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How to get from Geneva to Lausanne by train

Switzerland is filled with gorgeous lakeside cities, with Geneva and Lausanne being two of the finest examples. Both of these cities enjoy views over the shimmering waters of Lake Geneva, and they're only 31 miles apart as well. You can take an SBB train from Geneva to Lausanne in just half an hour - that’s even quicker than driving, plus you’ll get straight to the city centre, and you won’t have to worry about traffic nor parking!

In Lausanne, you'll get a totally different view of the lake, as well as enjoying the unique landmarks of the 'Olympic City', such as the Olympic Museum and Olympic Park. Don't forget to visit Lausanne's stunning cathedral before you head home too.

Still not sure about this journey? Scroll down and let us convince you to get from Geneva to Lausanne by train.

Geneva to Lausanne by train

It takes an average of 42m to travel from Geneva to Lausanne by train, over a distance of around 31 miles (50 km). There are normally 129 trains per day travelling from Geneva to Lausanne and tickets for this journey start from €6.11 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 35m
PriceFrom €6.11
Distance31 miles (50 km)
Frequency129 trains per day
First train00:20
Last train23:50
Departure stationGeneva
Arrival stationLausanne
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Geneva to Lausanne train times

Check out the next trains departing from Geneva to Lausanne for Tuesday 23rd August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
11:59 12:41 42m, direct
12:11 12:47 36m, direct
12:15 13:02 47m, 1 change
12:20 13:08 48m, direct
12:29 13:12 43m, direct
12:39 13:14 35m, direct
12:42 13:17 35m, direct
12:50 13:38 48m, direct
12:59 13:41 42m, direct
13:11 13:47 36m, direct

Cheap train tickets from Geneva to Lausanne

The price of train tickets from Geneva to Lausanne starts at €6.11 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 Geneva to Lausanne 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 Geneva to Lausanne? 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 Geneva to Lausanne take?

The average journey time by train between Geneva and Lausanne is 42 minutes, with around 129 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 Geneva and Lausanne by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Geneva to Lausanne is 35 minutes.

How much does the train from Geneva to Lausanne cost?

Train ticket prices from Geneva to Lausanne can start from as little as €6.11 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 Geneva to Lausanne?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Geneva to Lausanne without having to change trains. There are 113 direct trains from Geneva to Lausanne each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Geneva to Lausanne leave?

The first train from Geneva to Lausanne leaves at 00:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Geneva to Lausanne leave?

The last train from Geneva to Lausanne leaves at 23:50. 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 Geneva and Lausanne by train?

Trains travelling from Geneva to Lausanne cover a distance of around 31 miles (50 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lausanne to Geneva. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Geneva to Lausanne.

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Getting from Geneva to Lausanne by train in less than an hour

Review by Sophie Sauze

Taking the train from Geneva to Lausanne in Switzerland is super easy – simply follow the signs and you shouldn’t have any problem getting to your destination. However, if you do have any difficulty, you can always ask a member of staff at the station for help.

The journey time is relatively short (between 35 and 50 minutes), with trains departing every 20 minutes.

Departing from Genève Cornavin station

There are two main stations in Geneva – the Geneva Airport station and Genève Cornavin station, which is located in the city centre. If you’re travelling from the airport, the fastest way is to take a direct InterRegio (IR) train operated by SBB, the main Swiss train company – you’ll be in Lausanne city centre in about 50 minutes. As I was already at Cornavin station, I took a RegioExpress (RE) and I reached my destination in about 35m.

Genève Cornavin station is quite small, but it offers all you need, including free WiFi, luggage storage and plenty of boutiques and restaurants – waiting for your train won’t be boring at all! Plus, departure boards are located all around the station, so you can keep an eye on departure times while doing your shopping.

The journey to Lausanne

In Switzerland, ticket prices are based on the route you take, so there’s no need to book your train ticket in advance, unless you want to find a Supersaver ticket (be sure to check it out – you can travel on many Swiss routes with a discount of up to 70%). The number of Supersaver tickets per journey is limited though, so you need to book in advance if you want to travel at a reduced price.

Although I couldn’t get my ticket at a discounted price – I didn’t book very far in advance – I still paid around €20, which is great when you consider travelling by train means you can get straight to the city centre in no time at all. I bought my ticket with Trainline and downloaded an eticket to keep on my phone – this way I didn’t have to queue at the station to collect my ticket and simply had it scanned at the check-in.

Once you arrive at Lausanne station, there are plenty of transport options for onward travel. You can easily take a bus or taxi to your final destination or the M2 metro line, located right in front of the train station next to McDonald's.

About Sophie

Sophie is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on her own genuine experience of the journey.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Geneva to Lausanne for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/23/2022. 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 04/01/2019 for travel on 04/01/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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