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By Train

Magdeburg is easily reached by train from locations in Germany and neighboring countries..

Travel connections can be researched with the help of the Deutsche Bahn online search tool (available in English and other European languages).

By Plane

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).

Berlin Airports

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).

Aiport Leipzig/Halle

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 transportation

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.

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