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Looking to get from Strasbourg to Colmar?
Well, you’ve come to the right place!
Not only do I live in Strasbourg, but I’ve traveled to Colmar dozens of times. From all-inclusive tours to high-speed trains and bargain buses, I’ve done it all.
But choosing which option is right for you can be a challenge.
So, to help you plan your trip, I’ve put together the best ways to travel to Colmar from Strasbourg. Whether you’re looking for the fastest or cheapest way, I’ve got you covered.
6 Best Ways to Get from Strasbourg to Colmar
This distance between Strasbourg and Colmar is approximately 74 kilometers (46 miles). And, because they are so close, you’ll find there are several ways to make this journey.
The six best ways to travel from Strasbourg to Colmar are:
- Train – Fastest
- Drive – Most Flexible
- Tour – Most Convenient
- Bus – 2nd Cheapest
- Rideshare – Cheapest
- Bike – Most Scenic
So, let’s take an in-depth look at each way.
1. By Train
Taking the train is my preferred option. It’s the fastest and most affordable. It takes 30 minutes and round-trip tickets won’t cost more than €30.
Trains leave from Strasbourg’s Central Train Station and arrive at Colmar’s Central Train Station.
There are three types of trains that run this route – TGV trains, OUIGO trains, and TER trains.
But I always take a TER train.
TER trains are regional trains that are very efficient for short trips, like this one. They are frequent and your tickets are valid for the entire day (unless you buy them on an app).
With TGV and OUIGO trains you’ll need to buy your ticket in advance, and you can only take the train that is specified on your ticket. So, if you decide that you want to spend a few more hours in Colmar, you’ll have to buy another ticket.
But, with TER trains, you can take whatever train you want (as long as you buy an open-ended ticket from a kiosk at the train station).
Useful Tip: In general, TER train tickets along this route are far cheaper than TGV or OUIGO train tickets.
2. By Car
Renting a car and driving to Colmar is my next favorite option. I’ve driven this route hundreds of times and I love having complete control over my itinerary.
There are two ways to drive there, the fastest route and the most scenic. If you have extra time, I recommend the scenic route.
I’ve detailed both below.
The fastest way takes the only highway that exists between these two towns – the A35. Without any traffic, it takes about one hour (Distance: 74 kilometers (46 miles)).
Below is a map that details directions via this road. Click on the map to open Google Maps.
When I have time to spare, I drive the scenic route from Strasbourg to Colmar.
There are so many places to see along the way. So, to help you plan your itinerary, I’ve put together a mini-road trip based on my experience.
This scenic drive follows the Alsace Wine Route, connecting some of Alsace’s best villages.
All in all, if you visit every place on this list, you’ll need two or three days. But you can also select one or two towns for a shorter trip.
Below is a map detailing the suggested stops. Click on the map to open Google Maps.
Stop 1: Barr
With its quaint streets and captivating architecture, Barr is a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. It offers a serene and picturesque atmosphere with a touch of authentic Alsatian charm.
There are also several attractions here. My favorites were the day hikes to Landsberg Castle and Mont Sainte Odile.
It won’t take more than a few hours to visit Barr, but if you want to do any of the hikes, you’ll need to spend the night.
Strasbourg to Barr:
- Distance: 34 kilometers (21 miles)
- Driving Time: 27 minutes
Stop 2: Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg
Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Alsace, Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg is a historical marvel. It once served as a strategic lookout for the region, providing protection against enemy forces. But it met its fate during the Thirty Years War.
Fortunately, extensive efforts were made to restore the castle to its former glory. And, today, it stands as a magnificent testament to the cultural heritage of the region.
It’s a must-visit for anyone looking to learn more about the history of Alsace.
Barr to Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg:
- Distance: 32 kilometers (20 miles)
- Driving Time: 30 minutes
Stop 3: Ribeauvillé
Ribeauvillé is a charming village nestled at the foot of the picturesque Vosges mountains. It’s known for its enchanting medieval architecture, cozy cafes, and traditional restaurants.
It also boasts three stunning castles – Château de Saint-Ulrich, Château du Girsberg, and Château du Haut-Ribeaupierre. While you can visit all three for free, they are only accessible by foot. It’s an uphill climb but the breathtaking views of the surrounding vineyards are otherworldly.
I’ve been to all three, but if I had to choose the best one to visit, I would pick Château du Girsberg. From the main terrace, you’ll be able to see Château de Saint-Ulrich. And that’s where I took the photo you see above.
Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg to Ribeauvillé:
- Distance: 14 kilometers (9 miles)
- Driving Time: 20 minutes
Stop 4: Riquewihr
With its well-preserved medieval architecture and quaint ambiance, visiting Riquewihr is like taking a step back in time.
The narrow streets wind through the Old Town, past multi-hued houses while artisans sell locally produced wines and cheeses. It’s so magical you can’t help but wonder if you’re in a scene from Beauty and the Beast.
Ribeauvillé to Riquewhir:
- Distance: 5 kilometers (3 miles)
- Driving Time: 10 minutes
Stop 5: Kaysersberg
Located in the heart of Alsace lies one of the most popular villages near Colmar, Kaysersberg. And despite its fame, it has managed to preserve its authentic charm.
Here you’ll find beautiful timber-framed houses, cobblestone streets, and colorful flower displays. It’s surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and offers lots of opportunities for hiking and biking.
There’s no denying that there are a ton of attractions in Kaysersberg, but my favorite was taking in the views from the Château de Kaysersberg.
Riquewhir to Kaysersberg:
- Distance: 11 kilometers (7 miles)
- Driving Time: 20 minutes
Stop 6: Colmar
Now for the final stop on this road trip!
Colmar boasts a magnificent collection of brilliantly preserved buildings, dating back to medieval and early Renaissance times. My favorite street was Quai de la Poissonnerie. It was so impressive I must have walked up and down it about 15 times!
But that’s not all there is to do.
Take a gondola ride along Little Venice, admire the House of Heads, or visit the Unterlinden Museum. Then, treat your taste buds to one of the most mouthwatering traditional dishes, tarte flambée. It’s like pizza, but much better.
Needless to say, it’s easy to see why Colmar is so popular.
Kaysersberg to Colmar:
- Distance: 11 kilometers (7 miles)
- Driving Time: 20 minutes
Parking in Colmar
There is not a lot of free parking in Colmar, but there are several parking garages.
Here are the most convenient:
- Parking Place Rapp – 7 Avenue de la République
- Parking Woelfelin – Rue Woelfelin
- Parking Scheurer Kestner – 6 Rue du 4E Bataillon de Chasseurs À Pieds
Traveling from Strasbourg to Colmar couldn’t be easier than with a tour. All the logistics are taken care of and there are knowledgeable guides on hand. It’s the least stressful option.
Of the tours available, my favorite is the Best of Alsace Historical Day Trip tour. It has a 4.8/5 star rating, making it one of the most popular among travelers to the area.
You’ll visit three fairytale-like Alsatian villages, including Colmar, and my all-time favorite medieval castle, Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg.
A perfect solution for touring the most beautiful villages of Alsace without any worries! No need to worry about travel, entrance fees, etc. – Eric
So, if you’re looking for a hassle-free trip, this is it. You can sit back, relax, and just enjoy your vacation!
4. By Bus
One of the cheapest ways to get to Colmar from Strasbourg is to take the bus. It’s also a great option when there’s a train strike.
Flixbus is the only company that does this journey, and they don’t have a ton of departures. So, when I take the bus, I always book my return journey at the same time.
Ridesharing is, undoubtedly, the least expensive way to make this trip. Not only that but it’s more flexible than taking the bus. You’ll have more departure times and can choose your pick-up and drop-off locations.
BlaBlaCar is the only ridesharing platform that is available for this route. They also have buses if you’re not comfortable riding with a stranger.
Important: Riding with strangers has its risks. Remember to vet the driver before booking a ride.
6. By Bike
Biking will take the most amount of time. But if you want a truly immersive experience, you won’t be disappointed.
There are two bike routes that run between Strasbourg and Colmar, and I’ll cover each one in more detail below.
Useful Tip: Bikes are allowed on most regional TER trains. So, you could bike to Colmar and then take the train back.
Rhine Cycle Route (EuroVélo 15)
The Rhine Cycle Route (EuroVélo 15) is the fastest route. It passes through the heart of the pristine Alsatian countryside, offering scenic views of rolling hills, quaint farms, and inviting towns. The path itself is well-maintained and mostly flat, making it open for all fitness levels.
I’ve done this route several times, and the only downside I’ve experienced is the lack of shaded areas. If you’re cycling in summer, be sure to wear a brimmed hat.
Below is a map of the Rhine Cycle Route between Strasbourg and Colmar. Click on the map to open Google Maps.
Rhine Cycle Route (EuroVélo 15):
- Distance: 71 kilometers (44 miles)
- Cycle Time: 4-5 hours
Alsace Wine Route
Biking the Alsace Wine Route will take more time than the Rhine Cycle Route. But you’ll get to visit some of France’s most beautiful countryside.
The Alsace Wine Route follows a winding trail, dotted with vineyards and quaint villages, surrounded by lush mountains. You’ll learn about the local history, experience a unique culture, and sample world-renowned wine.
I’ve biked it several times and my favorite stops are Obernai, Barr, Dambach-la-Ville, Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, and Turckheim.
Biking from Strasbourg to Colmar via the Alsace Wine Route takes about four to five days, depending on how many stops you make.
Below is a map detailing my suggested route. Click on the map to open Google Maps.
FAQs About the Journey
How far is Strasbourg from Colmar by train?
The distance by train is about 64 kilometers (40 miles) and takes 30 minutes.
What is there to do between Strasbourg and Colmar?
There are plenty of things to do between Strasbourg and Colmar. You can explore small towns such as Ribeauvillé, visit historical sites like Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, or simply enjoy some local delicacies. But the most popular thing to do is bike the Alsace Wine Route.
What is the cheapest way to get from Strasbourg to Colmar?
The cheapest way is to rideshare or take the bus.
Is it worth it to drive from Strasbourg to Colmar?
If you enjoy planning road trips or the freedom that comes with driving, it is 100% worth it to drive. You’ll be able to choose your own itinerary and get off the typical tourist path.
Conclusion and Verdict
Whether you decide to travel by train, car, or bike, getting to Colmar from Strasbourg is, for the most part, hassle-free.
The most convenient option is to go on a tour while the train is the fastest way to get there. But, if you’re looking for flexibility, nothing beats renting a car.
Now that you know how to get there, it’s time to plan your trip. There are so many wonderful sights to see in Colmar that you’re sure to have an amazing time!
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