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Annecy is a picturesque little town nestled in the Alps and is home to winding cobbled streets, serene canals, pastel-coloured houses, snow-capped mountains, religious art, and a charming old town centre. Nicknamed the "Pearl of French Alps," Annecy is the perfect road trip destination.

Book your Annecy car hire in advance with Enjoy Travel for the best prices. You’ll find car hire in Annecy for an average of just €34 per day for a compact city car like a Renault Clio.

Guide to Annecy

Geography

Annecy is an alpine town in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeasternn France, where Lake Annecy meets the Thiou River. It lies about 35 kilometres south of Geneva, Switzerland.

Climate in Annecy

Annecy has an oceanic climate, characterised by moderate summers and extremely cold winters. Air frosts, snowfall, and below-freezing temperatures are not uncommon between December and February.

Culture

Annecy has been hosting the International Animated Film Festival since 1963 and the Rencontres Internationales d'Annecy Cinéma & Architecture since 1999. These are some of the oldest film festivals in France.

Things to do in Annecy

Annecy boasts a plethora of both historical and natural attractions.

Stroll around the charming old town

Start out by strolling through the cobbled streets of Vieille Ville, the charming old town. Swing by the medieval Château d’Annecy, a museum containing regional artefacts, a natural history exhibit, and exquisite furniture made with Alpine wood. This restored castle is considered a national monument as it was once home to the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours. Another national monument in town is the 15th-century Église Saint-Maurice, a fine example of Gothic style architecture.

Take a day trip to Lake Annecy

Annecy’s location near the Alps makes it the perfect base camp for your journey into the mountains. Drive down to Lake Annecy, an azure blue lake overlooking the snow-capped mountains in the distance. Pack a picnic and spend a sublime afternoon with family or friends.

Eating out in Annecy

For creative dishes using super-fresh, upmarket ingredients and served in a cosy and homey ambience, try Une Autre Histoire. Similarly, Le Bistro du Rhône is an arty and quirky restaurant that uses seasonal ingredients from the surrounding mountains to make innovative dishes. For delicious wood-fired pizza, simple pasta and Italian desserts like tiramisu, head to The Little Italy. They have a trattoria with a terrace. Last but not least, we highly recommend L'Esquisse, which features delectable modern variations on French Alpine home cooking, paired with regional wines.

Annecy Transport

Airport

The closest airport is Geneva International Airport (GVA) in Switzerland, about 51 kilometres from Annecy’s city centre.

Getting around Annecy

The Gare d'Annecy railway station offers connections with Lyon, Geneva, Paris, Grenoble and several regional destinations. Many visitors travelling across France or Western Europe also opt to hire a car for maximum flexibility, comfort, and convenience.

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FAQs about car hire in Annecy

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Annecy

The average cost per day of hiring a car in Annecy is just €34.
Prices for Annecy car hire start from just €29 when booking in advance with Enjoy Travel.
To hire a car in Annecy you must be at least 21 years old.
Additional drivers can be added to your Annecy car hire agreement upon request.
The best car for exploring Annecy would be a compact car like a Renault Clio or similar.
The distance between Annecy and Lyon is of 90 miles.
The distance between Annecy and Paris is of 348 miles.