Colmar France is just over the border from Freiburg Germany and it can be an amazing day trip from Freiburg or a stunning place to spend a few days wandering sampling the world-famous Alsatian cuisine. For wine lovers, this small part of Europe around Colmar and Freiburg produces some of the best white wines in all of Europe.
Colmar is at its most popular in the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas but it is not the only best time to visit Colmar. The Colmar Christmas market is one of the most popular markets in Europe and people flock here during this time to really get into the Christmas Spirit.
In this article, we are going to look at how to get from Freiburg Germany to Colmar in France. Freiburg in Germany is an ideal place to visit if you want to access The Black Forest region, enjoy Christmas Markets, and the Alsace region of France.
Freiburg to Colmar by train/bus
Trains leave Freiburg daily headed for the French border then the buses take you onto Colmar. In Freiburg, you need to leave from Freiburg HBF. The station Freiburg HBF is located on the western outskirts of the Old Town of Freiburg, about a kilometer from Freiburg Minster.
The train from Freiburg to Briesach takes 25 minutes, Breisach is located on the Rhine River which is the border between Germany and France. At Breisach Bahnhof, you will disembark from the train. Breisach is the end of the line for the train. From here you can catch a bus onwards over the Rhine River to Colmar.
There are around 11 buses a day running from Breisach to Colmar. The bus takes a little under 1 hour and stops between 5 and 11 times on the journey. Colmar bus station is located just on the edge of the city within easy walking distance to the Little Venice area.
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Driving from Freiburg to Colmar
The journey by car from Freiburg to Colmar is 52 kilometres. You head out of Freiburg on the A5 freeway before heading towards Breisach on the Rhine. You cross the river into France and head onto Colmar. The drive will take you under an hour to Colmar
Where to Park in Colmar
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 center but in easy walking distance is the Parking Le Grillen. It is a free car and is a 1.4-kilometer walk to the Little Venice Colmar area.
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!
Freiburg to Colmar train
There are no direct Freiburg to Colmar trains. There are 2 options to reach Comar by train. You can catch a train from Freiburg to Basel and onto Colmar or from Freiburg to Strasbourg and onto Colmar.
The train from Freiburg to Basel takes 45 and the train trip to Colmar from Basel takes 45.
Journey time with transfers is around 2 hours.
The train to Strasbourg from Freiburg takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes. During this part of the trip, you will need to change trains in Offenburg to reach Strasbourg. At Strasbourg, you need to change trains to get to Colmar which takes 33 minutes. Travel time will also be around 2 hours.
How to get from Freiburg to Colmar tip
The bus/train route and the train routes all take around the same amount of time. Our research suggests that the train only options through Basel and Strasbourg are considerably more expensive than the train/bus option
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Freiburg to Colmar bus
The bus to Colmar is not a direct service. Flix Bus the largest bus operator in Europe runs a bus daily to Mullhouse France that coonects to a bus to Colmar France. The Flix bus from Freiburg to Mullhouse takes 55 minutes.
You will have a 20-minute wait in Mullhouse before catching the onwards bus to Colmar. The bus takes 40 minutes.
Total travel time is 1 hour 55 and will set you back between 10 -15 Euros.
Colmar is an amazing destination for all no matter where you are coming from. Colmar is easily reachable from major centers nearby. Travel to Colmar from Paris, Strasbourg, and Freiburg is very convenient.
Colmar is an amazing destination for all no matter where you are coming from. Colmar is easily reachable from major centers nearby. Travel to Colmar from Paris, Strasbourg, and Basel is very convenient.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to make the day trip from Freiburg to Colmar or even stay in Colmar for a longer period of time! There are so many things to do in Colmar that will have you entertained for your whole stay in Colmar France. For more amazing ideas on how to get to towns, cities, and attractions around the world easier click through to our how to get to page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.