|Train companies||SBB, TGV Lyria, SNCF, Trenitalia|
|Main stations||Genève Cornavin, Geneva Airport|
|Public transport||Trams, local buses, RER Genève|
|Cheap tickets||Cheap Swiss train tickets|
Book a train to Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland and the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking region of the country. Regular services operated by SBB connect Zurich to Geneva and Basel to Geneva in 2h 44m, and Lausanne to Geneva in 36m. You can also easily get to Geneva from Italy and France – the journey from Milan to Geneva can last less than 4h on a fast Eurocity train, whereas the journey from Paris to Geneva lasts about 3h on the TGV Lyria high-speed train.
It’s easy to get to Geneva from major Swiss and European cities thanks to the high-speed rail infrastructure in central and Western Europe. Below you’ll find some of the most popular routes to Geneva, including journey times and train operating companies.
|Route||Fastest journey||Train operator|
|London to Geneva||6h 34m||Eurostar, TGV Lyria|
|Paris to Geneva||3h 11m||TGV Lyria|
|Zurich to Geneva||2h 44m||SBB|
|Milan to Geneva||4h 01m||Eurocity|
|Lyon to Geneva||1h 57m||SNCF, TGV Lyria|
|Lausanne to Geneva||36m||SBB|
|Annecy to Geneva||1h 28m||SNCF|
The total average journey time for trains from London to Geneva is 7h 12m. However, the quickest route with minimal connection times takes just 6h 34m. Trains leave from London St Pancras Station and require a minimum of one change in Paris. After arriving in Paris on the Eurostar service from London, you’ll need to transfer from Paris Gare du Nord to Paris Gare de Lyon – take the RER train and you’ll reach your destination in just half an hour. Direct services from Paris Gare de Lyon to Geneva are operated by the French-owned company called TGV Lyria. There are limited services requiring one change but if you need to travel outside of these times, alternatives are available. From Gare de Lyon, SNCF trains to Aix-les-Bains—Le Revard are frequently available. From there you can connect to a service heading for Geneva in Switzerland. Even with two changes, the travel time is only extended by approximately thirty minutes.
There are three classes on board: Standard Class, Standard Premier Class and Business Premier Class. Standard Class is the cheapest option. While you won’t get complimentary food and drinks as you would in Standard Premier or Business Class, you’ll be able to buy a snack from Café Metropole in the restaurant carriage. If you want to travel in style, upgrade to First Class – it’s called ‘Business Premier Class’ on the Eurostar. You’ll get free access to the Business Premier lounges in London and Paris, as well as a gourmet menu, including champagne! Travelling by train from London to Geneva has never been more relaxing.
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Genève Cornavin is Geneva's main train station and is located in the city centre. The station offers regional connections to other destinations in Switzerland and international connections to mainland European cities such as Paris and Milan. There is also a direct connection to the Geneva International Airport from the station, with services departing every 12-20 minute and a journey time of 6m.
If you’re arriving or departing on international services from Genève Cornavin, you’ll do so from platforms 7 and 8. Both platforms have Swiss and French border controls as Switzerland is not in the European free movement area of Schengen. Outside the station, there are a range of cafes and shops as well as trams which connect all corners of the city. Also, the entrance of the station is famous for featuring in The Adventures of Tintin comic, The Calculus Affair.
Geneva Airport station, which is located below the main terminal building, is connected to the central station by several trains a day – the journey takes just 6 minutes.
Starting from the station, you can have a 15-minute walk southeast towards La Rade and across the bridge to the Flower Clock in the English Garden. The clock is the largest in the world and is made entirely from flowers, as Geneva is recognised around the world for its watch-making tradition. As you cross the bridge, you’re sure to notice another landmark of the city, namely the impressively large water fountain beating out of La Rade, the Jet d’Eau. You can then head down the street to St. Peter’s Cathedral, which dates from the 13th century.
You can then continue on to the Museum of Art and History, further down the road and not too far from the University of Geneva. Make sure you get to Place de Neuve, which showcases the city’s culture through the Rath Museum, the Conservatory and Opera House, leaving you plenty of choice for how to spend your day and evening. Walking along the lakefront is a wonderful way to wind down after an active day of exploration.