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There are 6 ways to get from Barcelona to Geneva by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  4h 28m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Geneva (GVA) BCN - GVA

SFr 55 - SFr 167

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Train  •  8h 2m

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  2. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve Ter / ...

SFr 90 - SFr 143

Bus via Tarragona  •  13h 29m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Tarragona
  2. Take the bus from Salou Hotel 4 Carreteras to Geneva Bus Station Costa Blanca-Express

Bus, train  •  14h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona Nord to Valence Bcn4 / ...
  2. Take the train from Valence to Annecy Ter

Bus  •  39h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Ginebra N788

SFr 85 - SFr 210

Drive  •  7h 17m

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Geneva 785.2 km

SFr 90 - SFr 140

Barcelona to Geneva by train

The train journey time between Barcelona and Geneva is around 8h 20m and covers a distance of around 819 km. The fastest train normally takes 8h 20m. Operated by Renfe SNCF, SNCF, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the Barcelona to Geneva train service departs from Barcelona-Sants and arrives in Geneve. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

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  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
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  • Pre-departure COVID-19 test (with a negative test result) taken 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This applies to all arrivals by air
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Geneva is 0041 58 463 00 00.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Geneva is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Geneva is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 0041 58 463 00 00.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Geneva is to drive which costs 80€ - 130€ and takes 7h 17m.

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The fastest way to get from Barcelona to Geneva is to fly which takes 4h 28m and costs 45€ - 160€.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona and arriving at Ginebra. Services depart four times a week, and operate Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 39h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Barcelona to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at Geneve via Lyon Part Dieu. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 2m.

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The distance between Barcelona and Geneva is 623 km. The road distance is 785.2 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 8h 2m and costs 80€ - 130€.

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It takes approximately 4h 28m to get from Barcelona to Geneva, including transfers.

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Barcelona to Geneva bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona station.

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Barcelona to Geneva train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Geneva is to fly which takes 4h 28m and costs 45€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 80€ - 130€ and takes 8h 2m, you could also bus via Tarragona, which costs and takes 13h 29m.

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  • Distance: 623.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 28m

What companies run services between Barcelona, Spain and Geneva, Switzerland?

easyJet, Vueling Airlines and Swiss fly from Barcelona to Geneva 4 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Barcelona to Geneva via Lyon Part Dieu in around 8h 2m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Barcelona to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 45 - SFr 380
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 270
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Barcelona to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 52m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 550
Train operators
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 95
Website
renfe-sncf.com
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Rail 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 50
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Valence to Annecy
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
Bus operators
Empresa Plana
Phone
+34 (0) 977 553 680
Website
empresaplana.cat
Bus from Barcelona to Tarragona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Schedules at
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ExpressBus
Phone
+41 842 000 888
Email
info@expressbus.ch
Website
expressbus.ch
Bus from Salou Hotel 4 Carreteras to Geneva Bus Station
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 80
Website
ExpressBus
Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord
Phone
+34 937 065 366
Website
barcelonanord.cat
Bus from Barcelona Nord to Valence
Ave. Duration
9h
Frequency
Once daily
Website
Estació d'autobusos Barcelona Nord
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona to Ginebra
Ave. Duration
39h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 210
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Geneva
Ave. Duration
10h 40m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 110
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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Barcelona to Geneva bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Ginebra station.

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Barcelona to Geneva train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Geneve station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Geneva is 785 km. It takes approximately 7h 17m to drive from Barcelona to Geneva.

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Vueling Airlines, easyJet and Swiss offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Geneva Airport.

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Book your Barcelona to Geneva train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Barcelona to Geneva bus tickets online with Omio, Busbud and FlixBus.

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There are 493+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 25 min and costs .

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