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There are 5 ways to get from Zürich to Geneva by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 46m

  1. Take the train from Zürich HB to Genève Ic1 / ...

SFr 85 - SFr 150

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Bus  •  4h 25m

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

SFr 17 - SFr 21

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Night train  •  2h 54m

  1. Take the night train from Zürich HB to Genève Ic1 / ...

SFr 80 - SFr 150

Drive  •  2h 50m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Geneva 278.8 km

SFr 30 - SFr 50

Fly  •  2h 26m

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

SFr 88 - SFr 227

Zürich to Geneva by train

The train journey time between Zürich and Geneva is around 2h 45m and covers a distance of around 273 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 43m. Operated by Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), the Zürich to Geneva train service departs from Zürich HB and arrives in Genève. Typically 222 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 45m
Fastest train time:
2h 43m
Train distance:
273 km
Trains per week:
222
Cheapest price:
SFr 85
Carbon emissions:
14 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:19
Last train departs at:
20:32

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Zürich to Geneva train schedules

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COVID-19 help in Switzerland

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 0041 58 463 00 00

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Yes, travel within Switzerland is currently allowed.

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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.

Last updated: 29 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Geneva is to bus which costs SFr 17 - SFr 21 and takes 4h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Geneva is to fly which costs SFr 85 - SFr 230 and takes 2h 26m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich Bus Station station and arriving at Geneva. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Genève. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 46m.

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The distance between Zürich and Geneva is 224 km. The road distance is 278.8 km.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Geneva without a car is to train which takes 2h 46m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 150.

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The train from Zürich HB to Genève takes 2h 46m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Zürich to Geneva bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Zurich Bus Station.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Geneva is to train which takes 2h 46m and costs SFr 85 - SFr 150. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs SFr 17 - SFr 21 and takes 4h 25m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 85 - SFr 230 and takes 2h 26m.

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  • Distance: 224.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 46m

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich HB to Genève hourly. Tickets cost SFr 85 - SFr 150 and the journey takes 2h 46m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Zurich Bus Station to Geneva twice daily. Tickets cost SFr 17 - SFr 21 and the journey takes 4h 25m.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 80 - SFr 210
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
SFr 120 - SFr 290
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)
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich Bus Station to Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 17 - SFr 21
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Zürich to Geneva is 279 km. It takes approximately 2h 50m to drive from Zürich to Geneva.

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

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs SFr 3 - SFr 20.

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