If you are arriving at Geneva airport and going to Annecy it is better to use the main exit on the Swiss side (there is a French side of the airport in Ferney but it is the opposite way from us).
Different ways to go to Annecy:
1/ By train
When arriving at the airport (main arrival terminal), just follow the sign CFF train station (same floor), you will then find Cointrin train station: you have 5 trains per hour going to Cornavin station (Geneva center) there you will find trains going to France.
It will cost approximately 20€ but will nearly take 3 hours, not easy if you have lots of luggages, travelling with kids, arriving at night or on Sunday and better to have Swiss Francs...
But if you do not have much luggage and some time, you can stop in Cornavin to visit Geneva center before going to Annecy.
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2/ By bus
The company "Frossard" offers a regular service to take you to Annecy.
It will cost approximately 10€ one way, it will take nearly 2 hours (Geneva airport/Geneva center/Geneva Unimail/Motorway)
But faster to do Annecy/Geneva airport as direct with motorway.
But not so many buses per day and in case of flight delay it can be long to catch the next one, also difficult if your flight is arriving late evening.
3/ By taxi
I will not recommend you to use the Swiss taxis are they are double price than the French ones.
To save you some waiting and to follow taxi regulations please book your French taxi in advance. Depending on arrival times and taxi companies, it will cost from 90€ to 140€ for a taxi from Geneva airport to Annecy.
Using a taxi is the fastest way, flexible and easy but more epensive.
I will be happy to give you a free quote on http://www.taxi-massingy.fr/
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how to go there
Annecy is located 40km south of Geneva, 107km North of Grenoble, 145km East of Lyon
It’s an easy drive from Geneva, we were there in 35’ through the new motorway but it took us some time to find a spot to park the car, we got a feeling there’s not sufficient parking space so have this in mind.
As expected there are daily buses from Geneva’s intercity bus station (only 5 during Sundays though so check timetable first). The return ticket costs 32chf but the main problem is that the ride may take anywhere between 60’ and 90’ depending on the traffic and the ticket costs about 15euros.
There’s a small airport but it has only flight to Paris.
If you take the train from Paris or Lyon you will arrive directly in the city center.
how to move around
We parked in the center and then walked around everywhere checking Old Town, canals, the lake side etc
Some people rent bicycles that will take you further away, great idea for check the lake away from the center.
We noticed some boats (pic 3) that take you for tours on the lake but I guess they are popular in much warmers months, not in January :)
You don’t need the car inside the city but it be useful if you want to check nearby towns and villages (eg. Thones, Duingt, Faverges etc)
Border formalities with Switzerland
If you are coming to Annecy from Geneva on the bus you can keep your passport safely stowed in your case. Despite how strict the Swiss site seems to indicate they are, there is no formal border crossing point (on the bus trip). There is a point by the highway where you see The flags of Switzerland and France side by side..no parking lot, no stern faced immigration officers, no passport check, nothing.
I don't remember if you are asked to present a passport or identification when boarding the bus, but as far as formal procedures there were none at all.
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Getting to Annecy from Geneva
The easiest way to get to Annecy right now if you are coming from Geneva is with the Frossard Bus. It does make runs from Geneva Airport but they are less frequent. For greater selection of times you should plan to catch the bus from the bus terminal in Geneva, there are runs to Annecy every hour (915, 1015 etc) trip takes a bit more than an hour and is a fairly calm ride, but pay attention once you cross the old looking bridge about 16 k from Annecy, the view is spectacular.
The bus costs 14.50 euro and is clean and comfortable.
It will leave you at the bus terminal, which is next to the SNCF station in Annecy, which is a close walk to many of the major hotels.
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How to get in and out of Annecy
Annecy is 562 kms from Paris, Lyon : 146 km, Grenoble : 105 km ,Marseille : 379km, and Genève : 41 km.
Most direct route from Paris is the A6 to Maçon connect with A40 dir Geneva, near Saint-Julién-en-Genevois to take the A41 direction Annecy. passing the airport of annecy you take the road D2201 to centre ville or city center.
traffic my favorite here is
info on parkings in the city are available here
tél : 04 50 33 87 99
email : email@example.com
hours Mondays to Fridays from 8h -12h and 13h30-17h
you have 8 free parkings , 2 523 spaces in commercial zone with meters, and 10 paying parkings.
the free parkings are
Place des Romains (366 places) except in days of the circus or cirque Médrano.
Stade nautique (200 places)
Marquisats (219 places)
Sainte-Bernadette (141 places)
Impérial (292 places)
Visitation (100 places)
Base nautique (78 places)
Tillier (30 places)
Parking garages paying are
Courier (757 places)
Chevêne (166 places)
Poste (314 places)
Gare (210 places)
Carnot (95 places)
Palais de justice (109 places)
Bonlieu (732 places)
Hôtel de Ville (424 places)
Sainte-Claire (350 places)
Château (218 places
for me hotel de ville, poste, and Carnot have been good always.
here is a map of parkings location in pdf file plan des parking payants.
You have connection under the mountain Mont-Blanc here
Autoroutes et tunnel du Mont-Blanc (ATMB)
1 440, route de Cluses
74 138 Bonneville
tél : 04 50 25 20 00
The train station is at Place de la Gare
Luggage and lost items info line : 04 50 33 81 19
in english here
The bus network is SIBRA
(Société Intercommunale des Bus de la Région Annécienne)
66 chemin de la Prairie
26 regular lines with 10 major lines such as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 ,the 8 interchange with the train station and other correspondances. You have 8 extended lines such as 11-12-13-14-15-16-33-62 ; 4 lines for Sundays and Holidays (Dim'Bus) such as i-J-K-L ; 3 lines nightime (Noctibus) such as M-N-O ;and one line of summer.
You have customer service next to the train station Mondays to Fridays from 7h30 to 19h, and Saturdays from 9h- 12h and 14h -17h at Espace SIBRA, 21 rue de la Gare
tél : 04 50 10 04 04
To go into the mountain stations, direction des Aravis (Thônes, La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand) all year long the express lines 62 and 63 will take you from the bus terminal = gare routière.
The regional bus service for the Haute Savoie is to contact for info at
tél : 04 50 33 51 08
This is to go from Annecy to les Bauges, Chambéry, Lyon, Rumilly, Seyssel, Bellegarde, Genève, la Roche sur Foron, and the rest of the département works all year around.
The vélo or bike service network is call VÉLONECY rather small with about 200 bikes ,you can buy it at the multimodal agency by the bus/train station or reserving by calling 04 50 51 38 90 .
Hours are Mondays to Saturdays from 9h -13h and 14h-18h30 (APril 1 to October 31), and Mondays to Saturdays 9h- 13h and 14h- 18h (November 1 to March 31).
The airport is at
Aéroport Annecy Haute-Savoie Mont Blanc
8 route Côte Merle
74 370 Metz-Tessy
tél : 04 50 27 30 06
réservations : 0803 805 805
site : www.annecy.aeroport.fr
From Lyon you have trains and buses connecting from the airport here
Bus (about 2h)network Satobus from Lyon airport to Annecy every 2 hrs between 9h and 21h going and 6h and 17h coming , several times per day; more info at the lyon airport niveau 1 level 1), counter Satobus. Need to reserve the ticket for the bus ,price is now 32 euros with Voyages Crolard tel 04 50 51 08 51 or on the site www.altibus.com.
Bus (2h)Mondays to Fridays there are 3 buses express direct from airport of Geneva to city center Annecy. The price now is 10,5 euros and the hours are available here
for taxis recommended by the city are
tél : 04 50 45 05 67
site : www.annecy-taxi.net
And driven shuttles are again recomm by the city
only by reservation at +33 (0) 4 50 080 080.
you can print in pdf file a map of the city here
and here is something for a boat ride on the lake Annecy
and more from the Lake site on public transport
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In stead consider bicycling in Annecy
In stead of travel by car consider bicycling in Annecy. We were lucky to come accross Sevrier Sport where the guys were very helpfull in Dutch, Italian and English. Affordable prices and excellent condition of bicycles and no hassle payment similar to car hire. Thanks guys will remember this trip forever.
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Train or Car
Annecy is only 30 miles south of Geneva and a beautiful drive I'm told.
We took the TGV from Paris (Gare de Lyon) with a change of trains in Lyon. It took about 4 hours (370 miles). There was fantastic scenery all the way from Paris and even more so when we headed toward Annecy and the Alps.
A one-way first-class ticket from Paris to Annecy this year is 102.30 Euros.
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Getting to Annecy from the UK...
Getting to Annecy from the UK was a real drag in our pre-flying days. It meant a rail journey of almost 24 hours, and involved a 4 hour wait at Lyon station, from about 2 in the morning until 6 in the morning. It was fun watching the rats run around on the rail tracks!
Go by car
Well you can walk ofcourse, but maybe you want to go by carrage. Rides with a carrage are here every hour.