztalbahn

if the holder proves to the operating transport company that he or she resides within a radius of 800 metres from the respective access point. This regulation does not apply to the valley stations of the Bergbahns or the stations Freital-Hainsberg (Weißeritztalbahn) and Radebeul Ost (Lößnitzgrundbahn).

Only a special certificate or a note on the VVO SemesterTicket shown to the ticket inspection staff of VVO partners can be considered as proof.

The SemesterTicket is not valid in hailed shared taxis that operate in Meissen, Riesa and Hoyerswerda.

Travelling outside the VVO area

With an SPNV Semester Ticket Saxony

The Semester Ticket can also be used as an SPNV Semester Ticket Saxony by students at the

  • Technische Universität Dresden (TUD),
  • Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (HTW),
  • TU Dresden Institute for Further and Continuing Education (TUD FaCe),
  • Evangelische Hochschule für soziale Arbeit Dresden (EHS),
  • Hochschule für Musik Dresden (HfM),
  • Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Dresden (HfK),
  • Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden (HfBK),
  • Dresden International University (DIU),
  • IU Internationale Hochschule (IU),

It entitles the holder to use any local trains in the Free State of Saxony.

Note on the carriage of bicycles in neighbouring transport association areas

Students whose SemesterTicket is also valid as an SPNV SemesterTicket Saxony need to purchase a DB AG local transport cycle day ticket priced at EUR 6.00 to travel with their cycle in the ZVON (as of: 14th June 2020).

Bicycles may be transported free of charge when travelling in the MDV and in the VMS (or VVV) area from Monday to Friday between 7 pm and 4 am. Outside this period, you will need to show a valid VVO cycle day ticket or cycle monthly pass.

Travelling outside Saxony

When travelling beyond Saxony's borders, you should buy tickets of the transport company/association concerned up to/from the last station in Saxony.

Combining a SemesterTicket and state ticket:

For journeys with a neighbouring state ticket into its area of validity or into the area of validity of the SPNV SemesterTicket, there is no need to purchase tickets up to the first or from the last scheduled station in the area of validity.

Neighbouring state tickets for the purposes of these provisions are:

  • Bavaria Ticket
  • Bavaria Ticket Night
  • Bavaria-Bohemia Ticket
  • Brandenburg-Berlin Ticket
  • Brandenburg-Berlin Ticket Night
  • Saxony-Anhalt Ticket
  • Saxony-Bohemia Ticket
  • Thuringia Ticket


With no SPNV Semester Ticket Saxony

When travelling outside Saxony, students not using their Semester Ticket as an SPNV Semester Ticket Saxony should buy an additional ticket to be valid from the boundary of the VVO area.

Not valid as a ticket

Student IDs are not valid tickets when they

  • have been stamped "ungültig als Semesterticket",
  • the details in the document concerned have been unofficially altered or they
  • have been shrink-wrapped.

In such cases, the student will be treated as a customer without a valid ticket.

All information is subject to Change.