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10 networks improving your mobility

By bus, metro, tram, car or train: there are 10 transport networks serving Alsace. Vialsace aims at making all necessary information available for you to plan your travel: timetaTbles, journey planner, news, disturbance, practical information, etc. ...

The role of a Transport Organizing Authority is to finance and organize transport under its jurisdiction within its territory. It then delegates to an operator the service implementation and its proper operation.

Vialsace, your journey planner:

 

By car

Taking the motorway

The motorway network in Alsace is modern and fast. The A35 motorway runs from the north to the south of Alsace between Strasbourg and Saint-Louis, also connecting Colmar and Sélestat. You should allow for approximately an hour and a half to cross Alsace "end to end". The motorway is free, enabling you to visit Alsace without spending a fortune.

Taking the picturesque routes

Although travelling in Alsace is fast when you take the motorway, nothing really beats taking your time to discover the Alsatian villages as you wind your way along the region's many smaller roads. By getting off the main road network, you can discover the wealth and diversity of this beautiful region. The "Wine Route" and the "Peak Route" are just two of the many tourist trails to be explored by road in Alsace.

Renting a car in Alsace

You'll find a full range of car hire companies available at each airport and at the railway stations in Mulhouse and Strasbourg: Hertz , Avis (http://www.avis.fr/), Europcar , Sixt, National Citer, Budget ...

Distance between the main towns:

Towns 

Strasbourg 

Sélestat 

Colmar 

Mulhouse 

Saint-Louis 

Wissembourg 

Haguenau 

Saverne 

Strasbourg 


50 km

74 km

115 km

130 km

66 km

32 km

50 km

Sélestat 

50 km


25 km

66 km

88 km

116 km

83 km

63 km

Colmar 

74 km

25 km


43 km

65 km

138 km

104 km

86 km

Mulhouse 

115 km

66 km

43 km


35 km

179 km

146 km

127 km

Saint-Louis 

130 km

88 km

65 km

35 km


199 km

165 km

146 km

Wissembourg 

66 km

116 km

138 km

179 km

199 km


34 km

74 km

Haguenau 

32 km

83 km

104 km

146 km

165 km

34 km


40 km

Saverne 

50 km

63 km

86 km

127 km

146 km

74 km

40 km


Public transport

By train

With a total of 161 railway stations served by the TER (express regional train service) Alsace boasts an extremely dense rail network. Coaches operated by the French rail company, SNCF, also provide coach connections to and from the towns and villages, with departure and arrival times based around the train schedules. Bikes are admitted on trains for free, except between Strasbourg and Basel during peak hours.

The rail network links the region's main towns from north to south including Strasbourg, Sélestat, Colmar, Mulhouse and Saint-Louis. From 2007 onwards, the introduction of TGV services (high-speed trains) along the Basel-Mulhouse-Strasbourg line will further improve regional rail connections in Alsace.

For further information: http://www.ter-sncf.com/alsace/

Distances and average travel times:

Departing from

Arriving at

Distance

Travel time

Strasbourg

Sélestat

50 km

30 mins

Strasbourg

Colmar

74 km

45 mins

Strasbourg

Mulhouse

115 km

1h05 mins

Strasbourg

Bâle

130 km

1h15 mins

By bus and coach

The various transport methods mesh together perfectly, enabling you to easily travel to several towns and villages which are not served by the train services.

For further information

http://www.cg68.fr/documents/atelecharger/cartebus.pdf

http://www.cg67.fr/generique/telechargement.asp?id=360

http://www.cg67.fr/index.asp?fic=page&id=8091

 

Getting around town

The trams are now very much part of the urban landscape in Alsace

In Strasbourg

Tramway à Strasbourg (Phovoir)Six tram lines enable you to get around the Strasbourg urban area quickly and comfortably. The network currently includes 57 km of track, with the main station for connections being the "Homme de Fer" in the town centre. The trams run from 4:30 a.m. to half past midnight during the week. At peak times, trams pass by every four minutes. They also run on Sundays and bank holidays and accept bicycles out of peak hours.

For tourists, the "tourpass" or the "family pass" provides unlimited travel on the entire urban transport network for a 24-hour period.

In Mulhouse

Mulhouse has a tram system which criss-crosses the city from east to west and from north to south, linking its main tourist attractions. It comprises two tram lines, running for a total of 12 km and serving 24 station stops. Since 2010, the tram-train service links Mulhouse to Thann via the railway, a service unique of its kind in France! Fast and comfortable, the trams pass by every 6 to 8 minutes during the day, and run from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.