Bus and Rail in Leipzig
Leipzig's public transportation system relies first and foremost on its large and wide-reaching tram network, which, with thirteen separate tram lines, covers a total of 218 km of roadway. Additionally, there are 61 bus lines, which primarily serve the city districts. Not only in Leipzig, but throughout central Germany, public transportation ticket prices are regulated by the Central German Transportation Association, or MDV (Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund). This means that tickets for rail transport and busses follow a common price schedule, whether in trams, busses, S-Bahn trains, regional express trains, regional trains or public on-demand taxis (Anruf-Linien-Taxis).
Situated in the heart of the city centre, Leipzig's main station has a long tradition as one of the most important hubs in the German rail network. The station has two parking garages, one of which is located in the station itself. Excellent long-distance train service and connections are provided by ICE, IC, EC, and CityNightLine trains along with the Deutsche Bahn Night Train... ICE train lines with direct connections to Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Erfurt, Munich, Nuremberg und Dresden run hourly to and from Leipzig.
Overview of Transportation Providers
Leipzig Transport Authority (LVB - Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe)
Leipzig Transport Authority (LVB) is the largest local public transportation company in Leipzig. Routes, schedules, tips about road work disruptions and detours, along with information about ticket prices and purchase can be found at www.lvb.de.
Central German Transportation Association (MDV - Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund)
In central Germany, only one ticket is needed to ride the train, tram and bus! The Central German Transportation Association (MDV) provides a combination ticket that is valid for 27 different transportation providers. Complete information regarding public transportation in the region, including tickets, routes, schedules and an individualised route planner can be found at www.mdv.de.
Greater Leipzig Railway Authority Association (ZVNL - Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig)
The aim of the Greater Leipzig Railway Authority Association (ZVNL) is to make railway travel once again attractive. For the entire greater Leipzig region. For everyone. Passengers, watch out! At www.zvnl.de you can find information about your route, your station and your train. The most up-to-date information about construction diversions is also conveniently located here, along with information about schedules and ticket prices.
Deutsche Bahn and Central German S-Bahn (S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland)
Deutsche Bahn is presently the largest rail transportation company in Germany. At www.bahn.de, you can easily find individually-tailored information, including door-to-door connections, arrival and departure times, and a complete list of stations, ticket price information, construction diversions and press articles. With the commencement of operations of the Central German S-Bahn network on December 15, 2013, Deutsche Bahn assumed authority for the Central German S-Bahn.
Central German Regiobahn (Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn)
The Central German Regiobahn (Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn) is the new name for trains operated by the Veolia Transportation Company (formerly Connex). These passenger trains provide connections to one third of the rail routes in the greater Leipzig region.
Leipzig City Tunnel
A vision has become reality: the Leipzig City Tunnel is the most significant transportation construction project in central Germany. It is a milestone for greater mobility.
Information for Bus Tour Operators
The website of the Leipzig Tourist and Marketing Corporation (Leipziger Tourismus und Marketing GmbH) contains information for bus tour operators, who will assist in the organisation of tours to Leipzig, as well as provide helpful information to bus drivers about getting to and staying in Leipzig.