How to travel from Zurich to Geneva

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from Zurich to Geneva

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

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To get from Zurich to Geneva on Dec 06 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:04AMZürich HB2h43 11:47AMGeneva
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Travel Information to Geneva from Zurich

distanceDistance139 miles (224 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$12 - $684
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $12 (€11) • 5 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $684 (€640) • 50 min
carriersPopular travel companiesLufthansa Cityline or SBB

Travel 139 miles (224 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train between Zurich and Geneva. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 50 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $12 (€11). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Lufthansa Cityline or SBB among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Zurich to Geneva.

Travel from Zurich to Geneva: Journey Details

Public transportation between Zurich and Geneva is easily arranged and includes buses, rail journeys and air travel. There is a regular bus provided by the Eurolines service and numerous train journeys provided by SFF. You can also opt for the drive share service. Alternatively, you may wish to hire a rental car and collect it at Geneva Airport when you land. The city center is located close by and is easily accessible.

Return trips from Geneva to Zurich are also available.

How to get from Zürich to Geneva

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Zürich to Geneva, 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 Zürich to Geneva 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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Buses from Zurich to Geneva

There are regular buses available for visitors who want to travel from Zurich to Geneva. Buses from Zurich to Geneva are operated by Eurolines. Buses take approximately 7:43h to arrive in Geneva. Buses depart from Zurich Bus-Parkplatz Sihlquai at 7:30 a.m and arrive at Geneva Annemasse Avenue Emile Zola at 3:13 p.m.

Trains from Zurich to Geneva

There are several regular trains from Zurich to Geneva departing every day. Trains depart from the Zurich Central Station and arrive at Geneva Cornavin. There are direct trains, 1-stop and 2-stop trains provided by rail services. Trains depart between 5:15 a.m. and 22:25 p.m. The train takes between 2:42h and 3:11h to travel between Zurich and Geneva. Train services are provided by SBB/CFF/FFS.

Flights from Zurich to Geneva

Various airlines offer regular flights from Zurich to Geneva including Swiss Air, Air France, Etihad Regional and Lufthansa. Flights depart from Zurich Airport and arrive at Geneva Airport. There are direct, 1 change and 2-change flights available for those wishing to visit Geneva. Non-stop flights from Zurich take approximately 2:38h to arrive in Geneva. Flights depart between 7:00 a.m and 22:45 p.m.

Travel Tips: Travel from Zurich to Geneva

Travel Tips: Travel to Geneva 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 Zurich to Geneva.

There are 4 travel options from Zurich to Geneva: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to go to Geneva from Zurich is by taking a bus, which costs on average $12 (€11).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Geneva:

Taking a bus is usually $673 (€629) less than taking a flight to Geneva, which costs on average $684 (€640) for the same trip.

A bus is generally $106 (€100) less than a train for the same trip. Taking a train costs on average $118 (€111) from Zurich to Geneva.

The quickest way to travel from Zurich to Geneva is by flight, which takes on average 50 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 5 h 40 min   of travel time.

In comparison, getting to Geneva by train can take on average 2 h 43 min.

The distance from Zurich to Geneva is approximately 139 miles (224 km).

The average frequency per day from Zurich to Geneva is:

  • 3 buses a day.
  • Around 35 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Zurich to Geneva 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 Zurich to Geneva:

  • Buses mostly depart from Zürich, Sihlquai Bus Terminal (Carparkplatz Sihlquai) and arrive in Geneva, Eaux-Vives.
  • Flights from Zurich to Geneva most often leave from Zurich Airport and arrive in Geneva International Airport.
  • Trains from Zurich to Geneva most often leave from Zürich HB and arrive in Genève.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Zurich to Geneva:

  • You can take a flight from Zurich to Geneva with Lufthansa Cityline. Cheap tickets can be found for $684 (€640) with Lufthansa Cityline from Zurich to Geneva.
  • You can travel between Zurich and Geneva by train with SBB. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $118 (€111) with SBB from Zurich to Geneva.

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

  • You can check for a direct bus to Geneva with BlaBlaCar with 3 direct buses per day.
  • You can find 27 direct trains per day to Geneva with SBB.

Direct services to Geneva 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 trip.

Looking to extend your trip from Zurich to Geneva? Many Omio customers who go from Zurich to Geneva usually extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Paris, Milan or Lyon. If you're looking to explore Paris, Milan or Lyon from Geneva, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

When planning your trip from Zurich to Geneva, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets are costing $12 (€11) one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost $684 (€640) one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing on average $118 (€111) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Zurich to Geneva online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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