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Essentials

Arriving -- The Strasbourg-Entzheim Airport (Aéroport International Strasbourg; www.strasbourg.aeroport.fr; [tel] 03-88-64-67-67), 15km (9[bf]1/4 miles) southwest of the city center, receives daily flights from many European cities, including Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, and Moscow. The shuttle train (look for the signs to pedestrian footbridge connecting the airport to the station platform) whisks you to Strasbourg main station in 9 minutes. The shuttles run every 15 minutes from 5am until 10pm Monday through Friday, twice an hour on Saturday between 6am and 9pm, and once to twice per hour on Sundays between 8am and 9pm. The one-way cost is 4€ and includes connection to the municipal tram system. For information, call [tel] 03-88-77-70-70.

The superfast TGV train makes round-trips from Paris to Strasbourg, cutting travel time nearly in half to 2 hours, 20 minutes. At least 15 trains a day arrive from Paris’s Gare de l’Est; the one-way fare is 47€ to 89€. For information and schedules, call [tel] 36-35.

By car, the giant A35 crosses the plain of Alsace, with occasional references to its original name, the N83. It links Strasbourg with Colmar and Mulhouse.

Visitor Information -- The Office de Tourisme is on 17 place de la Cathédrale (www.otstrasbourg.fr; [tel] 03-88-52-28-28). There is a second branch inside the main train station (same telephone number as above).

Strasbourg Pass -- If you plan to do several tourist activities or museums, you can save with the Strasbourg Pass. Valid for 3 days, it grants free entrance to cathedral towers, clock, one museum, free boat cruise ticket, half-day free bike rental, 50 percent discount on second museum and other discounts; 14.90€ for adults and 7.45€ for children, available at the tourist office.

Special Events -- The Classical Music Festival runs for 2 weeks in June, and the Festival de Jazz runs in early July (both www.festival-strasbourg.com; [tel] 03-88-15-29-29). They feature international artists and draw large crowds. Ticket prices range from 24€ to 75€ and go on sale in mid-April. Wolf Music, 24 rue de la Mésange (http://wolf-musique.musicunivers.com; [tel] 03-88-32-43-10), arranges ticket sales for these festivals. The Association Musica (www.festival-musica.org; [tel] 03-88-23-46-46) organizes the Festival International des Musiques d’Aujourd’hui. It takes place from the end of September to the first week of October and combines contemporary concerts with movies and modern opera performances. Tickets (8€–25€) go on sale at the end of June.

In late November and December, the place de Cathédrale erupts with the magical Marché de Noël (Christmas Market), where you can purchase handmade ornaments and gifts and warm up with hot vin chaud (mulled wine).

City Layout -- The center of Strasbourg is mainly located on Grand Ile, a large island hugged by two branches of the Ill River. Petit France is the area between these two branches; with its crooked streets and half-timbered houses, it’s a major visitor destination.

Getting Around

On Foot -- Most of the main sites are accessible on foot and the city center is highly pedestrianized.

By Bicycle -- Like a growing number of French cities, Strasbourg has a bike-sharing program called Vélhop (www.velhop.strasbourg.eu; [tel] 09-69-39-36-67). You can register in their boutiques at 3 rue d’Or or in the Strasbourg station; fees are 1€ per hour or 5€ per day. A deposit is required.

By Car -- If you have a car for exploring Alsace, there are convenient underground parking lots in Place Gutenberg, Place Kléber, and near the train station. You can rent a car at Avis (www.avis.fr; [tel] 08-20-61-16-98), located at the train station or in the Kléber parking garage, or Europcar, at the station (www.europcar.fr; [tel]08-25-85-74-79).

By Taxi -- To serve the many business travelers there are a good number of taxis circulating around the city. You can also order one from Centre Alsace Taxis (www.centre-alsace-taxis.fr; [tel] 03-88-85-15-15).

By Public Transport -- Strasbourg has an extensive transit network of trams and buses run by the CTS (www.cts-strasbourg.eu; [tel] 02-47-66-70-70). A one-way ticket costs 1.60€ or an unlimited day pass is 4.10€. Tickets can be purchased from automatic kiosks at a tram station or from a bus driver.

FastFacts: Strasbourg

ATMs/Banks -- The city center has plenty of banks; you’ll definitely find one around Place Kléber.

Doctors & Hospitals -- Hopitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, 1 Place de l’Hopital (www.chru-strasbourg.fr; [tel] 03-88-11-67-68).

Internet Access -- Linkys, 22 rue des Frères ([tel] 03-88-35-08-31).

Mail & Postage -- La Poste, 5 Place du Chateau ([tel] 36-31).

 

Pharmacies -- Pharmacie de l’Homme de Fer, 2 Place de l’Homme de Fer ([tel] 03-88-32-55-55).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.