Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas, is ready to offer you a magical experience. But before you immerse yourself in this winter wonderland, there's one hurdle to overcome: parking. With the city centre being a maze of restrictions and steep parking fees, planning ahead is essential. In this article, we provide you with all the tips you need to park smartly and make the most of your visit.
Where the Strasbourg Christmas Market is located: the map
The Christmas markets are spread over 12 squares and locations on Strasbourg's Grand Island. Here is a summary map:
How to get to the Strasbourg Christmas Market
There are several ways to get to the Strasbourg Christmas Market:
- By train: Strasbourg is well served by the TGV Est. Journey time from Paris, for example, is around 1 hour 46 minutes.
- By plane: Strasbourg Entzheim airport and Basel-Mulhouse airport are served daily by numerous national and international airlines.
- Public transport: Strasbourg's public transport network is one of the best options for getting around when it's cold or raining. Beware, however: some tram stations will be closed during the Christmas market period.
- On foot or by bike: If you're staying nearby, walking or cycling are also good options, especially as the city centre is fairly compact.
- By car: If you're coming by car, I'd recommend using the Tram park-and-ride facilities on the outskirts of the city. You can then take the tram into the city centre.
Forget About the City Centre ("Grande Île")
Firstly, it's important to note that during the Christmas Market season, parking in the city centre can be a real challenge. Street parking is chargeable in all zones in and around the centre. The rates are rather steep: expect to pay €35 for 3 hours in the red zone (station, Krutenau, centre) or 4 hours in the orange zone (administrative district, New Civil Hospital).
Car Parks in the City Centre
If you're targeting the city centre, Les Halles and Austerlitz car parks are your best options. However, be prepared to navigate through heavy traffic and queue upon entering the car park.
If you prefer traditional car parks, numerous paid and free options are available, both indoor and outdoor. You can check the real-time availability of parking spaces using the free StrasApp.
The Best Option: Park and Ride (P+R)
The most sensible choice for drivers remains the "Parking Relais" (P+R) facilities in Strasbourg. You can leave your vehicle on the outskirts, close to motorways and tram stations (such as Baggersee in the south or Poteries in the west), and then board trams A, B, C, D, or E, or even Bus G towards the city centre. The cost is €4.20 (or €4.70 at the Rotonde car park), which includes a return tram journey for each passenger (up to 7 people, driver included).
Beware of Closed Tram Stations
Please note that some tram stations will be closed during this period. For example, the Broglie station will be entirely closed, and the Langstross Grand’Rue and Alt Winmärik stations will not be served between 11:00 and 20:00.
Paid and Free Car Parks
If you prefer traditional car parks, numerous paid and free options are available, both indoor and outdoor. You can check the real-time availability of parking spaces on the Strasbourg city website.
Armed with these tips, you're now ready to conquer Strasbourg's Christmas Market without the stress of parking. So, wrap up warm, grab your hot wine, and let the magic of Christmas sweep you off your feet. 🌟