France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transport for Strasbourg, France
TGV trains whiz from Paris (Gare de l'Est and CDG Airport) to Strasbourg in less than two hours. City buses, trams and Vel'hop rental bicycles get you around in this delightful Alsatian city.

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg
Cathédrale Notre-Dame
de Strasbourg
—a landmark
visible throughout the city.

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TGV, Intercité & TER Trains

Non-stop TGV trains connect Paris's Gare de l'Est several times daily with Strasbourg, making the trip in less than two hours.

Some TGV trains also serve Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport's Aérogare 2, making the trip in less than two hours.

Intercité trains connect Strasbourg with Colmar, Basle and Zurich (Switzerland), Luxembourg and Brussels (Belgium).

TER Grand Est (formerly 'S Elsass) regional trains link Strasbourg with other cities and towns in the region, including Colmar, Mulhouse, Nancy and more.

Strasbourg's Gare Centrale

Strasbourg's modern Gare Centrale (Gare de Strasbourg SNCF), 1.3 km (less than a mile, 17-minute walk) west of the Cathédrale (map), is the center of transport for the city.

The station has café-bars, shops selling snacks, sandwiches, pastries and hot and cold drinks. There's an Information Office and next to it a Waiting Room with Wifi and electrical outlets/points for recharging your electronic devices.

The Gare Centrale is connected to other parts of the city by trams and city buses (see below).

Intercity Buses

Eurolines and Flixbus intercity buses arrive and depart from the Gare Routière (Intercity Bus Terminal) at the Parc de l'Étoile (map), 1 km (6/10 mile, 15-minute walk) southeast of the Cathédrale, and 2.1 km (1.3 miles) southeast of the Gare Centrale de Strasbourg SNCF.

Regional Buses

Fluo Grand Est

All of the regional bus transport systems and TER trains are part of the Fluo Grand Est network providing public transportation in France's Grand Est region from Strasbourg, Colmar and Mulhouse in the east through Nancy and Metz to Reims, Laon and Château-Thierry in the west, and extending into neighboring parts of Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. More...

CBTR Bas-Rhin

The CBTR (Compagnie des Transports du Bas-Rhin) , part of the Fluo Grand Est network, operates the regional bus network connecting cities, towns and villages of the Bas-Rhin region from Strasbourg's Gare Routière des Halles at Place des Halles (map), 750 meters (1/2 mile, 10-minute walk) northeast of the Gare Centrale train station, , and 2 km north of the Gare Routière for intercity buses (Eurolines and Flixbus).

Fluo/CBTR bus lines bear three-digit bus numbers, such as Line 257 which connects Strasbourg's Gare Routière des Halles with the nearby winemaking town of Obernai, and other towns southwest of Strasbourg. More...

Strasbourg Local Transport

Strasbourg's local transportation network of six tram lines and numerous city buses is operated by CTS (Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois), which offers a smartphone app for information and ticket purchases, and a website with an English version.

Transit tickets (1.80) valid on buses and trams can also be bought at machines near major stations and stops.

Transit tickets can also be bought on buses, but cost more (2.00) than those bought at machines.

Tickets bought at machines are Billets rechargeable (rechargeable tickets) which can be recharged at ticket machines with money for future trips. You save a bit of money by buying two fares (3.50) or 10 fares (14.10) at a time.


For trams, exit the Gare Centrale building by the front doors into the glass bubble, take the escalator down one level, and buy your tram tickets from a machine (credit/debit card with chip, or euro coins—no bills/notes). There is a map of the tram system on the wall near the ticket machines.

Tram ticket machines, Gare Centrale de Strasbourg, France
Tram ticket machines, down one escalator at the
Gare Centrale, Strasbourg.

Descend two more levels by escalators to reach the tram platforms.

To reach Place Gutenberg and, two short blocks beyond it, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, board Tram A toward Graffenstaden or Tram D toward Kehl Rathaus and get out at the third stop (Langstross Grand'Rue), then walk east on rue Gutenberg.

City Buses

From Strasbourg's Gare Centrale, exit the station and the glass bubble at street level and proceed to the city bus stops in front of the Gare. Look for a bus stop shelter to find maps of the bus routes.

Vél'hop Bicycles

Strasbourg's city-operated free/cheap bicycle rental service is called Vél'hop. You'll see rental stations around the city. You can get a free half day rental with the Strasbourg Pass. More...

Tourist Information

Strasbourg Hotels

Strasbourg Restaurants

What to See & Do

About Strasbourg




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Gare de Strasbourg, France

The 19th-century façade of the Gare de Strasbourg is now enclosed in a glass bubble, protecting travelers from the weather as they connect to the city's excellent tram system.

CTS transit ticket, Strasbourg, Alsace, France
Front & back of a rechargeable CTS transport ticket.

Strasbourg tram
Trams: a good way to get around Strasbourg.


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