Many travellers to the Alsace Region in France make a trip from the capital Strasbourg to Colmar to visit one of the most picturesque towns known to man. Not only is Colmar a beautiful place to look at, it is also a wine connoisseur’s playground and the food that is prepared to go with it is mouth-watering.
Why is Colmar unmissable?
Colmar is surrounded by some of the best vineyards in France. One of the most popular wines is the local Vin Alsace Gewurztraminer wine. Local producers are known for their artisan foods such as Alsatian Choucroute Garnie, Flamkusen and Ginger Bread are everywhere.
Many travellers come to see the district of the “Little Venice“. It is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Colmar and all of France for that matter. As you wander the colour filled streets you can hear the excitement from people visiting. The merchants of the city lived and worked in this district, they called it home and what a beautiful home they made it.
The houses are of various bright and engaging colours, the house colours tell you what the inhabitants’ business was. The blue houses are the fishmongers, the green ones the market gardeners, the white one’s the bakers, the yellow ones the cheese makers and the pink ones… the pink ones belong to the fancy ladies! These colours helped shoppers identify where to their Colmar shopping.
How to get from Strasbourg to Colmar
For many visiting Strasbourg France is the easiest way to access Colmar for a day trip or a longer stay. Trains from Paris terminate here, and flights from European destinations land at Strasbourg Airport. You will find flights arriving from all corners of Europe, with direct services from 31 destinations such as Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Palermo, Athens, Brussels, Bucharest and London. Strasbourg Airport is 6.6 kilometres from the city centre.
Strasbourg to Colmar by organised tour
Some people much prefer the comfort and organization of a tour. The easiness of getting on a bus with a tour guide, being told about the region, motioned on and off the bus to see the sights.
As you see above Get Your Guide offer a range of day tours from Strasbourg to Colmar and surrounds. These tours are ideal for people short on time looking to see a quick overview of all that’s available in the French Alsace Region.
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Strasbourg to Colmar by bus
Flix Bus who are the major bus line in Europe has a bus that stops in Colmar 6 times a day. The bus goes from Strasbourg to Colmar and beyond to destinations such as Zurich and Grenoble.
Eurolines France runs 6 buses a week between Strasbourg and Colmar.
Both Flix bus and Eurolines have free wifi and toilets onboard. You will have a comfortable seat for your journey. The Strasbourg to Colmar bus is a brilliant way to see the Alsace country-side while relaxing and letting someone else do the driving.
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 a bus trip to Colmar from Strasbourg?
The Strasbourg to Colmar bus takes between 1 hour and 1 hour and 15 minutes. Flix bus and Eurolines depart from Place de l’Étoile 67076 Strasbourg France and arrives at Colmar, Place de la Gare / Rue Georges Lasch 68000 Colmar France.
The Colmar Bus stop is located about 1.24 km from the town centre, which is only a 15-minute walk.
How much is a bus ticket to Colmar from Strasbourg?
Bus ticket prices to Colmar from Strasbourg will depend on the type of ticket you purchase and the time that you plan to depart Strasbourg. If you are able to make your journey flexible this is a great way to be able to save money on your bus trip to Colmar.
Strasbourg to Colmar by train
The Colmar Train station is located just on the edge of the old town tourism and shopping district. The Comar Train station is your arrival and departure on all trips from Strasbourg by train.
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.
How long does the Strasbourg to Colmar train take?
Trains from Strasbourg to Colmar take around 30-35 minutes. Strasbourg’s Station (Gare de Strasbourg) is the second-largest station in France. If you’re coming from Germany Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland as well as other major cities in France to visit Colmar you will transit through Strasbourg Train Station. There is an average of 29 trains a day between Strasbourg and Colmar, leaving approximately every 36 minutes.
As with the vast majority of trains in Europe, there’s no need to check-in for your French train ride. You can just walk into the station, scan the departure boards for the platform your train is leaving from. Head to the platform, board the train and sit in your reserved or a free seat in the correct carriage class if your ticket is unreserved. Best to have your tickets (or e-tickets) handy to show the conductor or inspector when asked
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How to get to Strasbourg Gare Centrale from the Strasbourg city centre:
From Strasbourg Gare Centrale Train Station you can catch a direct train to Colmar.
Strasbourg Gare Centrale is the main railway station for arrivals and departures in the city. It is located on the western part of Strasbourg, about 1 km away from the city centre.
Local trains & subway
Strasbourg Gare Centrale is connected to six tram lines A to F which travel through the city of Strasbourg
Bus line 10 departs from Strasbourg Gare Centrale and drops you off in the city centre.
The taxi rank is next to the station’s southern entrance and will cost around 10 euros.
There is a shuttle train which runs between the Strasbourg airport and Strasbourg Gare Centrale railway station.
How to buy train tickets from Strasbourg to Colmar
Nearly all trains in Europe can be booked through the country’s national railway site, for France, this is the SNCF. We always try and book our European trains using Omio, who makes everything easy and straight forward. You often find the National Carriers website to be confusing and the language translations not quite right.
Omio has more than 800 trusted transport partners, including industry heavyweights Amtrak, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, Trenitalia, Renfe, Via Rail Canada, Alsa, and Eurolines.
In general, tickets can easily be reserved a few months before you travel to help with your trip planning. Prices generally fluctuate between 5€ and 15€
Comparing all train times and prices between Strasbourg and Colmar is made simple by Omio’s fantastic booking service, which is totally secure with tickets booked in your home currency and language
Omio will send you a ticket confirmation and tickets that can be either printed out or shown via the mobile app for your train trip from Strasbourg to Colmar.
How to get to Colmar from Strasbourg by car
If you are arriving in Strasbourg by plane you can book and pick up a rental car the airport for your journey to Colmar. This would be a brilliant way to see the areas that surround Colmar and Strasbourg.
The distance from Strasbourg to Colmar is 73.6 kilometres and will take you around 1 hour on the A35 Freeway. The A35 is a tollfree road for cars and trucks. The A35 is a very busy freeway that connects Switzerland, France and Luxembourg through the Alsace region.
If you want a more leisurely drive you can use the back roads between Strasbourg and Colmar. This drive will take you through some of the most beautiful towns in France. The Alsace is well known for its fairytale villages. Our suggested back road map is below.
Colmar Car Parking
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.
A little out of the centre but in easy walking distance is the Parking Le Grillen. It is a free car park and is 1.4 kilometres walk to the Little Venice Colmar area.
New ways of travel such as Bla Bla Car are another option for travellers getting to Colmar from Strasbourg. Bla Bah Car gets a car full of people to split the costs of the trip.
What makes it different from Uber is that basically, you are catching a ride with a 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 5 euro. Check Bla Bla Car at https://www.blablacar.co.uk/
Catching a Taxi is a very expensive option and should only be considered as the last resort. A taxi for the 73 kilometres journey will cost you 150 euro plus depending on traffic.
Best time to visit Colmar
It really will depend on what you want to see and get our of during your visit to Colmar.
Winter in Colmar
Many people flock to celebrate Christmas in Colmar. The Colmar Christmas market is world re-known for being one of the prettiest Christmas markets in the world. Even though the Colmar winter is cold you can still enjoy a magnificent meal at one of the Colmar restaurants or from one of the Christmas market stalls.
Christmas Market tours that include Colmar
For many winter is the best time to visit Colmar for Christmas fun.
Spring in Colmar
There is nothing like wandering the streets of Colmar on a fresh spring day. There are flowers that decorate many of the streets in Colmar. You can also find a beautiful small square to sit in and have a glass of wine or a meal in the sun.
Autumn in Colmar
It is a season that is full of beauty in Colmar. The changing of the colours around the town will keep you wandering to explore Colmar thoroughly.
Summer in Colmar
Summer in Colmar is again one of the best times to visit Colmar. With all of the vines ripened and the views around are magnificent. But summer in Colmar can get hot as well. Make sure you are taking care and using the fine food to sit and get the most of your visit to Colmar.
We hope we have answered all of your how to get to Colmar questions and you are ready to book a day trip or a stay in this magnificent town. You will not be disappointed when you make the journey from Strasbourg to Colmar and see what a splendid town it is.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit France and the Alsace Region. There are so many things to do in and around Strasbourg and Colmar. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in France click through to our France Destination Guide 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.