Small to start with, Luxembourg’s well-developed public transport system makes the duchy’s world even smaller. Rute Vendeirinho on navigating the city by road and rail.
If you have a smart-phone, stop what you’re doing now and download the ‘Mobiliteit‘ app. All done? Right then, Mobiliteit is the central railway station’s mobility help-desk which has a new mobile app and also a website of the same name to plan trips by bus or train. This app is very simple, but to increase efficiency on the results, it is good to learn the names of the stops. Don’t leave home without using it!
If you’re going to be travelling a lot, we recommend getting the ‘E-go smart card’ which is a plastic card that allows you to load tickets up front. It is valid on the whole network of Luxembourg public transport and is rechargeable. You can also use your smartphone as a ticket! Just follow the rules on that helpful mobiliteit app you’ve downloaded.
The same tickets are valid on trains as buses and the same rates apply: 2€ for two hours (unlimited transfers) or 4€ for one day. A book of ten short distance/ 5 long distance tickets can be purchased for the reduced rate of 16€. Regular commuters should consider getting a monthly pass for 25€ (short distances)/50€ (the entire duchy) or even an annual pass 220€/440€.
Children under 12 ride free on public transport; under 4s must be accompanied by an adult. There is a ‘youth’ annual ticket for 75€ for under 20s.
Senior annual passes for over 60s are available at 100€ each.
Some train and bus lines experience a reduced service on Saturdays and Sundays.
Within Luxembourg City the comprehensive bus service is reliable and efficient. Buses numbered 1-25 serve Luxembourg City, with Line 16 going from the city centre to the Airport via Kirchberg. Almost all buses pass through the central bus station, Hamilius, located close to the city centre, and the railway station (Luxembourg Gare) in their routes. Bus tickets (which are also valid on trains) are available from the driver. A standard ticket costs 2.00€ and will be valid on any bus or train for up to 2 hours after its purchase.
Other buses networks include TICE – (transport for the canton of Esch-sur-Alzette), RGTR for the rest of the country and the Transfrontalier buses for France, Belgium and Germany. The overland bus service is extensive; every village has a number of bus stops which are served at least once every hour during weekdays. On weekends and bank holidays, service may be reduced. Buses numbered 100 and upwards will take you out of the city.
Some local authorities have started their own initiatives, which include night buses, linking the villages to the City of Luxembourg during weekend nights, and buses on call, which stop anywhere. Fares for these may be a little bit higher than for the regular service.
Trains in Luxembourg are run by the national rail-road company CFL. Trains generally run on time, are modern and comfortable, and fares are relatively cheap. This makes the tracks an option worth considering.
While the south of the country is well covered by the CFL train network, the north is limited to one main line which runs from Luxembourg City via Mersch, Ettelbrück, Wilwerwiltz and Clervaux to Troisvierges. The line continues north into Belgium towards Liège. Diekirch has a branch line to Ettelbrück, and Wiltz has a branch line to Kautenbach. There is also a line to the east that crosses into Germany over the Moselle River at Wasserbillig and ends in Trier.
From an aesthetic point of view, perhaps the best way to approach Luxembourg City is by train from the north via Line 10, as this is a beautiful scenic route through the valleys of the Ardennes.
Click here to see if your commune runs a night bus service. The Luxembourg city night bus goes every 15 minutes from 21:30 to 03:30 Fridays and Saturday nights.
CN1 Route: P+R Bouillon – Gare – Centre – Glacis – Clausen – Neudorf – Cents
CN2 Route: Centre – Limpertsberg – Belair – Merl – Centre
CN3 Route: Centre – Bonnevoie – Gasperich – Cessange – Centre
CN4 Route: Centre – Eich – Weimerskirch – Kirchberg
City Shopping Bus
This runs from the Glacis car park to rue Beaumont downtown every 10 minutes between 10.00 and 18.30. And it’s free!
Rives de Clausen Navette Bus
This runs from the Glacis car park to Clausener Breck on Weds to Sat every 15 minutes from 19:30 to 04:00
Call a Bus, Luxembourg City
A brilliant alternative to a taxi; this service runs from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 24:00. Simply call 4796-4797 at least 45 minutes before required departure time (you can book in advance by a maximum of 3 weeks) and a bus will come and pick you up and take you to your desired destination. Since it might pick up / drop off other passengers on route, it might be a longer way home than usual but at these prices, you can’t really complain. €6.00 per person and €3 for each additional person (pick-up and drop-off points being both taken together). It is €2.00 for wheelchair users and their attendants.
Thank you, Ville de Luxembourg!
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