Travel to Strasbourg
Flying to Strasbourg
easyJet operates direct flights to Strasbourg from the UK. As direct flights are limited, book well ahead for the cheapest fares. Travel from the USA usually involves a stopover in Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris.
From London - 1 hour 30 minutes; New York - 11 hours (including stopover); Los Angeles - 12 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 11 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 28 hours (including stopovers).
Travel by road
Motorways bear the prefix 'A' as do other major roads: 'N' (nationales) or 'D' (départementales). Traffic drives on the right and motorists usually must give way to the right.
Speed limits are set at 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 110kph (68mph) on dual carriageways and on motorways in case of rain, 90kph (46mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas. Visitors who have held a driving licence for less than two years face tighter speed restrictions.
The minimum age for driving is 18 years. All passengers must wear seat belts and children under 10 years may not travel in the front seat. The French police fine motorists on the spot for driving offences, such as speeding. Random breath tests for drinking and driving are common.
A national driving licence, identity card, and the car registration document must be carried at all times. A red warning triangle and yellow warning jacket must also be in the vehicle at all times. EU nationals taking their own cars to France are strongly advised to check their car insurance policy.
Emergency breakdown services
Automobile Club Association (tel: +33 9 7040 1111; www.automobile-club.org).
Strasbourg is on the central European motorway network, directly connected to Paris by the A4 motorway to the west, linked to Munich via Stuttgart on the A8 Autobahn to the east and the A5 north to Frankfurt. The Strasbourg-Mulhouse route is linked to the national motorway network, allowing access to Lyon and Marseille, as well as to destinations in Spain and Italy.
The coach station is located behind the Place des Halles and hosts two companies. Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois (CTS) (tel: +33 3 8877 7070; www.cts-strasbourg.fr) serves the suburbs of Strasbourg. Eurolines, 6D place d'Austerlitz (tel: 0892 899 091, in France only or +33 1 4186 2421; www.eurolines.fr), operates international coach services to major destinations in Europe.
Time to city
From Paris - 4 hours 30 minutes; Marseille - 7 hours; Lille - 5 hours.
Travel by Rail
Strasbourg's main railway station is close to the city centre (20 place de la Gare). The station is difficult to miss as a modern glass cocoon frontage shields the original sandstone building.
SNCF (tel: 3635, in France only or +33 892 353 535; www.sncf.com) is France's national railway service provider. Strasbourg is connected to the rest of France by the excellent high-speed TGV network.
If travelling from the UK, you can take the Eurostar train to Paris Gare du Nord. From there it's a short walk to the Gare de l'Est, where you can catch a TGV to Strasbourg.
Stuttgart - 1 hour 15 minutes; Basel - 1 hour 20 minutes; Paris - 2 hours 20 minutes; Marseille - 5 hours 30 minutes; London - 5 hours 10 minutes (including change in Paris).
The railway station is within walking distance of the city centre and is easily accessible by tram, bus and taxi.