Transportation in Luxembourg
Luxembourg is not a large city by any means. Public transportation is pretty easy to understand due to that fact. However, the elevations throughout the country and the city make it a little tough to build efficient transportation structures. Due to that, transportation in Luxembourg mainly relies on buses. For tourists, these are pretty easy and convenient to use.
When writing about transportation in Luxembourg, it is worth a mention that there is not only the city Luxembourg in the small state, but also some smaller towns. All of those are connected by rail or bus with the capital of Luxembourg.
Most trains do not only connect towns in Luxembourg with Luxembourg City, but also cross the border to Belgium, Germany or France. That said, the connections between the four countries is very good and many French, Belgium and German people can reach Luxembourg City in less than an hour by train.
Trams in Luxembourg
Every inhabitant of Luxembourg will be a little curious after reading this headline. The reason for that is the fact that there is no tram in Luxembourg. However, it is worth a mention that there has been one in the past. But more important, there are plans to build a new tram in the city.
In 2009, the project was announced for the first time and in 2014, the project was approved by Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies. The tram that will connect the main station with the Kirchberg (European Quarter) and the airport. The works are planned to be finished in 2017. For the moment, this is the only tram planned, but other light rail connections are yet in conversation.
- The first tram line will be available in 2017
Buses in Luxembourg
Without a tram, the buses are the most important means of transport in Luxembourg. Transportation in Luxembourg City fully relies on the public buses. These connect all parts of Luxembourg including the inner city, the area around the central station, the lower city and the Kirchberg with each other.
Many bus lines also connect parts of Luxembourg City with other towns close to the capital of Luxembourg. The system itself is pretty easy to understand as the bus lines 1 to 25 are the city buses, while all buses numbered 100 and higher go out of the city. Bus line 16 needs a special mention as it connects the city center with the airport via Kirchberg.
- Bus lines 1-25 are city buses
- Bus line 16 connects the airport with the city center of Luxembourg
- Short-term tickets (unlimited transfers for up to two hours) cost 2 Euro (~ 2.15 US-Dollar)
- Day tickets (unlimited transfers) cost 4 Euro (~ 4.30 US-Dollar)
- Route Map and other information on the bus network in Luxembourg
Taxis in Luxembourg
Taxis in Luxembourg are generally very expensive. As one of the richest cities in Europe, there are many taxis regardless of the high fares. Usually, the base fare is 2.50 Euro (~ 2.7 US-Dollar) while every further kilometer is charged another 2.50 Euro (~ 2.7 US-Dollar).
A taxi from the airport costs 20 to 25 Euro (~ 21.5 to 27 US-Dollar) depending on where in the city you are going. Taxis in Luxembourg are generally safe. Most taxis are pretty modern and comfortable.
- The base far for taxis is 2.50 Euro (~ 2.7 US-Dollar)
- Every kilometer is charged 2.50 Euro (~ 2.7 US-Dollar)
- A taxi to the airport costs 20 to 25 Euro (~ 21.5 to 27 US-Dollar)
Other means of transport in Luxembourg
Luxembourg is not really a large city. That said, there are not many alternative means of transport that are worth a mention. Especially in summer, you may have an eye on the city bikes that can be rented throughout the city.
Exploring Luxembourg by bike can be very enjoyable as there are bike paths and easily accessible streets pretty much everywhere in the city.