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ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

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2: ViaRhôna from Thonon to Geneva

[ Cycle routes ViaRhôna, Lake Geneva <> Mediterranean sea ] [ ViaRhôna from Genève to Lyon ]
  • 46 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

After Thonon-les-Bains, the ViaRhôna cycle route leads you along a mix of cycle tracks and quiet roads, through villages in the Bas-Chablais area. Don’t miss the stunning medieval villages of Yvoire and Nernier right by Lake Geneva. There are numerous other short detours to make to little ports and beaches, great for a dip. Reaching Chens-sur-Léman, while awaiting the continuation of the ViaRhôna cycle route further west into France, we suggest you carry on along the signposted cycle route into Switzerland leading you as far as Geneva.

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The route
Leaving Thonon, you follow a series of cycle tracks and quiet roads, sticking close to Lake Geneva. The route is provisional on the stretch between Songy and La Fattaz (bypassing Sciez). At La Fattaz, you join a cycle track running beside the D25 road up to Excenevex. Between Yvoire and Chens-sur-Léman, you cycle on roads.

Find detailed information on the route into Switzerland via the following website

SNCF and CFF train stations


Swiss CFF station at Genève Cornavin

Ferry ports on Lake Geneva

Daily links between Thonon, Evian and Lausanne, with bikes allowed on board:


Tourist offices

Thonon-les-Bains : +33 (0)4 50 71 55 55

Geneva : 

Don’t miss

Thonon-les-Bains: historic capital of the mountainous Chablais area; the thermal spa town; the clifftop gardens; the marina and great walks and viewing points over Lake Geneva

Excenevex: its broad beach and bathing in Lake Geneva

Yvoire: a splendid village beside the lake, dominated by castle and church

Nernier: a medieval waterside port known for its lake fishermen.

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