Since we stayed on the outskirts of town and didn't have a good map, we decided to take the tram instead of walking to the center. The ticket was 1.60€ each way or 3.10€ round trip. The closest stop to the Comfort Hotel was Montagne Vert and we took it to Homme de Fer which is within walking distance of the cathedral. Both line B and F stopped at both of those stops. The ticket machines took credit cards, validate your ticket at the machines on the platform.
For longer visits, there are a variety of ticket options
Strasbourg has a small international airport serviced by a number of major carriers, including Iberia, Czech Airlines and Royal Air Maroc. There's also a couple of budget airlines, like Ryanair. The Alsace region also has a much bigger airport on the Swiss border called Euroairport. It handles five times the passengers, and is serviced by many more carriers, especially budget airlines. It's even a hub for Easyjet.
If you spend more than a couple of days in Strasbourg you'll probably want to be making use of Strasbourg's central train station to visit many of the nearby attractions. Within easy day trips of the city you can see Colmar (as smaller, cleaner more compact Strasbourg), Mulhouse (with two of the greatest vehicle museums in the world), Basel (a taste of Switzerland) as well as Metz and Nancy in the neighbouring state of Lorraine. Being on the German border you can also use the train to visit cities like Freiberg in the Black Forest and the famous spa town of Baden Baden.
Further afield the station services the superfast intercity TGV trains, and can whisk you away to places like Paris and Frankfurt in a couple of hours.
Remember if you take a train south to Colmar, Mulhouse or Basel, make sure to sit on the right side of the train to enjoy the wonderful views of the Vosges Mountains.
Important - in France you must validate every ticket before you get onto the train. There are yellow validation machines throughout the station.
Strasbourg has a very modern transport system of trams and buses. The Eurotrams run through the old town and have excellent carriages with big, clear windows and big doors with low access for the disabled. Each station is announced, and has its own unique musical jingle to help you remember when to get off.
Ticket prices are cheap at 1.60 euros a ticket, or 13 euros for a book of ten tickets. Make sure you remember to validate each ticket (one per journey) before you get on. Each ticket lasts one hour in one direction.
Trams in Strasbourg are operated by the (Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois) six tram lines (named A to F) serve the city. A single ticketing system covers both bus and tram
Tickets are sold in 'tabacs' (newsagents), tourist offices, CTS boutiques or from vending machines at tram stops. Tickets should be validated before use, either in the machines on tram station platforms or in the machine by the driver when you board the bus and trams
If using the buses and/or trams a lot, Europass tickets are available from all automatic ticket machines and are valid on all local tram and bus services (including those that cross the border to Kehl) for either 24 hours or seven days.
one way- €1.60
round trip- €3.00
bus-tram pass for 10 ride- €12.90
24H Individual (24hr ticket for one person) €4.00
Trio (one day ticket for up to three people) €5.70
IDTGV TO Strasbourg
I travelled from Paris (Gare du l'Este) to Strasbourg aboard the IDTGV. Since I booked the ticket some time in advance I was able to travel First Class for 23 Euro (a huge saving).
It's a comfortable ride but there is not enough storage in some carriages for large cases. The carriage I was in was full whereas the other two first class carriages had many spare seats and thus more room for large cases which don't fit on the overhead racks. So it would appear a good idea to spread the seat reservations out more so that everyone has a better chance of getting storage space on the racks at the end of the carriage. Another point to be considered is that many travellers who have small cases or soft sports type bags tend to put them on the racks for the larger cases rather than on the overhead racks. It would be good if all travellers could be considerate in this area.
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HOMME DE FER
Homme De Fer is the main Tram station in Strasbourg. It is here where quite a few lines meet, so this is quite a busy area. There are plenty of seats, ticket & validating machines. It is located in the City centre. Cars are also accommodated in a major parking garage underneath the area.
Address....Place de l'Homme de Fer, Strasbourg
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TRAVEL BY TRAM
Our Hotel was located near a Tram stop, so this is the way we travelled into the city centre. Trams were very modern, comfortable and fast, taking only 15mins for us to be in the centre.
We found the Trams ran quite close together, so if we missed one, we didn't have long to wait. At the platform, we bought our ticket from the machine, then validated it ready to get on the Tram. Everybody over the age of 4 years must have a validated ticket or cop a fine. Its a good idea to have some euros in your pocket..
We just bought a single ride ticket which cost us 1.6 euros.
There are all sorts of tickets available, so please check the website for more ideas.
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New TGV trains in Strasbourg
Regularly scheduled TGV service began in June 10, 2007, on the new high-speed railway line from Paris to Strasbourg. The new trains go 320 kilometers per hour (that's nearly 200 miles per hour) on the newly-built section of tracks. So now it only takes 2 hours and 20 minutes to get from Paris to Strasbourg (instead of four hours), and by the year 2014 they are going to build another new section of tracks and get that time down to 1 hour and 50 minutes.
In the main photo the TGV train in the foreground is arriving from Stuttgart, Germany, and will continue non-stop from Strasbourg to Paris. The train in the background is the one I was on. I took it from Paris to Strasbourg, and now it is continuing on to Mulhouse (France) and Basel (Switzerland).
Second photo: A second class coach in the new TGV from Paris to Strasbourg.
Third photo: This is a huge poster that I saw on a building in Paris (Avenue de France), showing what the new high-speed railway line looks like from above.
The tram system is wonderful.More tram lines than any other town in France,even Paris.Allways is a tram crossing the crwded Place de l´Homme de Fer from Monday to Saturday.
It is very convenient a pass called Trio.24 hours for 2 or 3 people.Using the public transport cards is possible to travel to Kehl in Germany.
The Basel-Mulhouse airport is not the airport of Strasbourg but lowcost companies go there.I have flied with Easy Jet.There is a bus connecting the airport and gare Saint Louis (5 minutes.2 euros).From this village to Strasbourg a train every hour.
Strasbourg's original tram system was phased out in the 1950s, at the height of auto mania, and it took them forty years to realize that they hadn't done themselves a favor.
In November 1994 the first line of a completely new modern tram system was opened. Lines B and C followed in the year 2000. They say passenger numbers on the tram and bus network increased by 85% between 1992 and 2002. Today, almost 200,000 trips are made every day by tram throughout Strasbourg and vicinity.
Boat ride around Strasbourg canal
If you have never been to Strasbourg before, it's a pleasant and convenient to see and know about the history of Strasbourg old center and the European parliament area.
The port and ticket office is just behind Palais Rohan.
Train from Baden-Baden to Strasbourg
I had a flight to Baden-Baden airport and then i take a bus to city train station. From there i took a train to strasbourg station. It cost something like 15 euros and it was a very nice trains. Fast a nd comfortable
Very modern trams....
The tram system in Strasbourg is state of the art. You can get around very easily if you don't want to walk. They don't go everywhere (like to La Dome) but you can go to Petite France or if you are staying in an outlying hotel, this would be the best way to get into the Centre.
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