Take the train, Luxembourg
By train to Luxembourg
Located in the heart of Western Europe, Luxembourg's railway station serves as a trraffice hub for many destinations in the neighbouring countries Belgium, France and Germany and has good connections to the Netherlands and Switzerland as well. Most of these services run more often than once an hour.
Coming from Germany, there are regional services to Trier via Wasserbillig and Intercity trains running through Cologne and the Ruhr area to Emden. Look out for the Luxembourg Special / Europa Spezial Luxembourg fare which starts at 9,60 EUR return for departure from nearby places such as Trier and allows usage of IC trains in Germany. Mainz – Luxembourg for example was 38 EUR return (all as of 2014).
Services to France include Strasbourg, Thionville, Metz and Nancy while in Belgium, Arlon and Brussels are well served. Here, a Benelux Railpass may be useful.
The main railway station in Luxembourg City is busy and seems to provide both domestic and international trains as well as acting as a bus hub for a number of lines throughout the city and country. The international trains seem to provide services to many locations north, south, west and even east.
There are a number of kiosks and shops, which seem to offer good value for money and excellent service too.
The one point to note is that when it is raining many people stand outside of the main entrance sheltering from the rain – sadly the canopy is rather small. Move inside and stay dry and unruffled!
Luxembourg has good rail links, including to adjoining countries.
So, for example, it is extremely easy to make a visit to Trier (for its Roman remains, perhaps?) or to Metz (for its excellent museum)...and any number of other places, inside and outside Luxembourg itself.
Luxembourg's railway station is really quite an impressive structure, with a tall tower and a map of the world on its ceiling. There are two ticket offices: national and international, both staffed by pleasant people with at least adequate English.
The national ticket office has free timetable leaflets for trains within the country and for some international routes (e.g. Trier and Metz) as well. Very useful indeed.
I saw a couple of machines for national tickets (bus as well as train) but I could not see any for international tickets, other than one for picking up tickets already booked online. So if you are planning to visit Germany or France do allow plenty of time to buy your ticket: there were queues in the international ticket office on several occasions when I walked past, although the staff are very efficient. I bought both of my tickets the day before I travelled, simply to make sure I did not get caught up in a queue.
A word of warning: if you want to go to the toilet, avoid using the one in the station. Not because it's unpleasant..like the rest of the city, it is very clean indeed...but because it will cost you 1.10 euro! That's a heck of a lot of money to spend just to spend a penny (although I believe the male pissoir is only 60 cents). Better to wait until you are on the train, perhaps? :-)
Transportation in Luxembourg is important. The country is small but very international.
In 1858 the railway network was started. The railway bridge is a significant landmark in the landscape of the city.
All throughout this area of Europe the travelling by train is very convenient and comfortable, the journey into Luxembourg no exception.
I post some useful links here:
Deutsche Bahn International Trains
B-rail.be (the Belgian railway company)
cfl.lu (the railway company in Luxembourg)
Although I didn't use the train in Luxembourg I have been to the train station quite a few times as it was located only 5 minutes on foot from our hotel.
My friend arrived by train from Switzerland.
Luxembourg has direct train connections to the following international cities Zurich (CH, 5 h), Paris (F, 2 h), Brussels (B, 3h) and Cologne (D, 3,5 h).
The main train station is situated about 1,5 km south of Luxembourg's city centre.
If you chose to use public transport, there are train to Luxembourg from Brussels, Trier and other nearby cities. The train station is located South of the city center and is served by buses that can take you there.
Luxembourg is connected to the rail network of all neighbouring countries such as Germany, France and Belgium. Also a wide network of trains is available within the country. Simply visit the official web page of the Luxembourg Rail Services for routes, schedules and additional information - the web link is provided below.
I arrived in Luxembourg City by train from Paris, a journey which took 3 hours and 45 minutes and cost 46 Euros. The train station in Luxembourg has all the basics- an information booth, a few snack shops and magazine stands and access to local transportation just outside the front door. A walk to the center of the Old Town takes only about 15 minutes from here.
I also took a train from here to Brussels, which took a touch over 2 1/2 hours and cost 28.60 Euros.
Luxembourg is well connected with other parts of Europe. We had a three hour train ride from Brussels through some very scenic country. In the morning and middle of the day, there was hourly service to Luxembourg. The train station is just to the south of the old city. One simply has to walk a little bit up the main boulevard. Once you reach the bridge, you can see the old city straight ahead. The train station building itself is impressive and makes a very nice gateway into the city. We used a Benelux Tourrail Pass, which includes unlimited travel through Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg for the designated period of time. We found this to be somewhat more cost effective than if we had merely purchased point to point tickets for rail travel.
Luxembourg is well-connected - there are hourly trains to Brussels and back and also to the surrounding countries and trains throughout Luxembourg. Brussels return can cost as little as EUR 41 return in second class and the service is reliable. The station itself, is also worth a look at - there is a fine stained glass window and intricately decorated ceiling to have a look at. There will soon be a new extension built (scheduled for completion in 2009) with more shops.
It's a little train but it drives on the road. There are headphones with explanation in various languages about what you are sightseeing.
06.11.2004 - 06.03.2005
Saturdays and Sundays : 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
12.03.2005 - 30.10.2005
Daily : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Duration : 50-60 min.
Departure and tickets sales : Place de la Constitution
Fares : adults : 8 € / Children 4-15 : 4 € / families : 20 € / Group fare on request
You can easily get a train and it is very comfortable to make a trip by it because the whole land is around 80 kms long and 50 kms wide. That means you can reach almost every place in 2 hours. Advice for tourists... take one day ticket or more days ticket it depends how far and how much would you like to see. But definitely, buy tickets for tourists because you can cross the country with that and travel in public transport as well plus there is a list of museums you can go to without paying a charge.
Such ticket for one day costs 9 Eur.
A means of transportation all right, but... only for us tourists, I think. Somehow, I could never imagine a local on one:))) Well, except for small children...
I can never do without one, however, when I go somewhere. This one, as most others I took, covers the historical area of the city and offers a pleasant alternative to an initial exploration of Luxembourg City either on foot (there will be time for that later on) or by tour bus.
From Luxembourg, it is easy to take a quick train ride over the border to Germany or France.
Regular trains connect Luxembourg with Trier in Germany and Metz in France. Both can be reached within about 40 minutes.
Such journeys are an ideal way of seeing some of Luxembourg's spectacular scenery.