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France shopping from Basel

For those who shop in France from Basel,

How do I get to the Geant in St. Louis from the Basel train station using public transport?

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Old 08.04.2012, 18:45
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Re: France shopping from Basel

Large hypermarkets/supermarkets in France

Supermarket in St Louis

Grocery Stores in France Close to Basel
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Old 08.04.2012, 19:07
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Re: France shopping from Basel

Yes I did read these threads which was how I found out there is a Geant in St. Louis and that's where people from Basel shop in France.

But in the threads no one explains how to get there using public transport (i.e. which bus do you take) because apparently most people who shop there have cars and that is why I ask about public transport explicitly on this thread. I don't live in Basel and was wondering if there's an easy way to get there with a bus to minimize the walking you have to do carrying loads of shopping bags.

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Old 08.04.2012, 19:11
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Re: France shopping from Basel

Described here
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Re: France shopping from Basel

http://www.distribus.com/fr/index.htm all you ever need to know
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But in the threads no one explains how to get there using public transport (i.e. which bus do you take) because apparently most people who shop there have cars
-E.
No we don't. We have bikes.

YOu have a couple of choices from the SBB.
1. Bring your bike on the train.....

2. Catch tram 11 from outside the main entance of the train station, in the direction of St-Loius Grenze. Go to the final stop, which is in sight of the border. Walk down the street past the border for about 1km, then turn left at the main intersection. Geant is about 500metres or so, down that road , on your right.

BUs 603 also goes to the border. And I think it is bus 604 that goes over the border - you can catch that from Schifflande, in the centre of Basel.
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Yes I did read these threads which was how I found out there is a Geant in St. Louis and that's where people from Basel shop in France.

But in the threads no one explains how to get there using public transport (i.e. which bus do you take) because apparently most people who shop there have cars and that is why I ask about public transport explicitly on this thread. I don't live in Basel and was wondering if there's an easy way to get there with a bus to minimize the walking you have to do carrying loads of shopping bags.

Thx,

-E.
I plan to go there Wednesday or Thurday by car from Basel, I'm next to the station, if you want a ride feel free to PM me.
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Re: France shopping from Basel

If you come on a Saturday orning, you also have the option of turning right at that intersection, and going to the fresh vege and fruit market that is about 150metres in that direction - lots of expats shop there too.

And you could bump into Adrian, in which case he will show you the best place to share a saturday coffee and tart de jour.
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Re: France shopping from Basel

I might make a stop at the market on Saturday
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Re: France shopping from Basel

I can highly recommend the Market in St Louis and the Leyes Boulangerie as well.

Take the 604 bus to downtown St Louis and then walk about 1/2 a kilometre to the Geant. There is no other practical way using public transit.
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Re: France shopping from Basel

Thanks everyone! OK so from what I understand is the best option is to somehow get to downtown St. Louis and walk about 1 km from there. All I need now is one of those little granny trolleys then so that I don't have to carry everything, ha ha! But if I remember correctly from the Geants I've been to in France, one can probably buy one there.

Thx AstroStrike for the car offer, but unfortunately I live in Bern so I can only afford (timewise) these sorts of trips on the weekend. In fact I was planning on going there tomorrow, cuz I have the full day free....

Does anyone know if France shops are open on Easter Monday? Or is it a holiday there too?
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Re: France shopping from Basel

They are certain to be closed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_France
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Re: France shopping from Basel

For Easter (although it's almost over, it may help someone in 2013!):

Shops are shut

France: Sunday, Monday
Germany: Friday, Sunday, Monday
Switzerland*: Friday, Sunday, Monday

Some places shut an hour earlier on Saturday than usual

* The German speaking bit. Dunno about the rest.
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Re: France shopping from Basel

In Alsace, shops are also closed on Good Friday
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Re: France shopping from Basel

Bring the bike on the train
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Re: France shopping from Basel

I have a friend visiting who would like to go to a French shopping centre, like a mall I suppose. As an interesting place to go and look around, we have no car and would be coming from Basel, does anyone have any recommendations? By searching the threads my current best idea is going to Carrefour central on the distribus 604 and wandering around perhaps finding geant as described, but as I have never done it before I have no clue what we would find on such a route! Might anyone be able to help with other or better suggestions or just a comment that this would be a good way to spend part of a day of sightseeing?
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Re: France shopping from Basel

By the end of this year, you'll be able to get the 3 tram to St Louis.
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Re: France shopping from Basel

Leclerc in Saint Louis has a few shops around it and inside too, also served by the Distribus.

Theres even a McDonalds if she wants to try French Fries
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I have a friend visiting who would like to go to a French shopping centre, like a mall I suppose. As an interesting place to go and look around, we have no car and would be coming from Basel, does anyone have any recommendations? By searching the threads my current best idea is going to Carrefour central on the distribus 604 and wandering around perhaps finding geant as described, but as I have never done it before I have no clue what we would find on such a route! Might anyone be able to help with other or better suggestions or just a comment that this would be a good way to spend part of a day of sightseeing?
Leclerc shopping centre is not bad. You can get the 604 bus from schifflande, and will see it on the left hand side a little after you have passed the gare of Saint Louis - before your stop, you'll also see Intersport and Kiabi on the left.
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I have a friend visiting who would like to go to a French shopping centre, like a mall I suppose.
Why would someone visiting here want to see what some small-town French shopping centre is like? But as you ask ... Bus 604 from Schifflande (known as Bus 4 once it crosses the border) to stop Rue de Seville. That takes you to a small shopping centre built around a large E.Leclerc hypermarket.
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