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.
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).
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Geneva to Paris is 3 hours and 13 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Geneva to Paris leaves at 05:26. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Geneva to Paris cover a distance of around 254 miles (409 km) during the journey.