How to travel from Basel to Colmar

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Basel is located in the NorthWestern region of Switzerland. It is a good base to explore the surrounding areas of France and  Germany. Colmar is a well-known tourist attraction with its architectural landmarks, museum and old town. Visiting Colmar is a perfect option for a day trip from Basel as it is only 47 miles or 76 kilometres from Colmar. This article will provide details of the different ways to travel from Basel to Colmar.

Basel to Colmar map and distance

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Travel by bus

Travelling from Basel to Colmar by bus is a cheap and convenient option. On average there are at least two buses from Basel to Colmar. The buses leave from Basel SBB or the main train station. Travelling by bus to Colmar takes between 70 and 110 minutes, depending on which of the two options you book. The first bus leaves Basel just before 13:00 and the second bus is a late bus, it leaves just before 23:00. Both of these are direct trips from Basel to Colmar. This is a cost-effective option at only Euro 10 for the earlier bus and Euro 14 for the late bus.

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You will arrive in Colmar at the Colmar Train Station where there is easy access to all the delights offered by Colmar.

You can buy bus tickets at the Bus Bud website.

Basel SBB Station to Colmar

Travel by train

To travel from Basel to Colmar by train is easy. You have two options for a station to depart from. The first is the Basel SBB station or the main station in Basel. The earliest train departs from Basel SBB at 5:21 and the latest at 20:38. There are trains every 20-30 minutes. The train trips vary in duration from the shortest at 43 minutes and the longest about 90 minutes. The costs of train tickets from Basel to Colmar start at CHF18 (USD19). You have a choice between buying train tickets for going in the direction of Luxembourg via Mulhouse where you have to change trains or going in the direction of Strasbourg via Colmar.

You can also buy train tickets from the Basel EuroAirport to Colmar, but this involves going to Basel SBB first where you have to change trains before going to Colmar.


When you arrive in Colmar by train, you will be at the Colmar train station from where you can easily walk to the Old Town tourism area.

To book train tickets, use the Rail Europe Website.

Travel by car

If you have a car, driving from Basel to Colmar will only take 50 minutes. From Basel you need to access the A35 Freeway to get to Colmar. The best thing about driving yourself is that you can leave at any time. Bear in mind that some Swiss and French roads are toll roads, requiring payment for the use of the road.

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Other options to travel from Basel to Colmar

One alternative is renting a private car transfer from Basel to Colmar. This is one of the pricier options for getting to Colmar from Basel, it will set you back around Euro 180. The Daytrip website is the perfect place to book a private car transfer.

Booking a shared ride is another one of the more expensive options to get to Colmar. There is a variety of options available, but the price starts at around Euro. It is important to book this in advance. To book, use the Ride.Guru Website.

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How to get from Basel to Colmar

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