There are several hostels and many couchsurfers in Leipzig. Most of the hostels are in or near the center and two of them even right beside the train station.
Public transport - Riding with and without a ticket == ''the information below does not apply to the S-Bahn city train. See [[Deutsche Bahn]] instead''
Using public transportation without a ticket is fairly easy in Leipzig .
Getting caught without a ticket:
* fine is 60 EUR, payable by bank transfer in about 10 days
* I don't know if there are special rules if you possess a non-German ID
* Ticket machines outside trams give you unstamped tickets
* You can validate tickets in both trams and buses, the machines ''beep'' when you do so (''check if there is a ticket stamping machine in the rear of the bus'')
* Inside most trams, there's a ticket machine that gives you a stamped ticket (''just hanging around there won't serve as excuse if you get busted'')
* Bus drivers also sell stamped tickets
* You could buy a (short range, if you're on low money) ticket and keep it unstamped
* Most transportation rules for German public transport are along the lines that you have to present a valid ticket if you're asked to do so
* '''You need to get the ticket stamped ''before'' the traffic control reaches you'''
* If you've got an unstamped ticket, you can argue that you didn't know about validating it - the tourist act usually works
* After 20:00, you usually need to get in buses at the front and show your ticket to the bus driver