Car Hire from Dresden Airport
Dresden is the capital of Saxony in Germany. Sharing borders with the Czech Republic and Poland, this eastern German region is characterised by sweeping landscapes, excellent museums, vibrant cities and quaint, traditional towns. Hiring a car from Dresden Airport allows you to see the best of this dynamic region.
Where to hire a car at Dresden Airport
Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Enterprise all have car rental offices at Dresden Airport. They are located on the arrivals level in the terminal building.
Cars are picked up and returned from level 0 of the airport’s multi-storey car park.
Petrol Stations near Dresden Airport
Depending on your fuel policy you may need to refuel your hire car before returning it.
There is a conveniently located Agip Service Station very close to the terminal building. It can be found a few minutes’ drive from Dresden Airport car park, before you reach route 97.
Driving around Dresden Airport
Dresden Airport is well connected by local road routes. From the airport route 97 goes south towards Dresden centre and also west to connect with the E40 and route 13. The E40 goes south west to Chemnitz and east to Bautzen while route 13 travels north towards Senftenberg.
Driving around Dresden and Germany more generally is usually easy and problem free. Roads are well-maintained and well-signposted. It’s worth noting that German police are allowed to collect on the spot fines for traffic violations and that a car is considered parked if it is in the same place for more than three minutes.
Getting to your destination
From Dresden Airport, it’s easy to get to a number of Saxony’s attractions. Here are just a few of them:
Dresden is a city of impressive architecture. Spires, towers and domes dot the skyline. Dresden is also home to fantastic museums, riverside beer gardens and a boating lake in the beautiful Grosser Garden. It’s a city in which to relax and be utterly charmed.
Dresden Airport to Dresden city is a 20 minute drive taking route 97 south. The road network around the city is very good and traffic jams are rare. It gets a little busier around rush hours and on Saturdays. There are lots of places to park around the city and electronic signs display the number of available car parking spaces before you enter. The city centre is compact and easy to walk around so it’s best to park up and do your exploring on foot.
Moritzburg is a small town north east of Dresden. It is most famous for its four towered Baroque palace, situated on an island in an artificial lake. It was built back in the 16th century as a hunting lodge for the Duke of Saxony and it’s surrounded by beautiful parkland. Visitors can see inside the palace, visit the nearby Little Pheasant Castle or go walking around the surrounding grounds.
Dresden Airport to Moritzburg is a 15 minute drive taking route 97 west away from the airport. There are a number of pay and display car parks in the town. Many drivers park their cars on the outskirts and either walk or take a horse drawn carriage into the centre.
Pirna is a small town near the Sandstone Mountains of the Elbe Valley. It’s part of Saxon wine country and home to a number of attractions. As well as a town museum, there’s a DDR Museum with a collection of East German Memorabilia. More ancient history can be discovered at Sonnenstein Castle, built in the 15th century and used for a considerable time as an asylum, and at Zuschendorf Castle which also boasts some scenic botanic gardens.
It takes just over 30 minutes to reach Pirna from Dresden Airport. Drivers should take the E40 south and then route 17. Pirna is a small place where traffic and parking are not usually problematic.