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

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Train  •  2 h 46 min

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

$85 - $150

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Bus FlixBus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Geneva K388 / ...

$10 - $27

3 alternative options

Bus Eurolines CH  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Zurich to Annemasse

$32 - $39

Drive  •  2 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Zürich to Geneva 174.9 miles

$35 - $55

Fly  •  2 h 22 min

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

$71 - $167

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Zurich and arriving at Geneva. Services depart six times a week, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 35 min.

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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 2 h 46 min.

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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 2 h 46 min and costs .

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The train from Zürich HB to Genève takes 2 h 46 min 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 2 h 46 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 26 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 22 min.

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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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  • Distance: 140.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 46 min

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

Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) operates a train from Zürich to Geneva hourly. Tickets cost $85 - $150 and the journey takes 2 h 46 min. Alternatively, Eurolines CH operates a bus from Zürich to Geneva 3 times a week. Tickets cost $28 - $35 and the journey takes 4 h 45 min.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $320
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $400
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Genève
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Zurich to Annemasse
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $35
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eurolines.ch
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zurich to Geneva
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 Zürich to Geneva - Bus station
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
Ouibus

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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 2 h 51 min 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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Book your Zürich to Geneva bus tickets online with FlixBus and Distribusion.

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There are 393+ hotels available in Geneva. Prices start at $84 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Zürich to Zurich Airport is to line 16 train which takes 13 min and costs .

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