town in Germany

Bad Schandau is a spa town in Saxony, Germany.

Bad Schandau old centre, seen from the opposite bank of the Elbe

Get inEdit

Map of Bad Schandau

Bad Schandau is served by the Elbe valley rail line connecting Dresden and Prague and therefore the two hourly Eurocity train stops there. There are also hourly S-Bahn train services from Dresden, which are slower but more frequent and accept regional travel passes. The main Bad Schandau railway station is some distance from the historic town centre and on the opposite side of the Elbe, and is linked to it by a half-hourly ferry or less-frequent and less direct bus services. Krippen railway station is almost opposite the historic town centre and is also linked to it by a ferry, but has a less frequent rail service.

By trainEdit

Long-distance EuroCity trains between Berlin and Prague calls here, with a few trains per day continuing to Bratislava and Budapest, at least for the foreseeable future until at new bypass tunnel is scheduled to be completed in the early 2030s. Additionally, regional line  S1  from Meißen via Dresden runs at least once every hour. Bad Schandau is three stations away from the line's terminus, Schöna. Czech regional trains from Decin also calls here.

  • 1 Bad Schandau railway station, Am Bahnhof 5.    

By planeEdit

From Prague airport (PRG IATA) take the bus to the main station and from there the Eurocity

From Dresden airport (DRS IATA) take the S-Bahn to the main station and from there either the Eurocity or S-Bahn

From Leipzig/Halle airport (LEJ IATA) take the S-Bahn to Leipzig then regional train or IC(E) to Dresden main station and from there the S-Bahn

From Wroclaw airport (WRO IATA) take the train to Dresden main station and from there the S-Bahn

By boatEdit

During the summer season there are touristic steam boats from/to Dresden and several other places along the Elbe. They take longer than the train ride and are more expensive, but the views of the river and the Elbe valley are spectacular

By carEdit

By busEdit

Get aroundEdit

All information about public transport is available at the homepage of the Public transport authority Upper Elbe (VVO).


  • 1 Lichtenhain Waterfall. a waterfall which can be "pushed"!









Go nextEdit

  • Königstein with its 16th-century mountain fortress, one of the biggest in Europe (7 km to the west, 3 minutes by train)
  • Rathen with its mountain theatre and the spectacular Bastei rock formation (8 km to the northeast, 9 minutes by train)
  • Děčín, Czech Republic (23 km to the south, 27 minutes by train)
Routes through Bad Schandau
Dresden  Hamburg   Prague  DěčínPrague

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