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. Geneva lies where the Rhône exits Lake Geneva and is a global city acting as both a financial centre and a worldwide centre for diplomacy, as it is home to a number of international organizations, including the Red Cross and the United Nations. It is also where the Geneva Conventions were signed, marking it as an important historical location. Visitors will have plenty to discover in this city of activists and artists and countless options for shopping as well.
From Geneva CFF railway station, travellers can easily travel on to their desired destinations or launch themselves into explorations of the city straight away. Starting from the station, visitors 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 made entirely from flowers, as Geneva is recognised around the world for its watch-making tradition. As visitors cross the bridge, they are sure to notice another landmark of the city, namely the impressively large water fountain beating out of La Rade, the Jet d’Eau. Travellers can then head down the street to St. Peter’s Cathedral, which dates from around the turn of the 13th century. When visiting Geneva, there's never a shortage of things to do outdoors.
Visitors to Geneva can then continue on to the Museum of Art and History, further down the road and not too far from the University of Geneva. After this, travellers can then take a 10-minute walk along to visit the Reformation Wall, which honours many of the main individuals, documents and events of the Protestant Reformation by depicting them in bas-reliefs and statues. The Reformation Wall is also located at Geneva’s fine art crossroads, the Place de Neuve, which showcases the city’s culture through the Rath Museum, the Conservatory and Opera House, leaving travellers plenty of choice for how to spend their day and evening. Walking along the lakefront is a wonderful way to wind down after an active day of exploration. Finally, as Geneva is quite compact, visitors will find options for accommodation throughout the city centre, all of which offer an excellent starting destination for further explorations of this global city.
The modern Geneva CFF railway station or the Geneva Cornavin train station is the main railway station in the city and was recently renovated, extended and reopened in 2014, making it an impressive, modern service centre with plenty on offer. It is located in the city centre and is just 700m from Lake Geneva's waterfront, making it a highly convenient destination for visitors to arrive into the city. The station is the beating heart of public transport for Geneva and its surrounding areas. Geneva CFF railway 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 6mins. Every day, there are upwards of 200 trains travelling through Geneva CFF railway station. In terms of the facilities on offer, travellers will find luggage storage lockers, a currency exchange and numerous places to eat in the station. Travel by train from London to Geneva in just 6h 25mins and explore this incredible global city which is home to so many world-famous institutions!
St Pierre Cathedral: The cathedral is of great historical importance in the city and you can visit both the impressive interior and the vast caverns below. You can also scale the Cathedral's towers for magnificent views of the city. Old Town: Don't miss the collection of small streets and shops surrounding the cathedral. This area is generally considered to be the Old Town and is well worth exploring on a sunny Swiss afternoon. Palais des Nations: Geneva, and Switzerland at large, is known for its role of impartial peacekeeper and nowhere is this better displayed then the Palais des Nations, the original home of the League of Nations. International Museum of the Reformation: This well-curated museum takes visitors on an exploration of the Reformation through a range of objects, books and paintings. They also offer a film and music room and demonstrations for children who prefer something more hands on. Parc de la Grange: Head to this charming park located on the banks of Lake Geneva. It offers uninterrupted views of the lake as well as a nice selection of features such as a rose garden and historic mansion.
The total average journey time for trains to Geneva from London is 7 hours and 12 minutes. However, the quickest route with minimal connection times takes just 6 hours and 25 minutes. 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, passengers must transfer from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. The transfer time between the two stations by train is just 7 minutes and the 5km journey takes around half an hour by car traffic depending. Direct services between Gare de Lyon and Geneva are operated by the French-owned 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, trains to Aix-les-Bains—Le Revard with SNCF 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 30 minutes.
Geneva Cornavin is Geneva's main train station and located in the centre of the city. The station has over 230 movements each day, and despite being one of Switzerland's busiest stations operates with only 8 platforms. Those arriving or departing on international services from Cornavin will do so from platforms 7 and 8. Both 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 over all corners of the city. Also, the entrance of the station if famed 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 and takes just 6 minutes. Chêne-Bourg Train Station is located in the east of Geneva and is the departure point for trains heading to Italy or southern and eastern France. Gare Secheron is situated in the north of the city, Although Gare Secheron is still somewhat under development, a select number of trains call at this station located in Geneva's international district.