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Terms and conditions of the semester ticket (Deutschlandsemesterticket) from summer semester 2024



General information


There are two different contracts for the semester ticket:
for public transport and regional railway transport throughout Germany (Deutschlandsemesterticket) and
for bicycle rental (MOBIbike/nextbike) in Dresden and other cities in Germany.

You can find the relevant regulations on this page. If the regulations listed here are not recognised by train staff or others, please contact our semester ticket department for clarification.


Terms and conditions of the semester ticket (Deutschlandsemesterticket)


Personal validity


The semester ticket

  • is only valid in combination with a valid identity document;
  • is non-transferable and does not permit the transport of additional people; and
  • does not permit the transport of bicycles or dogs.


Temporal validity


The semester ticket is valid

  • in the winter semester from 01.09. until 28./29.02.;
  • in the summer semester from 01.03. until 31.08..


Validity of the ticket


Digital ticket


The semester ticket is primarily provided digitally to be accessed on a mobile device.
To do this, you must log in to the following portal using your university login:

Link to access the digital ticket

The ticket can be saved in Google/Apple Wallet or an alternative Wallet app.


Analogue ticket in card form


Students without a suitable mobile device can also obtain the ticket in card form at DVB service points.

To apply for the card, a form signed by the StuRa is required to confirm your entitlement to the ticket. Please fill in the form and send it to  for confirmation.

A processing fee of 15 € per semester will be charged for issuing the card. The StuRa has decided to cover the fees for you. If you would like to make use of this, please contact .


Area of validity


The semester ticket is valid within the area of validity according to the tariff regulations of the Deutschlandticket.

In short, the ticket is valid throughout Germany for local public transport (ÖPNV) and local railway transport (SPNV), i.e. for:

  • Commuter trains (RegionalExpress, RegionalBahn or S-Bahn) in 2nd class
  • trams
  • underground trains
  • city and regional buses
  • most ferries.


The ticket is not valid for intercity trains (ICE, IC, EC) and for most special transport services.


Details on the area of validity in and around Dresden


The Deutschlandsemesterticket is calid within the area of validity of the Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (VVO):

  • on all ferries, except in the resort of Rathen (F7 Niederrathen - Oberrathen),
  • on the Kirnitzschtal railway,
  • on the Meißen city tour,
  • on the Weißeritztalbahn (plus 8 Euro Historik surcharge) and
  • on the Lößnitzgrundbahn (plus an 8 Euro historical surcharge).

The following lines can also be used for traveling outside Germany:

  • to the Czech Republic:
    • U 28 (Nationalparkbahn): between Bad Schandau - Schöna or Bad Schandau - Sebnitz
      For the Czech Republic, a ticket at the DUK fare must be purchased from the train attendant.
    • RE2 / RB 60 (DLB / trilex) Dresden – Zittau – Liberec: as far as Hrádek nad Nisou
    • L7 Seifhennersdorf – Varnsdorf – Zittau – Liberec: as far as Hrádek nad Nisou
    • T7 Cranzahl – Chomutov: as far as Vejprty (not Vejprty koupaliště or Vejprty zastávka)
  • to Poland:
    • RE1 / RB61 (DLB / trilex) Dresden - Görlitz - Zgorzelec (only DLB (trilex) trains, not KD or PR)


The ticket is not valid:

  • on the Schwebebahn,
  • on the Standseilbahn,
  • in the Bad Schandau lift and
  • in Anrufsammeltaxen (AST).


An additional ticket must be purchased to take a bicycle or dog with you!
Alternatively, you can also purchase a "Deutschlandticket Plus Mitnahme" subscription for €10 per month within the VVO area of validity, which also entitles you to take an additional person with you at selected times of day.

Further information can be found on the VVO website.



Use of MOBIbike


Connecting your account


Create an account in the nextbike app or on the website. When registering, don't enter anything else apart from your e-mail address and telephone number and click on "zahlungspflichtig bestellen" (don't worry, there are no costs involved!).

You can then link the semester ticket to the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden - University of Applied Sciences under "Mein Account > Partner". You will be asked to enter your university login. As soon as you have done this, you should see a tick next to "Semesterticket HTW Dresden" on the overview page.

If you already have a nextbike account, you may have already been asked to update the link by e-mail. Simply click on the link in the email and proceed as described above. If you have not received the e-mail, you can of course also link it after logging into your account.





The first 30 minutes per rental are free of charge. You pay 1 € for every additional half hour up to a maximum of 15 € per day.

You can also rent up to four bikes via one account. In this case, however, the tariff only applies to the first bike rented, the rest is based on the basic tariff. Bikes can be reserved remotely up to 10 minutes before the start of the ride.

You can return the bikes free of charge at streets and virtual stations marked blue on the map. Each time you return the bike to a MOBIpoint, you collect 10 free minutes. These free minutes can be accumulated. If you're smart about it, you can use the service completely free of charge ;)
By the way, there is also a MOBIpoint and virtual stations at the Pillnitz campus!

If you return the bike within the flex zone marked in pink, you pay a fee of 1 €. If you return a bike outside the return area, you will have to pay a fee of 20 €.

As with the semester ticket, it is also possible for us to grant a pro rata (monthly) exemption or refund. This will of course be included automatically when you submit a semester ticket application to us.

And you can also use nextbike in almost all other cities in Germany under the same conditions! The only exceptions are Bremen, Nuremberg, Usedom, Kiel and Munich.





Special cancellation rights for existing time ticket contracts


  • Monthly and annual tickets for VVO fare zones can be cancelled from 1 September to 10 October in accordance with a special right of cancellation with the respective transport company. Annual tickets will be refunded pro rata.


Exemption and reimbursement


  • An exemption or a (partial) reimbursement of the semester ticket is possible upon application to the StuRa with proof of a stay outside of Germany. The proof can be for an internship, a thesis or a study period abroad.
  • For a leave of absence semester or exmatriculation in the current semester, a (pro rata) refund of the semester ticket is possible via the StuRa.
  • You can find more information about an exemption or refund in the information on the semester ticket application.




Questions? Requests? Problems?

You can reach us by e-mail at (please use your HTW e-mail address if possible, as emails from external providers may not reach us)

or by telephone at +49 (0)351 462 2211 during consultation hours.