Although it’s rainy all year round, there are a few times in the year when temperatures rise and, rain lets up. If you’re booking flights to Strasbourg between November and January, however, pack warm clothing, reliable outerwear, and raingear: it rains a third of the time, and snows frequently. Specifically in the summer months between June and August, the sun peeks out of the clouds, and heats the city up to approximately 23 degrees. So if you’re planning flights to Strasbourg in the summer, pack sunglasses and flip flops, and enjoy the pleasant outdoors.
Finding cheap flights to Strasbourg may be difficult when the European Parliament is in town as you will find that hotels tend to fill up, and the entire city swells with government officials. If you are planning to visit during that time, then book your accommodation and flight to Strasbourg early to reserve yourself a spot in the chaos.
At first sight, Strasbourg looks like a hybrid of Prague and Amsterdam – the cosmopolitan and cultural capital of Alsace is known as the ‘City of Roads’, which seems a bit like Amsterdam’s network of canals, and the magnificently framed homes and structures recall Prague’s outstanding architecture.
More than 48,000 students use Strasbourg as an intellectual base, members of the European Parliament flood it for the parliament’s sessions some 12 weeks a year and tourists visit to absorb its atmosphere – a simultaneous feeling of calmness and stimulation. Just west of the Rhine, this bustling district links Western Europe to the Mediterranean, and blends both locales beautifully. Bikes zoom in and out of roads, pedestrians adorn sidewalks and saunter to restaurants, winstubs (Alasatian eateries) and pubs open their doors and teem with noise everywhere you look.
Arguably, the best way to see the city in its truest form is on foot, taking in the warm smells, neighbouring sights, genuine sounds, and lingering with the locals in one of the many independently owned establishments. In addition to the little things here and there, make sure to experience the striking cathedrals, most built in medieval pink sandstone, and evoking a historical sense of significance.
While most of the year is rainy and wet, there are still beautiful Strasbourg days when the sun shines, the temperatures rise, and the outdoors become a perfect French paradise. Summers (between June and August) are warm and dry, and most tourists visiting at that time can rely on the good weather for outdoor shopping, al fresco dining, strolling through the streets or admiring the sedate green spaces of the countryside. If you’re booking flights to Strasbourg between November and January, however, pack warm clothing, reliable outerwear, and raingear: it rains a third of the time, and snows frequently.
Many of Strasbourg’s amenities were built in the 1800s, so the train station has a very antiquated feel. SNCF runs the public buses and trams, and the main hub is Place de l’Home de Fer. From there you can hop on one of the four tram lines to get across town quickly and easily. You can also get other bus schedules at the station, which will help you get to cities beyond Strasbourg. Make sure you reserve your seat early though. If you’d like to be more independent, rent a car through one of the many companies on offer. Taxis and bikes are also readily available.
Strasbourg International Airport (SXB) is located 6 miles (10km) west-southwest of Strasbourg.
Travellers will need to book flights to Entzheim (SXB) if they wish to fly to Strasbourg. The Strasbourg airport is 9.8 km from the city centre.