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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

First train

07:31

Last train

21:15

Departure station

Geneva

Arrival station

Lausanne

Journey time

From 7h 15m

Distance

31 miles (50 km)

Frequency

12 trains per day

Changes

2 changes

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS, Eurolines_Switzerland

SBB trains from Geneva to Lausanne

You can travel from Geneva to Lausanne on SBB trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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).

Intercity and Eurocity classes from Geneva to Lausanne

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity and Eurocity when travelling from Geneva to Lausanne.

Onboard services on Intercity and Eurocity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Geneva to Lausanne.

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You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Intercity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Intercity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are plug sockets on SBB trains. You can also enjoy free WiFi on Intercity trains via the SBB FreeSurf portal.

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There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard. On Intercity trains, there is also a dedicated family carriage.

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You can take your bicycle onboard SBB Intercity trains. Between 21st March and 31st October, it's compulsory to reserve a bike space on some Intercity trains. You must also buy a ticket for your bike at a ticket office, ticket machine or online.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

SBB Intercity trains have priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

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There is a Business Zone and a Quiet Zone in First Class on SBB Intercity trains.

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You can take as much luggage as you want on SBB Eurocity trains, provided that it fits in the luggage racks provided.​

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Many SBB Eurocity trains will have a restaurant or bistro carriage so you can buy food and drink throughout your journey. You may be able to sit at a table in the restaurant carriage or take your meal back to your seat.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

There are plug sockets and free WiFi on SBB Eurocity trains.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

There is pushchair storage available on the train, as well as a baby changing toilet onboard.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bike onboard SBB Eurocity trains provided that you can fit it into the storage space onboard, but you'll need to buy a ticket for it. You'll also need a reservation for the Swiss part of your journey when travelling internationally. You can make a reservation online or at a ticket office.

PetPetPets

Dogs under 30cm in height can travel for free if they're in a carrier and placed under your seat. Larger dogs can travel with you if you buy a Dog Day Pass for CHF 25, which can be purchased at a ticket office, at a ticket machine, online or on the SBB app. The pass is valid for a day on trains, ships, trams and buses in most Swiss cities.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet onboard, plus priority seating for passengers with reduced mobility.

InfoInfoOther

There is air conditioning on board newer SBB Eurocity trains, so you can travel in comfort.

Cheap train tickets from Geneva to Lausanne

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.

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 11 hours and 21 minutes, with around 12 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 7 hours and 15 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Geneva to Lausanne?

No, there are no direct train services from Geneva to Lausanne. Travelling from Geneva to Lausanne by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

The first train from Geneva to Lausanne leaves at 07:31. 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 21:15. 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.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

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

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 online 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, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Geneva and Lausanne.

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