Dresden Flughafen station

Dresden Flughafen (German: Bahnhof Dresden Flughafen) is an underground railway station[3] at the Airport serving the city of Dresden in Saxony, Germany. The station, along with the 1.15 km long extension of the Klotzsche–Grenzstraße railway to Dresden Airport opened on 25 March 2001. The station was the first and, until the opening of the Leipzig City Tunnel, the only underground station in Saxony. In addition, it was the first station in Saxony and the eighth in Germany at an airport.

Dresden Airport

Dresden Flughafen
Dresden S-Bahn
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Dresden Airport station
General information
LocationDresden, Saxony, Germany
Coordinates51°07′29″N 13°45′58″E / 51.12472°N 13.76611°E / 51.12472; 13.76611Coordinates: 51°07′29″N 13°45′58″E / 51.12472°N 13.76611°E / 51.12472; 13.76611
Line(s)Dresden-Klotzsche–Dresden Airport railway
Other information
Station code8016[1]
DS100 codeDKTF[2]
Opened25 March 2001
Preceding station Dresden S-Bahn Following station
Terminus S 2 Dresden Grenzstraße
towards Pirna
Dresden Airport is located in Saxony
Dresden Airport
Dresden Airport
Location within Saxony
Dresden Airport is located in Germany
Dresden Airport
Dresden Airport
Location within Germany
Dresden Airport is located in Europe
Dresden Airport
Dresden Airport
Location within Europe


Due to the increase in passenger numbers after the reunification of Germany, a project for the construction of an airport terminal was established. This would include an underground station.

€220 million was invested in the airport terminal, including the station. The state of Saxony financed the rail connection of the airport with almost €50 million.[4]

Construction of the rail connection to the airport began on 30 July 1998. The precast concrete tunnel was completed in the summer of 1999.[5] This connected to a 140-metre-long terminal platform, which is 55 cm-high and has tracks on either side. The station was opened with completion of the connecting line on 25 March 2001. The station is located in the basement of the terminal (level K) and is connected with it via steps, escalators and lifts. There is also a set of emergency exit stairs in the northern part of the platform.

After its completion, the station initially had no overhead wires. Diesel railcars were used and exhaust gas extractors operated on the platform. There is a fire barrier between the station and the airport terminal that can be closed in case of emergency.[6]

In December 2004, the tracks at the station were equipped with overhead conductor rails for electric trains. Since that time, train sets hauled by electric locomotives have run to airport instead of DMUs.[4]

Under the Dresden land-use plan that has been in force since the end of 1996, routes for both a connecting curve to the north of Dresden-Klotzsche station and an extension of the line towards Dresden Industriegelände railway station to the southwest of the airport are reserved.[7] If these plans are implemented, it would be possible, for example, for trains to continue to east Saxony without reversing at the airport. However, there are no concrete plans to implement these ideas.


  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2023" [Station price list 2023] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 28 November 2022. Retrieved 14 December 2022.
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  3. ^ "Dresden Flughafen station". Deutsche Bahn. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "10 Jahre mit dem Zug zum Flug: VVO, S-Bahn Dresden und Flughafen Dresden International feiern Jubiläum" (Press release) (in German). Deutsche Bahn AG. 28 March 2011.
  5. ^ "DB Netz: Dresdner Flughafen bekommt Bahn-Anschluß". Eisenbahntechnische Rundschau (in German). 48 (7/8): 411. 1999.
  6. ^ Johannes Raddatz (2013). Eisenbahn in der Sächsischen Schweiz (in German). Vol. 4. Berlin: Verlag Bernd Neddermeyer. p. 106. ISBN 978-3-941712-24-9.
  7. ^ "Rechtswirksamer Flächennutzungsplan" [Legal Zoning Plan] (PDF) (in German). City of Dresden. 1 January 1999. Retrieved 4 February 2016.

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