One of the newer trains used on most TER services from/to Lyon

Lyon to Annecy by train

How to take the rail journey from Lyon to Annecy



From Lyon Part-Dieu to Annecy

Travel Information

Final Destination: Annecy

All trains also call at: Aix-les-Bains (where they reverse direction)

Monday to Saturday = 6 x trains per day
Sunday = 5 x trains

SNCF also operates buses which are non-stop from Lyon to Annecy; 4 x departures per day on Mon-Fri and 2 x departures on Sunday.


Book early and save: No

Tickets will cost the same price if purchased at the station immediately before departure.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
SNCF Connect *

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLake views

Good to Know

There are no direct trains from Lyon to St Gervais-les-Bains, from where it's possible to connect into trains on to Chamonix and beyond to the Swiss border at Vallorbe; and also connect for the wonderful Mont Blanc Tramway.

Though there are now hourly trains on from Annecy to Annemasse, most of which connect with trains on to St Gervais; though it isn't possible to make a return a trip from Lyon by train and make the most of the tramway.

North of Aix-Les-Bains the railway runs along the shore of the Lac De Bourget, the largest lake in France, but as the train reverses in Aix-Les-Bains, the views over the water can be seen from both sides of the train.

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