Getting around Strasbourg

Public transport

The Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS) (tel: 03887 77070; www.cts-strasbourg.fr) operates the bus and tram systems in Strasbourg.

Trams run daily between 0420 to 0040, and every few minutes during rush hour. Five tramlines connect the city. Line A runs from Hautepierre to Illkirch-Graffenstaden and Line B connect southwest Strasbourg to the northern districts. Line C semi-circles through the southern half of the city, linking Elsau, the university quarter and Esplanade district to the centre. Line D runs northwest to east through the city centre. Line E runs from the Baggersee airport shuttle terminal in the south to the European Union institutions in the northeast, and connects with lines B and C at the central République stop.

Buses run daily between 0500 or 0600 to 0000, with limited frequency and service on Sundays. There are about 23 routes covering the city. Lines 4 and 6 are useful for travel and sightseeing within the city centre.

Most tickets can be used for both the bus and tram and are available from CTS offices (Place Kléber and train station), post offices, some newsagents and ticket machines at stops. Tickets must be stamped for validation in dedicated machines upon boarding the bus or before boarding the tram.

A 10-ticket discounted booklet is available from CTS sales points, as well as bargain-priced tickets '24h Individuel' and 'Trio' (for up to three people travelling together), which allows unlimited bus and tram travel within a 24-hour period. CTS sales points or the Central Tourist Office, 17 place de la Cathédrale (tel: 0388522828; www.otstrasbourg.fr) can provide a free map of the public transport network as well as any other tourism information.

Taxis

One of the principal taxi companies is Taxi 13 (tel: 03883 61313) with over 200 vehicles in operation round the clock. Taxis can also be hailed at ranks at the train station, airport and place de l'Homme de Fer. Many taxis accept payment by credit card and tipping is not expected.

Driving

Most of the city centre is pedestrianised and motorists are encouraged to park their vehicle in parking lots connected to public transport networks and that charge a low daily rate. The popularity of public transport means that traffic congestion is rarely a problem, although jams do occur at rush hour on the major motorway axes in and out of the city.

Central car parks, especially around the Place des Halles, can be expensive. Parking is free for up to 30 minutes at the railway station, St Aurélie, Serres, Canal and Porte de l'Hôpital. The Bateliers Car Park and Parking 2 Sebastopol (Place des Halles) are free between 2000 and 0200 – ideal for nights out! Further information is available from Strasbourg's online parking guide Parcus (www.parcus.com).

Car hire

Avis (tel: 08206 11698; www.avis.fr), Europcar France (tel: 0825 857 479; www.europcar.fr) and Hertz France (tel: 03883 25762; www.hertz.fr) are located near the train station. The minimum age for car hire varies from 21 to 25 years. A credit card is required and drivers must have a national driving licence for at least one year. Insurance is usually included.

Bicycle hire

Strasbourg has the largest cycle network in France and offers close to 200kms (125 miles) of lanes to explore the surroundings and stunning countryside. Bicycles are available for hire from Vélocation, a non-profit close to the train station (tel: 03882 35675 or 40561; www.velocation.net) and from Esprit Cycles, 18 rue Jacques Peirotes (tel: 03883 61841; www.espritcycles.com).

Vél’hop, a shared bicycle scheme allows users to pick-up/drop-off bicycles at designated stations throughout town (tel: 09693 93667; www.velhop.strasbourg.eu). A deposit and ID are required and maps of cycling routes are available upon hiring.

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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