Annecy travel guide

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You're Going to Love Annecy

With a population of 49,232, Annecy is a must-see destination in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Annecy

Annecy in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Annecy in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Annecy


Although Annecy doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS), which is located 51 miles from Annecy. The shortest flight to Annecy from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 27h 20m.


SNCF is the only carrier operating train routes to Annecy. The train journey from Annecy to Alixan takes 0h 39m and costs around $18 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Saint-Étienne, expect to pay about $25 for a 0h 47m trip. Located 0.2 miles from the city centre, Annecy is the busiest station in Annecy. Another popular train station is Annecy Pringy, located 3 miles from the centre.


Another option to get to Annecy is to pick up a car hire from Nice, which is about 161 miles from Annecy. You’ll find branches of Avis and Hertz, among others, in Nice.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Annecy, including FlixBus, BlaBlaBus and ALSA. From Saint-Étienne, the bus ride to Annecy takes 35 miles and will cost you around $13. From Valence, the ticket costs about $12 for a journey of 80 miles. The most popular bus station is Annecy Galbert, located 0.5 miles from the city centre of Annecy. Annecy Buisson is also a commonly used station, and is 1.4 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Annecy

Airlines serving Annecy

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British Airways
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Where to stay in Annecy

Average rates range from around $241 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $521 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hôtel du Château Annecy and Hotel du Nord. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Annecy, with prices from $36 to $2,379 per night. Annecy-le-Vieux is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Annecy are about 1% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Annecy

Most booked hotels in Annecy

Aparthotel Adagio Annecy Centre
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
ibis Annecy Centre Vieille Ville
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Best Western Hotel International
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
Ace Hotel Annecy
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
Ibis Annecy Cran Gevrier Hotel
Good (7.2, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Annecy

Expect to pay $3.26 per litre in Annecy (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $39.12 and $52.16. The most frequently booked car type in Annecy is Economy (Renault Clio or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Peugeot 3008 or similar) is, on average, 13% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.