Leipzig Hauptbahnhof – Leipzig’s central train station – is an imposing building from 1915 that alludes to the much more populous Leipzig of yesteryear. The massive structure was only partially damaged in WW2. Today it’s the largest train station in Europe; yes, bigger than any in London, Paris or Berlin.
The Hauptbahnhof is also one of four underground stations making up part of Leipzig’s extensive S-Bahn (Bahn Mitteldeutschland) system.
The most frequent inter-city (IC) services are to Berlin and Dresden (both 1hr+). Prague is easily done, but you may need to change in Dresden. You can also travel by faster inter-city express (ICE) trains to Hamburg, Paris, Amsterdam, and other main destinations in Europe from one of the 24 platforms. Visit the ReiseZentrum (‘travel centre’) in the station to enquire or buy tickets. There’s counter service, plus automated ticket machines (multi-lingual). Check out Waymate and Deutsche Bahn for online ticketing info.
If you need to use Leipzig-Halle airport, the Hauptbahnhof is the place to catch S-Bahn (underground platform 2) and IC trains for the 18 minute trip. There’s 2-3 trains per hour to the airport but service can drop to 1 per hour early mornings and on public holidays.
Outside the front entrance is the city’s main tram junction. Almost every tram in Leipzig will pass by the front of the Hauptbahnhof at some point. We have a separate section on Leipzig’s trams & buses. As well, the station has plenty of luggage storage lockers for short and long term use, prices range from €2.50 to €5.00. Look for them on main concourse by platforms 1 and 2 and either side of the travel centre at the main entrances.
The Hauptbahnhof is also the Zentrum’s largest shopping centre with almost 200 shops and services.
Due to a quirk in the otherwise strict German Sunday shopping laws an exception is made for shops located in transport hubs. Thus, the huge Promenaden shopping centre in the station is open (and busy) every Sunday.
Leipzigers actually go the Hauptbahnhof just to shop on Sundays. If you’re changing trams or just hanging out in the Zentrum it’s a handy place any day of the week to pick up some groceries, buy a washing machine or a pair of shoes, or eat in one of the many restaurants.
[page content last updated April 2014]