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There are 5 ways to get from Vars to Geneva by bus, train or car

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Bus, train via Modane  •  7h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Montdauphin-Guillestre to Modane B
  2. Take the train from Modane to Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux Ter / ...
  3. Take the train from Chambery Challes Les Eaux to Geneve Ter

SFr 61 - SFr 123

4 alternative options

Train  •  9h 6m

  1. Take the train from Montdauphin-Guillestre to Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud
  2. Take the train from Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve Ter / ...

SFr 154 - SFr 277

Bus, train  •  9h 8m

  1. Take the bus from MONT DAUPHIN - Gare SNCF - MONT DAUPHIN to GAP - Gare SNCF - GAP
  2. Take the bus from Gare S.N.C.F to Gares T91
  3. Take the train from Grenoble to Geneve Ter

Bus  •  9h 11m

  1. Take the bus from BRIANCON - Gare SNCF - BRIANCON to GRENOBLE - Gare Routière - GRENOBLE Ler 35
  2. Take the bus from Grenoble to Geneva 739 / ...

Drive  •  3h 28m

  1. Drive from Vars to Geneva 281 km

SFr 30 - SFr 50

Vars to Geneva by bus and train

The journey time between Vars and Geneva is around 17h 29m and covers a distance of around 303 km. The fastest journey normally takes 14h 47m. Operated by Zou! Hautes-Alpes, Swiss PostAuto, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the Vars to Geneva service departs from Ste Marie Monte Pente - VARS and arrives in Geneve. Typically six services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
17h 29m
Fastest journey time:
14h 47m
Journey distance:
303 km
Services per week:
6
Cheapest price:
SFr 61
Carbon emissions:
23 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
15:00
Last service departs at:
18:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Vars to Geneva bus and train schedules

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

Restricted for: There are no current restrictions

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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
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This applies to arrivals from Paris, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Normandy and Pays de la Loire in France
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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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 India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before boarding for all arrivals by air
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: India, Nepal and United Kingdom
  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
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  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
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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: 28 Jul 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Vars to Geneva is to drive which costs €30 - €50 and takes 3h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Vars to Geneva is to drive which costs €30 - €50 and takes 3h 28m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Vars to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Ste Marie Monte Pente - VARS and arriving at Geneva via MONT DAUPHIN - Gare SNCF - MONT DAUPHIN, BRIANCON - Gare SNCF - BRIANCON and Grenoble. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 11m.

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The distance between Vars and Geneva is 184 km. The road distance is 281 km.

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The best way to get from Vars to Geneva without a car is to bus and train via Modane which takes 7h 59m and costs €55 - €120.

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It takes approximately 7h 59m to get from Vars to Geneva, including transfers.

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Vars to Geneva bus services, operated by Zou! LER, depart from BRIANCON - Gare SNCF - BRIANCON station.

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The best way to get from Vars to Geneva is to train which takes 9h 6m and costs €140 - €260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9h 11m.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Vars to Geneva is 281 km. It takes approximately 3h 28m to drive from Vars to Geneva.

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Map of how to get from Vars to Geneva.
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  • Distance: 183.8 km
  • Duration: 7h 59m

What companies run services between Vars, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France and Geneva, Switzerland?

You can take a train from Vars to Geneva via Gare de Montdauphin - EYGLIERS, Montdauphin-Guillestre, Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud, and Lyon Part Dieu in around 9h 6m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Vars to Geneva via MONT DAUPHIN - Gare SNCF - MONT DAUPHIN, BRIANCON - Gare SNCF - BRIANCON, and Grenoble in around 9h 11m.

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 Modane to Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Montdauphin-Guillestre to Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 70 - SFr 130
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 95
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Grenoble to Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 55 - SFr 100
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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.

Rome2rio's guide to SNCF
Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Modane to Chambery Challes Les Eaux
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 35
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 14 - SFr 21
Rail 1st Class
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Train from Chambery Challes Les Eaux to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 14 - SFr 35
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 14 - SFr 21
Rail 1st Class
SFr 23 - SFr 35
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
Train from Grenoble to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Rail 1st Class
SFr 30 - SFr 50
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 Modane to Chambery Challes Les Eaux
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 28 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 34 - SFr 39
1st Class
SFr 28 - SFr 33
Train from Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
SFr 29 - SFr 40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 34 - SFr 40
1st Class
SFr 29 - SFr 34
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
SFr 40 - SFr 50
1st Class
SFr 35 - SFr 50
Renfe SNCF
Bus operators
Swiss PostAuto
Zou! LER
Phone
+33 4 91 57 50 57
Email
webpresse@maregionsud.fr
Website
zou.maregionsud.fr
Bus from MONT DAUPHIN - Gare SNCF - MONT DAUPHIN to GAP - Gare SNCF - GAP
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Zou! LER
Bus from BRIANCON - Gare SNCF - BRIANCON to GRENOBLE - Gare Routière - GRENOBLE
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
Zou! LER
Cars Région Isère
Website
carsisere.auvergnerhonealpes.fr
Bus from Gare S.N.C.F to Gares
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Schedules at
carsisere.auvergnerhonealpes.fr
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Grenoble to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 10 - SFr 13
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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