Via Francigena – Section 9: The ninth section of the Via Francigena takes pilgrims from Lausanne to Aosta, from Lake Geneva in Switzerland, across the Alps and into Italy.
Some truly spectacular landscapes await on this section of the Camino to Rome, first as you walk by the shore of Lake Geneva, Chateau de Chillon and the UNESCO-listed vineyards of Lavaux; then as you climb up to the Alps and the Great St Bernard’s Pass and finally as you head into Italy and the Aosta Valley.
After Lake Geneva, the Rhone Valley and their relatively easy terrain behind, you will start to steadily climb to Bourg Saint Pierre, but breath-taking Alpine views will be your reward. Pilgrims have been travelling the Via Francigena across the Great St Bernard’s Pass for centuries but bear in mind, due to altitude and weather conditions, this route is only open to walkers in the Summer months. Talk to the FrancigenaWays.com specialists if you need advice.
Admire the natural and architectural beauty of Lausanne
Visit the fairytale Chateau de Chillon by Lake Geneva
Treat yourself to the famous Swiss cheese 'fondue'
Enjoy the peace at the Great St Bernard Pass in the Alps
We have hand picked our hotels on the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome, based on their character, facilities and comfort. You will usually arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon giving you plenty of time for a refreshing shower and a visit to the local village, or maybe just to unwind and relax yourself. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability. Hotel Upgrades are available in most cities and larger towns. Ask the FrancigenaWays.com team.
Flying IN and OUT
Hot to get to Lausanne:
There is no international airport in Lausanne, so you can fly to one of the three other Swiss International airports (Geneva, Zurich, or Basel)
Best option: Geneva International Airport – Cointrin (60km)
Geneva Airport has direct flights from many international destinations, see www.gva.ch for airlines, schedules and information.
Alternative option (a): Zurich Airport – Kloten (230km)
Zurich Airport has direct flights from many international destinations; including routes operated by Aer Lingus, American Airlines and EasyJet. For more information visit: www.zurich-airport.com.
Alternative option (b): Basel Airport – EuroAirport (207km)
Basel Airport has direct flights from many international destinations; including routes operated by British Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM, EasyJet and Ryanair. For more information visit: www.euroairport.com.
How to get back from Aosta:
Best option: Turin Airport (117km)
There are many direct flights to Turin. Ryanair, Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Iberia and Lufthansa are among the airlines flying to Turin. Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways also operate seasonal flights from Ireland and the UK. Airport info www.turin-airport.com.
Alternative option: Milan airports (179km)
– Milan Airport (Malpensa)
Milan (Malpensa) is the main international airport for Milan and virtually all airlines operate there. It is located 30km north-west of Milan. For airport info, see: www.sea-aeroportimilano.it/en/malpensa/index.phtml
– Milan Airport (Orio al Serio)
Milan (Orio al Serio) serves most destinations in Europe with Ryanair being the main operator. It is situated about 30km north-east of Milan. For airport info, see: www.sacbo.it/Airpor/portalProcess.jsp
– Milan Airport (Linate)
Milan (Linate) is the closest airport to Milan city centre. Most destinations in Europe are connected with Linate Airport with Alitalia being the main operator. It is located 5km to the east of the city centre. For airport info, see: www.sea-aeroportimilano.it/en/linate/
TO and FROM the airports
How to get to Lausanne:
From Geneva International Airport: you can take a train from the airport to Lausanne (45 minutes travel time), there are 3 departures per hour. Most connections are direct and there is no need to change. Full timetable details are available at: www.sbb.ch.
From Zurich airport – Kloten: the train journey from the airport to Lausanne takes 2h. and there are 2 departures per hour. Some trains require changing in Bern or Zurich main station. To check information and timetable see: www.sbb.ch.
From Basel airport – EuroAirport: the railway station is not in the airport but there is a shuttle service that gets you to the main train station (Basel SBB), in 20 minutes. From the train station, the journey to Lausanne takes about 2h30. There are 2 trains per hour and most trains require changing in Bern or in Biel/Bienne. To check schedule, see: www.sbb.ch.
How to get back from Aosta:
To Turin Airport:
Trains operate from Aosta to Turin Train Station, also called Torino Porta Nueva, but you will need to change either at Ivrea or Chivasso. The trip takes roughly 2 hours. For timetables and details see: www.trenitalia.com. From Turin Train Station various bus services run to the airport located 16km away. SADEM Bus stop is located at Torino Porta Nueva. Travel time is approximately 40 minutes. For more information, see www.sadem.it
Or SAVDA Bus Service connects Aosta and Turin Airport, and has various stops along the way. The bus journey takes from 90 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes, depending on traffic conditions and the length of the stops. One-way fare costs €7.00. The SAVDA buses operate a twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. For information and schedule, see: www.savda.it
The best way to travel from Aosta to Milan is by bus as many bus companies operate in the valley. The fastest is SAVDA Bus Service, see www.savda.it. The trip takes roughly 2h45.
You can also take the train but it will require a couple changes whether at Chivasso, Ivrea or Navaro. See www.trenitalia.com.
– Milan Airport (Malpensa): There are direct transfers from Aosta to Milan Malpensa Airport taking approximately 2 hours. See www.shuttledirect.com.
There are also trains from Aosta and Milan with couple changes either at Chivasso, Ivrea or Navaro. The journey takes approximately 2h30. For timetables and details see www.trenitalia.com. If you get off at Navaro, STN Bus service provides a service to Milan Malpensa Airport taking approximately 50 minutes. Se www.stnnet.it.
– Milan Airport (Orio al Serio): You can either take SAVDA Bus Service or the train. From Milan Central take the Orio Shuttle Bus to Milan Orio al Serio Airport, running every 30 minutes. Travel time is approximately 50 minutes. See www.orioshuttle.com
– Milan Airport (Linate): There are direct transfers from Aosta to Milan Linate Airport, taking approximately 2 hours. See www.shuttledirect.com.
OR once you reach Milan Central, you can take one of the many shuttle bus services available to Milan Linate Airport such as STARFLY or ATM. See www.milanolinate-airport.com/en/directions-and-parking for more information. Urban buses also connect the city with the airport, see www.atm.it
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