How to travel from Geneva to Lausanne

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from Geneva to Lausanne

You can get from Geneva to Lausanne by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Geneva to Lausanne on Dec 02 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information between Geneva and Lausanne

distanceDistance32 miles (51 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$22 - $66
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $22 (€20) • 1 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • $26 (€24) • 35 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa or SBB

Travel 32 miles (51 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train from Geneva to Lausanne. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 35 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $22 (€20). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Alsa or SBB among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Geneva to Lausanne.

General Information about the journey from Geneva to Lausanne

Traveling between Geneva and Lausanne is a scenic journey, whether your opt for the road or rail route. Travel around the shores of Lake Geneva and enjoy the stunning beauty of the Swiss Alps as you travel. Traveling by rail is much quicker than by road and with several trains each hour. Prices are comparable, so your choice is between traveling from Geneva to Lausanne quickly, or opting for the slower journey by road, giving yourself time to take in the beauty of Switzerland.

Buses from Geneva to Lausanne

Traveling from Geneva to Lausanne by bus is very straightforward and also affordable, with tickets starting at around €9. Buses are available on several days of the week. The 60 kilometer journey takes just under three hours and with Eurolines air-conditioned buses, with reclining seats, plenty of legroom, toilets and Wi-Fi, you can be sure of a comfortable journey. When traveling from Geneva to Lausanne, pick up your bus at Avenue Émile Zola; the bus station in Lausanne is at the Parking du Vélodrome, conveniently located for the city center.

Trains from Geneva to Lausanne

Traveling from Geneva to Lausanne is quickest by train. The average travel time is just 40 minutes, with some trains taking even less time. There are about 80 trains each day, with the first leaving just after midnight and at 20 minute intervals thereafter. Depart from Geneva CFF central station and arrive at Lausanne station in the center of the city. Tickets can be purchased online using Omio. Fares start from just 16 Euros, although if you are traveling elsewhere in Switzerland, you would do well to consider a 5-day Swiss Rail Pass.

How to get from Geneva to Lausanne

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Geneva to Lausanne, 100,00% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Geneva to Lausanne and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from Geneva to Lausanne

Travel Tips: Travel to Lausanne easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Geneva to Lausanne.

You can travel to Lausanne from Geneva 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel between Geneva and Lausanne is by taking a bus with an average price of $22 (€20).

This is compared to other travel options to Lausanne:

Taking a bus is about $44 (€40) less than taking a ferry, which costs on average $66 (€60) for this trip.

A bus is generally $5 (€4) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average $26 (€24) from Geneva to Lausanne.

The quickest way to travel to Lausanne from Geneva is by train, which takes on average 35 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 1 h   of travel time.

In comparison, traveling by ferry can take you on average 0 h 0 min.

Lausanne is approximately 32 miles (51 km) away from Geneva.

The average frequency per day from Geneva to Lausanne is:

  • 7 buses per day.
  • Around 125 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Geneva to Lausanne as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Geneva to Lausanne:

  • Buses most often depart from Geneva at Geneva, Eaux-Vives and arrive in Lausanne at Lausanne, Parking du Vélodrome.
  • Trains most often depart from Geneva at Genève and arrive in Lausanne at Lausanne.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Geneva to Lausanne, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Alsa can take you to Lausanne by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Alsa from Geneva to Lausanne for $22 (€20).
  • Travel with SBB to go to Lausanne by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find SBB Geneva to Lausanne tickets on Omio for $26 (€24).

Yes, there are direct routes from Geneva to Lausanne with the following travel companies:

  • You can find 7 direct buses per day to Lausanne with BlaBlaCar.
  • You can find 110 direct trains per day to take to Lausanne with SBB.

Direct services to Lausanne tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your route.

Many of our customers traveling from Geneva to Lausanne don't make Lausanne their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Lausanne are Paris, Milan or Zurich, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Lausanne to any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Geneva to Lausanne, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this journey costs on average $22 (€20) one way.
  • A ferry ticket costs $66 (€60) one way on average for this journey.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $26 (€24) one way for this trip.

But we recommend booking Geneva to Lausanne tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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