Leipzig's main form of public transport is the tram, supplemented by several bus routes. In addition, night buses run throughout the night.
If you are new to Leipzig you might need a bit of help with the tramways how-tos:
The Tramway Straßenbahn circulation is managed by the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) (Leipzig transport services) which has a new English version of an interactive time-table (der Fahrplan) allowing to plan your itinerary and visualize it on the map.
Tipp: if you do not have yet a ticket and are not sure to get a ticket once inside the tram, do not climb on board. Not all trams have machines on board, and the penalty for fare-dodgers (der Schwarzfahrer) is around 40€.
If you are a car driver, even not a new comer, you might sometimes wonder, as we do, about the traffic directions sudden changes and road works situations. The school itself is witnessing major improvements to the street outside, with work planned to continue to September 2016.
A very useful site, the Verkehrsinformationssystem (traffic information system) as an interactive English map of Leipzig with current road works (die Baustelle, der Straßenbau), what is being done and how long it is supposed to last.
Now, you might also trade your usual mode of transport and do as the Leipzigers do: ride a bike. Whether it rains or snows, you will always see people on bicycles. Many shops offer a wide range of bicycles for all price and all trends. So just hop on and enjoy the ride on the many bike paths in the city.
If your driving license has been issued in a non-EU country and you plan on living in Germany longer than a year, you will need a German driver's license (Führerschein). Whether you can simply exchange yours or take a part or all of the driving exam, only depends on where your driving license was acquired.
If you have a US driving license you might want to check How to Germany and the AmCham websites for details, as it depends on the state in which your license has been issued and the actual German regulation.
In Leipzig the motor vehicle registrar is the Ordnungsamt Kfz-Zulassungs-, Führerschein-, Melde- und Passbehörde (Abteilung). A motor vehicle, or car/auto is das Kraftfahrzeug, Kfz in short. It is now located on Prager Str as mentioned on the above website. On that internet page you can find numerous documents necessary for you car registration to download.
And the last link of that page leads you to the online reservation system of the motor vehicle registrar... very practical to avoid very long queuing time!
If you are new to Germany you will find that a lot of people ride their bikes in the big cities, and it is a very nice way to get around. There are however few things to know, beside riding on the right-hand side of the road, and obeying all traffic laws as if you were driving a car.
The basic traffic laws applied to bike riding imply:
When on a bike:
Going by Bike … with your children
Biking in and around Leipzig
Radfahren-in-leipzig.de Offers information about riding a bike in and around Leipzig with up to 15 routes and a calendar of events. (in German)
Leipziger Notenrad If you would like to go on a musical historical tour of the city by bicycle, the Notenrad combines a tour of artistic and historical landmarks of the Leipzig's musical tradition. It takes about 3hours. (in German)
In the city center most of the streets are accessible to bikes, excepted for some pedestrian streets only allowed to bikes at certain times; outside these time frames, get off and walk your bike. More information on the detailed plan for the traffic regulation in the center of town for cars and bikes.
Leipzig.de offers also information about riding bikes in Leipzig, for MTB and BMX, and about local associations.
Bikes on Public Transport