Magdeburg is easily reached by train from locations in Germany
and neighboring countries..
Travel connections can be researched with the help of the
Bahn online search tool (available in English and other
Some international visitors may find it faster or more convenient
to travel by plane. Magdeburg does not have its own airport.
The closest airports are Berlin (all major airlines) and Leipzig/Halle
(serviced by Ryan Air).
A number of difficulties have postponed the opening of Berlin's
new central airport (Berlin-Brandenburg). A new opening date
had been set for March 17, 2012, but recent reports indicate
that it has been postponed to 2014. This means that travelers
who fly to Berlin will continue to use Tegel
Airport. Traveling from Tegel to Magdeburg involves a
short bus trip from the airport to one of Berlin's main train
stations. The buses depart in short intervals in front of
the main building. The train fare from Berlin to Magdeburg
is approximately 29 Euros (one way). The train ride from Berlin
to Magdeburg takes approximately two hours.
For some visitors, Berlin
Schönefeld Airport may be another travel option.
Schönefeld is served
by a significant number airlines, including EasyJet and
RyanAir. Travelers can use Schönefeld's train
station to continue on to Magdeburg. The trip takes about
2 1/2 hours, involves one transfer at Berlin Ostbahnhof and
costs approximately 30 Euros (one way).
The nearest airport is Leipzig/Halle
(serviced by Ryan Air and other budget airlines) from
which a direct train connection takes ISS participants to
Magdeburg main station in one hour. The regular train fare
(one way) is about 25 Euros. The website Wikitravel
has a list of airlines that fly to Leipzig.
See also How
to reach Magdeburg (by Magdeburg tourist information offcie)
Local transport in Magdeburg is very good. Trams run in short
intervals and take visitors quickly and reliably to all places
of interest. Due to the special character of the city, most
of the tourist sites can actually be explored on foot. At
present, the tram fare for a one-way ticket is 1.90 Euros,
a day pass costs 3.80 Euros.