I stumbled up on fabulous photos from Luxembourg while doing a research for a trip to Rome. And I must say I got intrigued straight away by this small beautiful country. So the next travel destination idea was born. And few months later we were there. It is easy to explore Luxembourg on budget; all you need is tree simple things: cheap flight or train ticket, Luxembourg card and accommodation.
Best time to go
Luxembourg has an European continental climate, meaning cooler, sometimes snowy, winters and warmer summers. Between November and March you can expect anything from -2°C (28°F) to +10°C (50°F) and it rains or snows (depending on temperature) quite often. It gets warmer in Spring – April/ May, with summer months being the warmest average of 20°C (68°F). Also many museums and attraction are closed for winter season and if are open they operate shorter opening times and some are open only during weekends or on demand. So my advice would be to visit Luxembourg from March to October as then most of museums and attractions would be open for business and weather is much nicer. Please note, that museums are usually closed on Mondays.
Charleroi airport (Belgium)
Brussels south Charleroi airport is another option for cheap flights from Ryanair and Wizzair. Ryanair has plenty of destinations servicing Charleroi airport, like Dublin, Edinburg, Manchester, and many Italian, French and Spanish airports. Transfer to Luxembourg is provided by Flibco prices start the same from €5 one way if you book well in advance and takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Findel airport (Luxembourg)
Also Luxembourg has its own airport. Findel airport is situated about 7 km from Luxembourg-Ville centre with public bus connections to city (Line 16, Line 9, Line 114 – 2 € one way and Line 117 (Luxembourg Trier) – 4 € one way). More information here
Alternatively you can get to Luxembourg by train from many destinations. From Brussels – it is around 3 hour journey, Paris – around 2 hour journey and prices starting from €35 one way or London – around 6 hour journey from £72 one way if you book in advance.
Staying in Luxembourg
Our main hub for visiting Luxembourg was the capital, Luxembourg city/ Luxembourg-Ville. It was the middle of July – usually one of the busiest months in European tourism season, but the city seemed very relaxed and laid back. No rush at all what you would expect from major capital cities elsewhere. Our accommodation was in Gare district, literary across from Luxembourg Gare central train station and Bus station, Flibco bus also stops here, around 1km from city centre and major tourism attractions. It can get a bit loud in the evenings as there are some bars around the area, but we still managed to get some sleep. Also I wouldn’t advise on moonwalks during night time on your own in this area, but that really did not bother us as we were not there for nightlife and would be back to the hotel before the night life have kicked in. Our main reason for choosing the accommodation in this area was the close approximately to Train and bus station Gare centre for obvious reasons – we can sleep in the mornings and save time getting there as on our travels we would use public transport quite often.
Luxembourg city offers variety of accommodations from youth hostels, self catering apartments, Inn`s to 5 star Hotels a bit for every budget to suit. Always remember sometimes it is cheaper to go for a bit more expensive accommodation, than obvious cheaper option with payable Add-Ons.
You won’t see that many shops around the centre of Luxemburg-Ville, mostly they are souvenir and small convenient grocery shops. But there is an AUCHAN Shopping Centre in Kirchberg area and few CACTUS convenient stores dotted around city for the self catering guest.
Don’t leave anything to the last minute as we did, get your souvenirs and must have pieces of clothing when you see them, because you really don’t know if the shop will be open next time you are there. Bear in mind that Sundays are days off for most of shops and on weekdays shops open from 9am – 5.30 pm or are open only a half day. Some shops are closed during lunch time – usually for 2 hours.
Also keep in mind that there is Fixed price policy, bargaining is considered to be rude.
We optioned out getting Luxembourg card for sightseeing, as our main reason for visiting Luxembourg was to see more than just the capital city and of course the trip was budget based.
Luxembourg has reinvented the meaning of city passes. You can visit more than 60 museums and attractions from all around the country, such as beautiful Vianden castle and must see Bock casemates in capital, plus you can travel on national public transport for free and the best of all it is affordable from just €11 for a day per person and from €28 for family card*. So it was no brainer to get the card, as it saved as the time of buying tickets for public transport, museums and attractions.
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