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Trains from Zurich to Geneva

For lovers of waterside style, taking the train from Zurich to Geneva is just the ticket. Speed from Lake Zurich to Lake Geneva in less than three hours, and with 27 services a day, you don’t have to cut short your exploration of one of Switzerland’s happiest cities before heading to one of its most beautiful.

Trains from Zurich to Geneva are operated by SBB – the main rail operator in Switzerland – who offer plenty of different options to make your journey as comfortable as possible, including one-way, multi-journey and day pass tickets that let you extend your adventure even beyond these two enchanting cities.

Travelling First Class from Zurich to Geneva

If you want to travel in style, why not choose a First Class train ticket from Zurich to Geneva? SBB trains have a First Class ticket that offers wider more comfortable seats, with more legroom and power sockets. You'll also get access to quiet and business zones on board.

Want to find out more about First Class train travel in Europe? Check out our guide to First Class v Second Class on European trains.

Ready to book? Find train times and tickets in our Journey Planner above, or keep reading for FAQs about the journey from Zurich to Geneva by train.

Zurich Hb to Geneva by train

It takes an average of 3h 0m to travel from Zurich Hb to Geneva by train, over a distance of around 139 miles (224 km). There are normally 38 trains per day travelling from Zurich Hb to Geneva and tickets for this journey start from €23.15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 41m
PriceFrom €23.15
Distance139 miles (224 km)
Frequency38 trains per day
First train03:48
Last train10:20
Departure stationZurich Hb
Arrival stationGeneva
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSBB CFF FFS

Zurich Hb to Geneva train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zurich Hb to Geneva for Monday 14th June 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
05:19 Zürich HB08:18 Genève CornavinIntercity 704 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 59m, direct
06:04 Zürich HB08:47 Genève CornavinIntercity 508 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 43m, direct
06:32 Zürich HB09:18 Genève CornavinIntercity 706 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 46m, direct
07:04 Zürich HB09:47 Genève CornavinIntercity 510 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 43m, direct
07:32 Zürich HB10:18 Genève CornavinIntercity 708 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 46m, direct
08:04 Zürich HB10:47 Genève CornavinIntercity 512 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 43m, direct
08:32 Zürich HB11:18 Genève CornavinIntercity 710 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 46m, direct
09:04 Zürich HB11:47 Genève CornavinIntercity 514 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 43m, direct
09:32 Zürich HB12:18 Genève CornavinIntercity 712 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 46m, direct
10:04 Zürich HB12:47 Genève CornavinIntercity 516 SBB CFF FFS Get tickets2h 43m, direct

Cheap train tickets from Zurich Hb to Geneva

The price of train tickets from Zurich Hb to Geneva starts at €23.15 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 Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb to Geneva take?

The average journey time by train between Zurich Hb and Geneva is 3 hours and 0 minutes, with around 38 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 Zurich Hb and Geneva by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Geneva is 2 hours and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Zurich Hb to Geneva cost?

Train ticket prices from Zurich Hb to Geneva can start from as little as €23.15 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 Zurich Hb to Geneva?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zurich Hb to Geneva without having to change trains. There are 31 direct trains from Zurich Hb 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 Zurich Hb to Geneva leave?

The first train from Zurich Hb to Geneva leaves at 03:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zurich Hb to Geneva leaves at 10:20. 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 Zurich Hb and Geneva by train?

Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Geneva 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 Geneva to Zurich Hb. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Zurich Hb to Geneva.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zurich Hb to Geneva for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/14/2021. 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 04/03/2019 for travel on 04/03/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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