Credit: CFL

Monday 1 March 2021 will mark the first anniversary of the introduction of free public transport in Luxembourg.

Since 29 February 2020, all public transport has been free on national territory and for all modes of transport. This measure applies to all users, be they residents, cross-border workers or tourists.

Regarding the evolution of passenger numbers during this time, Luxembourg's Ministry of Mobility and Public Works recalled that the unprecedented situation related to COVID-19 (lockdown, teleworking, etc.) makes it "very difficult to make a reliable statement".

However, the number of tram users, which is recorded electronically on a monthly / daily basis, is considered a significant indicator. In February 2020, an average of 31,000 passengers used the tram every day. At the start of lockdown in March 2020, this number dropped to 1,400 passengers per day, before gradually rising to an average of 38,000 daily passengers during the week. More recently, there were peaks of 42,000 passengers during the week, although the situation remains exceptional.

From the start of Luxembourg's first lockdown and in the months that followed, the CFL continued to provide their services. Despite temporary adaptations, CFL trains and buses have not stopped running in order to bring passengers to their destinations. At the end of 2020, however, the number of passengers on board trains had dropped almost 39% compared to the same time one year earlier.