As the capital city, Luxembourg is the main transport terminus for the small, landlocked country of the same name. With connections to all major towns in the country as well as international cities such as Brussels, Paris, and Trier, getting a train to Luxembourg is a pleasant and straightforward process. From Paris, trains take as little as two hours, from Brussels, three hours and from Trier, Germany, less than an hour.
The main station in the capital is Luxembourg Railway Station (Gare Lëtzebuerg), which is located to the south of the medieval center in a district called Gare. From here, the old town is a 15-minute walk.
All trains arriving from other cities and towns in the country are operated by the state-owned Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois. Trains arriving from neighboring countries are operated their own providers: SNCF for services from France, Deutsche Bahn for services from Germany, and SNCB for services from Belgium.
Not only does Luxembourg City enjoy excellent rail links with major European cities such as Paris, Brussels, and Trier, but passengers can also board night trains from Nice and Marseille.
Drivers in Luxembourg City spend many more hours in traffic jams than drivers in most other European cities. The train, therefore, is a much more pleasant and comfortable option.
Rail services in Luxembourg are heavily subsidized by the government, along with tram and bus travel, with the cost of public transport significantly cheaper than in neighboring countries. There are even plans afoot to make all public transportation within the country completely free for everyone.
Take advantage of the country's low-cost and efficient public transport system by dedicating some time to getting out and about. Lesser-known Luxembourg highlights include the spa town of Mondorf des Bains and the quaint town of Vianden with its fairytale castle.
The Luxembourgish language is a West Germanic language and most residents are fluent in a number of languages. In fact, visitors are just as likely to encounter German or French in a restaurant or bar as they are Luxembourgish.
Those visiting the city during summer should try and time their trip with the two-week historic funfair, Schueberfouer, which takes place in late August.
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