As I get older, I find that I have slowed down a bit where walking is concerned, so when there is a little road train tour available anywhere I take it. The reason being that I can learn where the things I want to see are located and I can even ferret out the ones that are not worthwhile or add ones that I knew nothing about.
In Colmar the little green train costs 6 Euro to ride and leaves from outside the Monoprix store in the little square.Related to:
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When I planned my day trip from Freiburg/Germany to Colmar I realised how lousy the connections between the two cities are. Unbelievable since they are so close to each other. The Deutsche Bahn website even gave me directions via Basel! Brrrrr!
Finally I found out that I could go by suburban railway to Breisach and from there to Colmar by bus - but this bus runs only four times or so each day. My hotel guest card provided free travel on the Freiburg - Breisach train and the fare for the bus was 3.60 Euro each way. I highly recommend to get off the bus in Colmar at the huge parking lot north of the old town - don't go all the way to the final stop (railway station) like I did. It is a detour of at least 15 minutes.
I left Freiburg 9.25 am and arrived Colmar 10.26 (the only reasonable morning connection - don't miss it!). Back 5.20 pm from Colmar by bus, changing in Breisach, arrival 6.32 pm Freiburg. There is ONE later connection at 7 or 8 something from Colmar.
Nearby Strasbourg has a small international airport serviced by a number of major carriers, including Iberia, Czech Airlines and Royal Air Maroc. There's also a couple of budget airlines, like Ryanair. The Alsace region also has a much bigger airport on the Swiss border called Euroairport. It handles five times the passengers, and is serviced by many more carriers, especially budget airlines. It's even a hub for Easyjet.
Colmar bus map - whole map online
One thing I dislike is going to a transportation site and having to look at a bus/train, etc. map one small grid at a time. I like to see an overview of the map.
The TRACE [Colmar public transportation] website lets you see only one small 225x225 pixel grid of the map at a time. To remedy this, the link below opens a page that loads the entire grid of the Colmar bus map into a browser window.
Colmar bus mapRelated to:
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How to get in and out ,Colmar
One of the nicest towns in the Alsace and nice to drive to. My favorite way of visiting. Plenty of parking above and below ground right in city center, and then walk to all very near on foot.
The parkings cover over 7000 spots all over the city, so many, that over the years I have stuck to the same such as Parking Rapp right by ave de la République and Stanislas. Undeground parking of the Mairie at Place de la Mairie (mayor's office). Coming from Mulhouse, the parking de la montagne Verte by avenue de l'alsace and rue de l'est, and if coming from Strasbourg, place Schurer-Keshner by rue de la prémiere armée française and rue de la cavalarie.
more here from city page on parkings
for example you can park for up to 8 hrs for only 2€ in yellow (jaune) areas or 4,90 in green (verte) areas.
The ways to get here are many too, The most direct from Strasbourg is to take the A35 and then D1083 that becomes the N83 passing Sélestat as well as the A35. From Paris there is a couple of routes I have taken, first the A4 direction Metz, down A31 to Nancy, and N59 direction Baccarat/Colmar. Or take the A5 direction Troyes, at Langres go into city center to connect with the road N19 at other east side of town, direction Vesoul, at Lure take the D486 direction le Thillot, Servance; pass la Bresse, and connect with the road D417 at Konrupt-Longémer follow it direction Mûnster, and Colmar ( the scenic ride).
for direction that would not let you get lost use
and traffic news more detail at
you have covoiturage or car sharing for the region at
where you can choose your traject and find folks going your way for a small fee. The parkings to leave your car and take theirs are at by the traffic circle of Semm, route de Bâle before the overpass direction Mulhouse. Others at Carré Liberté, route de Strasbourg, l’Orangerie, near the hypermarket Leclerc at the entrance to Horbourg-Wihr, parking Dreyfus,in the business park European at avenue de la Liberté, and the parking des Carlovingiens, rue des Carlovingiens.
You have over 100 kms of bike route with a central rental location at ColmarVélo Gare - 9 place de la Gare. You can pick your bike at these points, Gare (train station),association Vélo Docteurs de Colmar (in the old bike rental place at 9 place de la Gare); tourist office of Colmar, the city hall or Mairie de Colmar, place de la Mairie and avenue de l'Europe, at the city halls of nearby villages in Houssen and Horbourg-Wihr. Also, in the bike sales stores Oxygen route d'Ingersheim, Décathlon rue Emile Schwoerer, and Jost rue Edouard Richard. In nearby Horbourg-Wihr : Oxygen Grand'Rue. Ingersheim : Culture Vélo route de Colmar, Wintzenheim : Hausherr rue Clémenceau.
If you print the pdf file saying COLMAR à Vélo, le bon plan here you will have suggested routes and a lot more info in French
More info on bikes from the tourist office in English
The local bus company that takes you around Colmar and 22 towns nearby is TRACE, the main business office is at Agence Commerciale Trace, 29 rue Kléber à Colmar (closest bus stop is at Théâtre), info line at Tel +33 03 89 20 80 80, and email : firstname.lastname@example.org
it is open Mondays to Fridays from 7h30 to 18h continuous and Saturdays from 7h30 to 12h.
traject tracing is here
Vialsace is the site to find transports in TER trains, tramways, bus, intercity buses and look for transport across the frontier. It groups all these transport sites, TER. Alsace, Réseau 67, Réseau 68,C.T.S. Strasbourg, SOLEA Mulhouse, TRACE Colmar,DISTRIBUS Saint-Louis, RITMO Haguenau, TIS Sélestat, and PASS'O Obernai. The webpage is here
The LK network has regular bus lines to other towns in the region, such as Ribéuville, Munster, Mulhouse, etc, the link is here in French
The train is big here, the Schedule nationwide and pricing is found here
the main regional lines are :Strasbourg - Sélestat - Colmar - Mulhouse; Colmar - Munster - Metzeral; Colmar - Neuf Brisach - Volgelsheim; and Colmar - Sélestat - Ste Marie aux Mines.
You counters at the station from Mondays to Fridays 06H00 - 13H45 , and 14H45 - 22H30.
Sncf site in English all about the station
The above is the principal station, as there are other two used for passenger connections locally such at Gare de Colmar-Saint-Joseph and Gare de Colmar-Mésanges.
Airports you have two at same distance about 70 kms from Basel in Switzerland to STrasbourg in France.
the EuroAirport at Basel-Mulhouse is here in English.
and the Strasbourg inter airport in English is here shuttle connects the airport with train station in Strasbourg in 9 minutes.
by car is about 40 minutes to Colmar.A35 and N83.
Several taxi services shown in the tourist office of Colmar as not used myself put for reference.
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