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Mobility in Luxembourg: challenges and solutions

Luxembourg, a country of short travels and paths, boasts a high-quality road, train and cycling network. Located in the heart of Europe, the Grand-Duchy, which is also the economic centre of the Great Region, is a country on the move.

Getting around in Luxembourg can be a challenge: the main roads are often congested during rush hour. Private motor vehicle transport remains the preferred method of travel in Luxembourg.

Alternative transport methods are on the rise, however. With increasing diversity in the transport options available, users can now choose from a wide range of travel solutions within Luxembourg and beyond the country's borders.

Public transport: train, bus and tram

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Public transport in Luxembourg covers the entire country and makes it easy to get from one place to another.

The rail network links the country's major urban areas and destinations. There are also direct connections to neighbouring cities and capitals, including Paris and Brussels.

Rail services are complemented by an extensive bus network, which provides transport across the entire country, within towns and cities, and also to destinations and airports in the wider region.

Since December 2017, Luxembourg City has also operated a tram service, and the tram network is undergoing constant expansion. With the tram, users can travel around the city centre and Kirchberg without being affected by road traffic congestion.

The Mobility portal, with its integrated search engine, can be used to find the ideal route for your journey – and the Mobiregio portal provides information about public transport in the Greater Region.

There are also several solutions for people with reduced mobility.

Non-motorised transport: cycling and walking

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Luxembourg's network of cycle tracks is constantly expanding; it now covers the entire country and extends out to border areas. Several urban areas also offer bicycle-sharing schemes, such as vel'oh! in Luxembourg City and Vël'Ok in the southern regions.

Users can take their bicycles free of charge on trains and buses, making it possible to combine cycling and public transport.

Walking is also an excellent alternative for shorter distances. A number of protective measures have been introduced to help improve the safety and comfort of pedestrians and cyclists.

Cars: a shared space for sustainable motoring

Despite all our good intentions, the realities of our daily and professional lives mean that sometimes travelling by car is the only option.

But there are alternatives in this area too, including car-sharing and car-pooling.

Electric vehicles are also becoming increasingly widespread, and there is a growing network of free charging stations across the country.

User attitudes: public spaces for all

A major factor in alleviating congestion is the attitude and behaviour of users. It goes without saying that since we all have to share public spaces, we should do so with mutual respect and an awareness of the rights and obligations of all users.

To this end, information campaigns, such as #Respekt112, are often held to raise awareness among the public. There are also prevention campaigns and regular roadside checks by the Luxembourg Police to ensure compliance with the Highway Code and reduce the number of road incidents and accidents.

(Article written by the editorial team of the www.luxembourg.lu portal)

  • Updated 12-09-2018