The Leipzig Guide for Thrifty Travellers

Are you a student, backpacker or on a tight travel budget? You don’t have to miss out on a trip to Leipzig. With our tips for thrifty travellers, you can have an unforgettable trip even on a budget.

Save on travel: What’s the cheapest way of getting to Leipzig?
Save on the hotel: Where can I find cheap accommodation?
How can I get around Leipzig on a budget?
Where can I eat and drink for less?
What is there to see for budget travellers?
Shop while saving: the best flea markets in Leipzig

Save Money on Your Journey: How Do I Get to Leipzig Cheaply?

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Leipzig Central Station is the starting point for your unforgettable Leipzig trip. © Philipp Kirschner

You can use a carpool to get to Leipzig inexpensivelyand, above all, spontaneously. You can book a trip online. After booking, you will receive the contact details of your driver and can arrange a meeting point. You contribute petrol money at the end of the journey. The price is set by the driver. Find out who you’re riding with beforehand and check out their profiles. A tip for the girls: There are also ride shares for women by women. The big advantage of carpooling? The spontaneity! You can often find a place in a car for the same day and be on the road to Leipzig just a few hours later.

If you want to plan your trip further in advance, then the various long-distance bus providers are what you’re looking for. These coaches are cheap and comfortable, and you even have WIFI on board. Book early. It’s worth it! Booking a few weeks beforehand is often much cheaper than it is a few days before departure. You can sometimes get a bargain with a ticket for under €30. You might also be in luck and get one of the Deutsche Bahn saver tickets for the same price.

Save on the Hotel: Where Can I Find Cheap Accommodation?

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A night in the minivan can be more comfortable than you think. © Hostel & Garten Eden

Whether you go for a rideshare or a Flixbus, you will usually arrive at Leipzig Central Station. Before exploring the city, you’ll probably want to drop off your luggage. The Central Globetrotter Hostel is just a few minutes’ walk from the train station. Beds in an eight bed dorm in the centrally located youth hostel start at €12.50 per night. If you have space in your backpack, bring your own bed linen, otherwise you will pay a one-off rental fee of €2.50. You can freshen up in the shared bathroom. The hostel has a shared kitchen and WIFI available free of charge around the clock.

The Eden Hostel & Garden is not as central but is located in the trendy district of Plagwitz. Have you ever slept in a converted minivan? This accommodation gives you the opportunity to do exactly that. All rooms are carefully designed with their own theme. No bunk bed blues here. Shared kitchen and bathroom are available. You can stay in an eight-bed dorm starting at €13 per night. Relax in the hostel garden after a long day of sightseeing.

Or for the real thrifty travellers among you: Book a night in a 10-bed dorm at the Sleepy Lion Hostelstarting at just €11. There you can enjoy a barbecue with the other hostel residents, sizzle a few sausages or some tasty grilled cheese and make new friends to explore Leipzig with.

How Do I Get Around Leipzig Cheaply?

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The whole city can be conquered by bike. © Robin Kunz

We’ve got good news for you! The centre of Leipzig is very compact and most of the sights can be explored on foot. If you want to check out other parts of the city, such as the hip Plagwitz or the lively Südvorstadt, we’ve got a tip for you: The Leipzig Card! The card is available forone (€12.40) or three days (€24.90). In addition to many further benefits, you can travel free of charge on all lines in tariff zone 110 of the Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (Central German Transport Association). If you also want to explore the diverse Leipzig region, we recommend the Leipzig Regio Card, which gives you free travel on public transport in the region within the area of the Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (MDV), including the MS Cospuden across Lake Cospuden, as well as a number of other discounts! This will lighten your wallet by €18 for one day or €38 for three days.

If the weather is nice, the best way to get to know Leipzig is by bike. You can rent a bicycle from Nextbike and return it to one of the many stations throughout the city. It is billed by the half hour. Each 30 minutes costs €1. If you’re planning a big bike tour, you can rent a bike for 24 hours and pay just €9. Now all you need is the right route. There is an overview of the most beautiful cycle routes in Leipzig and the surroundings on the Leipzig Region page.

Where Can I Eat and Drink on a Budget?

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Snacks and affordable Mexican food can be enjoyed at Acapulco. © Chris Russew

Can’t afford to eat in an expensive restaurant every day? No problem. Most hostels have a shared kitchen. So you can just go shopping in the supermarket and make your favourite dishes yourself on the cheap. Missing an ingredient? Try out Food Sharing. This platform aims to eliminate food waste. You can meet like-minded people at designated hotspots to exchange or share food.

If you don’t want to cook yourself, there are a number of inexpensive restaurants in Leipzig. Acapulco offers reasonably priced Mexican delicacies. You can enjoy delicious (vegan) burgers at Big Burgester a few metres down the road at Südplatz. There are also some creative and budget-friendly eateries to be found along Karl-Heine-Strasse in the west of Leipzig. For example at Kartoffelfräulein, where you can get hot jacket potatoes with fancy toppings that can feed two people. You can also get yourself the Happy Dinner Card! It costs just under €30 and lets you sink your teeth into food at over 80 restaurants in Leipzig for half the price!

What Is There to See for Thrifty Travellers?

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Every Friday and Saturday you can listen to the melodious motets of the St. Thomas Boys Choir under the ancient arches of the St. Thomas Church. © Robin Kunz Fotografie

You can spend the money that you saved on food on the most important part – the sightseeing. But there is good news here too! You can experience many of the sights for free. The architecture of the St. Thomas Church or the flair of the St. Nicholas Church won’t cost you a penny. Enjoy the treasures of the Grassi Museum of Applied Arts for free on the first Wednesday of every month. On the same day, you can also visit the Museum of Fine Arts or the City History Museum for free. The Museum of Contemporary Art offers free admission every Wednesday!
You can also save loads on culture with the Leipzig Card! Save up to 50% at museums, cultural institutions and events. Enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Leipzig from the viewing platform of the City Tower. A ride to the 29th floor costs just €4.

To discover Leipzig’s history, you can follow the Leipzig Music Trail and embark on a journey of discovery through the city’s long musical tradition. Alternatively, the free app “ZEITFENSTER. Peaceful Revolution Leipzig” helps you navigate historical routes through the city with a creative twist, merging historical photographs with the view from your camera.

Shop and Save: The Best Flea Markets in Leipzig

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You’re sure to find some treasures for a bargain at the agra flea market! © Philipp Kirschner

Round off your Leipzig trip with a shopping tour when you’re done sightseeing. You might be lucky enough to find a personal souvenir from your visit to Leipzig when browsing the city’s many flea markets. There is a flea market at the Feinkost on the first Saturday of every month. If your Leipzig trip falls on the last weekend of the month, don’t miss out on the massive flea market at agra. It is one of the largest flea markets in Germany. But watch out: many a visitor has lost all track of time amongst the clothes and antiques on display across the gigantic grounds. Check before your visit whether the Westbesuch is taking place. There are always a few stalls at the big street festival on Karl-Heine-Straße. For the night owls among you, we can heartily recommend the night flea market under the dome of the Kohlrabizirkus.

So what are you waiting for? When are you coming to Leipzig?

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