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It is a fact that prices of consumer goods and services in Luxembourg are at a fairly high level. But there are some areas where prices are lower than on average. That is the case for the public transport which is very cheap in comparison to other countries.
In Luxembourg, since 1 August 2018, every child and young person under the age of 20 can use public transport for free without a ticket. For students between the ages of 20 and 25, they can travel for free with their pupil or youth myCard. Students under the age of 30 can benefit from free Mkaart upon presentation of a certificate of education at a university or higher education institution in Luxembourg or abroad. The same tickets are valid on every public transport and the same rates apply: 2 € for two hours (unlimited transfers) and 4 € for one day. A book of 10 short distance/5 long distance tickets costs only 16 €.
Travelling by train and bus
The public transport network is well developed. Trains are run by the national railroad company (CFL) and connect the most important towns in the country. The buses networks include AVL (Autobus de la Ville de Luxembourg) for Luxembourg City, TICE (Syndicat pour le Transport Intercommunal dans le Canton d’Esch-sur-Alzette) for the south-western part of the country and RGTR (Régime Général des Transports Routiers), the only network with national coverage. In addition to the regular timetabled bus lines, a growing number of municipalities offers the City-Bus. This service allows passengers to travel in a flexible way throughout the municipality. Depending on the municipality, the service is available either on request or according to a fixed regular timetable.
City Shopping Bus and City Shuttle
The City of Luxembourg offers a free shopping bus line to make you shopping in the city centre easier. The City Shopping Bus commutes between the Parking Glacis and the city centre. When the shops are open on Sunday, the City Shopping Bus departs every six minutes between 1.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.
Autonomous shuttles, called City Shuttle, has been put into circulation in the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg City since the end of September 2018. These electric vehicles without driver connect the panoramic lift to the funicular every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday to Friday. They are free of charge.
Several transport services are available on request to take you out to a restaurant, bar, disco, party or any other evening event and/or back home. You can also take advantages of the City Night Bus, Late Night Bus and Nightlifebus services offered respectively by the City of Luxembourg, municipalities and a private company. They run through the night on weekends, and even on eves of public holidays. Their use is generally free and allows you to return home after a busy night. Nightrideris a bookable night-time transport service. Not for free but at a very reasonable price.
The second generation of trams in Luxembourg City
Having disappeared for more than 50 years, the trams were reintroduced in Luxembourg City in December 2017, along a new route that will, by 2021, run from Luxembourg Airport to the Cloche d’Or business district. At first, this new generation of trams, called Luxtram, has been serving 8 stations the length of Avenue JF Kennedy from Luxexpo up to Pont Rouge. Three additional stations have been put into service at the end of July 2018: Theatre, Faïencerie and Stäreplaz/Etoile. The trams circulate every day from about 5 a.m. to midnight and are free on Saturday.
The picture of public transport facilities is less rosy for commuters. Cross-border trains are frequently delayed on working days and the schedule is less frequent at weekends and at off-peak times. This is why the majority of commuters use their car to go to work. But this option is not necessarily the best one. During rush hours, roads coming from Belgium, Germany and France are congested and drivers often stuck in traffic jams between home and work.
Fortunately, there are a lot of car-polling possibilities in the Grand-Duchy and in the neighbouring countries. Since a few months, a company has been developing an innovative transport service in Luxembourg. This privately-run shuttle bus service, a cross between taxi and public transport, uses an algorithm which creates virtual stops on any given route based on saved queries on the system via an app. By combining this information with open source traffic and public transport data, the algorithms calculate the fastest and most suitable route. At the moment, only two connections are proposed: one between Habay and Arlon in Belgium and Kirchberg and Glacis in Luxembourg City and the other between Thionville in France and Kirchberg and Glacis in Luxembourg City.