How to Get From Berlin to Leipzig

...And From Leipzig to Berlin

A Deutsche Bahn high-speed ICE train arrives at Hauptbahnhof main railway station in Berlin, Germany
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Berlin and Leipzig are only 118 miles apart, which makes both cities great day trip destinations. Most people settle into the capital and make use of Germany's fabulous transportation to see more typical German cities like Leipzig or Dresden. Beautiful in summer and particularly at Christmas, this smaller East German city is not to be missed.

Here are the best ways to get from Berlin to Leipzig (and vice versa) by plane, train, car or bus.

Berlin to Leipzig by Train

Going by train is a great way to get from Berlin to Leipzig (and vice versa). Trains depart every hour from Berlin and if you opt for the fast ICE train, you’ll be in Leipzig in about 70 minutes. The super fast Intercity Express train (ICE) reaches speeds up to 300 km/h and goes directly through Leipzig before continuing to Dresden.

Tickets usually cost about $55, but if you book early enough and check out the website of the German Railway, Deutsche Bahn (info available in English), you can find special deals.

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Berlin to Leipzig by Car

Another good option to get from Berlin to Leipzig is by car. This can be the best option for families so they can comfortably travel together and save money. Or it can just be your excuse to drive on the world-famous Autobahn!

If you follow the Autobahn A 10 and then continue onto the A 9/E 51 (signs for München/Leipzig), you’ll be in Leipzig in about 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Base rates vary wildly depending on time of year, duration of rental, age of driver, destination and location of rental. Shop around to find the best price. Note that charges usually do not include the 16% Value Added Tax (VAT), registration fee, or any airport fees (but do include the required third-party liability insurance).

These additional fees may equal up to 25% of the daily rental.

A few other things to remember:

The legal driving age in Germany is 18, but usually drivers have to be over 21 to rent a car. Depending on the company, they may pay a premium until the age of 25.

Reserve your car in advance (14 days beforehand ideally) for the best deals.

Sign up for major company's (such as Hertz, Sixt, etc) newsletter or follow on social media for deals.

German cars usually come with a manual transmission (gear shift). If you prefer an automatic transmission, ask the rental company and most can accommodate you. This may - like so many things - result in an extra charge.

Berlin to Leipzig by Bus

The cheapest option to get from Berlin to Dresden is by bus. Tickets may be as little as €8 one-way and the journey takes just over an hour. Bus tickets are a bargain.

And while this is the discount option, comfort levels are boosted by bus services like wifi, air-conditioning, toilets, electrical outlets, free newspaper, sleeper seats, air-conditioning, and - of course - toilets. Coaches are generally clean and arrive on time - again barring issues with traffic.

Berlin Linien Bus is one of the companies which offers daily trips from Berlin to Leipzig’s airport, but not into the center of the city.  Other options include: Flixbus and GoEuro.

Berlin to Leipzig by Plane

Getting from Berlin to Leipzig by plane is simply not recommended. There are no direct flights between Berlin and Leipzig. Travelers must stop-over in a central German city (such as Düsseldorf) which makes the trip long (between 3 and 5 hours). Also, tickets are rather expensive at $250-300 round trip.

A cheaper and faster option is rail travel or going by car. But if you must,

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