A world leader in bicycle-friendly planning, Strasbourg has an extensive and ever-expanding réseau cyclable (cycling network). The tourist office stocks free maps.
The city’s 24-hour, self-rental Vélhop system can supply you with a bike. Pay by card and receive a code to unlock your bike. There's a refundable deposit of €150 per bike. Helmets are not available. There are 20 automatic rental points, plus outlets including the following:
Train Station Situated on Level -1. Adjacent is an 820-place bicycle parking lot (€1 for 24 hours).
Car & Motorcycle
Virtually the whole city centre is either pedestrianised or a hopeless maze of one-way streets, so don’t even think of getting around Grande Île by car, or parking there for more than a couple of hours. For details on city-centre parking garages see www.parcus.com.
At Strasbourg’s 10 P+R (park-and-ride) car parks, all on tram routes, the €4.10 all-day fee gets the driver and each passenger a free return tram or bus ride into the city centre. From the autoroute, follow the signs marked ‘P+R Relais Tram’. The safest picks are north of the city centre at Rives de l’Aar, northwest at Rotonde and south at Baggersee.
Six super-efficient tram lines, A through F, form the backbone of Strasbourg’s outstanding public-transport network, run by CTS. The main tram hub is Homme de Fer. Trams generally operate until 12.30am; buses – few of which pass through Grande Île – run until about 11pm. Night buses operate from 11.30pm to 5.30am on Friday and Saturday, stopping at nightlife hot spots.
Tickets, valid on both buses and trams, are sold by bus drivers and ticket machines at tram stops and cost €1.70 (€3.30 return). The 24-hour Individuel (for one person €4.30) and Trio (for two to three people €6.80) tickets, valid for 24 hours from the moment they are stamped, are sold at tourist offices and tram stops.