How To Get Here

    Leipzig can easily be reached by car; the A9 (between Berlin and Munich) leads from the northeast and southeast, the A14 (between Wismar and Dresden) from the northwest and the new A38 (between Göttingen and Leipzig) from the southwest to the city.

    Leipzig's Hauptbahnhof is the largest terminal railway station in Europe with 26 platforms, and also includes a large shopping mall with 140 shops over three floors.

    Deutsche Bahn; operates regular train service between Leipzig and nearby cities such as Halle (25 minutes), Magdeburg (75 minutes), Erfurt (60 minutes), Lutherstadt Wittenberg (30 minutes), and Berlin (80 minutes). High speed express trains are available to major cities in Germany including Frankfurt (3.5 hours), Munich (4.5 hours), Hamburg (3 hours), and Dresden (90 minutes). Prague (4.5 hours) can be reached with a transfer in Dresden.

    Leipzig/Halle Airport is 22km northwest of central Leipzig. The airport is the second biggest airport in Eastern Germany after Berlin.
    The Airport Express Train runs between the airport and the city centre every 30 minutes; the trip takes 14 minutes. There is a stop for the Messe Exhibition Centre. If you are hiring a car the motorways A9 and A14 will lead you to the city.

    How To Get Around

    Leipzig Public Transport:
    The Leipzig Card is valid for one or three days, for individuals or groups and is a great way to give you the freedom to explore the city. It allows you free travel on all trams and buses run by LVB within the city limits. In addition the card allows you free entry and discounts to a number of attractions within the city, as well as offering discounts at restaurants and shops.

    Trams and Buses:
    In Leipzig the best form of public transport is the tram. The operator LVB runs trams and buses in Leipzig. Most lines run every 10 minutes during the day and at least hourly at night.

    A single-trip ticket costs 2.30 euro. A full day bus and tram ticket costs 5.50euro and a group day ticket for 5 people 16.30 euro. It is also possible to buy a weekly pass which costs 19.80 euro.Bus lines provide additional direct connections.

    There is a small commuter train ("S-Bahn") network, but the trams do offer a faster and more convenient way to travel. You can purchase tickets at vending machines at some stops and all train stations as well as some tobacco, stationery shops. It is worth remembering that the Leipzig Card is only slighter more expensive than the price of a normal day ticket, but offers discounts at a number of tourist attractions.

    Night Buses start from Hauptbahnhof, which service most parts of the tramlines and make a circular route from the station. The routes can be seen on the blue network plans at stops or inside trams.

    Plenty of taxis are available. They wait for customers in various designated locations around the city. You can also wave a taxi on the street if its sign is lit up. To order a taxi to your current location call 4884. Pubs, restaurants and hotels will be happy to do that for you if you are their customer.

    Car parks are available at Hauptbahnhof, Augustusplatz, Burgplatz, and several other locations. Access to the city centre is restricted. A parking guidance system is installed on the main streets. Around the inner ring, signs point you to the different car parks and display the current number of unused parking spots. When you visit the Gewandhaus or the Opera House, the car park underneath Augustusplatz is the most convenient option with exits to both buildings.