Buses to and from Strasbourg Airport (SXB)
Strasbourg Airport is a busy destination serving the city of Strasbourg, which is one of the nine largest cities in France. It is in the Alsace region of the country, an area which is popular for tourism, and the airport currently serves around a million passengers per annum. The airport is to the west of the city, in an area known as Entzheim, and in the department of Bas-Rhin. It is recognised by code of SXB. Strasbourg Buses are available for the transport of passengers, and are a convenient way to reach the city or the airport. Buses and trams serve as an important means of transport in Strasbourg city as well.
Strasbourg Airport has a large, single terminal building that is well equipped for the needs of its passengers, and the airport is served by a number of prominent airline companies, such as Air France, Iberia, Brussels Airlines and Royal Air Maroc. The locationis also equipped with its own train station, known as the Entzheim Station, accessible from the terminal in just five minutes by foot, and offers a regular bus service from outside of the arrivals area. Although by train is a very quick way to reach Strasbourg city’s main station, many passengers use the bus services for connections to the tram system of Strasbourg, which is considered to be the backbone of the city’s transport network.
The airport shuttle is available from outside of the arrivals area, and departs approximately every twenty minutes during the busier hours (Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 09:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00). Outside of the ‘rush’ hours, and on Saturdays and Sundays, the bus is available every forty minutes. Passengers of any airline company may use the airport shuttle, and travel to the Baggersee tram station. From this tram station passengers can take further trams or buses to a wide variety of destinations in the city.
The journey from the airport to the Baggersee tram station will take just twenty minutes, depending on traffic conditions, and tickets can be purchased on the bus or at the ‘Relay’ shop in the terminal. A single journey ticket will cost just 5.20 Euro, and an airport shuttle return ticket will cost 9.70 Euro. Airport shuttle books can also be purchased for 47.30 Euro, and is a booklet of ten tickets each valid for a single journey and a connection on the bus-tram network.
In the alternative direction, departing passengers can easily reach the airport on the bus. The shuttle leaves every twenty or forty minutes for the airport from the Baggersee tram station. To reach the station take Tram A in the direction Illkirch Lixenbuhl or Tram E in the direction of Baggersee. When traffic is heavy on the motorway and causes the shuttle to be late, passengers may use a taxi service provided by the CTS bus company for transport to the airport. The airport shuttle ticket will serve as payment for the taxi. Shuttle tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines at the tram stations, on board the bus or in CTS shops.
Strasbourg City Transport
The bus and tram network of the city is operated by the Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois, or the CTS. There are five tram lines available which form the main transport lines of the city, with a total of 47 stations and a further nine newer stations that were recently opened in the Esplanade, Neudorf and Neuhof areas. The first tram line (A) was inaugurated in November 1994 providing a link between Hautepierre Maillon and Baggersee, and was later also extended to Illkirch Lixenbuhl. Line D of the city runs between Rotonde and Etoile Polygone, and Line B was established in 2000 between Elsau and Hoenheim Gare. Line C is used for connections between Elsau and Esplanade, and Line E links Baggersee to the Wacken. Journeys on the buses and the trams of the city are the same price, and each tram and bus station is equipped with ticket machines which sell a variety of ticket choices, including season tickets, special tickets and occasional tickets for the city network. All tickets must be validated in machines either on the tram station platforms or on the buses.
The main bus station of Strasbourg is found at Place des Halles, and the buses from here serve all areas of the city. Special services include the night bus, which operates on Friday and Saturday nights (as well as on public holidays) from 23:30 to 05:30, during the hours when the trams are not operational. The night bus is convenient for many popular night venues in the city, such as the Laiterie, the Offshore, the Living Room, all the lively student neighbourhoods and the University of Strasbourg residences, and runs every hour. A minitram provides a charming ride through the famous old city area of Strasbourg, passing many of the most popular sights, and from the bus station at Les Halles, a bus is available for Europa Park, one of the largest and best-loved amusement parks in Europe. The Lufthansa Airport bus for Frankfurt Airport also departs from the main bus station.
Although there is no official international bus station in Strasbourg, the city is linked by coach services to a few major European destinations by the Eurolines agency. Some of the destinations travelled by these long-distance coaches from Strasbourg include Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Venice and Barcelona. The Eurolines buses stop in Strasbourg nearby the Citroen car shop, close to the Strade de la Meinau.
Strasbourg Buses are a very convenient and cost-effective way to reach the airport, or to travel to the city, and are considered as clean and comfortable. Further information for the airport buses can be found at http://www.cts-strasbourg.fr