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How to get from Paris to Geneva by train

What separates pretty Paris from gorgeous Geneva? 409 km or, if you travel by high-speed TGV Lyria train, a mere three hours. Running at up to 320 km/h, TGV Lyria trains let you sit back in Standard Class or First Class as you speed your way from Paris to Geneva.

Genève Cornavin Station places you a short walk away from the best sights in the city, including the Palais des Nations, the Brunswick Monument and the banks of Lake Geneva. Relax while nibbling on some local cheese or world-famous chocolate, content in the knowledge that your choice of transport was simply inspired.

Discover more about this fantastic train route in our information page below.

Paris to Geneva by train

It takes an average of 6h 39m to travel from Paris to Geneva by train, over a distance of around 254 miles (409 km). There are normally 18 trains per day travelling from Paris to Geneva and tickets for this journey start from €9.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 30m
PriceFrom €9.70
Distance254 miles (409 km)
Frequency18 trains per day
First train06:15
Last train20:48
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationGeneva
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsTGV Lyria, BlaBlaCar Bus, Flixbus

Paris to Geneva train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Geneva for Tuesday 17th May 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:17 12:47 3h 30m, direct
11:12 14:47 3h 35m, direct
13:16 16:47 3h 31m, direct
13:30 17:35 4h 5m, 1 change
14:18 18:35 4h 17m, 1 change
15:16 18:47 3h 31m, direct
17:17 20:47 3h 30m, direct
17:21 00:14 6h 53m, 3 changes
17:42 06:12 12h 30m, 1 change
17:46 06:12 12h 26m, 2 changes

TGV Lyria trains from Paris to Geneva

You can travel from Paris to Geneva 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 Paris to Geneva

The price of train tickets from Paris to Geneva starts at €9.70 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 Paris to Geneva 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 Paris to Geneva? 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 Paris to Geneva take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Geneva is 6 hours and 39 minutes, with around 18 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 Paris and Geneva by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Geneva is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Geneva cost?

Train ticket prices from Paris to Geneva can start from as little as €9.70 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 Paris to Geneva?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Paris to Geneva without having to change trains. There are 7 direct trains from Paris to Geneva each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Paris to Geneva leaves at 06:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Geneva leaves at 20:48. 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 Paris and Geneva by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Geneva 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 Geneva to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Geneva.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Geneva for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/17/2022. 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 05/20/2022 for travel on 05/20/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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