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Taking the train from Geneva to Paris

A drive from Geneva to Paris could take half a day, but you can do the whole thing in just three hours by train, heading over the Swiss border and racing into the French capital on board a high-speed TGV Lyria train. You'll be able to choose from Standard, Standard 1ère (First Class), or Business 1ère class for your journey.

It’s a fascinating trip to make as you leave the lakes and mountains of Switzerland and head towards the City of Lights, ready to sip some café au lait from a street corner café or head off around Paris to see the sights. Keep scrolling down to learn more about this magical train journey from Geneva to Paris, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Geneva to Paris by train

It takes an average of 5h 10m to travel from Geneva to Paris by train, over a distance of around 254 miles (409 km). There are normally 17 trains per day travelling from Geneva to Paris and tickets for this journey start from €29 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 13m
Price€29 - €252
Distance254 miles (409 km)
Frequency17 trains per day
Departure stationGeneva
Arrival stationParis
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTGV Lyria, Flixbus, BlaBlaBus

Geneva to Paris train times

Check out the next trains departing from Geneva to Paris for Tuesday 3rd Nov 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:29 11:42 3h 13m, direct
09:29 15:01 5h 32m, 1 change
10:00 15:01 5h 01m, 2 changes
12:29 15:45 3h 16m, direct
13:29 18:13 4h 44m, 1 change
15:30 19:30 4h 00m, 1 change
16:29 19:42 3h 13m, direct
16:42 21:00 4h 18m, 2 changes
16:42 21:34 4h 52m, 1 change
16:47 22:12 5h 25m, 1 change

TGV Lyria trains from Geneva to Paris

You can travel from Geneva to Paris on TGV Lyria 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.

PhotoChabe01, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

TGV Lyria links France to Switzerland and can travel at a maximum speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Resulting from the collaboration between SNCF and SBB, TGV Lyria has three comfort classes on all trains. Standard (equivalent to the Second Class TGV, with comfortable seats), Standard 1ère (with more legroom and access to the SNCF show Grand Voyageur at the Gare de Lyon in Paris) and Business 1ère (available all week except Saturday, on some lines only).

Cheap train tickets from Geneva to Paris

Train tickets from Geneva to Paris start at €29 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €130.59.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price103.99
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price105.89
on the day
avg. single price130.59

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 Paris 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Paris? 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 Paris take?

The average journey time by train between Geneva and Paris is 5 hours and 10 minutes, with around 17 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 Paris by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Geneva to Paris is 3 hours and 13 minutes.

How much does the train from Geneva to Paris cost?

Train tickets from Geneva to Paris can start from as little as €29 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.

Is there a direct train from Geneva to Paris?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Geneva to Paris without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Geneva to Paris. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Geneva to Paris leaves at 05:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Geneva to Paris leaves at 22:20. 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 Geneva and Paris by train?

Trains travelling from Geneva to Paris cover a distance of around 254 miles (409 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Paris to Geneva. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Geneva to Paris.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Geneva to Paris for a typical week day using timetable data for 03/11/2020. 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 19/10/2020 for travel on 01/12/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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