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How to get here

By car or motorbike

Wherever you're travelling from, getting to Alsace by car is simple.

From France

- From Paris, the A4 will take you to Strasbourg, passing close to Châlons-en-Champagne and Metz.

- From northern France, take the A1 followed by the A26 as far as Reims. From there, you can take the A4 which will bring you to Strasbourg.

- From the west and the south-west, the quickest option is to travel to Paris via the A8 or the A11. You can then continue your journey via the A4.

- From the south, you should take the A7 as far as Lyon and then take the A42 and the A40 to Bourg-en-Bresse. Next, the A39 followed by the A36 will take you to Besançon where you should head for Mulhouse via the A35.

From Switzerland

Take the N2 from Bern or the N3 from Zurich as far as Basel. You should then take the A35.

From Belgium

Take the E411 to Luxembourg and then branch off via the A4 to continue on to Strasbourg.

Average travel times to Alsace from various main cities

Departing from

Distance

Estimated journey time

Brest

1 070 km

11 hours

Marseille

820 km

8 hours

Lille

520 km

5 hours

Paris

500 km

5 hours

Lyon

480 km

4 hours

Brussels

440 km

4 hours

Geneva

250 km

4 hours

 

Preparing your stay

Make the most of the best offers to come to Alsace thanks to the SNCF’s (French railway company) discounts. Whether you travel regularly or not and regardless of your age, you are bound to find a suitable offer.

For more information on prices, the stations served and timetables, go onto the website voyages-sncf.

To prepare your trip with the TER Alsace regional rail services visit the website vialsace

By plane

Alsace has two major international airports: Basel-Mulhouse airport in the Upper-Alsace and Strasbourg airport in the Lower-Alsace. Numerous national and international airlines offer daily services to and from the Alsatian airports.

Basel-Mulhouse airport

Air France operates flights from Orly and Charles-de-Gaulle. Easyjet also offers services to Mulhouse from Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse and Nice, and Twinjet to Toulouse, Marseille and Lille. When you arrive at the airport, renting a car or taking a taxi couldn't be simpler.

Connections between the airport and Saint-Louis by bus:

Take bus number 755 operating between Mulhouse railway station and Saint-Louis, which also calls at the Euroairport.

Frequency: 3 times a day during the week

Journey time: approx. 45 mins

Information, prices and times: http://www.euroairport.com/EN/accueil.php

Strasbourg airport

Strasbourg offers regular services to and from around 30 destinations, including 11 French cities and 18 international cities.

Connections between the airport and the railway station:

Entzheim railway station is just 5 minutes away from the airport on foot.

Frequency: Up to 4 times per hour during the week from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Connections are also possible Saturdays and Sundays.

Length of the journey: approx. 10 min.

Price: around €3.80 for a multimodal ticket Tram + TER (regional train) to the Airport

Information, prices and times: Strasbourg Airport

Train services to your airports

  • To the Strasbourg Airport

The train station is connected to the airport terminal.

Trains leave the Strasbourg Main Station every 20 minutes to the airport (trip : 10 minutes) daily between 5:30am and 10:30pm, somewhat less on weekends and bank holidays.

Rates: etc….

  • To the Airport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

Regular bus shuttle from the Main Railway Station in Basel to the airport.

Regular TER Regional trains from Colmar (50 minutes) and Mulhouse (30 minutes) to Saint-Louis. Connections to the airport terminal by bus shuttle.

Please check the following website for more information: eurairport.com/passengers

By boat

How about travelling to Alsace by boat? Waterborne tourism offers visitors many opportunities to discover the region from a whole new angle.

You can travel to Alsace via three excellent canals: the Marne-Rhine canal and the Sarre Canal in the north, and the Rhone-Rhine canal to the south.

The Rhone-Rhine canal

This canal offers a marvellous trip of approximately 200 km through the impressive landscape between Dôle and Mulhouse. During your journey, you'll encounter a number of outstanding canal structures including locks, tunnels and aqueducts. You can complete the entire journey within a week, during a trip which takes in the towns of Dôle – Besançon – Baume-les-Dames – Montbéliard – Belfort and Mulhouse. A new canal link between Strasbourg and Colmar is currently in the process of being created, thanks to the reopening of a 24 km section between Artzenheim and Friesenheim.

The Marne-Rhine canal

With its forests and lakes, the landscape around the canal is simply outstanding. On your way you'll see a number of monuments including castles and windmills. When you arrive in Alsace you will be using the Arzviller lift with its tunnel and inclined plane, a feature unique of its kind in Europe! The boat lift carries boats and canal barges from the upper to the lower canal, travelling up a 41% slope for a distance of 128 metres. The Marne-Rhine canal crosses Alsace and Lorraine for a distance of 152 km including 58 locks, travelling via Nancy, Lagarde and Saverne.