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London to Annecy by train
Fastest journey6hr 57m
Trains per day12
Avg. journey time7hr 59m
Travelling from London to Annecy by train
Fast trains from London to Annecy take around 6 hours and 57 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 774 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between London and Annecy.
1. Are there direct trains from London to Annecy?
Journeys between London and Annecy usually involve one change of train.
We usually find around 17 departures on the route from London to Annecy every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 14 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from London to Annecy?
The London to Annecy train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 57 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the London to Annecy train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Annecy is usually scheduled to depart London around 05:40 and the last train is around 19:45. At weekends the first train of the day leaves London around 06:18, and the last at 19:45.
What's the London to Annecy train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from London to Annecy are $95.45.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $136 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $271. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book London to Annecy train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 12 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from London to Annecy by train.
Which train companies operate between London and Annecy?
More than one train company operates on the route from London to Annecy, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Intercités de Nuit
- Train Express Regional
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Eurostar & TGV
It is an easy journey by train from London to Annecy. On those days when there is a direct Eurostar from London to Lyon, it is possible to use that, changing at Lyon onto a regional express train to Annecy. The more common route, though, is via Paris and that’s the one we describe here. Time it well, and you’ll be able to take a direct TGV from Paris to Annecy. Some itineraries via Paris require an additional change of train at Lyon Part Dieu.
Your journey from London to Annecy starts with a Eurostar from London to Paris. In the French capital, you join a TGV which runs directly to Annecy. This second leg is much the longer of the two, but it’s an interesting journey with some great scenery on the approach to Annecy.
Alternatively, if you prefer an overnight journey, it is possible to take a night train from Paris to Annecy.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Annecy
About six to eight times each day, a high-speed TGV slips out of the Gare de Lyon in Paris for the direct run to Annecy. Most services make three intermediate stops on the 550-km journey. The route follows the Paris-Lyon high-speed line south-east from the capital through Burgundy before turning east and heading into the hills.
Trains then either run via Chambéry or via Bourg-en-Bresse. Opt for the latter if you can, as it includes a wonderful stretch as the train skirts the east shore of the Lac du Bourget to reach Aix-les-Bains. Sit on the right of the train for the best views.
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