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Did you know ? This European country is the only one in the world where the train is free


Since March 2020, buses, trams and trains have been free everywhere in Luxembourg, including for tourists.

There is a country where getting on a train without a ticket does not make you a free rider.

This country is Luxembourg.

On March 1, 2020, the Grand Duchy was the first country in the world to make public transport free for all, both for its 650,000 inhabitants and for tourists and cross-border commuters.

All buses, trams and trains of the Luxembourg Railways (CFL) in the territory are concerned.

A strong measure put in place by the government to "

encourage citizens to change their habits and to favor public transport over the car

", indicates the dedicated site

An exception to this free admission: it does not apply to first class trains.

In this case, the trip costs between 3 and 6 € depending on its duration.

Moreover, free travel stops at the border.

It is thus necessary to take a ticket at 3 or 5 € to go to the three countries which surround Luxembourg, namely France, Belgium and Germany.

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Hikes, vineyards and blast furnaces

Vianden Castle, in the Luxembourg Ardennes, is served by public transport (1h15 by train then bus from the capital).

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Free, a good argument for exploring this close and yet little-known country.

The rail network, which has only 275 km of lines, serves most places of tourist interest.

To discover the country's mining and industrial past, head to Esch-sur-Alzette and its blast furnaces, on the French border.

To hike in the middle of the forests and the castles, one goes to the north or the east, in the regions of Éislek and Mullerthal.

Wine tourism lover?

Direction Schengen and its surroundings, on the banks of the Moselle river.

The capital Luxembourg is connected to France by the TGV inOui (2h20 journey from Paris), as well as by the TER in the Grand Est region (50 minutes from Metz, 1h45 from Nancy).

But don't forget: these trains are not free!

Source: lefigaro

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