Travel Information

Access by plane

The closest airport Leipzig/Halle (LEJ) offers direct connections to major German and European cities. Several daily connections to the hubs of Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Istanbul allow for a convenient access from all over the world.

Transfer from the Airport Leipzig-Halle to the city center / pentahotel






by urban railway (S-Bahn) from the Airport Railway Station to Leipzig Main Station (Hauptbahnhof). Go upstairs just after leaving the baggage claim area and follow the corridor almost to its end. Choose the lift to the platform of the next train. Take a train of line No. 5 / 5X to Leipzig Hbf. / Altenburg / Zwickau. Trains depart every 30 min, and the trip takes about 15 min. Tickets for transfer to Leipzig Main Station are sold by vending machines at the platforms. A ticket “3 Zonen” is required (fare in August 2016: 4.50 €). There is also a manned ticket booth opposite to the lift to platform 1. However, it has very limited opening times. Tickets have to be stamped prior to boarding.

Time schedule of S-Bahn S5 / S5X (in German only)
can be found here.

Airport is labelled “Leipzig / Halle Flugh.”
Leipzig Main Station is labelled “Leipzig Hbf. (tief)”

by taxi (20…25 min)

Access by train

There are frequent direct connections from and to most major cities in Germany. In particular, Leipzig is connected by high-speed trains (ICE) to Frankfurt (and further to Basel), Munich, and Berlin. You will arrive in one of Germany’s most beautiful and impressive train stations.

Access to the hotel from main station

The pentahotel is located within walking distance to the main station (about 600 m).

Arrival by car

Leipzig is accessible by car via freeway A9 from Munich / Nuremberg in the south or Berlin in the north, via A14 from Dresden in the south-east or Hannover / Magdeburg in the north-west and via A38 from the west (Göttingen). Leave freeway A14 at the exit “Leipzig Mitte” or A38 at “Leipzig Süd / Kreuz Leipzig”. Follow the signs to the center of Leipzig (“Zentrum”). Coming via A9, turn to A14 at “Schkeuditzer Kreuz” (direction to Dresden). See arrival information of the pentahotel.

Public transport

Public transport within the city of Leipzig is provided by trams and city buses, which typically operate every 10 minutes during day time and every 15 to 30 minutes in the evening and during the weekend. A variety of tickets (single and multiple ride tickets, day and week passes) is available. Tickets are sold in and opposite to the main station (“Mobilitätszentrum”), in tobacco shops, newspaper kiosks, at many tram stops, and in most trams (vending machines).

ESPS 2016 is organized by the
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification, Leipzig