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Strasbourg Tram Step-by-Step Guide

The Strasbourg Tram network is a quick, efficient, and cost effective way to visit the greater-than-walking-distance sites of the historic city – whatever greater than walking distance means to you!  Use this step-by-step Strasbourg Tram Map and Guide (with pictures) to get you on the Strasbourg Tram system and to whatever sites are calling to you.

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There are 6 tram lines in the city that are identified with letters and shown with different colors associated with each line.

Strasbourg Tram lines

  • Tram A (Red): from Illkirch Lixenbuhl to Hautepierre Maillon
  • Tram B (Light Blue): from Hoenheim station to Lingolsheim Tiergaertel
  • Tram C (Orange): from Neuhof R. Reuss to the central railway station
  • Tram D (Dark Green): from Rotonde to Aristide Briand
  • Tram E (Purple): from Robertsau Boecklin to Baggersee
  • Tram F (Light Green): from Place d’Islande to Elsau

 

Strasbourg Tram Map

Here are two different tram maps to help put the whole system in perspective, as well as show the section that most visitors usually deal with:

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As you can see from the map above, Tram lines A, B, C, D, & F – so all lines EXCEPT E – cross at the Homme de Fer stop.  That is also the stop closest to Place Kleber in the city center, and is walking distance to the major sites.

This next Strasbourg Tram Map puts the tram lines on a map of the historic city center, showing where the lines and stops are in relation to the sites.  It is surprisingly hard to find such a Strasbourg Tram map for some reason.

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Point A on the Tram Map above shows Homme de Fer tram stop, the transfer point between lines A, B, C, D, and F.  This stop pretty much takes over this intersection with spots on different corners for boarding different trams.  There is also a public transit office at this corner, and a number of different ticket purchasing kiosks.

Point B at Place de la Republique is another useful transfer point with lines B, C, E, and F all intersecting.   Both Place de la Republique and Parc l’Orangerie (which is reached via Tram line E that can be taken from the Republique Tram stop) are discussed in 10 Best Things to do in Strasbourg.

Ok, so that’s all well and good – but useless unless you both know how to use the system, and are confident enough to do so, none of this is useful at all!  SO, here’s the step-by-step:

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Step-by-Step Guide to Taking the Strasbourg Tram

Buy a Tram Ticket

This picture is of one of the kiosks to buy tram and bus tickets.  This is one of several in the main hall of the Strasbourg train station.  These kiosks are also located at most (if not all) tram stops, and are very easy to use.  The starting screen has a touch-button in the bottom left to select your language by selecting the appropriate country flag (British flag for us English speakers), and then choose your tickets (see below about tickets).  For payment, you can use a credit card or coins, but not paper bills.

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Strasbourg Tram Tickets and Prices

The Strasbourg Trams and buses use the same tickets.  These tickets can be purchased on a bus, from a kiosk at a stop (as the above photo) or in a CTS office.  As you can see below, the most expensive ticket is purchased on the bus.  The most cost effective way is a card used by regular commuters, but impractical for visitors as the card has an initial purchase price of €4.00.  The most common ticket used by visitors is the paper ticket purchase.  If you buy two tickets together you will save €0.10, and if you buy 10 paper tickets together it will save you €3.90.  But obviously, this savings is only accurate if you are actually going to use all 10 tickets!

Also, a ticket is valid for 1 hour after being validated, including any transfers within the bus/tram system during that time.  (The bus system uses the exact same tickets.)

Strasbourg Tram Chart.jpg

Notice that the 10-ticket pack (paper ticket purchase) only saves you money if you are going to use at least 8 of the tickets.

Also Note that the Badgéo card costs an initial €4.00 to obtain, and then you add the listed fare costs to use it. Therefore this card is really not cost effective unless you are staying quite a while in Strasbourg and using public transit a lot.  It is designed for residents and commuters.

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Validate your ticket

When you arrive at the Strasbourg Tram stop, before you board your tram, you need to validate your ticket.  To do so, use one of the machine’s pictured below.  Hold your ticket against the yellow “Card” painted in the center of the blue with yellow arrows pointing toward it.  The when you hold your ticket there it will be read and the machine will beep at you.  That starts your valid time with that ticket, and you are free to use the trams for the next hour.

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Board the Correct Strasbourg Tram

Each tram stop has a display like the one pictured below.  This shows that line A in the direction of Parc des Sports will be stopping here in two minutes, and then again in 10 minutes.  Also, Line D in the direction of Poteries stops here and will arrive in 1 minute, and again in 5 minutes.  Get it?    So you know there will be a Green Line D tram, then a Red Line A tram one minute after the green one.

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On the Strasbourg Tram

Once you are on the tram, you don’t need to scan your ticket or show anyone or anything 99% of the time.  Just be sure you have one in case there is a transit official on board doing a random check.

As you travel, each Tram stop will have the name of the stop on it somewhere, so just keep an eye out and be sure to get off at the right stop.

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Strasbourg Tram Stops

Because I know how helpful it was for me to be able to verify I was really going where I thought I was by watching the tram stop names as I traveled, here is a list of the tram stops for each line.

For lines A, B, C, D, & F, the stops that are in the immediate vicinity of the historic center, and thus most likely to be used by visitors, are written in blue.

For line E, I have written the stops between Parc Republique and Droits de l’Homme (the stop for Parc l’Orangerie) in purple.

Strasbourg Tram Line A Stops

  • Parc des Sports
  • Le Galet
  • Cervantès
  • Dante
  • Hôpital de Hautepierre
  • Ducs d’Alsace
  • Saint-Florent
  • Rotonde
  • Gare Centrale(underground)
  • Ancienne Synagogue Les Halles
  • Homme de Fer – Langstross Grand Rue
  • Porte de l’Hôpital
  • Etoile Bourse
  • Etoile Polygone
  • Schluthfeld
  • Krimmeri Stade de la Meinau
  • Émile Mathis
  • Hohwart
  • Baggersee
  • Colonne
  • Leclerc
  • Campus d’Illkirch
  • Illkirch Lixenbuhl
  • Illkirch Graffenstaden

Strasbourg Tram Line B Stops

  • Lingolsheim Tiergaertel
  • Lingolsheim Alouettes
  • Borie
  • Ostwald Hôtel de Ville
  • Wihrel
  • Elmerforst
  • Martin Schongauer
  • Elsau
  • Montagne Verte
  • Laiterie
  • Musée d’Art Moderne
  • Faubourg National
  • Alt Winmärik (Vieux Marché aux Vins)
  • Homme de Fer
  • Place Broglie
  • République
  • Parc du Contades
  • Lycée Kléber
  • Wacken
  • Rives de l’Aar
  • Futura Glacière
  • Le Marais
  • Pont Phario
  • Lycée Marc Bloch
  • Le Ried
  • Général de Gaulle
  • Hoenheim Gare

Strasbourg Tram Line C Stops

  • Gare Centrale
  • Faubourg de Saverne
  • Homme de Fer – Place Broglie
  • République
  • Gallia
  • Universités
  • Observatoire
  • Esplanade
  • Winston Churchill
  • Landsberg
  • Jean Jaurès
  • Lycée Jean Monnet
  • Gravière
  • Kibitzenau
  • Saint Christophe
  • Neuhof Rodolphe Reuss

Strasbourg Tram Line D Stops

  • Poteries
  • Marcel Rudloff
  • Paul Eluard
  • Dante
  • Hôpital de Hautepierre
  • Ducs d’Alsace
  • Saint-Florent
  • Rotonde
  • Gare Centrale (underground)
  • Ancienne Synagogue Les Halles
  • Homme de Fer
  • Langstross Grand Rue
  • Porte de l’Hôpital
  • Etoile Bourse
  • Etoile Polygone
  • Landsberg
  • Jean Jaurès
  • Aristide Briand
  • Citadelle
  • Starcoop
  • Port du Rhin
  • Kehl Bahnhof

Strasbourg Tram Line E Stops

  • Campus d’Illkirch
  • Hohwart
  • Lycée Couffignal
  • Krimmeri Meinau
  • Schluthfeld
  • Etoile Polygone
  • Landsberg
  • Winston Churchill
  • Esplanade
  • Observatoire
  • Université
  • Gallia
  • République
  • Parc du Contades
  • Lycée Kléber
  • Wacken
  • Parlement Européen
  • Droits de L’Homme
  • Robertsau Boecklin

Strasbourg Tram Line F Stops

  • Elsau
  • Montagne Verte
  • Laiterie
  • Musée d’Art Moderne
  • Faubourg National
  • Alt Winmärik (Vieux Marché aux Vins)
  • Homme de Fer
  • Place Broglie
  • République
  • Gallia
  • Universités
  • Observatoire
  • Place d’Islande

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There you go!  You are ready to Tram your way all over Strasbourg and visit any of the sights that call to you.  Enjoy!

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