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Hello all, I'm wondering if there are any folks out there who live in or around Annecy? I work in Geneva and currently live in the French Alps, which I love, but the commute is just too much, and I'm looking to move closer, without having to move either to Geneva, or too far away from the Alps. I like Annecy and have visited many times, but have no idea what it would be like to live there. Is there a good social scene? Easy to make friends? Good sports clubs to join? Lots of keen skiers? Any info would be appreciated,

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Heya. I live halfway between Geneva and Chamonix and I gotta say, if you're working in Geneva you're better off moving around La Roche sur Foron or Saint Pierre en Faucigny than moving to Annecy. The autoroute Annecy - Geneva is freaking exxy and the public transport options could always be better...
 

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The autoroute Annecy - Geneva is freaking exxy and the public transport options could always be better...
I just had to google "exxy" as I've never seen it used before. Yes the Autoroute is expensive but it is brand new and rarely gets congested (apart from at the Bardonnex border). The journey takes 30 minutes at a cost of €6.10 one-way. If you drive the route regularly then it would be worth getting a peage beeper with a 25% discount for your particular route:
Abonnement Liane Liber-t - Economisez jusqu?à 25 % sur les péages - Liane Autoroute
 

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Yes, sorry James my Aussie roots are showing! Even at -25% that's quite a lot return... I'm not hopeful that the price will go down in time despite the autoroute being new.

The great thing about the aforementioned area (La Roche and Saint Pierre) is that you're close to pretty much everything: Geneva, Annecy, and it's just a short car trip to ski resorts like Le Grand Bornand without being in a city atmosphere. Plus there are express buses (in addition to the train) directly to Geneva regularly each weekday morning.

If being fifteen mins further away from the mountains doesn't bother you as much and you want somewhere more "quaint" try around Viuz-en-Sallaz north of the Arve.
 
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