Many travellers to Switzerland take the opportunity to visit neighbouring regions such as the Alsace in France and Baden-Württemberg in Germany during their stay in Switzerland. Being so close together the call to easily visit another country is too hard to ignore for so many.
In the Alsace region of France, Colmar is a popular tourist destination. Travelling from Basel to Colmar is extremely easy. Maybe you want to visit in the winter and see the Colmar Christmas markets, maybe you want to see the Colmar Statue of Liberty or wander Little Venice and take in the world-famous Colmar streets.
When you visit Colmar you must take your time to stroll the old-world streets of Colmar, drink the wine from the surrounding area’s and eat the fresh organic produce that the region is famous for. A trip to Colmar would just not be complete without all of these.
Whatever the reason a day, night or week in Colmar and the surrounding area is a must. There are so many great attractions in the Alsace. Let us take a look at the options for travelling from Basel to Colmar.
Basel to Colmar by train
Catching a train from Basel to Colmar is easily done by heading to Basel SBB train station. The station area is situated on the southern side of the city centre. 1000 trains depart daily from Basel carrying of 111,000 people every day in and out of Basel.
How do I catch a train from Basel to Colmar?
To catch the train from Basel to Colmar you need to buy tickets for the TE2 service Basel SNCF – St. Louis – Mulhouse Ville – Colmar – Sélestat – Strasbourg.
We have a great article on what to do in Colmar. The article features attractions, food, wine and accommodation. This article will complement any Colmar travel planning you are doing. Read our Visit Colmar article here!
How long is the train journey from Basel to Colmar?
The average travel time between Basel and Colmar is 1h15 minutes. If you search the timetable you will find the quickest route is 42 minutes. The first train of the day leaves Basel is at 05:21, the last at 21:21.
You will arrive at Colmar Station. The Colmar Train station is located just on the edge of the old town tourism and shopping district.
You can walk from the Colmar train station to Little Venice Colmar in 10 minutes.
A taxi will take you 2 to 3 minutes and cost you around 5-6 Euros.
*If you decide to use the return train to Basel make sure you check the Colmar to Basel train timetable before you leave the Colmar train station as it may differ slightly from the Basel to Colmar train timetable.
Basel to Colmar Bus
There is a minimum of 5 buses a day travelling between Basel Switzerland and Colmar France. The bus will take anywhere up to 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach Colmar. The Basel to Colmar bus stops at Euro Airport (Basel, Mullhouse, Freiburg), Mullhouse and then onto Colmar.
This route is covered by Flix Bus. On overage a bus runs every 4 hours, costing you between 7-9 Euros for the trip. Departure in Basel is from SBB station (same as train departures) and arrival is at Colmar Station (same as the train).
Basel to Colmar by car
The fastest route takes you along the A35 freeway. This route attracts tolls and takes you just on 50 minutes. Traffic on the A35 can be heavy with trucks moving from Southern Europe to Northern Europe.
We suggest taking the alternative route as pictured above. This route is only 11 kilometres and 9 minutes longer in duration.
You cross from Basel Switzerland into Germany and then onto France.
The scenery will be much better on this route driving to Colmar.
If you are arriving at Euro Airport you can pick up a hire car and head straight to Colmar. Be sure to book your hire car in advance and have it waiting for you on arrival. Browse Rental Cars at Euro Airport now
Parking in Colmar France
There is plenty of car parking available in the Colmar City Centre. We recommend parking in the Place de la Mairie parking garage underneath the Monoprix grocery store.
Place de la Mairie is reasonably priced for the city centre parking location, with a WC for public use. A little out of the centre but in easy walking distance is the Parking Le Grillen. It is a free car and is 1.4-kilometre walk to the Little Venice Colmar area.
Tolls in France
Tolls in France can be a huge surprise for people who are not aware of them. They can be extremely expensive and there can be many in a short space.
Have an idea on how you will pay for these and maybe even have a small amount (around 25 euro) put aside for these so you are not spending out of your daily budget.
Rideshare from Basel to Colmar
New ways of travel such as Bla Bla Car are another option for travellers getting to Colmar from Basel. Bla Bah Car allows you to split the costs of the trip with the owner and others
What makes it different from Uber is that basically, you are catching a ride with local who is going to your destination.
They are not just going there to drop you off. A journey to Colmar with Bla Bla Car can cost as little as 7 euro. Check Bla Bla Car at https://www.blablacar.co.uk/
Colmar is an amazing destination for all no matter where you are coming from. Colmar is easily reachable from major centres nearby. Travel to Colmar from Paris, Strasbourg and Freiburg is very convenient.