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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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3: ViaRhôna from Geneva to Vulbens

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Genève to Lyon ]
  • 33 km
  • expert Level Expert

This ViaRhôna stage keeps within the Franco-Swiss border area. You start in the splendid Swiss town of Geneva, beside its famous lake. Known as a buzzing international city these days, Geneva has preserved its traditional Swiss feel too. This ViaRhôna stage leads you via signposted small roads and greenways into the vineyards close to town and on through verdant countryside towards the Alps.

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The route

This is one of the most physically-demanding ViaRhôna stages, with some steep slopes on the Swiss side. Between Verbois and La Plaine choose between a more strenuous route along a road, or an easier one taking you along a small track (a hybrid bike is recommended) through a bird reserve. In Switzerland, follow the signs for ‘1 Rhône Route‘.From Valleiry, on the French side, follow the temporary signs indicating ‘Du Léman à la Méditerranée’. Take great care approaching Vulbens on the D 1206 road

Railway stations :


In switzerland/ CFF 

Geneva : TGV (high speed train), RE : Cornavin railway station (main station) – Chêne-Bourg station- CFF station : shuttle train between the Geneva airport and the Geneva Cornavin train station.


Regionals stations :

CFF line: Geneva <> La Plaine <> Bellegarde : (Cointrin, Vernier-Meyrin, Zimeysa, Satigny, Russin, La Plaine et Pougny-Chancy)

>>Chek timetable


In France / SNCF 

TER (local services) line SNCF 34 : Bellegarde <> Geneva

>>Check timetables


Tourist Information Centres :



Ph. 022 909 70 00


Saint Julien et du Genevois

Ph. 04 50 04 71 63


Don't miss :


Geneva: its historic old town; the cathedral; the Parc des Bastions gardens;  the great fountain (jet d’eau) at the lake; the International Museum of the Reformation; the Patek Philippe Museum, on watch-making…

…plus Les Bains du Pâquis: a veritable bathing institution for the smart set in Geneva since 1872

Dardagny : a 13th-century château remodelled in the 17th century

Valleiry: Mont Vuache; the ‘Tour du Vuache à Vélo’ (cycling trail); the nature trail ‘De Nant en Rhône’

>>Find out more information on the Swiss part of the route.


Markets :


Geneva : one to three markets per day, check markets on this website

Valleiry : Sunday morning 


>>View information on the Swiss part of the route.

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Your reviews

  • Nice ride, not too difficult - AFRF

    Just som remarks in advance: we started on September 17th in Geneva and arrived 9 days later in St. Maries de la Mer. So we used the stages as a recommendation not following them exactly. We used the GPS tracks, no maps or other stuff and it worked well. Thanks to the French car and truck drivers, Very polite, taking care of cyclist. And to the French citizens in the hotels and restaurants. Very cooperative, pleasant. We never had problems with accomodation or finding a place where to leave [...]

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