Cycling along the Annecy Rail Trail to Albertville

The Annecy Rail Trail is a great option if you are after a ride with little climbing. If you are traveling with younger children it is also a good route which is totally off the road and away from cars. The trail is well signposted and easy to find just continue on the cycle path which runs alongside Lake Annecy. These cycling greenways are very popular and as such there are always plans for expansions. In this case, the plan is to extend the cycle path to loop entirely around Lake Annecy and remove the need to ride on the road and mix with motorized traffic.

Male cyclist riding in the French Alps on the Annecy greenway.

If you are up for a longer ride you can choose to continue on past the end of the Annecy rail trail and ride all the way to Albertville. You will be on a road for the last few km/mi leading you into the village but in the main, it is fairly quiet. There is good signage at the end of the Greenway which points out the way into Albertville itself. Albertville also provides you with a good place to stop and have lunch.

Suggested route

Distance: 100km / 62mi

Start elevation: 454m / ft

Max elevation: 504m / 1690ft

Metres climbed: 685m / 2247ft

Metres descended: 685m / 2247ft

Categorised climbs: 0

Man riding on the Lake Annecy greenway in the French Alps

If you are riding in summer you will be thankful for this section of shaded cycleway.

Food and water

You can refuel with food and water at several villages along this route.

If you are riding the whole way to Albertville we recommend stopping for lunch.

As you get closer to Annecy itself you will also find street vendors selling cold drinks and ice cream.

Highlights

  • The Annecy Rail Trail is totally separated from traffic almost all the way to Albertville.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of the lake, countryside and Mont Blanc – all with no climbing!
  • Riding through the disused rail tunnel as you pedal out of Annecy is a real buzz.
Male cyclist riding on a quiet road in the French Alps near Albertville cycling towards Annecy

If you choose to ride the whole way to Albertville you will be on the roads for the last section of the ride.

Plan your holiday in Annecy

To discover more about the Annecy region read our Practical Guide. In it we have outlined important information such as how to travel to Annecy, where to base yourself and other activities which you can enjoy whilst on holiday there.

palais d'isle annecy, French Alps

Discover More Cycling Routes in Annecy

We have put together a list of riding routes to help with your planning. Each route includes the ability to download files to a range of devices and includes other helpful information. You will find all of the routes listed start and finish in Annecy, so a pleasant spin down along the lake awaits you at the finish. Click here to see the riding options in greater detail.