Luxembourg (City)

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Luxembourg (City)
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Population: 132,780
Major roads: E 25, E 44
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Luxembourg is the capital city of the self-named country Luxembourg.

Hitchhiking out

North and West (Arlon, Liège, Brussel)

Service station for Brussels

Get the line 50 train from Luxembourg City station (public transportation is free here!). Get off at the Capellen stop and walk less than 1 km west to some of the biggest petrol stations in Europe! Walk towards the motorway which you can see from the train station and take the first road right alongside the fields. After 5 minutes you will come to the petrol station fence. You can climb over the locked fence, but the top is spiked. It's better to turn right, and walk along the fence for about 250 metres, and climb over it at the first section with a stone-wall. Many truck drivers use this service station.

Motorway exit for Brussels

Follow the Route d'Arlon to the entry onto the A6/E25. This is a walk of about 4km from the town centre. You can also just take the Bus 28 and hop off at Hondseck, or the Bus 22 and walk from Maternité (no need for a ticket ). Cars can pull over just before the traffic lights, or at the sliproad. You can get a ride straight to Brussels, or to the above mentioned Capellen gas station ('aire de Capellen'), which is just about 10km down the road, and from there you can get rides to about anywhere in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Service station for Liege and the Netherlands

You have the option of going to the town of Martelange . This small town is famous for plenty of drivers due to the cheap fuel provided by dozens of service stations for drivers going to the Belgian Limburg, Dutch Limburg, and Aachen, etc. Get train from Luxembourg city station to Arlon. Walk left out of station, keep following the Bastogne road signs towards a roundabout which is a 20 minute walk. Here you can hitchhikin at the junction after the bridge and across from the Fiat car garage. This road goes to Martelange and the North.

East (Trier, Germany)

The better option

Just walk out of the centre to the Avenue John Fitzgerald Kennedy in direction Kirchberg. You will find many banks, institutes and the Luxembourg fair (LuxExpo) there. You can hitch on every spot where cars can stop on this road and even in side roads and secondary roads which are leading to this avenue. Make sure holding a Trier sign. There are masses of people from Trier working in Luxembourg Kirchberg and especially on working days you won't have to wait long. Hold a Trier sign even if you want to get further, if this is the case, you can be dropped at Wasserbillig service station on the motorway A1. A sign is very important for making the people from Trier stop, which will be your drivers here.

Bus 16 to the stop just before the airport. This bus stop is next to an entrance to the highway and you can either stand in front of the bus stop with a sign or stand on a little traffic light island at the entrance so that you get all the traffic going towards Trier that is coming from both directions. Get a lift at least as far as the huge petrol station on the border, and then it is easier to hitch further.

The train option

Get the Trier/Wasserbillig (line 30) train from Luxembourg City station. Get off at the Wasserbillig stop. You should turn right outside the train station, walking up the road and turning left up the Route d'Echternach until you reach a crossing beside a big river. This option takes 30 minutes but there are beautiful views to be seen. You will notice that there is an old pathway going up the hill. If you follow this route you should arrive at two old cabins. Turn left at the cabin closest to you and walk further up the hill until you reach another crossing under the massive motorway bridge. Go right at this and keep climbing the hill until you reach a more developed road. Here, you turn right and keep following the access road until you reach the petrol station. This is located at the Luxembourg-German border. There should be plenty of international traffic.

South (Metz, France) (E25/A3)

Get the line 60 train from Luxembourg City station. Get off at the Berchem stop. There are 2 exits from the station. Take the closest one, don't take the stairs. And walk less than 2 km to some of the biggest motorway petrol stations in Europe! Take the first little path to the residential area (Rue Oscar Romero), pass a tiny roundabout and walk up towards the fields. Then you have a beautiful path through the fields straight ahead. You'll pass by generous walnut and apple trees, you'll have to climb over small cattle fences, and might say hi to some animals. Otherwise: Turn left when you leave the Berchem train station, walk down the road 5 minutes and the second main road on the right is Rue Meckenheck. Take Meckenheck up winding through a residential area all the way up to where it ends, at which point there is a big forest. Turn right onto Du Bois, and follow it curving around to the left. You should hear the highway and pretty soon you will arrive at a bridge[1] that runs over the highway. Just before the bridge is the south-side petrol station, with loads of cars heading north towards Luxembourg city, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Walk over the bridge and immediately at the end of it go down to the highway, through the concrete pavement or stairs, and walk 50m alongside of it until the station. There are vehicles traveling all over Europe. You can also reach the petrol station by hitching from the roundabout that is located right at the start of the highways.

August 2023 update: the bridge has been torn down! (It seems it is being replaced though). For now the only alternative is to take a long detour through Rue de Roeser and following the path that leads to where the northern end of the bridge used to be.

South-West (A4, E44, E25)

Take bus number 18 (from Central station to direction Kockelscheuer, Patinoire). Get off from bus on the bus stop "Plantin" (few meters before this bus stop is Shell petrol station). Go straight to rond-about and then turn left. Few meters from rond-about there will be place where you can easily hitch-hikke (bus stop, rarely use). On the opposite side of this place there is Auchan Drive so it's easily to find.

Hitchhiking in

Many people are driving pass Luxembourg without stopping. If your driver is using the A6 (from or towards Arlon, Belgium) you can ask them to leave you at the exit nr 4 (Luxembourg, Strassen). They will drop you at Route d'Arlon and can take the highway right back, and you just have one long street to Luxembourg city centre (you can take a bus or use the red lights to find a lift).

If you're coming from France through the A31 / A3 and the driver will drive on pass Luxembourg city, you can be dropped at Aire de Berchem. Walk pass the truck parking to the very end of the gas station where you'll find the gate. You can climb over at the edge of the bridge, by the bushes, to make sure you don't rip your pants. Then it's a 10 min walk, heading southeast, to Berchem train station, two stations away from Luxembourg city.

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