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Travelling by train from Geneva to Zurich with SBB

Planning to travel from Geneva to Zurich by train? You’ve come to the right place!

On average, the train from Geneva to Zurich takes around 3 hours, although it can take just 2 hours and 41 minutes on the fastest services. This route is operated by SBB’s Intercity services, which come with at-seat power sockets, baby-changing tables, a wheelchair-accessible toilet, as well as a family and restaurant car and ample space for cycle, pram, and luggage storage. Fancy travelling in style? Upgrade to First Class and you’ll get to enjoy plenty of amenities on board, including at-seat catering service, business and quiet zones, and free WiFi.

As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as direct services are available from Geneva to Zurich.

Whether you’re heading to work or for a day out to Zurich from Geneva, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to book trains to Zurich and search for cheap ticket prices – we’ll show you how much you can save on your train tickets if you book them in advance.

Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Geneva to Zurich in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for money-saving tips and FAQs.

SBB services in Switzerland 

Explore the whole of Switzerland this summer with SBB. Whether you want to see the lakes in and around Zurich, Lucerne’s magical Old Town or gaze at the Matterhorn in Zermatt, SBB has got you covered. You can travel around Switzerland on public transport with SBB, including on trains, boats and buses. Hop on an SBB train and travel in comfort across Switzerland.

Geneva to Zurich Hb by train

First train

07:31

Last train

21:15

Departure station

Geneva

Arrival station

Zurich Hb

Journey time

From 8h 55m

Distance

139 miles (224 km)

Frequency

17 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Train and bus operators

SBB CFF FFS

SBB trains from Geneva to Zurich Hb

You can travel from Geneva to Zurich Hb 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 classes from Geneva to Zurich Hb

Compare the different travel classes offered by Intercity when travelling from Geneva to Zurich Hb.

Onboard services on Intercity

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

LuggageLuggageLuggage

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.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

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.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

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.

InfoInfoOther

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

Cheap train tickets from Geneva to Zurich Hb

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 Zurich Hb 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.

Explore Switzerland this summer with SBB

If you’re looking for a relaxing way to explore more of Europe, take the train!

When you travel with SBB, you’ll have comfort guaranteed. Thanks to SBB’s modern and punctual trains, you can travel by train stress-free. What’s more, travelling by train is an eco-friendly choice as it can help reduce your impact on the environment.

Travel from Geneva to Zurich in less than three hours – giving you more time to discover the city and soak up the atmosphere. Plus, SBB trains can take you from city centre to city centre – there's no waiting around at the airport for transfers. Simply jump off the train and start sightseeing!

With SBB, your journey from Geneva to Zurich can be the start of a special summer: book now with Trainline!

If you’re looking to see more of Switzerland, why not get inspired and check times and prices for trips from Geneva to Zermatt, or from Zurich to Lucerne

Travel around Switzerland by train with SBB

From lakes and mountains to some delicious fondue and chocolate (yes, even in the warmer months!), Switzerland has it all! Take a look at some of our inspirational guides below and travel around Switzerland with SBB trains.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Geneva to Zurich Hb? 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 Zurich Hb take?

The average journey time by train between Geneva and Zurich Hb is 14 hours and 50 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 Zurich Hb by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Geneva to Zurich Hb is 8 hours and 55 minutes.

Is there a direct train from Geneva to Zurich Hb?

No, there are no direct train services from Geneva to Zurich Hb. Travelling from Geneva to Zurich Hb by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Geneva to Zurich Hb leave?

The first train from Geneva to Zurich Hb leaves at 07:31. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Geneva to Zurich Hb leave?

The last train from Geneva to Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb by train?

Trains travelling from Geneva to Zurich Hb cover a distance of around 139 miles (224 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

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