Colmar is in Alsace, part of the new Grand Est Region of Champagne-Ardenne-Alsace-Lorraine. It is a delightful old city with half-timbered houses, narrow streets and canals. It’s famous for the spectacular Issenheim altarpiece in the Musée d’Unterlinden, which has undergone a great renovation. The altarpiece is one of Europe's greatest religious masterpieces but Colmar has plenty of other attractions as well including the Musée Bartholdi, the sculptor of Nwew York's State of Liberty who was born here. Colmar also has a great Christmas market. Colmar is a surprisingly underrated city, just a 50 minute train ride from Strasbourg.
Colmar Tourist Office
4 rue Unterlinden
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 89 20 68 92
Paris to Colmar by Train
TGV trains to Colmar leave from Gare de l’est in Paris (Place du 11 Novembre, Paris 10th arrondissement) all through the day.
Transport links to Gare de l'Est
- Ligne 4: Porte de Clignancourt to Porte d’Orleans
- Ligne 5: Bobigny-Pablo Picasso to Port d’Italie
- Ligne 7: La Coureuve 8 Mai 1945 to Ville Juif to Louis Aragon
For buses and RER lines, see the Paris Bus map
Connections to Colmar
There are regular daily return TGV trains between Paris and Colmar taking 2 hrs 55 mins. There are also trains from Paris with changes at Strasbourg and Mulhouse, taking from 3 hrs 48 mins.
Colmar has regular services to Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Bale/Basle, Metzeral and Nancy and Brussels.
Colmar Station is on avenue de la Republique, a 10-minute walk from the center of Colmar.
Book your Train Ticket
- From the USA book on Rail Europe
- From the UK book on voyages-sncf (formerly Rail Europe UK)
Getting to Colmar by plane
Two international airport serve Colmar, both operating direct or connecting flights to all European capitals and the rest of the world.
- Strasbourg-Entzheim Airport is 44 miles (70 kms) from Colmar by road. Driving takes around 50 minutes.
There is also a direct train between the airport and Strasbourg station, with train connections onwards to Colmar.
Strasbourg-Entzheim Airport has direct flights to 24 destinations, including major French cities as well as Algiers, Amsterdam, Brussels, Casablanca, Djerba, London Gatwick, Madrid, Marrakesch, Porto, Prague, Rome and Tunis.
- EuroAirport (Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport) is 44 miles (70 kms) from Colmar by road. Driving takes around 45 minutes.
EuroAirpot flies to 86 destinations, including major French cities, as well as North Africa, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, and many Eastern European countries.
- For international flights from the USA, you will have to change in Europe, with Frankfurt being a typical transfer airport.
Paris to Colmar by car
The distance from Paris to Colmar is around 304 miles (490 kms), and the journey takes around 5 hours 30- minutes depending on your speed. There are tolls on the Autoroutes.
For information on hiring a car under the lease-back scheme which is the most economical way of hiring a car if you’re in France for more than 17 days, try Renault Eurodrive Buy Back Leasing.
Getting from London to Colmar
If you book direct from London you will either have to change in Paris from Paris Nord to Paris Est. The whole journey takes from 6 hrs 17 mins. Or you will have to change twice: in Paris from Paris Nord to Paris Est, then at Strasbourg from the TGV to the TER (Train Express Regional). The whole journey takes from 6hrs 20mins.
By coach to Paris
Eurolines offers a cheap service from London, Gillingham, Canterbury, Folkestone and Dover to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris Gallieni. Six coaches a day; 2 overnight; journey time is 7 hours. The Eurolines stop is at the Paris Gallieni Coach Station, 28 ave du General de Gaulle, just by the Gallieni metro station near the Porte de Bagnolet (Metro line 3, final stop).
OuiBus (formerly IDBus and run by voyages-sncf) also operates between London and Lille and London and Paris. OuiBus also goes from Lille to Amsterdam and Brussels.
By car from the UK
From Calais the journey is 380 miles (610 kms) and takes around 6 hrs 30 mins depending on your speed. There are tolls on the autoroutes.
From London the journey is 481 miles (773 kms) and takes around 9 hours depending on your speed. There are tolls on the autoroutes.