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Expat Guide 2021-2022

How to ace your commute



Luxembourg’s tram, pictured, should reach the Cloche d’Or district in the south of the capital by 2024 Caro-Line Photography

Luxembourg’s tram, pictured, should reach the Cloche d’Or district in the south of the capital by 2024 Caro-Line Photography

Luxembourg is undoubtedly punching above its weight class in things like multilingualism and assets under management, but many people would add traffic woes to that list as well. It’s a lot of cars for a small(ish) town.

Homemade jam

Car traffic is famously bad between the Minett (the south of Luxembourg) and the city during rush hour, as commuters from France, Esch and other places head to and from the capital. A 20-minute drive can turn into an hour, easy, so avoid it if you can. (Try the train, for example, or use flexible working hours if you have them.)

Homemade tram

The Luxembourg tram, at the time of writing, runs from Kirchberg to the Gare. Current works are stretching it in both directions, i.e. to the airport (by 2023) and to the Cloche d’Or (by 2024), while a high-speed connection to Esch-Belval is additionally foreseen for 2028.

Very affordable

In 2020, Luxembourg became the first country worldwide to remove all fees for public transport (unless you’ve opted for first class). Waltz onto any bus, tram or train travelling within the country, no questions asked.

Bikes and buses

Unfortunately, cyclists have to share the road with motorists in many places, so it’s best to map your route and judge its safety before you go too far down that road. If you do, consider looking into the city’s extensive bikeshare programme, vel’OH!. Buses are also a popular way to commute. Check vdl.lu or mobiliteit.lu for timetables and information.

Short-term rental 

If you need a car on an exceptional basis, several operators offer “carsharing” schemes, i.e. ultra-short-term rentals where you pay per hour. Flex, for instance, has 47 pick-up and drop-off points at train stations in Luxembourg. In Luxembourg City, Carloh is the big name.  

www.carloh.lu 

www.flex.lu 

Skip it altogether

The least painful commute, of course, is the intrahouse walk from kitchen to home office. Many companies, especially post-pandemic, have flexible working options. For the cross-border crowd, however, please take note of tax issues: employees remain taxable in Luxembourg (and not elsewhere) if they work from home no more than 19 days (Germany), 24 days (Belgium) or 29 days (France). Find more guidance on uel.lu.