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Take the train from Basel to Geneva

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.

Basel SBB to Geneva by train

It takes an average of 3h 15m to travel from Basel SBB to Geneva by train, over a distance of around 115 miles (185 km). There are normally 40 trains per day travelling from Basel SBB to Geneva and tickets for this journey start from €19.97 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 38m
PriceFrom €19.97
Distance115 miles (185 km)
Frequency40 trains per day
First train03:48
Last train10:20
Departure stationBasel SBB
Arrival stationGeneva
Changes1 change

Basel SBB to Geneva train times

Check out the next trains departing from Basel SBB to Geneva for Tuesday 4th May 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:42 02:32 2h 50m, 1 change
00:15 02:53 2h 38m, 1 change
00:42 03:32 2h 50m, 1 change
01:15 03:53 2h 38m, 1 change
01:42 04:32 2h 50m, 1 change
02:15 04:53 2h 38m, 1 change
02:42 05:32 2h 50m, 1 change
03:15 05:53 2h 38m, 1 change
03:42 06:32 2h 50m, 1 change
04:15 06:53 2h 38m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Basel SBB to Geneva

The price of train tickets from Basel SBB to Geneva starts at €19.97 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 Basel SBB 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Basel SBB 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 Basel SBB to Geneva take?

The average journey time by train between Basel SBB and Geneva is 3 hours and 15 minutes, with around 40 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 Basel SBB and Geneva by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Basel SBB to Geneva is 2 hours and 38 minutes.

How much does the train from Basel SBB to Geneva cost?

Train ticket prices from Basel SBB to Geneva can start from as little as €19.97 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Basel SBB to Geneva?

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.

What time does the first train from Basel SBB to Geneva leave?

The first train from Basel SBB to Geneva leaves at 03:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Basel SBB to Geneva leave?

The last train from Basel SBB to Geneva leaves at 10:20. 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 Basel SBB and Geneva by train?

Trains travelling from Basel SBB to Geneva cover a distance of around 115 miles (185 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Geneva to Basel SBB.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Basel SBB to Geneva for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/04/2021. 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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