Leipzig by rail

Leipzig by rail
Leipzig main station

Leipzig main station

Leipzig main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) is Europe’s largest rail terminal. Opened in 1915 to accommodate the two regional rail services of Saxony and Prussia, it originally had no less than 26 platforms.  With 24 still in use today, the station has also become a highly successful shopping centre.

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Grand entrance hall

Grand entrance hall

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The ‘Promenaden‘ centre has no less than 140 shops, and 1 in every 4 of the 150,000 people who pass through the station every day go their to shop.

Mainline Services
As Europe’s largest rail terminal, you’d expect Leipzig station to offer you good connections to the other German footballing cities, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

There are direct connections to many – and others can be reached with just one change.  See German rail planner and some examples below:

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Leipzig to / from other German football cities by rail:

  • Berlin Ostbahnhof, c. 1hrs 35 mins
  • Dortmund, c. 4 hrs 55 mins
  • Frankfurt, c. 3 hrs 25 mins
  • Gelsenkirchen, c. 5 hrs 15 mins
  • Hamburg, c. 3 hrs 30 mins
  • Hanover, c. 2 hr 45 mins
  • Munich, c. 5 hrs
  • Nuremberg, 3 hrs 15 mins
  • Cologne, c. 4 hrs 55 mins (via Frankfurt)
  • Kaiserslautern, c. 5 hrs 05 mins (via Frankfurt)
  • Stuttgart, c. 5 hrs 30 mins (via Frankfurt)

Location
Like most main railway stations in Germany, Leipzig’s is located in the middle of town, right on the edge of the pedestrian zone and about a 20 minute walk to the Central Stadium / Red Bull Arena  (see Leipzig centre to stadium).

One of the more modern trams

One of the more modern trams


Local transport
The main element of the public transport system in the centre of Leipzig is a tram (Strassenbahn) network, made up of a mixture of fairly old and some more modern trams.  Enter ‘Leipzig, Hbf‘ and ‘Leipzig, Sportforum‘ as departure and destination points in the operator’s online timetable for times from the station to the Central Stadium.


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