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Train  •  1h 57m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve Ter / ...

SFr 22 - SFr 50

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Bus  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Lyon Perrache to Geneva 736 / ...

SFr 6 - SFr 14

2 alternative options

Rideshare  •  1h 58m

  1. Take the rideshare from Lyon to Genève 150.1 km

SFr 10 - SFr 15

Drive  •  1h 35m

  1. Drive from Lyon to Geneva 147.8 km

SFr 18 - SFr 26

France → Switzerland
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International entry into Switzerland from France

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from France

  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This applies to arrivals from Paris, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Normandy and Pays de la Loire in France
  • 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
  • Health declaration required
  • Entry is dependent on the visitor residing at least 10 days in a non high-risk area
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
France: Paris, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Pays de la Loire

This applies to arrivals from Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Georgia, India, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Paraguay, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, United Kingdom and Uruguay
  • 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
  • Health declaration required
  • Entry is dependent on the visitor residing at least 10 days in a non high-risk area
  • Arrivals vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempted from compulsory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Proof of a negative test is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
  • Quarantine is not required if the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from France

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Switzerland from France.

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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 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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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 1.5 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 France from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 21 Jun 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Geneva is to bus which costs €5 - €13 and takes 2h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Geneva is to drive which costs €16 - €24 and takes 1h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon Perrache and arriving at Geneva. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Geneve. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 57m.

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The distance between Lyon and Geneva is 112 km. The road distance is 147.8 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 1h 57m and costs €20 - €45.

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The train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve takes 1h 57m including transfers and departs every two hours.

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

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Lyon to Geneva train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Lyon Part Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Geneva is to train which takes 1h 57m and costs €20 - €45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €5 - €13 and takes 2h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Geneva.
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  • Distance: 112.3 km
  • Duration: 1h 57m

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

SNCF operates a train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve every 3 hours. Tickets cost SFr 22 - SFr 50 and the journey takes 1h 57m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Lyon Perrache to Geneva every 4 hours. Tickets cost SFr 11 - SFr 14 and the journey takes 2h 30m. Three other operators also service this route.

Train operators
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 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
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
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
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 Lyon Perrache to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 11 - SFr 14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Lyon - Perrache Bus Station to Geneva - Bus station
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 13
Website
Blablabus
Swiss PostAuto
Email
info@postauto.ch
Website
postauto.ch
Bus from Lyon-Part-Dieu Gare Routière to Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 12 - SFr 17
Website
Swiss PostAuto
Schedules at
SBB
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from Lyon, de Perrache - Galerie A to Geneve, Gare Routiere, pl. Dorciere
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
SFr 6 - SFr 9
Website
RegioJet
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.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Lyon to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 58m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 15
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Geneva is 148 km. It takes approximately 1h 35m to drive from Lyon to Geneva.

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Book your Lyon to Geneva bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 185+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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

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