Facts / General Information, Leipzig
To say that the Altenberg-Leipzig airport is small is something of an understatement.
It currently has only one scheduled service per day via Ryanair - to Stansted, London
Although Leipzig has another larger airport, closer to the city - this place provides by far the cheapest option to/from the U.K.
It's a very homely little place to pass through, the architecture reminded me of a small provincial library - but very limited in facilities if you are delayed. You could however get a look at a MIG fighter which has been restored in one of the hangers. Details of who to contact are available on the airport website.
See their website at : www.flughafen-altenberg.de
the leipzig airport is one of the most modern in Germany but it is also one of the emptiest. I guess they overestimated the flights that would come here... it's huge, dwarfing any of Berlin's 3 airports, and ultra modern and sleek, but really one of the emptiest major regional airports you'll ever see in your life.
Leipzig-Halle Airport (LEJ) is around 20 kilometres (12,5 miles) north-west of the city near Schkeuditz. Shuttle bus services operate between the airport and the city every half hour and a direct rail link is currently under construction. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport.
RyanAir operates between London and Leipzig-Altenburg (AOC) once a day, and between Bratislava and Altenburg every second Sunday. Price for a cheap flight ticket variies between 2.99 to 29.99 Euro. The airport Leipzig-Altenburg lies 40 km south of Leipzig. Taxis and shuttle bus service to the next train station are available at the airport. The fare is 12.00 Euro one way from Altenburg station to Leipzig terminal station.
Leipzig is situated on the intersections of three important Autobahns: A 9 (Berlin-Munich), A 14 (Dresden-Magdeburg), A 38 Leipzig southern bypass. As well as important Federal Highways B2, B6, B87, B95, B181 and B184 passing through or skirting Leipzig.
It is quite easy to get to the city centre.
We drove to Leipzig by car as it was much cheaper then by train or plane. It is easy to find your way through the city and the traffic wasn't that worse.
In the city itself you can reach all the main attractions in the center easily by foot. We only used the car to go to the Zoo, the Voelkerschlachtdenkmal and when we made the boat trip.
I guess the public transport is also very good because we saw the tram and busses everywhere.
By plane: Leipzig-Halle Airport (LEJ) is around 20 kilometres (12,5 miles) north-west of the city near Schkeuditz. Shuttle bus services operate between airport and the city every half hour. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport.
By train: you enter Leipzig at the largest terminal station and one of the largest passenger stations in Europe with 26 platforms. Taxis, bicycle and rental cars are available at the station too. Public transport (tram/bus) opperates in front of the station, suburban train (S-Bahn) inside.
By car: Coming from Berlin take Autobahn A9 to Munich and change on the intersection Schkeuditzer Kreuz on Autobahn 14. Take exit Leipzig-Mitte to get to the city centre.
Coming from Munich take Autobahn A9 to Berlin and take exit Leipzig-West to get to the city.
Coming from Frankfurt take Autobahn 5, change at junction "Kirchheimer Dreieck" on Autobahn 4, and at junction "Hermsdorfer Kreuz" on Autobahn 9 to Berlin. Take exit Leipzig-West to get to the city.
Coming from Dresden take Autobahn 14 to Magdeburg. To get to the city centre take exit Leipzig-Mitte.
Leipzig is 2h autobahn (or train) away from Berlin, 5h from Munich, 5h from Hamburg
there is to open a direct flight from Gatwick to Altenburg (ryanair) from next year
Altenburg is 30 miles away, good train connection
Well, lots of ideas here. Its railway station (I arrived by rail) is the biggest in Europe and is located quite conveniently on the Ring Road, which encircles the old town, where almost all the sights stand. It also has an airport, Leipzig-Halle, though I believe there are few direct flights from abroad. Good roads are for you if you plan to go by car, but the roads in the holiday season are often conjested (we travelled in the region by car in July), as, I think, in most of Europe.
The trainstation in leipzig is about 100 years old. It has been badly destroyed in WWII, but has been rebuild to its former splendour. It is the biggest head terminal in Germany.