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How to Get to Leipzig

How to Get to Leipzig by Air

The Leipzig- Altenburg Airport is a German regional airport in Nobitz. It is approximately 30 km south of Leipzig in the state of Thuringia. It was formerly known as the Altenburg-Nobizt airport. The airfield is the oldest in Germany dating back to 1881. The airport is used by both, Altenburg and Leipzig.

The airport has a number of facilities like tourist and information desks, ATMs, travel value shop, airport café as well as buisness services including fax and internet. It also offers left-luggage services.

To get to the city you can get a taxi in front of the terminal building; there is also bus shuttle service and regular bus service to the Leipzig station. However there is no train station at the airport.

The Leipzig-Halle Airport is another airport near the city. It is 26 km away from the city centre and like the other airport it is also shared by both Leipzig and Halle.

Along with ATMs, information desks, it also has a large number of tour operator’s sales offices within the airport building. One of the most unusual features of this airport is the adjoining modern Porsche factory, with special facilities for visitors and conventions.

It is fairly easy to get public transport to go to the city from here. Direct trains like the FlughafenExpress and Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn leave from Leipzig Central Station and the airport every 30 minutes. A one-way trip takes 14 minutes with one stop at the new Leipzig Trade Fair. Intercity trains from the Ruhr area service - Hannover - Magdeburg - Halle/Saale - Leipzig call at the airport station on an hourly basis. There is also car rental and cab services from the airport.

How to Get to Leipzig by Rail

Getting to Leipzig by train is an experience worth every Euro you spend - the Hauptbahnhof (the main railway station) is the largest in Europe, with a whopping 26 platforms. Train lines radiate outwards from the hub, which is Leipzig, connecting the city to all major German cities and to a number of cities across the border too. Direct InterCityExpress (ICE) lines ply every hour from Hamburg and Berlin to Leipzig. There are also non-stop intercity connections from Magdeburg, Hannover, Bremen and Dortmund too.

The station also has direct access facilities for cars with two multi-storey car parks – Car park east and west.

The Hauptbahnhof also has a one of the most modern shopping and service centres in Germany.

How to Get to Leipzig by Bus

Leipzig is connected by road, autobahns and secondary roads, to other major cities in the country, with long-distance buses coming in from most of the larger towns and cities. Leipzig, in fact, forms a major traffic hub in East Germany, and one could almost say that all roads lead to Leipzig.

Getting Around Leipzig

One of the most convenient ways of getting around Leipzig is by car - hire one from one of the rental agencies in town, get yourself a map from the tourist office and see the city the way you want to see it, at your own convenience. Alternatively, you could hire a taxi - there are plenty to be found in the city, at cab ranks and on the streets, where they can be hailed.

If your budget doesn’t quite permit luxuries like taxis or car hire, public transport is a good idea. The city has an extensive network of trams, buses and light railways, which cover nearly all of Leipzig and are a fast and economical way of getting around. If you’re going to be moving around a lot, you might like to get yourself one of the discounted travel passes- a 24 hour one, for instance- which makes things a lot easier and works out cheaper.

You can also get the Leipzig Card which gives you a lot of benefits like free tram and bus rides, reduced or free entry in museums and exhibitions and discounts on tickets, guided tours, shops and restaurants. It is available as both single and group card and is valid upto three days. It costs between €8-34.

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