How to use Public Transport in Saxony-Anhalt

How to use Public Transport in Saxony-Anhalt

Saxony-Anhalt has a very good public transport system. All relevant places can be reached by trains, busses or trams.

Network maps of Saxony Anhalt

Network and products

  • Long-distance trains

    • Long-distance trains connect the largest towns of Saxony-Anhalt with destinations all over Germany. Most of them run every two hours.
    • The network consists of the InterCityExpress (ICE), InterCity (IC) and international lines.
    • Special fares and prices apply for ICE as well as for IC.


  • Long-disctance busses

    • There are numerous long-distance bus services of different operators in Saxony-Anhalt.
    • Tickets and prices are valid only for the specific trip.


  • Local trains

    • Most railway lines are served at least every two hours.
    • There are different local trains such as RE, RB, ABR, HEX, EB, EBx and S-Bahn.
    • There are no price differences between the local trains and you can use all of them with a single ticket.
    • The fare depends on the distance.


  • Regional busses

    • Towns and villages that have no railway station are almost always reached by regional bus lines.
    • The frequency of departures can vary significantly from region to region.


  • Local transport

    • Many major cities in Saxony-Anhalt have their own city bus lines. They connect the suburbs with the town center.
    • Halle (Saale), Magdeburg, Dessau-Roßlau und Halberstadt have a particularly dense network with trams running at least every 15 minutes.


  • Linked transport systems (Verkehrsverbund)

    • The big cities Halle and Magdeburg with their surrounding hinterlands have linked transport systems, so-called Verkehrsverbund. The Verkehrsverbund around Halle and Leipzig is called “MDV”, the one around Magdeburg is called “marego”. Within MDV or marego you can use any means of public transport on a specific route with a single ticket, no matter if it’s a tram, bus or local train. Only the long-distance trains (ICE / IC) are excluded!

Planning your trip

  • Online timetable information / Transit Apps
    INSA – Transit App for Saxony-Anhalt

    • local trains, trams and busses of Saxony-Anhalt
    • long-distance and local trains in all of Germany
    • fare information within the areas around Leipzig/Halle (MDV) and Magdeburg (marego)
    • Real-time information for many lines in Saxony-Anhalt


    The smart phone app is available for Android, iOS and for Windows Phone. www.insa.de


    DB-Navigator

    • long-disctance and local trains in all of Germany and parts of Europe
    • most trams and busses in all of Germany
    • Real-time information mainly for trains
    • online booking of railway tickets


    The smart phone app is available for Android, iOS and other systems. www.bahn.de


    Tip: If you do not know the name of the stop or station, simply enter the address (origin or destination) or use the GPS function of your smart phone to determine your location. INSA and DB Navigator automatically calculate the footpaths to and from the next station and show them on a map.


  • Ticket counters
    In larger cities and at railway stations you can obtain information at the ticket counters of the transit operators. Please understand that not all employees speak foreign languages.

    Tip: You can help the staff by writing down your destination, the desired day of travel and the number of adults and children on a slip of paper.


  • Hotline / Telephone information
    Our English-speaking INSA Hotline helps you with information on trains, busses and trams in Saxony-Anhalt: +49 391 5363180.

Purchasing a ticket

  • Where and how
    The way of purchasing a ticket can vary significantly depending on the mode of transport and region.

    • Regional buses: Here you can purchase your ticket from the driver.
    • Other modes of transport: Here you should buy the ticket before starting your journey! Use ticket vending machines or sales counters if available at the stop or train station. If there are neither machines nor counters look immediately after boarding if there is a ticket machine on the vehicle. If this is also not the case, please contact the conductor or the driver for purchasing a ticket from them.


  • Validating your ticket
    Some tickets must be stamped before boarding. For this, validating machines with slots (“Entwerter”) can be found on the railway platforms or in the buses and trams. Each ticket has to be stamped only once, even if it should be valid for multiple persons or multiple trips. Weekly, monthly and annual tickets must not be stamped. If you are unsure, please ask the staff or other passengers.


  • Note:

    • Please have the exact fare ready. Ticket vending machines, conductors and drivers are unable to handle a lot of small coins or large bills.
    • Please always carry the (validated) ticket with you for being able to show it if you’re asked to.
    • If you can’t show a valid ticket, you have to pay a fine of 60 euros .


    Tip: In more and more regions you can purchase your ticket also on your smart phone. The app easy.Go works for trams, buses and trains in the Leipzig / Halle region. Payment is made easily via the billing of your German mobile service provider.

Travelling by train

  • At the station
    Departure timetables are yellow (arrival timetables white). They show the departure times, the train number, important stops, the destination station and the platform number.

    Larger stations also have electronic displays. Delays, cancellations and other important information about the individual trains are shown as scrolling texts. Please ask the train staff or other passengers if you don’t understand them.

    Please note the following safety instructions:

    • Accessing or crossing the railway tracks is prohibited in Germany! Never walk on or beside the tracks. Trains run very quickly and quietly and do not signal their arrival with their horns. If you enter the tracks, you bring yourself and people following you in danger and you risk paying a fine. Therefore always use the bridges, tunnels or level crossings.
    • Passing trains have a dangerous suction effect. Make sure that you always keep a safe distance from the platform and observe the white line.
    • Overhead lines pose a risk to life even from a distance. Keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters and do not approach the overhead line while holding an object.
    • At level crossings / St. Andrew’s cross pay attention to acoustic signals and lights. Wait in front of the barrier if a train is coming even if the barriers are still up. Red light, flashing red light or yellow light mean: Stop! Do not venture on to the crossing!


  • Getting on and off the train

    • The entry and exit is possible only at the stations.
    • Press the buttons to open the doors. The buttons will only work when the train is standing at the station.
    • Let other people get off before boarding the train.
    • The doors will close automatically after some seconds and can be opened again by re-pressing the button.
    • Never leave a train if it stops between stations. Unscheduled stops generally do not pose any risk.


  • During your journey
    Current information on your route can be obtained from digital displays (usually at the entrance/exit areas), posters with route information, leaflets at your seat (only on long-distance trains), announcements on the train/bus and the DB Navigator app. Since most of this information is provided in German, please speak to a train attendant or a fellow passenger if you have any questions.

    If you are on the wrong train/bus, ask an attendant or passenger where to get off and how to get to your desired destination. Inform the train attendant in good time if you are going to miss your connection. The train attendant can then try to make the train wait for you.


    Please observe the following rules of conduct:

    • Smoking is not allowed in public transport
    • People with restricted mobility, pregnant women and passengers with small children have priority when using seats.
    • Children should be supervised while travelling.
    • Passengers may not climb or stand on seats, or put their feet on them.
    • Please do not talk loudly, and be considerate towards fellow passengers.
    • Only use the emergency brake in an emergency. Improper use will be punished.
    • Keep escape routes and doors clear of obstructions.


    Drivers and service personnel (both women and men) are responsible for applying rules of conduct in the vehicles.

Travelling by local or regional bus

  • At the bus stop
    Buses stop only at marked bus stops (green sign with "H"). There you will always find a timetable. On important stops - especially in bigger cities - further information about the route network and the fares are provided additionally.

    Many regional buses operate only on school days, some others only during the school holidays. Please note the markings on the respective departures in the timetable. The INSA timetable app takes this into account automatically.

    If you wait at the bus stop, make sure that the bus driver can see you in good time. There is no need to wave to the driver.

  • Boarding

    • Always board at the front door and purchase your ticket from the driver indicating your desired destination.
    • Please have the exact fare ready. The drivers are unable to handle a lot of small coins or large bills.
    • If you already have a valid ticket, please show it to the driver when you get on.
    • The doors are usually operated by the driver.


  • During your journey
    On many lines the names of the next stops are shown on digital displays or are announced via loudspeakers. You can also track your ride with the INSA app on your smartphone.

    Please observe the following rules of conduct:

    • Only talk the driver when the bus is standing.
    • Smoking is not allowed in public transport
    • People with restricted mobility, pregnant women and passengers with small children have priority when using seats.
    • Children should be supervised while travelling.
    • Passengers may not climb or stand on seats, or put their feet on them.
    • Please do not talk loudly, and be considerate towards fellow passengers.
    • Drinking and eating is not allowed on buses.


    Drivers and service personnel (both women and men) are responsible for applying rules of conduct in the vehicles.


  • Getting off
    If you would like to get off at the next station, please push the STOP-button in good time. If you are unsure about your destination stop, please do not hesitate to ask the driver upon entering the bus.

    Please get off through the rear doors. The front door is for boarding only.

Travelling by tram

  • At the tram stop
    Trams stop only at marked stops (green sign with "H"). There you will always find a timetable and often further information about the route network and the fares. At large station there are also electronic displays showing the next departures and additional information in real-time.

    If you wait alone at a tram stop, make sure that the driver can see you in good time. Otherwise it can happen that, particularly at night, the tram passes the stop without stopping.

  • Boarding

    • The doors are usually opened by pushbuttons. The buttons open the doors only when the tram is standing at a stop.
    • Let other people get off before boarding the train.
    • The doors will close automatically after some seconds and can be opened again by re-pressing the button.


  • During your journey
    On most lines the names of the next stops are shown on digital displays and are announced via loudspeakers. You can also track your ride with the INSA app on your smartphone.

    Please observe the following rules of conduct:

    • Smoking is not allowed in public transport
    • People with restricted mobility, pregnant women and passengers with small children have priority when using seats.
    • Children should be supervised while travelling.
    • Passengers may not climb or stand on seats, or put their feet on them.
    • Drinking and eating is not allowed on trams.
    • Please do not talk loudly, and be considerate towards fellow passengers.
    • Only talk the driver when the bus is standing.
    • Only use the emergency brake in an emergency. Improper use will be punished.
    • Keep escape routes and doors clear of obstructions.


    Drivers and service personnel (both women and men) are responsible for applying rules of conduct in the vehicles.


  • Getting off
    If you would like to get off at the next station, please push the STOP-button or the door button in good time.

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