This guide to the stunning station in Strasbourg explains what to look out for when departing and arriving by train and connects you to all the relevant info.
What gives Strasbourg’s central train station, Gare de Strasbourg its wow factor is the huge glass canopy, which encases the front of the station preserving its ornate architecture that dates back to the 19th century.
This glass company sits in front of the older main station building, which houses the main concourse at the station - from where all the main services at the station can be accessed.
What won't be obvious when arriving at the station for the first time, is that there are THREE passage ways, which run under the voies (platforms/tracks) and link them to the main concourse.
The central passage way in the middle of the platform, is accessed by stairs and escalators.
However, the north and south passage ways are accessed by stairs AND both lifts and elevators.
So if you arrive by train and are happy to use the stairs, then simply use the first staircase you see.
However, if you have luggage etc, you don't have to follow the crowd - take your time and seek out the lifts or escalators.
Similarly it won’t be particularly obvious that there are three routes to access the trains when you enter Strasbourg station.
If you have walked from the city centre and use the main front entrance, you will see a passage way ahead of you that leads to the trains.
This passage way has stairs and escalators that lead up to the voies (platforms/tracks) that the trains depart from.
If you want/need to use a lift to access the trains then they are available, but you'll need to use either of the two alternative passage ways that lead to the trains.
You'll find them at the ends of the passage ways, which lead off to the left and right from the main concourse.
The historic centre of Strasbourg is a 10-20 min walk from the main station, but the city’s tram network has stops at the station.
Tram Line A (direction Illkirk Lixenbuhel) and Tram Line D (direction Aristide Briand) stop in a subway directly beneath the station.
It's accessed from the glass canopy area at the front of the station.
These lines A and Line D both go to the tram stop at Langstross Grand Rue, which is closest to the cathedral and the heart of the old town.
However, for the Hotel Del Ville area take tram line C.
It has a separate stop at street level, which can be reached from the far left exit of the station concourse, that is under the glass canopy
The fairly small area of Strasbourg between the station and the heart of the city centre has inevitably acted like a magnet for hoteliers, so there is a wide range of accommodation within easy walking distance of Strasbourg station – quality hostels with independent websites excepted*
*As always the selection criteria for the accommodation below includes the ability to make an online booking direct with the hotel.
Hotels within 10 min walk of Strasbourg Station/Gare Strasbourg:
Regent Petite Strasbourg
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