Location and Directions
Flying into Geneva
Talloires is best reached by flying into Geneva, Switzerland. The
Geneva International Airport is just a one hour car or bus ride
Driving Directions from Geneva to Annecy/Talloires
If When you exit the airport, follow the signs for France. You
will go onto a road that passes in front of a number of large office
buildings and hotels as well as a big shopping center on the right
hand side. Follow this road and keep following the big green signs
The signs will direct you straight down, until the road ends and you
come to a light. You will want to stay in the middle lane. At the
light, there will be signs for France will direct you to turn left.
Once you have turned left, you must take first right hand exit -
which comes up very quickly. This turn will put you onto the Swiss
Highway. Follow the signs for France.
Follow the Swiss highway and the signs for France all the way until
you get to the Bardonnex border crossing area where you will go
through a small Swiss customs area (usually empty and quiet) and
then the French customs area (sometimes with officers inspecting
cars and drivers).
Once through the border, go straight – following the BLUE (Péage)
Highway signs to Annecy. This is the A41 Highway.
You will drive a ways and eventually come to a row of tollbooths
where you will take a ticket. Make sure to go to a booth with a
green arrow as the others are for FastPass holders. From the toll
booth it is another 7 kilometers to our exit, exit 17 – ANNECY NORD.
Continue on the highway towards Annecy but be careful because there
is a camera radar just before the Annecy Nord exit.
Take the ANNECY NORD exit (Exit 17), pay the toll and then follow
the green signs to Annecy. Note: You can pay the toll with cash or
with a credit card. Coming out of the toll, you will turn right and
then go into a rotary where you will go almost all the way around to
get to the sign designating the Annecy exit.
Coming out of the rotary, you will move onto a highway-like road
where you must move all the way to the left hand lane. Stay on the
left and follow the signs to Annecy le Vieux.
The road will curve around and when you come to the second light,
move to the left hand turning lane and turn left. This puts you onto
Avenue de la Plaine.
Follow Avenue de la Plaine and go through two lights. You will then
come to a big rotary. Go in the rotary and go ¾ of the way around to
Avenue Gambetta. (Look for the sign indicating Le Lac/the Lake or
the Imperial Casino).
Avenue Gambetta will curve to the right a bit and become Avenue de
France. You will continue all the way down until you can go no
Here you will come to a light where you will make a LEFT hand turn
onto the main road that goes around the lake. Follow the road and
the road signs for Talloires until you get to TALLOIRES.
Enter Talloires and follow the signs to the central parking lot.
Once you are in the parking lot, the European Center is on the exact
opposite side of the lot from where you entered.
Taking the bus from Geneva to Annecy
There is a bus service that runs from Geneva to Annecy. Buses
leave from the Geneva Bus Station, the Geneva central Train Station
and the Geneva Airport for Annecy several times a day. The bus
company is called
"Voyages Frossard" and bus schedules are available on line.
Flying into Paris and Taking the Train to Annecy
From the Charles de Gaulle or Paris Orly airports, travel into
Paris to the GARE DE LYON Train Station where you will find a TGV
Train (Train à Grande Vitesse) that goes directly to Annecy. The
trip from Paris to Annecy takes about three and a half hours and
there are trains leaving several times each day.
Taking the bus from Annecy to Talloires
When you arrive in Annecy, you will see that the Annecy Train
Station also serves as the Annecy Bus Station. You should look for
the Crolard Bus (Voyages Crolard) with the destination marked
Talloires/Angon. Schedules are posted outside the Crolard office
schedules are also on line.