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    How to get in and out of Annecy

    by gwened Updated Aug 7, 2014

    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.
    route planner
    traffic my favorite here is

    info on parkings in the city are available here
    tél : 04 50 33 87 99
    email :
    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
    webpage here
    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 :

    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

    From Geneva
    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
    Taxis Annecy
    tél : 04 50 45 05 67
    site :

    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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    How to get in and out of Bourg-en-Bresse

    by gwened Written May 7, 2014

    I come here by car, but passing found a picture of the gare or train station of Bourg-en-Bresse so will give you some tips from the French links of the city and tourism for coming here.

    Airports of Lyon - Saint Exupéry and Genève - Cointrin are less than an hour to here.

    by the road many possibilities, autoroute A40 (Mâcon - Bourg-en-Bresse - Genève) ;
    and, A42 (Lyon - Pont d'Ain - Genève) ;and ,A39 (Bourg-en-Bresse - Dole - Dijon.
    As well as two Nationales roads passing by here these are RN 75 - RN 79 (Grenoble - Ambérieu-en-Bugey - Bourg-en-Bresse - Mâcon) ; and RN 83 (Lyon - Bourg-en-Bresse – Strasbourg). By car Bourg-en-Bresse is about 50 minutes from Lyon ; and 1h10 from Genèva.

    the route planner has serve many over the years quite well.
    parking I did by the Brou parking and they are all here with a map of the city[]=2&btrechercher=Afficher+sur+la+carte

    The train station is in city center at Avenue Pierre Semard, regional information on trains is at the TER Rhône Alpes region here
    and for prices at the travel site for the SNCF in France

    on this official SNCF site you can find more information on the train station in English

    There is some vélo/bike movement here with information here just click to enlarge the map

    For the bus ,you have departemental system of dept AIN or 01, here
    just go to les lignes for the lines down in the column below, and the ticket is 2€

    The local bus system is TUB,just try the lines out on the drop down windows

    Gare de Bourg-en-Bresse
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    How to get here in and out-Val Cenis

    by gwened Written Jul 20, 2012

    the road is sublime, Autoroute A43 direction Turin, exit/sortie N°30 - Modane, the road D1006 (ex-RN6) direction Lanslebourg . Be careful as in winter the road around Col de l'Iseran and Col du Mont Cenis are close to circulation.
    This site can show the state of circulation in Savoie

    By train TGV Paris-Modane regular schedules traject done in about 4 h. closest train station is Gare de Modane
    Correspondance by bus to the gare de Modane to all nearby villages in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise region. Information call 0 820 320 368(from France) or from abroad 00 33 479 68 32 96, the altibus network at

    All these airports are close and can get you here closest Chambéry , Grenoble, Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Genèva, and Turin .

    in Summer you have buses, ESTIBUS , from 1 € the trajects between Bramans and Bonneval-sur-Arc, bus correspondance with the bus navettes serving the villages of Planay, Entre-Deux-Eaux, Avérole, Pont de l’Ouilleta , le col du Mont-Cenis and le col de l’Iseran.

    Navette Val Cenis Lanslebourg - Susa (Italy) allows to connect the valley of la Maurienne to the vallée de Susa, Iitaly, passing by the Col du Mont Cenis. you can reserve bus navette by calling +33 (0)4 79 05 99 15.

    Navette Entre Deux Eaux allowing to reach one of the doors of entry to the Parc de la Vanoise, in the village of Termignon la Vanoise.

    Navette Avérole connecting Bessans to the vallée de l'Avérole

    Regular line Modane - Bonneval allowing to connect the bus terminal or gare routière and train station or gare de Modane to the villages of the region of the Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

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    How to get here in and out-Abondance

    by gwened Written Jul 20, 2012

    I did it with the boys from Paris gare de Lyon by train, but can be done by car or air and then train or bus.
    train station at Thonons les Bains;from Paris gare de Lyon. and other nearby towns sometimes using SNCF buses.

    By bus or taxi (approx 30 min.)
    - by taxi : Voyages Gagneux – Tel. +33 (0)4 50 73 02 83 -
    - by bus : Voyages Gagneux – Tel. +33 (0)4 50 73 02 83 -
    SAT shuttles- Tel. +33 (0)4 50 71 00 88 Tel. 0820 320 368 (calls within France) Tel. +33(0)4 79 68 32 96 (calls from outside of France)

    Geneva International Airport

    Information : Tel. 00 41 22 717 71 11
    bus or taxi links (1h15)
    - by taxi: Voyages Gagneux – Tel. +33 (0)4 50 73 02 83 -
    - by bus : Voyages Gagneux – Tel. +33 (0)4 50 73 02 83 -
    SAT bus network - Tel. +33 (0)4 50 71 00 88 - Tel. 0820 320 368 (calls within France France) Tel. +33(0)4 79 68 32 96 (calls from outside of France)

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    bus to Meribel

    by gwened Written Mar 10, 2012

    the alps bus regional service is altibus or altitude buses, the site in French tell you the route, have it there in the english version

    see British flag just below the Your transfer window

    HOpe it helps

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    trains Chamonix and Geneva

    by gwened Written Jan 9, 2012

    long train rides but the car wont do better in those mountains... You can look at the Swiss train site geneva to chamonix

    and the FRench portion, chamonix to milano

    you can play with the sites to find the best suited for you. For the kids see this site


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    by cubsur Updated Aug 19, 2008

    You can indeed get to/from Evian-les-Bains by train.

    From Evian to Paris you can pick up a Geneva - Paris TGV at Bellegarde, using the local train from Evian to Bellegarde.

    Consult to make reservations for that journey - compulsory.

    The detailed train maps and timetables for that region of France can be viewed and downloaded from

    Yvoire does not have a railway station and only a very limited bus service which you can consult, along with other bus times for the region, at

    The websites mentioned are in FRENCH only, except for

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    Getting up the Mountains

    by freya_heaven Written May 2, 2005

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    There are literally 100s of chair lifts, gondela, funiculas, drag lifts, button lifts all over the Alps. All of them of course, work in the winter & a great many stay open in the summer for walkers & people just wanting to enjoy the view from the top.

    You have to buy a lift pass this can be done for a period of 1 day to a whole season. Prices can be steep, the better the ski area & wider area of the pass the price obviously goes up. I believe the 3 Valleys/ Espace Killy are is the most expensive.

    View from chair lift
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    The Snow Train To The Alps

    by freya_heaven Written May 2, 2005

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    The overnight snow train is a great idea, you pick it up in Waterloo, London & it takes to all the way to the Alps, stopping off at several stations local to various ski resorts.

    Chambéry (for Alpe d'Huez, Le Collet d'Allevard, Les Aillons, Les Deux Alpes, Saint Pierre de Chartreuse)
    Albertville (for Arêches-Beaufort, Crest-Voland Cohennoz, Flumet, Les Saisies, Notre Dame de Bellecombe, Praz sur Arly)
    Moûtiers (for Brides-les Bains, Champagny, Courchevel, La Tania, Les Ménuires, Les 3 Vallées, Méribel, Pralognon, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Valmorel)
    Aime la Plagne(for La Plagne)
    Landry (for Piesey Vallandry, Les Arcs, Villaroger)
    Bourg St Maurice (for La Rosière, Les Arcs, Tignes, Val d'Isère, Val Thorens)

    There are 2 trains you can chose from the Blue or White, the latter goes via Paris. Prices average out at £160.00 return for the direct train.

    Pretty Log cabis cafe in the mountains
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  • Walking

    by YannickPeeters Written Feb 28, 2005

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    The great thing about this vacation is that is a walking vacation. you drop your car somewhere and start walking the hills. The Tour is about one week and there is a litte hut where you can sleep at night ' always different ones ofcourse '. or you can just take your tent !!

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    Canoeing down the Ardeche

    by deeper_blue Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Canoeing down the Ardeche river was a really good experience.
    In August the weather is blistering so bring some sunscreen. Very laid back and serene, fantastic scenery.

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