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There are 7 ways to get from Geneva to Alsace by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Olten Ic5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Selestat Ter

€114 - €233

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Bus, train  •  5h 36m

  1. Take the bus from Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere to Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse RegioJet
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Selestat Ter

€40 - €75

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Train via Bern  •  5h 9m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Bern Ic1
  2. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Selestat Ter

€89 - €171

Drive  •  3h 28m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Alsace 344.5 km

€35 - €55

Fly Geneva to Zurich, train  •  5h 49m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
  3. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Selestat

€144 - €335

Train to Lyon, fly to Strasbourg, train  •  6h 43m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Strasbourg (SXB) LYS - SXB
  3. Take the train from Molsheim to Scherwiller

€159 - €336

Fly Geneva to Strasbourg  •  7h 42m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Strasbourg (SXB) GVA - SXB

€154 - €441

Geneva to Alsace by train

The train journey time between Geneva and Alsace is around 6h 33m and covers a distance of around 352 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 21m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Südostbahn, Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express and others, the Geneva to Alsace train service departs from Genève and arrives in Scherwiller. Typically 40 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
6h 33m
Fastest train time:
4h 21m
Trains per week:
40
Cheapest price:
€109
Carbon emissions:
18 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:12
Last train departs at:
20:42

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Geneva to Alsace train schedules

Switzerland → France
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Conditions of entry into France from Switzerland

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  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 7 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Mandatory installation of smart phone app for contact purposes
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  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 7 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Mandatory installation of smart phone app for contact purposes
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be placed under state quarantine
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering France from Switzerland.

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Domestic travel is restricted

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Alsace is 800 130 000.

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

The social distance requirement in Alsace is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

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

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Last updated: 14 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Geneva to Alsace is to drive, which costs SFr 40 - SFr 65 and takes 3h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Alsace is to drive which costs SFr 40 - SFr 65 and takes 3h 28m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Alsace. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Scherwiller via Olten, Basel Sbb and Selestat. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 3m.

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The distance between Geneva and Alsace is 252 km. The road distance is 344.5 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Alsace without a car is to train which takes 5h 3m and costs SFr 120 - SFr 260.

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It takes approximately 5h 3m to get from Geneva to Alsace, including transfers.

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Geneva to Alsace train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), depart from Genève station.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Alsace is to train which takes 5h 3m and costs SFr 120 - SFr 260. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs SFr 170 - SFr 490 and takes 7h 42m.

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Geneva to Alsace train services, operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), arrive at Selestat station.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Alsace.
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  • Distance: 252.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 3m

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Alsace, France?

You can take a train from Geneva to Alsace via Olten, Basel Sbb, and Selestat in around 5h 3m. Alternatively, Lufthansa, Tunisair and seven other airlines fly from Geneva to Alsace every 3 hours.

Airlines
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €230
Flights from Geneva to Strasbourg via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Flights from Geneva to Strasbourg via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Flights from Geneva to Strasbourg via Zurich, Munich
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €430
Flights from Geneva to Strasbourg via Paris CDG, Lyon
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €360
Flights from Geneva to Strasbourg via Paris CDG, Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €360
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €230
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€95 - €240
Flights from Geneva to Strasbourg via Tunis
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€270 - €500
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Geneva to Strasbourg via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €390
Train operators
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 Genève to Olten
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €110
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Selestat
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€45 - €85
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€25 - €45
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€29 - €55
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Molsheim to Scherwiller
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €27
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express

German rail company Deutsche Bahn is known for its efficient and comfortable service. It offers many different types of rail transportation, including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare (bookings usually open 6 months in advance for domestic tickets).

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€15 - €22
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €35
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€18 - €40
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
€18 - €25
1st Class
€29 - €40
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 Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€24 - €35
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€30 - €35
1st Class
€24 - €29
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€35 - €45
1st Class
€35 - €45
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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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Molsheim to Scherwiller
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€5 - €17
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€5 - €8
Rail 1st Class
€11 - €17
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere to Basel, Meret Oppenheim-Strasse
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€8 - €12
Website
RegioJet

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Alsace is 345 km. It takes approximately 3h 28m to drive from Geneva to Alsace.

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Tunisair and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 173+ hotels available in Alsace. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Geneva Airport is to train which takes 7 min and costs SFr 12 - SFr 45.

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