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Trains to Geneva

One of the best ways to travel to, from, and within Geneva, Switzerland, is by train. Being home to CERN and the League of Nations, Geneva is a major rail hub in Europe. The city has two main train stations; the Gare Cornavin and the Gare Secheron stations. A train to Geneva is a suitable option for travelers from cities such as Paris, Milan, Frankfurt, and Barcelona. The trains in the city are modern, and commuters are assured of a fast, comfortable, and exciting journey to the lakeside city.

TGV Lyria trains to Geneva

Travelers from Paris who prefer direct trips can book a TGV Lyria train to Geneva, which takes slightly over three hours to cover the 254-mile distance. These trains can be boarded at the Gare de Lyon Station, and passengers can alight at the Cornavin Station in the heart of Geneva. 

SBB trains to Geneva

SBB offers trains to Geneva from Zurich. Commuters should head to Zurich HB Main Station to board an SBB train to Geneva, which will drop them off at the Geneva Cornavin Station. The 139-mile journey to Geneva from Zurich takes close to 3 hours. 

DB trains to Geneva

To get to Geneva from Munich or Frankfurt, travelers will have to board a DB train. Munich is 288 miles (463 km) from Geneva, and the journey by train takes a little over 10 hours. Commuters who board a train to Geneva in Frankfurt should prepare for a seven and a half hour journey.

Main train stations in Geneva

Though there are several train stations in Geneva, the main ones are the Gare Cornavin, Gare Secheron, and Geneva Airport Railway Station. However, the busiest of all is the Gare Cornavin, also referred to as the Central Railway Station. It is behind the main shopping streets and only five minutes from the International Area.

Though the Gare Secheron is still under construction, it’s still being used. It’s sometimes preferred over the Gare Cornavin due to its close proximity to the Geneva International District. The Geneva Airport Railway Station gives travelers who arrive by plane easy access to the city.

When it comes to amenities, the Gare Cornavin is superior. The station is accessible by car, bike, taxi, buses, and trams. At the station, travelers can access a host of shopping outlets and restaurants such as Migros, bookstore, Eden Baisshop, Bodyshop, and Starbucks, among others. Facilities available at the Gare Cornavin include ATMs, ticket machines, WiFi, storage lockers, and the station is also handicap friendly.

How can I find cheap tickets to Geneva?

Geneva is accessible by train from many European cities, and some are even hundreds of miles away. For travelers who are on a budget, there are creative ways they can use to keep their travel costs low. The easiest and most effective is finalizing travel plans early and booking tickets in advance. Train operators offer handsome discounts for early bird ticket purchases, which can be booked up to four months before the date of departure.

Travelers who are flexible with travel dates and times can save even more. As such, they should check train schedules to find out which days and times have the fewest travelers. This is because tickets for a train to Geneva departing during off-peak hours on a day that's not usually busy cost less.

At times booking advance tickets or being selective with travel dates is not an option. Even still, commuters can save on travel costs by booking connecting trains as they’re cheaper than direct ones.

Before you travel to Geneva by train—good to know:

Geneva receives millions of tourists every year and has played a significant political and humanitarian role in the world. As the name suggests, it hosted the Geneva Convention from which the Humanitarian Law of Armed Conflicts was developed. It is also host to the League of Nations and CERN.

Being a lakeside city, any trip to Geneva must include a visit to the serene waters of Lake Geneva. The lake, which is the largest in Europe, gives visitors a scenic view that's both urban and natural as they can enjoy a visual treat of the city and the Alps. Boat rides are available at the lake to allow visitors to see all that it offers. There are also parks around the lake where people can relax.

Geneva is one of the safest cities in the world. However, any time travelers are visiting a new city or using public transport, it's best to be on high alert. While at the station or in the streets, luggage should never be left unattended. If commuters need assistance, station staff are always happy to help and can give accurate directions. Travelers who do not speak the local language should at least get a guide book to help with communication.


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Geneve, Cornavin

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