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Getting There — If you’re driving, Annecy is near several highways: From Paris, take A6 southeast to Beaune and connect with A6/N6 south to Mâcon-Nord. Then follow A40 southeast towards Neydens, connecting with A41 going southeast to Annecy. Allow at least 5 hr. From Geneva, follow D1201 south toward Annecy, crossing the border near Archamps. Trip time is 30 min.

A car is useful but not essential in the Alps. Annecy has rail links with Paris and Lyon. Trains arrive hourly from Lyon via Chambery (trip time: 2.5 hr.), with a one-way fare costing 28€ to 42€. Six trains arrive daily from Paris’s Gare de Lyon (trip time: around 5 hr., transfer at Lyon or Aix Les Bains); the fare is 85€ to 166€ one-way. For information, visit www.oui.sncf or call tel. 36-35 (.40€/min.).

The nearby airport (www.annecy.aeroport.fr; tel. 04-50-27-30-06) is in the hamlet of Meythet (Aéroport Annecy-Haute-Savoie-Mont-Blanc), with service on Air France from Paris’s Orly airport.

Visitor Information — The Office de Tourisme is at 1 rue Jean-Jaurès (www.lac-annecy.com; tel. 04-50-45-00-33).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.