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

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Train  •  2h 46m

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

SFr 85 - SFr 150

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Bus  •  4h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Geneva 1921 / ...

SFr 17 - SFr 85

3 alternative options

Bus via Annemasse, Parc Montessuit  •  5h 23m

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Annemasse

SFr 27 - SFr 38

Drive  •  2h 52m

  1. Drive from Zürich to Geneva 279.8 km

SFr 30 - SFr 50

Fly  •  2h 21m

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

SFr 93 - SFr 337

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The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Geneva is to bus which costs SFr 17 - SFr 85 and takes 4h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Zürich to Geneva is to fly which costs SFr 90 - SFr 340 and takes 2h 21m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Geneva. Services depart three times a day, and operate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 4h 5m.

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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 279.8 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 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 85 and takes 4h 5m, you could also fly, which costs SFr 90 - SFr 340 and takes 2h 21m.

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Map of how to get from Zürich to Geneva.
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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 to Geneva every 4 hours. Tickets cost SFr 17 - SFr 21 and the journey takes 4h 5m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
SFr 90 - SFr 450
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
SFr 100 - SFr 170
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).

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Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
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 Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
SFr 22 - SFr 35
Website
Eurolines FR
Iberocoach
Phone
(+351) 253 267 730
Website
iberocoach.com
Bus from Zürich to Genève
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 60 - SFr 85
Website
iberocoach.com
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to Annemasse
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
SFr 24 - SFr 35
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eurolines.ch

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The quickest flight from Zurich Airport to Geneva Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 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 280 km. It takes approximately 2h 52m 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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There are 565+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at SFr 87 per night.

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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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