Strasbourg transportation is well organized and it is served by a very modern looking tram system that has been operated since 1994 by regional transit company. You can go in tram and have good sightseeing of Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg has an excellent network of public transportation.
The tramway is fast and comfortable with three lines. All three crosses at the Place de l'Homme de Fer (Steel man Square), which makes connections easy
There are many bus lines that complete the system (same tickets)
The first photo gives the view from the tramway, across the pilot's place.
You can either buy one way tickets or buy a pass that will allow you to travel all day long on busses and tramways. My advice is to have the pass (second photo)
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Even if you drive to Strasbourg, once you are in the city, you have better forget your car and park it in the outskirts of the city or in one of the many parking buildings around the center. Strasbourg has a lot of traffic and most of the city center is car free (or allowed only for inhabitants). Moreover, there is very little parking space in the city center.
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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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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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We stayed on the German side of the border (Gengenbach) and went to Strasbourg by public transportation. Very convenient!
Thanks to tini58 who gave the hint to a very helpful website (see below) we found out timetables. Usually you have to change trains in Offenburg, sometimes hop on a bus in Kehl, but this is no problem.
Purchase an Europass for 6.60 Euro per person, valid for 24 hours! This pass covers all the regional trains, buses and trams on the German side and also the trams in Strasbourg.
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Gare de Strasbourg
This is our first entry onto French soil! As I look back on the main train station, I do get a bit sad, knowing that inside this glass bubble is a historic original train station dying to come out. The bubble does create a nice warm area for people to sit while they wait for their tram or bus outside, but I would rather have the old world feel.
We were able to travel directly to this train station from Stuttgart Germany on a SNCF train called the TGV, which is a high speed train. It had us to Strasbourg a mere 1:15 minutes after departing Stuttgart.
So easy to get about
At the airport theres a tourist info booth,some of them can be of no use,can't say that about this one.Very helpful,no need to fall back on my schoolbut french,just as well really....
In the tabac (newsagents) you can buy your ticket to Strasbourg city centre.The bus goes from outside the terminal,building, takes about 30mins then you change on to an electric tram,again hassle free.The ticket is valid for both bus and tram,and 20 minutes later,your there.The railway station is a wonderful old grand looking building,very similar to the one in Amsterdam,but without the 'unsavoury characters' hanging round.
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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.
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.
Construction at the Central Station
The square in front of the central train station is one big construction site at present [= June 2006], both because of improvements to the tram system and in preparation for the new high-speed rail line TGV Est, which will reach Strasbourg in 2007.
Train travel from Strasbourg to Paris will then take only 2 hours and 20 minutes, instead of four hours as it does now. And they are planning on 15 high-speed trains per day in each direction.
Second photo: The sign in the station says "2005-2007, Everything is changing in the Strasbourg Station. Two years of major construction to prepare for the arrival of the TGV East European."
Rental Car - Not needed
Most of the time, I promote the ability to drive around a city as being a positive way to get more into a day rather than waiting for public transportation, or incurring a lot of cost of a cab. In Strasbourg however, I would highly warn against renting a car, as there are just too many sites easily within walking distance of each other that you would spend more time finding a parking spot for your rental than sightseeing.
If you are going to rent a car however, I would recommend a smart car! These little things were very common in Strasbourg, and fit into a few tiny spots!
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This is a small local (but international) train which connects the French city of Strasbourg with the nearby Germany towns of Kehl, Kork, Legelshurst, Appenweier and Offenburg, just across the Rhine River. The reason I took it recently was that I wanted to catch a connecting ICE train at Offenburg, going up to Frankfurt.
The Ortenau-S-Bahn is run by neither the French nor the German railway systems, but by a small company which was set up especially for this purpose and which as far as I know is wholly owned by the German Land of Baden-Württemburg.
Second photo: The Ortenau-S-Bahn in Offenburg.
Cycling in Strasbourg
Strasbourg has a fine cycling infrastructure, and the city even maintains a non-profit organization to rent bicycles. I rented mine for EUR 12.00, which is their weekly rate, here at their shop near the central station in the Rue du maire Kuss, across the street from my hotel.
Second photo: The same organization has a second shop in the city center, in Rue Boucher.
Third photo: Lots of people cycle in Strasbourg. Here's one going by the opera house.
Fourth photo: Strasbourg is on the well-marked long-distance bicycle route called the Veloroute Rhein/Rhin, from Basel to Mainz.
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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