Thanks to its location in the heart of western Europe, Strasbourg is less than 2 hours by train from Paris, Basel (Switzerland), Stuttgart and Frankfurt (Germany), or Luxembourg. That’s about as long as it would take you to watch a good movie or read a few chapters of the book that’s been lying on your nightstand for weeks.
Depending on what mode of transportation you prefer, Strasbourg can be reached:
Strasbourg train station is located a mere stone’s throw from the city center. Place Benjamin Zix (Petite France) is a 10-minute walk away, place Kléber is 13 minutes away, place Broglie is 16 minutes away and place de la Cathédrale is 17 minutes away.
- From Paris Gare de l’Est: 16 connections per day with the TGV Inoui. Travel time: 1 hour and 50 minutes
- From Metz or Nancy: 16 connections per day. Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
- From Lille: 14 connections per day. Travel time: 3 hours
- From Lyon: 16 connections per day. Travel time: 4 hours
- From Basel (Switzerland): 32 connections per day. Travel time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
- From Stuttgart (Germany): 17 connections per day. Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
- From Frankfurt (Germany): 19 connections per day. Travel time: 1 hour and 50 minutes
- From Luxembourg: 12 connections per day. Travel time: 2 hours
- From Brussels (Belgium): 12 connections per day. Travel time: 3 hours and 50 minutes
Several tram and bus lines depart from or near the station:
- Tram A and D: underneath the station, access via the escalators under the glass façade
- Tram C: by the north exit, boulevard Wilson
- Tram B and F: 150 m from rue de la Petite Course, tram stop Faubourg National
- Bus 2, 10 and G: by the central exit
There is also a taxi stand by the south exit, on boulevard de Metz.
Car rental near the station:
Avis, Hertz, Rent A Car, Sixt… You don’t need to rent a car to visit Strasbourg: the city center is largely pedestrian, and the various points of interest are easily accessible on foot.
The city center of Strasbourg is mostly pedestrian. Access for vehicles tends to be prohibited or reserved for the hotels. During pollution peaks, only vehicles with a Crit’Air 0, 1, or 2 sticker are allowed within the Eurométropole conurbation.
Parking options in Strasbourg:
There are several parking options in Strasbourg
• Park-and-Ride lots (Parking-Relais, or P+R), then tram or bus to the city center: 11 park-and-ride lots are located by the main roads and tram lines on the outskirts of the city center.
Fare: 4.20€ per day except for Rotonde: 4.70€ per day. Return ticket included for up to 7 people riding in the same vehicle.
• Parking garages at the entrance to the city center or in the suburbs:
– In the city center: Opéra Broglie parking garage (2 minutes from place Broglie and the opera, 6 minutes from the Cathedral), Gutenberg parking garage (2 minutes from the Cathedral, very crowded, especially on Saturdays), Kléber parking garage (2 minutes from place Kléber and 8 minutes from the Cathedral), Bateliers parking garage (2 minutes from quai des Bateliers and 7 minutes from the Cathedral), Austerlitz parking garage (3 minutes from quai des Bateliers and 6 minutes from the Cathedral)
– Near the city center: Saint-Nicolas parking garage (6 minutes from quai des Bateliers and 11 minutes from the Cathedral), Halles P1 Marais Vert (9 minutes from place Kléber and 13 minutes from the Cathedral), Halles P2 Sébastopol (4 minutes from place Kléber and 11 minutes from the Cathedral), Halles P3 Wilson (8 minutes from place Kléber and 14 minutes from the Cathedral)
– Near the Étoile district: Rivetoile parking garage
– Near the European quarter: Coubertin parking garage (opposite the European Parliament)
• Street parking (parking meter): rates divided into 3 zones and for a limited time.
The closer you get to the center, the higher the rate: from €0.50 to €2.10 per hour. In the orange and red zones, the rate grows exponentially after 2 hours and 30 minutes, and after 3 hours and 30 minutes in the green zone.
Paid parking from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm, free on Sundays and public holidays.
Payment at the meter or via mobile apps Easypark, Flowbird or Indigo Neo.
Strasbourg Airport (12 km south of Strasbourg)
How to get to Strasbourg from the airport:
– by train (TER): a pedestrian corridor provides very easy access on foot to Entzheim Airport train station. Travel time: 8 minutes, between 5:30 am and 10:40 pm, every 20 minutes during the day and every 5 to 10 minutes during rush hour. You can buy tickets at the ticket machine in the station. Fare: 3€.
Possibility of combined train+bus/tram ticket. Ticket machine inside the airport. Fare: 4,70€.
– by taxi: taxi stand at the airport. Fare between the airport and Place Broglie (city center): about 35€ (estimate during the day, on a weekday, may vary depending on the time and day of the trip)
– car rental: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Rent A Car, Sixt…
Basel-Mulhouse Airport, aka Euroairport (130 km from Strasbourg)
How to get to Strasbourg from the Euroairport:
– by bus and train: shuttle bus to Saint-Louis train station (from 5:20 am to 11:45 pm, every 15 to 30 minutes from Monday to Friday. From 6:20 am to 11:45 pm on Saturdays; from 5:50 am to 11:45 pm on Sundays and public holidays: every 30 to 50 minutes. 2,50€. Travel time: 10 minutes). Then TER train between Saint-Louis and Strasbourg (32 connections per day, travel time: 1 hour and 10 minutes, from 5:30 am to 11:40 pm)
– car rental: Avis/Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Rent A Car, Sixt
Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport (Roissy)
The SNCF offers 8 TGV connections per day between Charles-de-Gaulle airport and Strasbourg train station. Travel time: 1 hour and 50 minutes
Frankfurt Airport, Germany (213 km from Strasbourg)
– Lufthansa airlines has a shuttle between Frankfurt airport and Strasbourg, which takes 2 hours and 45 minutes. This route guarantees connections with Lufthansa flights and allows for a two-for-one online check-in for the bus and the flight if you book them together. Arrival at Strasbourg train station or at the Hilton Hotel. The bus is very busy on peak travel days..
– Deutsche Bahn (DB) also offers train connections between Strasbourg and Frankfurt airport (1 transfer, travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes)
By long distance bus
Several companies offer long-distance bus trips to and from Strasbourg: FlixBus and BlaBlaCar Bus. Arrival: Place de l’Étoile.
Fares, information, and solutions mentioned are indicative and valid for the end of the summer of 2022. These are subject to change or modification.