Moving to Luxembourg?
Transportation and Safety in Luxembourg
Traveling to Luxembourg: Lower Gas Prices and Good Connections
Luxembourg Airport is located about six kilometers east of Luxembourg City. The country’s own airline, Luxair, and several European airlines offer direct flights between destinations in Europe, North Africa, and some islands off the coast of West Africa, such as the Canary Islands.
If you would rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, the country is easy to reach by car as well. Major roads run from Paris, Brussels, or Trier in Germany to Luxembourg. Try to wait before filling up your fuel tank until you get to Luxembourg, as gas prices are lower here than in many other European countries.
International bus services, operated by Eurolines, offer connections to major European cities at reasonable prices. Smaller operators also have routes between Luxembourg and their home country, e.g. Meinfernbus.de operates between Luxembourg and Germany under the name deLux express.
Luxembourg is also easy to reach by train. Services include high-speed trains that link Luxembourg to Basel (Switzerland), Brussels (Belgium), Koblenz (Germany), and Paris (France); night-trains operate to and from the south of France; and, many other direct and indirect connections ensure Luxembourg is well connected to the rest of Europe.
Whatever the Means Used, Getting Around Is Easy and Convenient
On its own, the regional trains in Luxembourg might seem a bit limited if you want to visit smaller towns, but in combination with its buses the network is extensive. So, wherever you are, it shouldn’t be much trouble to explore your new home! There is no need to worry about comfort, as Luxembourg’s buses are better than most. Like the train system, buses are operated by the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Luxembourgeois and fall under the same simple fare system encompassing the entire country. A short-trip ticket, good for two hours, costs 2 EUR, while an unlimited day ticket costs 4 EUR. The latter allows you to travel on buses and trains throughout the country until 04:00 the following day.
Of course, you may still rent or buy your own car to get around Luxembourg and explore neighboring countries. Road rules are easy to understand due to the standard international signs. You should, however, make sure to abide by certain rules like the blood-alcohol limit, which is 0.08%, and the speed limit of 130 km/h on highways.
Another transport alternative is to explore Luxembourg by bike. Luxembourg has an extensive national network of bicycle paths. Trails range from easy to difficult, so there is something for everyone from families with children to athletic mountain-bikers.
Luxembourg Is Very Safe, but Look Out during Schueberfouer!
As is the case whenever you spend your time abroad, it is important to use common sense and pay attention to your surroundings. That being said, Luxembourg is rather safe and has a moderately low crime rate in comparison to other European cities. Most crimes occur in Luxembourg City and are non-violent, including theft, purse-snatching, and pick-pocketing. The latter is mostly a problem at the airport, at train terminals, on buses, and in public areas. Petty crime is also a huge problem during Schueberfouer, an annual three-week event in summer. Also, after the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks, there is a higher terrorist threat in Europe, and Luxembourg could also be targeted. Police officers are professional and many speak English. If you become a victim of crime, contact them immediately either in person or by calling 113 in an emergency.
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