Getting There — The best way to approach Évian-les-Bains by train from the French Alps is to the gateway city of Annecy via Annemasse. (Many trains from other parts of France and Switzerland require transfers to the railway junction of Bellegarde.) The one-way fare from Annecy is 17.50€. For train information and schedules, visit www.oui.sncf or call tel. 36-35 (.40€/min.).
Popular ferries (CGN) leave Geneva from quai du Mont-Blanc, at the foot of the rue des Alpes, or from Le Jardin Anglais. From May 28 to September 21, one ferry a day departs Geneva at 9am, arriving in Évian at 11:45am. The return trip leaves Évian at 5:50pm daily and reaches Geneva at 8:45pm. A first-class, one-way ticket costs 59€, a second-class ticket 42€. For ferry information and schedules, visit www.cgn.ch or call tel. +41-900-929-929 (calling to Switzerland).
If you’re driving from Geneva (trip time: 50 min.), take N5 east along the southern rim of the lake. From Paris, take A6 south. Before Mâcon, you’ll see signs pointing to the turnoff for Thonon-Évian. From Thonon, N5 leads to Évian. Trip time is about 5.5 hr., which can vary depending on traffic.
Visitor Information — The Office de Tourisme is on place d’Allinges (www.eviantourism.com; tel. 04-50-75-04-26).
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.