Since 29 February 2020, public transport is free of charge in the Grand Duchy. The celebrations for this unprecedented event have started with mini-concerts at railway stations and an exceptional major concert at the 'Neien Tramsschap' (Kirchberg). Entrance to the concerts was free too, of course.
No more tickets for public transport. Since 29 February , the Grand Duchy will be enabling the population and visitors to the country to travel anywhere in the Grand Duchy without paying a thing. In other words, travel by public transport will now be free of charge for everyone. No charge will be made for all State-financed modes of transport in the Grand Duchy - buses, trains and trams (CFL, Luxtram, RGT, TICE). Luxembourg City's buses (AVL) are following in their wake.
Free public transport: Luxembourg City's buses (AVL) are following suit.
Free public transport may well have a positive impact on the environment by attracting new users.
Free transport - free concerts
With this offer, the Grand Duchy has become the first country in Europe where public transport is completely free of charge throughout the country.
To celebrate this very special occasion, festive events have been organised throughout Luxembourg. The kick-off for the celebrations was on the 29 February, in the afternoon, with twelve mini-concerts on small stages set up at the railway stations Belval-Université, Luxembourg, Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg and Ettelbruck.
Groups of strolling musicians have accompanied travellers in trains, trams and buses. They includeed performers Serge Tonnar (in the funicular) and Michel Reis (on the tram).
In the evening, all the musicians got together for a major concert at the 'Neien Tramsschapp' on the Kirchberg plateau. The storage centre has become a music festival venue, with two stages: one more intimate stage in the 'Spigelzelt' marquee, an early 20th-century ice palace set up outdoors, plus the larger 'Tramsshapp' venue in the tram storage hall.
On the programme:
From mid-day to 6 p.m.: Performances at railway stations in Belval-Université, Luxembourg, Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg and Ettelbruck and in trains, buses and trams: AEM, Alfalfa, Aamar, Cheak !, MAZ, Oke Khalid, Michel Reis feat. Studnitzky, EDSUN, Nicool, Serge Tonnar, Stayfou and Tuys.
6 p.m.: DJ DEE (at the Tramsschapp)
7.15 p.m.: Michel Reis feat. Studnitzky (at the Spigelzelt)
8.15 p.m.: EDSUN (at the Tramsschapp)
9 p.m.: Serge Tonnar (at the Spigelzelt)
9.45 p.m.: Tuys (at the Tramsschapp)
10.30 p.m.: Nicool (at the Spigelzelt)
11.15 p.m.: Stayfou (at the Tramsschapp)
midnight to 1 a.m.: DJ Nosi (at the Tramsschapp)
A social and ecological measure
Since 29 February, Luxembourg has made access to its public transport system free of charge. This will make the Grand Duchy, where public transport has been free for anyone under the age of 20 and students since 2018, the first country in Europe to make public transport completely free.
This decision is part of an ambitious programme, and will cost 40 million euros. That's the amount of money generated annually by tickets and season tickets, which represents no more than 8% of the cost of running public transport. This means that the cost of the measure, offset by taxation, has been deemed acceptable, since according to the financial equation the measure is above all a social one. Additionally, the ecological aspect of the measure could have a positive impact on the environment by attracting new users to public transport while minimising carbon emissions thanks to fewer cars on the road.