Trams are the main means of public transport in Magdeburg city and to the suburbs. The network has been modernized after the reunification. If you are lucky you’ll travel in modern low-floor streetcars. There are, however, also old DDR trams still on tour which have high stairs at the doors and a wonderful rattling sound.
The centre is walkable but in case you have luggage and/or want to save yourselves some walking, the trams may come handy.
Magdeburg has been cut off the main railway line to Berlin when the ICE route from Hannover via Wolfsburg and Stendal was built in the 1990s – no one understands why this route surpasses the capital of Saxony-Anhalt. The fastest trains that reach Magdeburg are ICs on the Braunschweig-Leipzig route. Regional trains connect the city with Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder, the Harz and several local railways.
Magdeburg is situated half way from Berlin to Hannover.
Good traffic connections by rail and road to International Airport in Berlin. Situated on the intersection of two important Autobahns (A2-A14).
Magdeburg Weisse Flotte (White Fleet)
In the summer it would be lovely to take one of the boats of the White Fleet from Magdeburg and cruise the River Elbe. Unfortunately I visited in April and the city was having some serious flooding issues.
The website has all the details which are only in German but I am sure the tourist info office would be able to help out with more information.
Magdeburg is served by a well organised network of trams. You buy your ticket at the machine at the Strassenbahnhaltestelle and have it stamped when you get on the tram. I paid 1.50E for a ticket that I could use for 90 minutes anywhere on the city trams. I boarded at the Elbepark to the Stadtmitte.
Magdeburg Main Station
Magdeburg is no longer on an InterCityExpress (ICE) line, since a new and more direct high-speed line between Wolfsburg and Berlin was built several years ago.
I find it somewhat ironic that the ICE trains on this new line do not stop at all in the former East Germany. These new trains run non-stop between Wolfsburg, in the former West Germany, and Berlin-Spandau in the former West Berlin -- just like the old Inter-Zonal trains of the Cold War era but roughly three times as fast, and of course without stops at any borders.
Nonetheless, Magdeburg is well served by InterCity and regional trains from several directions. I arrived on a Regional Express from Dessau, and left the following afternoon on an InterCity to Braunschweig, where I changed to an ICE.
Taking Laptops on Trains
It is possible to take your lap tops on the IC trains - they have provided sockets for that very purpose! How thoughtful! :))
At Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof you can get a large locker (Schliessfach) for 2E (big enough for a large rucksack) or a smaller one for 1.5E. The lockers are located at the Koelner Platz exit.