Taking the train from Basel to Geneva has never been easier. Thanks to efficient, comfortable and convenient high-speed trains operated by SBB you can be whisked away in less than three hours. Taking a train to Geneva will eliminate the stress of arriving hours before a flight at the airport, going through long security checks and restrictions on how much luggage you should bring on board. It's also amazing how you'll get to enjoy the incredible views of the Swiss landscapes along your train journey.
Hop onto an SBB train which travels up to speeds of 200 km/h (124 mph) and you'll be at your destination in no time. More so, these trains have WiFi so you can stay online as you travel and share your pictures of the breathtaking views with your loved ones. SBB trains are spacious with plenty of legroom, no more feeling cramped after hours in the back of a car, you can stretch your legs with ease - you could even take a wander to the onboard cafe for a snack.
Once in Geneva, make your way to St. Pierre Cathedral to take in its sensational beauty and architecture. If you're ready to sample the delights of Geneva, keep reading this page to get more information about the train time, tickets and FAQs to help you plan your train journey from Basel to Geneva.
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).
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 Basel SBB to Geneva by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Basel SBB and Geneva is 3 hours and 13 minutes, with around 38 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Basel SBB to Geneva is 2 hours and 44 minutes.
Train tickets from Basel SBB to Geneva can start from as little as €19.97 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Basel SBB to Geneva. Travelling from Basel SBB to Geneva by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Basel SBB to Geneva leaves at 00:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Basel SBB to Geneva leaves at 23:01. 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.
Trains travelling from Basel SBB to Geneva cover a distance of around 115 miles (185 km) during the journey.