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Leipzig's Public Transport System in General:
The city of Leipzig and its surrounding areas are part of MDV
local public transport association. It consists of tram and bus lines as
well as a metro-like railway called "S-Bahn" (and some regional trains).
Trams and buses are operated by the LVB,
while the S-Bahn is operated by DB (Deutsche Bahn). However, they
all share the same ticket system. Ticket fees are distance-based (zones).
Here are some examples:
Tickets are bought at ticket machines located on most platforms and in
some trams (not S-Bahn!) as well as directly from bus drivers. The machines
accept cash. Tickets have to be validated prior travelling using the stamping
machines located on the platforms (S-Bahn) or inside the vehicle (trams
"Kurzstrecken-Fahrkarte" (short distance ticket) is valid for a maximum
of four stops with tram or bus within the city of Leipzig (zone 110) without
interchange option or for a maximum of one stop with the S-Bahn (fee 1.80
"Einzelfahrkarte - 1 Zone Stadt Leipzig" (full single ticket for 1 zone
city of Leipzig) is valid for 1 hour for travel within the city of Leipzig
(zone 110) with the option to interchange to any other tram, bus, and S-Bahn
lines (fee 2.60 EUR).
There also options for day or week tickets which are also distance-based.
General information on Leipzig's public transportation system, timetables,
and a connection planner can be found at www.lvb.de.
One word of warning to avoid confusion: DB (Deutsche Bahn) also
operates regional and inter-city rail trains (IC and ICE) which are not
included in the MDV local public transport association. These trains
have a separate ticket system. DB ticket machines offer both, MDV
tickets and DB tickets. So be careful what you choose when using
machines. LVB and MDV ticket machines, on the other hand,
offer MDV tickets only.
Arrival by Airplane at Leipzig-Halle Airport:
your arrival with airplane at Leipzig-Halle airport, go to the airport's
train platform where you can take either an S-Bahn train, an RE train,
or an RB train to the city center of Leipzig. (You may also take an IC
train or an ICE train, but they are more expensive because they are inter-city
You can buy tickets at the ticket machine on the platform. For S-Bahn,
RE, or RB trains, you by a light rail ticket (called "MDV ticket" for 3
zones, 4.40 EUR) which has to be validated by yourself at the stamping
machine on the platform before entering the train.
There are two stops, one at the big exhibition hall ("Neuwiederitzsch
/ Neue Messe") and the other (yours!) in the city center at the main train
station ("Leipzig Hbf - Hauptbahnhof"), which will be reached after approximately
Arrival by Train at Leipzig Main Station:
the main train station of Leipzig ("Leipzig Hbf - Hauptbahnhof"), there
is a major tram stop. You can buy a "short distance ticket" ("Kurzstrecken-Fahrkarte", 1.80 EUR) at an
automat on the platform. If you already arrived via airplane and took a
S-Bahn, RE, or RB train to the main train station, your "MDV ticket" is
also valid for changing to the tram (within a time frame of 2 hours). In
this case, you do not need to buy a separate ticket.
Arrival by Car:
can reach Leipzig by car via autobahn A9 (Berlin - Nürnberg)
or A14 (Halle - Dresden), see map below. In case you are on A9
coming either from north or south to the interchange "Schkeuditzer Kreuz",
change to A14 in direction Dresden. Leave the autobahn at the exit
||Map of Leipzig and its neighborhood showing the autobahn
network (in red) around the city and Leipzig-Halle airport at the upper-left.
The city center of Leipzig is marked by the rectangle in the middle of