Here you are in Alsace? Welcome! Alsace is a small region in which it is easy to get around.
We are lucky, the SNCF network is important in Alsace(see here the map of the TER Grand Est network) and we can easily travel by train. You can book your tickets online on the TER Grand Est website. As an indication, here are some travel times by train.
- Strasbourg – Haguenau: 35 min(direct)
- Strasbourg – Colmar: 30 min(direct)
- Strasbourg – Mulhouse: 50 min(direct)
- Strasbourg – Saint-Louis: 1h10(direct)
- Colmar – Haguenau: 1h30(1 change)
- Colmar – Mulhouse: 20 min(direct)
- Colmar – Saint-Louis: 35 min(direct)
- Mulhouse – Haguenau: 1h55(1 change)
- Mulhouse – Saint-Louis: 15 min(direct)
- Haguenau – Saint-Louis: 2h10(1 change)
Looking for ideas on what to do by train? Here is the program for a first weekend in Alsace without a car as well as some ideas for visits and activities to visit Alsace without a car.
There are a lot of tickets available for low fares. It’s up to you to choose according to the number of people and your movements.
Alsa Plus 24h Solo (1 person)
Alsa Plus 24h Solo ticket
is valid every day for 24 hours after validation and gives unlimited access to the Alsatian TER trains and buses as well as to the urban transport of Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Colmar, Sélestat, Haguenau, Saint-Louis and Obernai.
Alsa Plus Group Day (from 2 to 5 people)
Alsa + Group Day ticket
is valid on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday until midnight on the day of validation and gives unlimited access to Alsace TER trains and buses as well as to urban transport in Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Colmar, Sélestat, Haguenau, Saint-Louis and Obernai, for 2 to 5 people. The one covering all of Alsace costs 39,10€.
If you want to take advantage of your stay in Alsace to visit our German and Swiss neighbors, you should know that there are many cross-border ticket offers at low prices:
- Tri-regio packages for the Basel area
- Europass packages, for the Strasbourg and Kehl-Offenbourg region
- Dual tickets, to go from Mulhouse to Freiburg or Mülheim
- Pass Alsace – Rheineckar, to go from Alsace to the German region Rhine-Neckar
- Saarland ticket, to reach the Saarland from the Lower Rhine
If you live in the Grand Est region, it may be a good idea to buy the Fluo discount card, which gives you a 50% discount on TER Fluo tickets (trains and buses) every day, throughout the Grand Est region.
As a bonus, this discount applies to the person of your choice on weekends and holidays.
It costs only 20€ or even 1€ for those under 26 years old!
In addition to trains, there are many bus lines, coaches, etc. The easiest way to organize your trip is to visit the Fluo website, which integrates all public transportation and allows you to easily calculate your route.
The A35 freeway crosses Alsace from north to south, passing through Lauterbourg, Strasbourg, Obernai, Sélestat, Colmar, Mulhouse and Saint-Louis (located on the border with the city of Basel in Switzerland).
It takes about 2 hours from Lauterbourg to Saint-Louis, i.e. to cross the whole Alsace. As an indication, here are some travel times by car.
- Strasbourg – Colmar: 1h
- Strasbourg – Mulhouse: 1h25
- Strasbourg – Saint-Louis: 1h30
- Strasbourg – Lauterbourg: 45 minutes
- Colmar – Mulhouse: 45 minutes
- Colmar – Saint-Louis: 45 minutes
- Colmar – Lauterbourg: 1h30
- Mulhouse – Saint-Louis: 30 minutes
- Mulhouse – Lauterbourg: 1h50
- Lauterbourg – Saint-Louis: 2h
Apart from the main roads, Alsace has some very nice roads that are pleasant to drive on, taking the time to admire the landscapes and to stop in the villages, such as the Route des Vins or the Route des Crêtes.
With 2,500km of cycle routes and greenways, Alsace is an attractive region for cyclists. For more information, I invite you to visit the cycling section of the blog (with lots of tested itineraries!) and the website L’Alsace à vélo.