From Dresden, take the half-hourly S1 train (€6, 20 minutes) to Meissen. For the porcelain factory, get off at Meissen-Triebischtal.
Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt steamboats depart from the Terrassenufer in Dresden. Boats return upstream to Dresden at 2.45pm, but take over three hours to make the trip. Many people opt to travel from Dresden by boat and return by train.