France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transport for Strasbourg, France
TGV trains whiz between Paris (Gare de l'Est and CDG Airport) in less than 2-1/2 hours. City buses, trams and Velhop rental bicycles get you around the city of Strasbourg.




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 city buses and by four tram lines, A, B, C and D.

TGV, Intercity & TER Trains

Non-stop TGV trains connect Paris's Gare de l'Est several times daily with Strasbourg, continuing to Colmar, making the trip between Paris and Strasbourg in less than 2-1/2 hours.

Some TGV trains also serve Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport's Aérogare 2.

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

TER Elsass trains link Strasbourg with other cities and towns in the region, including Colmar, Mulhouse and more.

City Buses

For city buses, exit the station and the glass bubble at street level and proceed to the bus stops in front of the gare.


For trams, exit the station by the front doors into the glass bubble, take the escalator down one level, buy your tram tickets from a machine (credit/debit card with chip, or euro coins—no bills/notes), then descend two more escalators to reach the tram station.

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

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.

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