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There are 4 ways to get from Annecy to Lake Maggiore by bus, train, car, plane or car ferry

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Recommended option

Bus, train  •  5h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Annecy, Eglise Des Fins to Lancy-Bachet, gare T72
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Stresa Ec

€143 - €231

Cheapest option

Bus, fly, train, car ferry  •  7h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Annecy, Eglise Des Fins to Genève-Aéroport, gare routière
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
  4. Take the car ferry from Laveno to Pallanza-Intra-Suna

€142 - €345

2 alternative options

Train  •  5h 55m

  1. Take the train from Annecy to Annemasse Ter
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Stresa Ec

€147 - €246

Drive  •  3h 57m

  1. Drive from Annecy to Lake Maggiore 355.6 km

€40 - €65

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  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This applies to arrivals from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and United States
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  • 5-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
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  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area, Canada, Japan and United States
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of San Marino and Vatican

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Considerations leaving from France

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lake Maggiore is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lake Maggiore is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lake Maggiore is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to France from Italy.

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Last updated: 27 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Annecy to Lake Maggiore is to drive which costs €40 - €65 and takes 3h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Annecy to Lake Maggiore is to drive which costs €40 - €65 and takes 3h 57m.

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It is 200 km from Annecy to Lake Maggiore. It is approximately 355.6 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Annecy to Lake Maggiore without a car is to bus and train which takes 5h 42m and costs €140 - €240.

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It takes approximately 5h 42m to get from Annecy to Lake Maggiore, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Annecy to Lake Maggiore is 356 km. It takes approximately 3h 57m to drive from Annecy to Lake Maggiore.

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Tunisair and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 383+ hotels available in Lake Maggiore. Prices start at €75 per night.

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Map of how to get from Annecy to Lake Maggiore.
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  • Distance: 199.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 42m

What companies run services between Annecy, France and Lake Maggiore, Italy?

You can take a train from Annecy to Lake Maggiore via Annemasse, Geneve, and Stresa in around 5h 55m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €190
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€85 - €260
Train operators
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Geneve to Stresa
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€70 - €130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Annecy to Annemasse
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€8 - €22
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€8 - €12
Rail 1st Class
€15 - €22
Bus operators
Transalis
Phone
+33 4 50 51 08 51
Email
commercial.crolard@transdev.com
Website
transalis.fr
Bus from Annecy, Eglise Des Fins to Lancy-Bachet, gare
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€6 - €10
Website
Transalis
Bus from Annecy, Eglise Des Fins to Genève-Aéroport, gare routière
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€11 - €16
Website
Transalis
Ferry operators

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