Thursday, May 28, 2009

Strasbourg - getting there

Strasbourg is located in the heart of Europe. If you have direct flights to the city, it is easy to get to. As Norway is on the periphery, you need to change at one of the main airports to one out of several other means of transportation to get there. I did, in my opinion find the cheapest and shortest way from Oslo to Strasbourg.

The French connection(s), slow and expensive

There are to options if traveling from Oslo. You may travel to Paris by SAS or Air France and either change to a connecting flight to Strasbourg airport, or take the TGV, the high speed train service from Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris.

The first option means that you will have to change from an international to a domestic flight. I checked the connection, and found that you had to wait for 2-3 hours for your flight to Strasbourg.

The other option was not much convenient. I found the schedule, and according to this, you may have to wait unnecessary for one of the few trains that stops at the airport. Either that or you would have to travel to Paris in order to get a train.

Besides this wou would have to pay for either the connecting flight or the TGV, the latter being rather expensive.

I prefer the German connection

I have found that the easiest way to get from Oslo to Strasbourg is to take a Lufthansa bus from Frankfurt International airport.

Check the schedule and find the bus that is best for your plane. We had to wait for 2 hours, but we could just sit down, have a nice meal and a glass (or two or even three) of good red wine.

When on board you will be brought to Strasbourg, entering Alsace by Wissenbourg in the north. It is is not the most fascinating of trips, and it takes around 2 1/2 hours.

Do book a seat to the bus in advance, as there is no guarantee that you will be left on board, if it is fully booked. You may book you ticket on the Lufthansa website. There is no online options but you call a phone number to book. It will cost you €80 for a roundtrip ticket.

It is easiest to leave at Boulevard de Metz, by the Railway station. From here it is a 10-15 minute walk to the city centre.

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