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

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Train  •  2h 41m

  1. Take the train from Genève to Zürich HB 5 / ...

SFr 80 - SFr 150

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Rideshare  •  3h 19m

  1. Take the rideshare from Genève to Zurich 279.3 km

SFr 16 - SFr 18

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Bus  •  4h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva to Zurich 106 / ...

SFr 17 - SFr 35

Bus via Zurich Airport  •  5h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Geneva Bus Station to Zurich Airport Costa Blanca-Express

SFr 37 - SFr 51

Drive  •  2h 53m

  1. Drive from Geneva to Zürich 280 km

SFr 35 - SFr 55

Fly  •  2h 34m

  1. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Zurich (ZRH) GVA - ZRH

SFr 106 - SFr 358

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The cheapest way to get from Geneva to Zürich is to rideshare which costs SFr 16 - SFr 18 and takes 3h 19m.

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The quickest way to get from Geneva to Zürich is to fly which costs SFr 100 - SFr 360 and takes 2h 34m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Geneva and arriving at Zurich. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Genève and arriving at Zürich HB. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 41m.

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The distance between Geneva and Zürich is 224 km. The road distance is 280 km.

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The best way to get from Geneva to Zürich without a car is to train which takes 2h 41m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 150.

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The train from Genève to Zürich HB takes 2h 41m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Geneva to Zürich 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 Zürich is to train which takes 2h 41m and costs SFr 80 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 17 - SFr 35 and takes 4h 10m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 100 - SFr 360 and takes 2h 34m.

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Map of how to get from Geneva to Zürich.
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  • Distance: 224.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 41m

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Genève to Zürich HB hourly. Tickets cost SFr 80 - SFr 150 and the journey takes 2h 41m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Geneva to Zurich 4 times a day. Tickets cost SFr 17 - SFr 21 and the journey takes 4h 10m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 95 - SFr 550
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 310
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 41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
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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Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Geneva to Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Website
Eurolines FR
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 Geneva - Bus station to Zürich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 25 - SFr 35
Website
alsa.com
ExpressBus
Phone
+41 842 000 888
Email
info@expressbus.ch
Website
expressbus.ch
Bus from Geneva Bus Station to Zurich Airport
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 30 - SFr 45
Website
ExpressBus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Genève to Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 16 - SFr 18
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Geneva to Zürich is 280 km. It takes approximately 2h 53m to drive from Geneva to Zürich.

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Royal Jordanian and Swiss offer flights from Geneva Airport to Zurich Airport.

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

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

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There are 673+ hotels available in Zürich. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Geneva and Zürich. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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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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