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Trains from Zurich to Geneva

For lovers of waterside style, taking the train from Zurich to Geneva is just the ticket. Speed from Lake Zurich to Lake Geneva in less than three hours, and with 27 services a day, you don’t have to cut short your exploration of one of Switzerland’s happiest cities before heading to one of its most beautiful.

Trains from Zurich to Geneva are operated by SBB – the main rail operator in Switzerland – who offer plenty of different options to make your journey as comfortable as possible, including one-way, multi-journey and day pass tickets that let you extend your adventure even beyond these two enchanting cities.

Ready to book? Find train times and tickets in our Journey Planner above, or keep reading for FAQs about the journey from Zurich to Geneva by train.

Zurich Hb to Geneva by train

It takes an average of 3h 12m to travel from Zurich Hb to Geneva by train, over a distance of around 139 miles (224 km). There are normally 37 trains per day traveling from Zurich Hb to Geneva and tickets for this journey start from $26.39 when you book in advance.

First train

00:02

Last train

23:04

Departure station

Zurich Hb

Arrival station

Geneva

Journey time

2h 43m

Distance

224 miles (139 km)

Frequency

37 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $26.39

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS

Zurich Hb to Geneva train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Hb to Geneva for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
05:19 Zürich HB08:18 GenèveIC 704 Get tickets2h 59m, direct
06:04 Zürich HB08:47 GenèveIC 508 Get tickets2h 43m, direct
06:32 Zürich HB09:18 GenèveIC 706 Get tickets2h 46m, direct
07:04 Zürich HB09:47 GenèveIC 510 Get tickets2h 43m, direct
07:32 Zürich HB10:18 GenèveIC 708 Get tickets2h 46m, direct
08:04 Zürich HB10:47 GenèveIC 512 Get tickets2h 43m, direct

SBB trains from Zurich Hb to Geneva

You can travel from Zurich Hb to Geneva on SBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

The Swiss rail network is operated by SBB. SBB train ticket prices are based on travel and not on the type of trains. You will find available return tickets (standard price, one way or round trip), Multiple journey tickets (for six individual trips on a pre-determined itinerary) and the City-Ticket (including a one-day transportation pass from the city of departure or arrival).

Cheap train tickets from Zurich Hb to Geneva

The price of train tickets from Zurich Hb to Geneva starts at $26.39 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Zurich Hb to Geneva by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Zurich Hb to Geneva

Want to know more about your journey from Zurich Hb to Geneva? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Zurich Hb to Geneva take?

The average journey time by train between Zurich Hb and Geneva is 3 hours and 12 minutes, with around 37 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Zurich Hb and Geneva by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Geneva is 2 hours and 43 minutes.

How much does the train from Zurich Hb to Geneva cost?

Train tickets from Zurich Hb to Geneva can start from as little as $26.39 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Zurich Hb to Geneva?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Geneva without having to change trains. There are 27 direct trains from Zurich Hb to Geneva each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Zurich Hb to Geneva leave?

The first train from Zurich Hb to Geneva leaves at 00:02. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Zurich Hb to Geneva leave?

The last train from Zurich Hb to Geneva leaves at 23:04. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Zurich Hb and Geneva by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Geneva cover a distance of around 139 miles (224 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Geneva to Zurich Hb.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zurich Hb to Geneva for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 04/03/2019 for travel on 04/03/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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