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

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Train via Zürich  •  5h 52m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB Ic1 / ...
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano Ec / ...

SFr 144 - SFr 258

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Bus  •  8h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva - Bus station to Milan Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine > Geneva - Bus station > Milan
  2. Take the bus from Milan to Bellinzona

SFr 52 - SFr 77

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Train  •  6h 38m

  1. Take the train from Geneve to Brig Ec / ...
  2. Take the train from Brig to Domodossola Ir / ...
  3. Take the train from Domodossola to Camedo Pe / ...

Train via Luthern  •  7h 8m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Luzern Ir15
  2. Take the train from Luzern to Locarno Ir26

Drive  •  3h 56m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Locarno 315.1 km

SFr 35 - SFr 55

Fly to Zurich, train  •  5h 26m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano

SFr 187 - SFr 396

Fly to Milan Linate, train  •  5h 26m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Milan Linate (LIN) GVA - LIN
  2. Take the train from Milano Centrale to Locarno

SFr 124 - SFr 314

Geneva → Locarno
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Locarno is 0041 58 463 00 00.

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Locarno is to drive which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 3h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Locarno is to drive which costs SFr 35 - SFr 55 and takes 3h 56m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Geneva station to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Geneva - Bus station and arriving at Locarno, Debarcadero via Milan and Bellinzona, Via Pellandini. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 18m.

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No, there is no direct train from Geneva to Locarno. However, there are services departing from Genève and arriving at Locarno via Zuerich Hb and Lugano. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 52m.

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The distance between Geneva and Locarno is 204 km. The road distance is 315.1 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Locarno without a car is to train via Zürich which takes 5h 52m and costs SFr 140 - SFr 260.

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It takes approximately 5h 52m to get from Geneva to Locarno, including transfers.

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Geneva to Locarno bus services, operated by Blablabus, depart from Geneva - Bus station.

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Geneva to Locarno 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 Locarno is to train via Zürich which takes 5h 52m and costs SFr 140 - SFr 260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 50 - SFr 80 and takes 8h 18m.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Locarno.
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  • Distance: 204.3 km
  • Duration: 5h 52m

What companies run services between Geneva, Switzerland and Locarno, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Geneva to Locarno via Zuerich Hb and Lugano in around 5h 52m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Geneva to Locarno via Milan, Bellinzona, and Bellinzona, Via Pellandini in around 8h 18m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 110 - SFr 400
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 370
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Geneva to Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 420
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 Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Zuerich Hb to Lugano
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Geneve to Brig
Ave. Duration
2h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
SFr 65 - SFr 120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Brig to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 21
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Genève to Luzern
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Milano Centrale to Locarno
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 70
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
BLS AG
Phone
+41 58 327 32 71
Website
bls.ch
Train from Brig to Domodossola
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 6 - SFr 9
Website
BLS AG
Schedules at
Swiss Railways
FART
Phone
+41 (0)91 756 04 00
Email
fart@centovalli.ch
Website
centovalli.ch
Train from Domodossola to Camedo
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
Autolinee FART
Südostbahn
Phone
+41 58 580 70 70
Email
info@sob.ch
Website
sob.ch
Train from Luzern to Locarno
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Website
Südostbahn
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Geneva - Bus station to Milan
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 13 - SFr 17
Website
Blablabus
Autokar Polska
Phone
48/796 473 308
Email
biuro@autokarpolska.com.pl
Website
autokarpolska.com.pl
Bus from Milan to Bellinzona
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 55
Schedules at
autokarpolska.com.pl

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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 Locarno bus services, operated by Autokar Polska, arrive at Bellinzona station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Locarno is 315 km. It takes approximately 3h 56m to drive from Geneva to Locarno.

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

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Book your Geneva to Locarno train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

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There are 642+ hotels available in Locarno. Prices start at SFr 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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