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Getting around in Strasbourg: info, costs and advice

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Strasbourg is a wonderful city in the north west of France, right on the border with Germany, and is known for being there official seat of the European Parliament. It has always had an important role in history and, being on the border, it embodies both French and German characteristics, a real cosmopolitan city. Getting around is very simple and you can do it both on foot and by public transport, while the car is really not recommended due to traffic and the few parking spaces.

So let's find out how move to Strasbourg: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Strasbourg
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bike
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Strasbourg is perfect for be explored on foot! Walking through the narrow streets of the historic center and along the canals is a beautiful experience. For a first approach you could opt for a private walking tour of the historic center, thus knowing all its secrets. Alternatively, also excellent bicycle, Strasbourg is indeed a green city. For transport you can take advantage of buses and trams, instead it is car not recommended, both for road preparation and for the difficulty in finding parking spaces.

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bicycle, tram
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: ticket 24h (from € 4,60)

How to get from the airport to the center of Strasbourg

The city is served byStrasbourg-Entzheim International Airport, about 10 km by motorway from the city. From Italy, however, there are not many direct flights, the only ones are operated by the low cost airline Volotea, mainly in certain periods of the year. Many flights departing from Italy provide a stopover in Paris, in fact, from the French capital there are several internal flights to Strasbourg or even direct trains.

An alternative may be to get to theKarlsruhe-Baden-Baden Airport, in Germany, a few km from the border and about 58 km from Strasbourg. From Italy direct flights are operated by Ryanair.



Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport

The best solution is obviously to arrive at Strasbourg-Entzheim International Airport, as once you land it will be very easy to reach the center. The fastest and most comfortable way is the direct train which leads to the central station of the city (4 departures every hour, 12 min, € 4,50). There are no buses available, alternatively if you travel with a lot of luggage you can opt for a taxi (20 min, € 40,00).

  • Distance from the center: 10 km / travel time: 15 min;
  • By train: lines a, b, c, d / ticket cost: € 4,50 / travel time: 15 min;
  • By taxi: average cost € 40,00 / travel time: 20 min

Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden Airport

If you land at Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden Airport, the fastest and most comfortable way to get to Strasbourg is the Shuttle Service operated by Strasbourg Navette (1 h, € 18,00), which directly connects the airport to the city. Alternatively, you can take the bus 285 from the airport to Baden Baden central station and from there take the N168 direct to Strasbourg (total time 2 h 30 min, average cost € 10,00).

  • Distance from the center: 58 km / travel time: 1 hour by car
  • By shuttle: Strasbourg Navette line / ticket cost: € 18,00
  • By taxi: average cost € 220,00
  • By bus: average cost € 10,00 / lines 285 + N168

How to get around on foot

Strasbourg is perfect for be explored on foot! Only on foot, in fact, you can admire the beautiful views, the particular architecture typical of Alsace and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this city! Furthermore, the main attractions are close together and walking along the canals is a wonderful experience. In the city you can then take part in several walking tours, both simple that will lead you to discover the historic center, and thematic, such as the gourmet tour to discover the typical products of the area.

The best starting point for a walking itinerary is Kléber Square, in the heart of the historic center. From here many attractions are really close: Grande Île (300m), Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg (550m) or Ponts Couverts (800m). If you arrive from the airport by train to the Central Station, it is only 900 m (11 min walk) from Kléber Square.



How to get around by bike

Strasbourg is a very green city, with many green areas and with particular attention to the environment and pollution. Indeed, one of the most popular means, especially from the locals, is the bicycle!

The network of cycle paths of Alsace is the largest in France, with about 500 km, and from the center of Strasbourg many routes branch off both to the city center and its surroundings. You can rent a bicycle and dedicate yourself to exploring the city independently, or rely on a guided bike tour to discover all the musts together with a local expert.

Con i mezzi pubblici

If you decide to use the means of transport, you can rely on a efficient system, formed by buses and trams, which covers the whole city in a capillary way! Both networks are operated by the CTS transport company. This makes it much easier to travel, as it will be enough one ticket to travel on both buses and trams.

Tram

It is certainly the panoramic way to get around the city. From the windows you can admire the characteristic streets and buildings of Strasbourg. The service has 6 lines, identified by a number and a color, and is generally active from Monday to Saturday from 4:30 to 0:30, while on Sundays and holidays from 5:30 to 12:30, the individual lines may have variations in times.

With regard to rates, the cost of the single ticket is € 1,80 if purchased at the special machines, € 2,00 if purchased on board from the driver (make sure you have the right money). Possibility to buy tickets for multiple journeys: return ticket € 3,50; carnet of 10 rides at € 14,10; 24h ticket at € 4,60 (valid for 24h from the time of validation), Trio 24h ticket at € 6,90 (valid for travel with 2 or 3 people).



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  • Mon-Sat from 4:30 to 0:30, Sun and holidays from 5:30 to 12:30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,80, purchased on board € 2,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: round trip ticket € 3,50, 10 rides carnet € 14,10, 24h ticket € 4,60, 24h Trio ticket € 6,90

bus

The urban bus network consists of 30 lines, indicated with letters, numbers and colors according to the line. The service is generally active from 4:30 am to 1:00 am, but times may vary according to the single line, some have the first run at 5:00.

With regard to rates, the cost of the single ticket is € 1,80 if purchased at the special machines, € 2,00 if purchased on board from the driver (make sure you have the right money). Possibility to buy tickets for multiple journeys: return ticket € 3,50; carnet of 10 rides at € 14,10; 24h ticket at € 4,60 (valid for 24h from the time of validation), Trio 24h ticket at € 6,90 (valid for travel with 2 or 3 people).

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  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,80, purchased on board € 2,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: round trip ticket € 3,50, 10 rides carnet € 14,10, 24h ticket € 4,60, 24h Trio ticket € 6,90

By car

E' really not recommended. First of all, you can easily move on foot or by bicycle and, if necessary, by public transport. Also, more importantly, the city is getting greener, so it is implementing different regulations for decrease traffic and pollution road, even with restrictions and implementing limited traffic zones, thus favoring the use of public transport and bicycles. Finally, find parcheggio it really is an undertaking, which can take up a lot of your time.

ZTL

Strasbourg is implementing the LTZ with the aim of reducing pollution and traffic. The current program foresees continuous changes until 2025, so we advise you to check the official website of the city before leaving for a trip.

Currently, Strasbourg is one Low Emission Zone, in English Low Emission Zone (LEZ), which affects all vehicles, even foreign ones. From 2017 the purchase of the environmental badge to classify your car, after completing the online form and official request to be carried out directly on the official French website (beware of other sites that could make you pay up to 5 times as much). The vignette has a variable cost and is given based on the characteristics of your vehicle (petrol or diesel, date of registration, etc.).

Stops and parking

Given the great restrictions for the Low Emission Zone and for all the environmental policies currently in force, the car parks are located in the most peripheral neighborhoods (to access them, you will still have to request the environmental badge, through the above operations). The best solution is to stay in a hotel that has the parking service for their guests, forgetting the car for a few days and moving mainly on foot or by public transport.

In the city, parking lots are marked with P + R sign, are available 7 days a week and 7 hours a day. From the various car parks it is then possible to use the tram or bus service that connects them to the city center (the car parks are in fact located near the public transport stops). The daily cost of all car parks is € 24 per day, with the exception of the P + R Rotonde car park at € 24 per day. You can find more info on the official Strasbourg transport website.

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