14km (9 miles) north of Leipzig City and 20km
Spanning a railway and motorway, Leipzig/Halle Airport is located close to the cities of Leipzig and Halle. In an attempt to win the hosting bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, the airport was completely revamped and modernised (at German taxpayers’ expense). However, the city of Leipzig lost the bid to London and the airport now seems somewhat deserted, with passengers often having to walk long distances through desolate halls, or sit in excessively large lounges with little or no company.
Although some travellers may find this a little dreary, many enjoy the quiet, state-of-the-art amenities and friendly and helpful staff. It all adds up to a world-class experience without the chaos and crowding often associated with equally modern, but busier, airports.
Just over two million passengers use Leipzig/Halle Airport each year. English is not widely spoken by airport staff, so brush up on your German in case you need to ask for their assistance.
Leipzig/Halle is a massive airport that features two terminals, namely the Central Terminal and Terminal B. It’s a long walk from check-in to passport control.
Train: A train trip from Leipzig/Halle Airport to Leipzig Central Station takes 14 minutes, while a trip to Halle Central Station takes 16 minutes. Trains usually run every 30 minutes and cost around €4 for a one-way ticket.
Bus: The bus stop is located in car park 3. Buses travel twice an hour and fare costs between €1.30 and €1.70 for a one-way ticket.
Taxi: Numerous taxi stands are situated in front of Terminal B. The duration of a trip to the city centre of Leipzig is approximately 30 minutes, while the journey to the centre of Halle takes about 40 minutes. Fare is around €30.
A total of 6,000 parking bays make hunting for a free space a breeze, but the vast array of parking options and price structures may prove confusing. The cheapest rates (multi-storey parking area) are €5 for two hours and €2 for every additional hour; after which a day will cost €20, two days €38, three days €55, four-eight days €65, nine-15 days €80, 16-20 days €105, and €130 thereafter. A free shuttle service runs from the car parks to the terminal building.
Located on the ground floor of Terminal B, the information desk manages all airport enquiries, including those regarding lost property. It also offers a storage facility for keys and documents, as well as car starter kits.
Money and communications: ATMs, currency exchange and post office.
Luggage: There is a left-luggage centre and the airport offers a courier service that collects your luggage from, and delivers it to, your chosen location.
Conference and business: Conference rooms offer the use of video and LCD-projectors, photocopiers, fax machines, overhead projectors and telephones at an additional charge.
Other facilities: Leipzig/Halle Airport has a pharmacy, casino, flight bag vending machines (for liquids), photo booth, Internet access points, telephones, massage armchairs, chapel and first-aid facilities. The entire airport is equipped to accommodate the handicapped.
Wi-Fi: Pay-as-you-go Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport’s terminals via The Cloud.