Strasbourg and its public transport system
With its 6 lines (A/B/C/D/E/F), 56 km of tracks in commercial operation, 69 stations and 300,000 daily users, Strasbourg's tram system is the largest in France.
The City's bus system has 30 urban lines, with 283 buses, and 11 interurban lines with 57 buses, which together carry passengers over 11,000,000 km every year.
Bus / Tram interchange stations are specially designed to facilitate fast and safe switching between different modes of transport, and are easily accessible for special-needs passengers.
With the Park-and-Ride network, motorists can park near a tram station and be in the city centre within a few minutes, without having to worry about traffic or parking. The driver and passengers can buy a flat-rate group ticket that covers both parking charges and a return ticket with the Tram. Park and Ride car parks are open Mondays to Saturdays, from 7 AM to 8 PM. Outside these hours, parking is free but users need to buy a ticket for the Tram.
- Tram A: from Illkirch Lixenbuhl to Hautepierre Maillon
- Tram B: from Hoenheim station to Lingolsheim Tiergaertel
- Tram C: from Neuhof R. Reuss to the central railway station
- Tram D: from Rotonde to Aristide Briand
- Tram E: from Robertsau Boecklin to Baggersee
- Tram F: from Place d’Islande to Elsau
- lines to the city centre: 4, 6, 10
- lines running between districts: 2, 7, 14, 15, 30, 40, 50, 70
- lines running alongside the tram system: 12, 13, 15a, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27, 31, 62, 63, 65, 66, 71, 72
- shuttles: the Neudorf Marché shuttle, the Robertsau shuttle, the civil Hospital shuttle
To find out more about bus and tram times, routes and season tickets, go to the CTS website
Bus and tram development projects
A large conurbation requires an excellent public transport system and easy accessibility. The Urban Community of Strasbourg is committed to developing its current system through multimodality, a strategy which sets out to encourage multimodal travel using public transport, bicycles and alternative modes of transport, such as car sharing, while reducing the use of private cars.
The tram system is growing through 4 new extensions:
- the southern extension of Tram A to Illkirch
- the northern extension of Tram E to the Robertsau
- the double western extension of Tram A to Hautepierre/Poteries for 2013
- the eastern extension of Tram D to the Port du Rhin and Kehl for 2015
You can also read more about the project by reading: Grand projet d’extension du tram (Lien vers Développement et rayonnement> Transports et infrastructures> Infrastructures>Grands projets > Extensions de tram)
The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system first came into use in 1995 and offers an excellent alternative mode of transport combining the advantages of the bus and the tram. Already in operation in Nantes, La Rochelle, Rouen and Nancy, it uses its own bus lanes and can operate with or without a guiding system. Guided BRT vehicles are called trams on tyres and can use either an optical guiding system or a central rail. The vehicles can have internal combustion, electric, gas or hybrid motors, which means they can travel on both electrified and non-electrified lines. Although they have a smaller capacity than the tram, they cost less and can be used in zones with significant potential.
More information on the BRT project in Strasbourg.
- 1989: the Urban Community of Strasbourg decides to build a new tram system, the construction of which (starting 1990) is managed by CTS, the Strasbourg transport company.
- 1994: 26 November, inauguration of line A of the tramway: 9.8 km, from Hautepierre Maillon to Baggersee.
- 1997: in November, entry into service of the first bus running on natural gas
- 1998: 2.8 km extension of line A to Illkirch Lixenbuhl, creation of a new route, line D (from Étoile Polygone to Rotonde)
- 2000: inauguration on 1 September 2000 of Tram lines B and C, running along 12.6 km of tracks
- 2004: introduction of the Badgeo ticketing system within the urban network
- 25 August 2007: entry into service of the tram extensions to Neudorf and Neuhof (lines C and D), creation of a new line E between Baggersee and the Wacken via the Esplanade
- September 2007: tram line E is extended to the Robertsau.
- January 2008: line B is extended to Ostwald Hôtel de Ville
- May 2008: line B is extended to Lingolsheim Tiergaertel
- November 2010: entry into service of line F (Elsau-Place d'Islande). Line C connects directly with the central railway station (Neuhof R. Rodolphe Reuss-Neudorf - Esplanade-Homme de Fer-Gare centrale).
Tram and bus network figures
- 55.5 km of tracks in commercial operation
- 6 lines
- 69 stations
- 300,000 daily users
- 30 urban bus lines
- 283 buses
- 11 interurban lines
- Urban operating speed 18-22 kph
- High-frequency at peak times
- Service from 5.15 AM to midnight
- Advantages: regular, frequent, comfortable, fast