Bahn Mitteldeutschland (S-Bahn)

Barrier-free travel on S-Bahn
Barrier-free travel on S-Bahn
The opening of the Leipzig City Tunnel and its four underground stations in December 2013 has resulted in a completely re-designed S-Bahn service for the region. Called the Bahn Mitteldeutschland or simply the S-Bahn (‘surface train’), this new system centred on Leipzig covers a broad area encompassing Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Brandenburg.

Six new S-Bahn lines with subway-style carriages and frequent schedules flow in and out of underground platforms 1 and 2 at Leipzig Haupbahnhof (central train station), as well as the three other underground stations and several other new surface stations throughout greater Leipzig.

Here’s a map of the network.

S-Bahn underground station in the Zentrum
S-Bahn underground station in the Zentrum

 
The S-Bahn opens up parts of Leipzig that could only be reached by tram, bus or the previously infrequent regional train service. Within central Leipzig itself Plagwitz and Stötteritz are much better connected to the Zentrum, and places further out such as Miltitzer, Wurzen, Eilenburg and Delitzsch have now become better locations to commute to/from. Trains and stations are also barrier-free allowing for complete access for those with walking difficulties.

Wilhelm-Leuschner station
Wilhelm-Leuschner station

 
For visitors and new residents to Leipzig here’s a few takeaway points worth noting about the S-Bahn:

  • Train service to/from Leipzig-Halle airport is via the S5 and S5X lines and costs €4.20 from the Hauptbahnhof. Occasionally Inter-City (IC) trains also stop at the airport, these are €6.00 one-way. You cannot use S-Bahn tickets on IC trains and vice versa. See our To/From airport section for more information.
  • There’s a variety of integrated ticketing options that allow users to switch between trains, trams and buses. In particular, there’s the new Sachsen-Tickets. These are especially good value 24-hour passes for the entire transport network and great for anyone including families looking to do a day trip.
  • Take note of the yellow timetable boards (like the one in photo below). Every station on the S-Bahn network has one of these. They list every single departure and arrival at that station, and are reliable and easy to read. Ramble far and wide on the S-Bahn network and never get lost if you use these boards.

S-Bahn timetables
S-Bahn timetables

 
Markt station
Markt station

[page content last updated April 2014]

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