Luxembourg residents used airplanes for 42% of their trips, well above the EU average of 17%
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Residents of Luxembourg stayed on average 7.1 nights for their trips, the latest Eurostat figures reveal.
While this placed the grand duchy second highest in all of the EU in 2017, it wasn’t the highest--residents of Greece had an average trip length of 9.9 nights. On the other end of the spectrum were residents of Hungary (3.6), Finland (3.4) and Latvia and Estonia (each averaging 3.3 nights).
The data set looks at 2017 domestic and outbound trips combined. It also revealed that residents of the grand duchy used the car for less than half of these trips (48%)--among the lowest for the EU. However, local residents also used airplanes for 42% of their trips--behind only Malta (63%), Cyprus (49%) and Ireland (43%), all islands. The EU average for airplane transport was 17%.
The highest use of trains, however, went to Luxembourg’s neighbours, France and Germany, at 15% and 14% of residents, respectively--the equivalent of 1 of every 7 French and German tourists, Eurostat said on 27 June.
Travel inside the country
The report also reveals that Luxembourg residents mainly take outbound business and holiday trips (98.3%), compared to domestic trips (1.7%). This is extremely low compared to the EU average, which sees about 73% of residents taking domestic trips.
Nevertheless, there is plenty to see in the country: according to figures for tourism in the first half of 2018 from the Luxembourg economy ministry, the grand duchy saw a +4% increase compared to the same time in 2017, with Mullerthal experiencing an increase in popularity by about +9%.