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Annemasse

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Annemasse [1] is a city in the Haute-Savoie region of France, located across the border from Geneva, Switzerland. Many of its inhabitants work in Geneva and travel home every day. It is a useful place to stay for those who find Geneva's hotel prices too much for their pocket.

Get in[edit]

Annemasse's city hall

From Geneva by public transport[edit]

Geneva is bordered on the South West side by Gaillard/Ville La Grand. Although not strictly bordering Switzerland, Annemasse is commonly referred to as the bordering city to Geneva on the South West side. The Major border between the two cities is Moillesulaz. This border is the most easily accessible via public transport, with two bus lines passing through between Switzerland and France and the Swiss tram line stopping at the border.

The simplest way to access Annemasse from Geneva is by bus. The 61 which stops outside Geneva Cornavin station will take you all the way to Annemasse, the journey should take between 35-50 minutes depending on your final destination. The bus stop outside Cornavin is easy to find even if you don't speak French. Make sure to buy your ticket from a tpg ticket machine before boarding the bus. The Swiss travel network works on a trust system but they carry out regular checks on trains, buses and trams. As well as in Geneva, French travel officials will often board the bus once over the border to inspect tickets to ensure the full journey has been paid for.

You can also travel to the border easily by tram from Geneva city centre. The number 12 will take you to Moillesulaz, from there you can switch to a bus or simply walk. If you feel like walking, Annemasse centre is about 2,5 kilometers (1,5 miles). It's a fairly direct route so you're unlikely to get lost.

By car[edit]

Annemasse is easily reached from Geneva and elsewhere in the region if you have a car. Bear in mind that because many people commute from Annemasse and the surrounding french towns to Geneva, traffic can build up in Annemasse, on the motorway or at the borders any time between 06:30 - 09:30 and 15:00 - 19:00.

By train[edit]

Railway station

The railway station is located north of the city center. Trains arrive from Lyon, Chambéry and other places in France. The line to Geneva Eaux-Vives and Chêne-Bourg is not currently operational. A new local train network connecting the cities in the region is under construction and is planned to open in 2018.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

The city center is not very large, so you can walk around by foot.

By bus[edit]

The only form of public transportation Within Gaillard/Annemasse is the bus network, although most visitors will likely use it primarily for transportation to Geneva and back. Tickets within France are purchased from the driver and cost €1.80. You will be given a small ticket which will need to be validated in the machine just behind the driver. If your journey starts within Geneva, generally your ticket should have already been purchased from a tpg machine that can be found at most stops. travel within Geneva is 3CHF and will last an hour, therefore travel from Geneva to Annemasse will cost 4.80 (3+1.80) each way.

See[edit][add listing]

War memorial on the market square

Frankly speaking, Annemasse is for the most part just a bedroom community of Geneva, but there are still a few things to experience.

  • The city hall. Worth taking a picture of, and there are some cafés around its square  edit
  • The market place (marché) and its war memorial. If you come before the afternoon, you can experience real French market commerce just like in French class. Buy some fresh fruit and try out your language skills!  edit

see also

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Salève ridge and cable car - well described in Geneva's article but actually on the French side. The best way to get there if you haven't got a car is via Geneva - take Geneva's bus number 8 to Veyrier-Douane.
  • Cortexscape - The biggest Escape Game nearby, get locked in a room, you have 60 minutes to find the exit. Booking available online at : http://cortexscape.com

Buy[edit][add listing]

Annemasse is an excellent place to find more affordable alternatives to Swiss prices. There are multiple supermarkets to choose from. Intermarche in Gaillard, a large Migros in Etrembiers and a newly built Le Clerc in Ville-la-Grand. If travelling by public transport, there are two small but adequate shops within 10 min walk of Moillesulaz, the SPAR only a few minutes along Rue de Geneve and a Casino food store about 9 minutes walk.

There is an extensive industrial shopping area located in Ville-la-Grand. Here you will find major car showrooms, homeware stores such as Maisons du Monde, Habitat and Casa. You will also find Botanic, a garden centre as well as Leroy Merlin the DIY store.

If travelling to Annemasse for shopping, particularly fashion and Beauty, Chablais Parc would be the best option. This is a new and purpose built shopping area with multiple clothing and beauty stores, as well as restaurants and cafes. You will find H&M, Mango, C&A, Kiko, Marrionaud and Monoprix to name a few.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Chablais Para has many restaurants to choose from

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of hotels to choose from, they can range from €35 a night to €120 although the average price is around €70-€80.

Get out[edit]

Basically you have the same options as getting in. Geneva is nearby and trains take you into France.



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