The tram: the largest network in France

The idea of the tram was taken up in 1989 as a way of improving quality of life and providing an alternative to the car. The first routes were opened in 1994 and immediately proved a popular success, which had a profound impact on life in the city.

With the elegantly-designed, modern, highly-functional and environmentally-friendly tram system, Strasbourg has made a name for itself as a pioneer in urban transport. The city was one of the first in France to opt for a return to a transport system which had been abandoned in the second half of the 19th century, and in so doing-heightened its international reputation.

By November 2010, the system included 55.5 km of commercial tracks along six routes, serving 69 stations, and it is the largest in France. The low floor allows easy access for disabled people and for pushchairs, while the oversize windows give passengers an excellent view of the outside.

300,000 passengers every day

The tram system is used by nearly 300,000 travellers every day and, over the past 15 years, has become the cornerstone of the City's public transport policy, providing a genuine alternative to the car. The tram can easily be combined with other means of transport, such as bicycles, buses, trains and walking. Special out-of-town car parks have been created for motorists to leave their cars and take the tram into the city centre. A symbol of eco-mobility, the tram is also a strong social driving force which has brought the city's outskirts to within a short ride of the centre, thereby reinforcing their sense of belonging to the urban community.

Key figures
  • 55.5 km of commercial tracks
  • 6 routes
  • 69 stations
  • 300,000 passengers every day

Sources : CUS