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

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Fly to Geneva  •  4h 14m

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Geneva (GVA) VIE - GVA

SFr 77 - SFr 170

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Bus via Sankt Pölten  •  16h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Vienna, Vienna Central Station to Sankt Pölten, Sankt Pölten, Mariazeller Str. Cbg003
  2. Take the bus from Sankt Pölten, Sankt Pölten, Mariazeller Str. to Geneva 1921

SFr 57 - SFr 68

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Fly to Zurich, train  •  6h 59m

  1. Fly from Vienna (VIE) to Zurich (ZRH) VIE - ZRH
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Genève

SFr 171 - SFr 375

Train  •  11h 3m

  1. Take the train from Wien Hbf to Zuerich Hb Rjx
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Genève 1 / ...

SFr 232 - SFr 344

Bus  •  18h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Wien Hbf to Bratislava
  2. Take the bus from Bratislava to Genève

Drive  •  9h 31m

  1. Drive from Vienna to Geneva 999.4 km

SFr 110 - SFr 170

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International entry into Switzerland from Austria

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Austria
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of Switzerland, as well as residents from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Israel, North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Belize, Montenegro and Serbia

Restricted for: Foreign nationals from outside EU Schengen Area with the above exceptions. United Kingdom are also restricted

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Conditions of entry into Switzerland from Austria

  • No Covid-19 testing required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • No Covid-19 testing required
This also applies to arrivals from the following regions:
Italy: Veneto
Germany: Saxony

This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Croatia, Denmark, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Tunisia, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Israel, North Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Belize, Montenegro and Serbia. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Switzerland

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Considerations leaving from Austria

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

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Yes, entry into Switzerland is currently allowed from Austria.

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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 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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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 2 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 Austria from Switzerland.

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Last updated: 19 Jan 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 Vienna to Geneva is to bus via Sankt Pölten which costs 50€ - 65€ and takes 16h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Vienna to Geneva is to fly which costs 70€ - 160€ and takes 4h 14m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Vienna station to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Vienna, Vienna Central Station and arriving at Geneva via Sankt Pölten, Sankt Pölten, Mariazeller Str.. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from Vienna to Geneva. However, there are services departing from Wien Hbf and arriving at Genève via Zürich HB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 3m.

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The distance between Vienna and Geneva is 803 km. The road distance is 999.4 km.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 11h 3m and costs 210€ - 320€.

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It takes approximately 4h 14m to get from Vienna to Geneva, including transfers.

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Vienna to Geneva bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Vienna, Vienna Central Station.

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Vienna to Geneva train services, operated by Austrian Railways (ÖBB), depart from Wien Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Geneva is to fly which takes 4h 14m and costs 70€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 210€ - 320€ and takes 11h 3m, you could also bus via Sankt Pölten, which costs 50€ - 65€ and takes 16h 20m.

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  • Distance: 803.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 14m

What companies run services between Vienna, Austria and Geneva, Switzerland?

easyJet, Austrian Airlines and two other airlines fly from Vienna to Geneva once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Vienna to Geneva via Zuerich Hb and Zürich HB in around 11h 3m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Vienna to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 330
Flights from Vienna to Geneva via Zurich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 75 - SFr 360
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 370
Austrian Airlines
Website
austrian.com
Flights from Vienna to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 330
Flights from Vienna to Zurich
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 130 - SFr 370
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Vienna to Geneva via Munich
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 150 - SFr 410
Flights from Vienna to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 330
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Vienna to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
SFr 40 - SFr 160
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 Zürich HB to Genève
Ave. Duration
2h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
SFr 85 - SFr 150
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Wien Hbf to Zuerich Hb
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
SFr 140 - SFr 200
Website
Austrian Railways
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Austria Rail Pass
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 Vienna, Vienna Central Station to Sankt Pölten, Sankt Pölten, Mariazeller Str.
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 7 - SFr 9
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Sankt Pölten, Sankt Pölten, Mariazeller Str. to Geneva
Ave. Duration
13h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 50 - SFr 60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Slovak Lines
Phone
+421 2 55422734
Email
info@slovaklines.sk
Website
slovaklines.sk
Bus from Wien Hbf to Bratislava
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
SFr 4 - SFr 7
Schedules at
slovaklines.sk

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The quickest flight from Vienna Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 35m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Vienna to Geneva is 999 km. It takes approximately 9h 31m to drive from Vienna to Geneva.

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easyJet, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss offer flights from Vienna Airport to Geneva Airport.

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There are 553+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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The best way to get from Vienna to Vienna Airport is to line 9011 train which takes 16 min and costs 12€.

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