Luxembourg City, the capital of the small Grand Duchy, suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.
The newly re-elected prime minister Xavier Bettel and the coalition government have announced that they will lift all fares on trains, trams and buses next summer. Taking aim at long commutes and the country’s carbon footprint, the new move hopes to alleviate some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.
It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work. A study suggested that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016.
While the country as a whole has 600,000 inhabitants, nearly 200,000 people living in France, Belgium and Germany cross the border every day to work in Luxembourg.
In 2018 the government brought in free transport for every child and young person under the age of 20. Secondary school students can use free shuttles between their institution and their home.
Now, from the start of 2020 all tickets will be abolished, saving on the collection of fares and the policing of ticket purchases.