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There are 11 ways to get from Geneva to Heidelberg by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 50m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Olten 5 / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...

103€ - 313€

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Bus  •  9h 25m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Freiburg 122 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Freiburg to Heidelberg N33 / ...

29€ - 36€

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Train via Bern  •  6h 11m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Bern 15 / ...
  2. Take the train from Bern to Basel SBB 61 / ...
  3. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf Ice / ...
  4. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf Ice / ...

106€ - 300€

Bus, train  •  7h 19m

  1. Take the bus from Genève to Bern
  2. Take the train from Bern to Mannheim Hbf Ice / ...

125€ - 258€

Drive  •  4h 34m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Heidelberg 493.3 km

55€ - 80€

Fly Geneva to Frankfurt, train  •  5h 8m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Frankfurt (FRA) GVA - FRA
  2. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Heidelberg Hbf

92€ - 256€

Fly Geneva to Zurich, train  •  6h 43m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
  3. Take the train from Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf

146€ - 494€

Train to Lyon, fly to Stuttgart, train  •  7h 44m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Stuttgart (STR) LYS - STR
  3. Take the train from Stuttgart Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf

150€ - 330€

Train to Lyon, fly to Frankfurt, train  •  7h 34m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
  2. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Frankfurt (FRA) LYS - FRA
  3. Take the train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Heidelberg Hbf

152€ - 354€

Train to Lyon, fly to Strasbourg, train  •  7h 34m

  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 Strasbourg to Karlsruhe Hbf
  4. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf

158€ - 657€

Fly Geneva to Luxembourg, bus, train  •  8h 24m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Luxembourg (LUX) GVA - LUX
  2. Take the bus from Kirchberg, Luxexpo to Merzig, Bahnhof
  3. Take the train from Merzig(Saar) to Mannheim Hbf

114€ - 331€

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Heidelberg is to bus which costs SFr 30 - SFr 40 and takes 9h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Heidelberg is to drive which costs SFr 60 - SFr 90 and takes 4h 34m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva to Heidelberg. However, there are services departing from Geneva and arriving at Heidelberg via Freiburg. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Heidelberg. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Heidelberg Hbf via Olten, Basel Sbb and Mannheim Hbf. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 50m.

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The distance between Geneva and Heidelberg is 404 km. The road distance is 493.3 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Heidelberg without a car is to train which takes 5h 50m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 340.

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It takes approximately 5h 50m to get from Geneva to Heidelberg, including transfers.

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Geneva to Heidelberg bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Geneva station.

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Geneva to Heidelberg 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 Heidelberg is to train which takes 5h 50m and costs SFr 110 - SFr 340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 30 - SFr 40 and takes 9h 25m.

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  • Distance: 403.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 50m

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Heidelberg, Germany?

You can take a train from Geneva to Heidelberg via Olten, Basel SBB, Basel Sbb, and Mannheim Hbf in around 5h 50m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Geneva to Heidelberg via Freiburg in around 9h 25m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 330€
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 330€
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 380€
Flights from Geneva to Luxembourg via Zurich
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
190€ - 380€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 330€
Flights from Geneva to Frankfurt via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 330€
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 380€
Flights from Lyon to Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 400€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Stuttgart via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 310€
Flights from Lyon to Frankfurt via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 360€
Flights from Lyon to Strasbourg
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 470€
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from Geneva to Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
170€ - 460€
Twin Jet
Website
twinjet.fr
Flights from Lyon to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
24€ - 290€
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
90€ - 230€
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
85€ - 380€
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 Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
70€ - 130€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
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
26€ - 50€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
55€ - 110€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Bern to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
100€ - 180€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zürich HB to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
30€ - 55€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 90€
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 Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
18€ - 25€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Bern to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Deutsche Bahn
Train from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 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 Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 140€
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
55€ - 80€
1st Class
100€ - 140€
Train from Bern to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
18€ - 40€
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
18€ - 25€
1st Class
29€ - 40€
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45€ - 110€
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
45€ - 65€
1st Class
80€ - 110€
Train from Bern to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
3h 23m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
75€ - 180€
Website
Trenitalia Eurocity
2nd Class
75€ - 110€
1st Class
130€ - 180€
Deutsche Bahn Eurocity

Deutsche Bahn’s EuroCity (EC) trains connect German cities to major cities in neighbouring European countries, and are operated in conjunction with their national train company. All EC trains offer First and Standard class; cars are air-conditioned and food and drinks are available onboard. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel. Seat reservations are not compulsory but are recommended for popular routes.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 20€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Intercity

Deutsche Bahn’s high-speed InterCity (IC) trains connect cities within Germany. They’re a popular way to travel as they’re faster than Deutsche Bahn’s regional trains and offer a frequent, fast service. All IC trains have first and second class carriages, power sockets and toilets, and most have a bistro cafe or restaurant. Tickets can be booked up to 180 days in advance of travel.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Deutsche Bahn Regional

Deutsche Bahn’s regional network is made up of IRE (Interregio-Express), RE (Regional-Express), RB (Regionalbahn) and S-Bahn trains. Ticket prices are fixed and there’s no seat reservations – just turn up, buy a ticket and jump on the next train. All regional trains depart regularly and connect to local and long-distance services.

Contact Details
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
Train from Merzig(Saar) to Mannheim Hbf
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
reiseauskunft.bahn.de
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
53 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
30€ - 35€
1st Class
24€ - 29€
Train from Strasbourg to Karlsruhe Hbf
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
29€ - 34€
1st Class
23€ - 28€
Austrian Railways (ÖBB)

Austria's national railway system is not only punctual, reliable and efficient, but offers free wifi to boot. Choose from high-speed intercity Railjet trains, overnight Nightjet trains and regional services such as Cityjet. ÖBB also operates international routes that connect cities in Austria with adjacent European countries including Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovenia. If you're planning to be in Austria for a while, consider the ÖBB Vorteilscard, an annual railcard that offers discounts on routes within Austria and in neighbouring countries.

Contact Details
Phone
05 17 17
Website
oebb.at
Train from Zuerich Hb to Basel Sbb
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
19€ - 26€
Website
Austrian Railways
Book at
Austria Rail Pass
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Phone
0711 19449
Website
vvs.de
Train from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 16€
Website
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart (VVS)
Abellio
Phone
0800 223 5546
Website
abellio.de
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Website
Abellio
Flixtrain
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixtrain.com
Train from Stuttgart Hbf to Heidelberg Hbf
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
Flixtrain
Bus operators
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Genève to Bern
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
iberocoach.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 Geneva to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
17€ - 22€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Freiburg to Heidelberg
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
11€ - 15€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Geneva to Freiburg
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
35€ - 55€
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl
Mobiliteit
Phone
+352 2465 2465
Email
service@verkeiersverbond.lu
Website
mobiliteit.lu
Bus from Kirchberg, Luxexpo to Merzig, Bahnhof
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
0€
Website
Mobiliteit

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Frankfurt Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Geneva to Heidelberg bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Heidelberg station.

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Geneva to Heidelberg train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn Intercity-Express, arrive at Mannheim Hbf station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Heidelberg is 493 km. It takes approximately 4h 34m to drive from Geneva to Heidelberg.

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Lufthansa and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Frankfurt Airport.

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There are 759+ hotels available in Heidelberg. Prices start at 87€ 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 10 - SFr 18.

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