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.
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.
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Zurich Hb to Geneva is 2 hours and 41 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Zurich Hb to Geneva leaves at 03:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Zurich Hb to Geneva cover a distance of around 139 miles (224 km) during the journey.