For 6 weeks every year, all the roads in France seem to lead from Paris to Colmar in the Alsace region. The Colmar Christmas Market is one of the most traditional and popular markets in Europe and it is at the top of many lists as a must-visit destination in France. This makes November and December the best time to experience Christmas in Colmar if you want to experience one of the best Christmas Markets in the world.
The Christmas market in Colmar is one of the premium attractions held every year in the town. It draws thousands of visitors from all around the world.
Besides celebrating Christmas in Colmar during the rest of the year people visit Colmar for the fine wine that is grown in the region, People come from all over the world for the artisanal foods produced in the Alsace and the Petite France style of buildings that are world known for their colour and unique style.
Many travellers will be coming from Paris to Colmar. Let’s take a look at the different options available to get you from the French Capital to Colmar.
Where is Colmar?
Colmar is located in the what’s called the Rhine Basin. An area that sees France, Germany and Switzerland all nearby. Colmar is the 3rd biggest city in the Alsace Region of France and only 20 kilometres from the German Border.
The distance from Colmar to Paris is 492 kilometres. Let’s take a look at all the options for you Paris to Colmar trip.
Using the Paris to Colmar train
There are a number of options for getting from Paris to Colmar by train. The fastest and most efficient method is with the TGV High-Speed train network in France.
Although there is no direct TGV Paris to Colmar line, you can arrive at Strasbourg France or Freiburg in Germany. All trains departing for Colmar from Paris use the Paris Gare de l’Est or Gare de Lyon train stations. All trains arrive into Colmar station.
How long is the train from Paris to Colmar?
Strasbourg is located 73 kilometres north of Colmar. The average travel time between Paris and Strasbourg is 2 hours and 21 minutes. There are around 14 trains running this route every day. You will arrive at Strasbourg Gare Centrale Train Station
From Strasbourg Gare Centrale Train Station you can catch a direct train to Colmar. Trains from Strasbourg to Colmar take around 30-35 minutes. There is an average of 29 trains a day between Strasbourg and Colmar, leaving approximately every 36 minutes
All up the Paris to Colmar train time is around 3 hours train time with a short wait in Strasbourg to connect to Colmar.
The Colmar Train station is located just on the edge of the old town tourism and shopping district.
The Colmar train station is your arrival and departure on all trips from Strasbourg by train. You can take an easy stroll from the Colmar train station to Little Venice in 10 minutes. A taxi will take you 2 to 3 minutes and cost you around 5-6 Euros.
Freiburg is closer to Colmar than Strasbourg. Freiburg is only 51 kilometres away. The TGV from Paris to Freiburg is 3 hours and 5 minutes. A lack of direct public transport options makes Freiburg an option only if you plan on staying and renting a hire car. There is no direct train or bus to Colmar from Freiburg.
Paris to Colmar by Car
The fastest and best route from Paris to Colmar by car is via the A4 freeway and the A31 The A4 will take northeast out of Paris towards Reims than swing east towards Nancy before crossing the Voges mountains into Colmar.
The journey time will take around 5.5 hours non-stop of 6.5 hours with stops. There will is tolls on the A4 section of the trip. The tolls finish after you swing south-east past Reims.
A good place to break up your journey is at Ligny-En-Barrois. Ligny-En-Barrois is around the halfway mark of the journey between Paris and Colmar.
There is a Carrefour Drive supermarket for you to grab some baguettes, meat and cheese at. We recommend you stop at Luxembourg Park and eat some lunch. There are toilets, chairs and tree coverage for you enjoy your break.
The last 100 kilometres of the trip is the best as you wind your way through the Vosges mountains and onto the plains of the Rhine basin and into Colmar.
Car parking 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. It’s reasonably priced for the city centre parking location, with a WC for public use.
Paris to Colmar Bus
Flix Bus the leader in European bus transport has 3 buses a day running in the Paris to Colmar route. The Average trip time on the bus, Paris to Colmar is 9 hours 25 minutes.
Flix bus has big comfortable seats onboard, free wifi and toilets to make the trip fly by. Paris to Colmar bus tickets starts at 19.99 Euros per person.
Flix bus picks up at 11 different departure points in Paris including.
- Paris La Defense
- Disneyland Paris
- Paris (Bercy Seine)
- Paris Porte de Charenton
- Paris (Gallieni)
- Paris, Avenue de la Republique
- Paris (Saint-Denis University)
- Paris Pont de Levallois
- Paris Créteil Center – Cross of Wicks
- Paris Porte de St Ouen
- Paris (Pont de Sèvres)
Is it possible to do a Paris to Colmar day trip?
Technically the answer is yes, travelling time would be around 3 hours by both train and plane. This does not take into consideration the time required to get ready and get to the train station or airport.
Ideally, if you departed Paris around 8 am you would arrive in Colmar at around 11.30 at the latest you could spend 4.5 hours at the Christmas market and be back in Paris around 7 pm.
A Paris to Colmar day trip would require 11 hours at the minimum.
Flying from Paris to Colmar
There is no airport in Colmar that receives commercial arrivals. The nearest airports are Strasbourg Airport or Euro Airport Basel, Mullhouse, Freiburg. Depending on your airline or flight prices both airports make Colmar easily reachable.
Strasbourg Airport: Strasbourg Airport is a minor international airport located in Entzheim and 10 km west-southwest of Strasbourg. Air France and KLM fly from Paris to Strasbourg Airport multiple times a day. The flight takes 1 hour and departs Paris from both CGD and Orly airports.
You can catch public transport from the airport train station to Strasbourg Gare Centrale for 2.80 Euro. From there you can buy train tickets to Colmar (as described above). Of course, taxi’s and hire cars are available at the airport.
Euro Airport, Basel, Mullhouse, Freiburg: Euro Airport is actually closer to Colmar than Strasbourg Airport. Euro Airport is under 60 kilometres away from Colmar. The following options are available for you to get from Euro Airport to Colmar
Train: St Louis La Chaussee train station is located 1.3 kilometres away from Euro Airport. You can catch a train to Mullhouse Ville station where you can change for Colmar. The trip from St Louis La Chaussee to Colmar takes 46 minutes. Book your train tickets now
Bus: Flix Bus runs services from Euro Airport to Colmar with 1 stop in Mullhouse France. Book your bus tickets now
Car: Hire car is available from the airport. We suggest you book a car prior to arrival and then head to Colmar. Driving time is 45 minutes along the A35. Book your hire car now
We hope this article has shown you how easy it to visit Colmar from Paris. Colmar and the whole Alsace region are full of amazing things to see and do.
Whether it is a Paris to Colmar day trip or staying a few weeks in the region you will love it. Colmar can be reached from major centres nearby. Travel to Colmar from Strasbourg, Basel and Freiburg is very convenient.