Night Rider offers affordable minibus travel all around Luxembourg, particularly handy for groups who can share the cost
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Getting home safely after a night on the town without getting behind the wheel has never been easier in Luxembourg, where there are countless options. From night trains to Wingman, Delano looks at the key alternatives.
L uxembourg’s obsession with cars placed it top of the list for car ownership in 2015, with 661 passenger vehicles per 1,000 residents. That is all well and good until you find yourself in a situation where you cannot drive safely or legally. Fortunately, Luxembourg has a number of alternatives for getting home after a night on the town, the most obvious being public transport.
For some years now, Luxembourg City has run four night bus lines in the capital from midnight until 3:30 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. CFL has also responded to the demand for night transport, and on Friday and Saturday nights operates trains to Troisvierges at 1:20 am and 3:30 am and to Rodange at 1:18 am and 3:18 am.
The next budget option is Night Rider. Now, let’s be clear, we’re not talking about David Hasselhoff and his talking car! Night Rider is a minibus that runs a bit like a taxi service on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 pm to 5 am.
The cost of a journey is based on the distance travelled and works out cheapest if you are a group travelling to and from the same place. For example, a trip for three people from Luxembourg City to Mersch costs €24. For such a reasonable price, you can imagine demand is high, so users are urged to book well in advance.
Taxis offer a flexible, if more costly, option for getting home on the hoof but don’t let that put you off, especially if you have car insurance with AXA Luxembourg. Under its Joker Taxi service, motor insurance customers are entitled to three free taxi rides a year within a 70-kilometre radius of their home, three times a year. The service is available 24/7 and though it started in 2009 for under 25s, since 2016, it’s offered to all motor policy holders.
The emergence of new operators such as Webtaxi also means passengers equipped with a smartphone can book a cab wherever they are and know exactly how much it will cost.
Another handy service is Wingman, which from Wednesday to Saturday sends two drivers to your location: one to drive you home in your vehicle and another to collect your driver when they have finished. Users pay from €18.50 for up to four kilometres.