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How to travel from Leipzig to Bremen by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Leipzig to Bremen? Look no further.

You'll usually find 16 trains per day running between Leipzig and Bremen, which usually take 20 hours 7 minutes to complete the 311 km journey. It can take as little as 14 hours 46 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Bremen from Leipzig, you'll just need to make 2 changes along the way. All or part of your journey will be onboard a train operated by DB, as they are the main carrier on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Leipzig to Bremen if you book in advance. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Leipzig to Bremen by train

First train

6:34 am

Last train

9:15 pm

Departure station

Leipzig

Arrival station

Bremen

Journey time

From 14h 46m

Distance

193 miles (311 km)

Frequency

16 trains per day

Changes

2 changes

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus

Deutsche Bahn and IC (Intercity) trains from Leipzig to Bremen

You can travel from Leipzig to Bremen on Deutsche Bahn and IC (Intercity) trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoFalk2, under licence CC4.0

An express train running on German domestic routes, the Intercity is a little slower than the ICE and is also used for long distance trips. The integrated circuit covers long distances with a maximum speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). In recent years, trains of the new generation "Intercity 2" run on some lines at 100 mph (160 km/h) only – these trains, however, offer extra legroom and extra space for toddlers. They are also equipped with air conditioning, a food carriage and wheelchair parking spaces.

Intercity (IC) classes from Leipzig to Bremen

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity (IC) when traveling from Leipzig to Bremen.

Onboard services on Intercity (IC)

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Leipzig to Bremen.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

You can take as much baggage as you like for free without making a reservation.

Baggage items include briefcases, laptops, rucksacks, trolley bags or suitcases. You can also take pushchairs, folding bikes, scooters, skis and surfboards.

Baggage should be stored under the seat or in the overhead baggage rack. The standard dimensions of baggage racks are 70 x 50 x 30 cm (27.5 x 19.6 x 11.8 inches). Larger items of baggage such as suitcases can be stored in the large baggage racks by the doors.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

You will find an extensive menu in the on-board restaurant, or you can grab a snack from the bistro carriage. If you opt for the latter, you can enjoy your food and drink in the bistro or take it back to your seat.

If you upgrade to First Class, you will be served complimentary food and drink at your seat.

Although the menu changes every three months, you will always find a wide variety of locally sourced food and drink, including a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

Currently, free WiFi is available on certain IC trains. Deutsche Bahn are gradually installing free WiFi on all their IC trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

On IC trains, children under 5 years old travel free of charge and don’t need a ticket. Kids up to 14 years old travel for free if they are accompanied by a person who is at least 15 years old.

On board, you will find family and children areas which are bookable.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You need a bicycle ticket and reservation to take a bicycle on a IC train. The reservation for your bike is included in the price.

Bike storage spaces are usually located in second class carriages. Please note that your seat and bike storage space might be located in different carriages.

PetPetPets

With IC, you can travel with your pet. If you have a small dog or pet, you do not need an extra ticket and they can travel for free in a transport box. If your dog or pet is bigger than the size of a house cat, you will need an additional ticket, which costs 50% less than a standard ticket. Dogs not traveling in a transport box must be on a lead and wear a muzzle.

Assistance dogs travel free of charge and do not have to wear a muzzle on the train.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Deutsche Bahn offer the Mobility Service, where staff will help you board, disembark or change trains. Staff will also answer any questions or assist with any queries to make your journey easier.

Cheap train tickets from Leipzig to Bremen

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Leipzig to Bremen by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

FAQs for Leipzig to Bremen

Want to know more about your journey from Leipzig to Bremen? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Leipzig to Bremen take?

The average journey time by train between Leipzig and Bremen is 20 hours and 7 minutes, with around 16 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Leipzig and Bremen by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Leipzig to Bremen is 14 hours and 46 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Leipzig to Bremen?

No, there are no direct train services from Leipzig to Bremen. Travelling from Leipzig to Bremen by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from Leipzig to Bremen leave?

The first train from Leipzig to Bremen leaves at 06:34. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Leipzig to Bremen leave?

The last train from Leipzig to Bremen leaves at 21:15. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Leipzig and Bremen by train?

Trains travelling from Leipzig to Bremen cover a distance of around 193 miles (311 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Bremen to Leipzig.


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