Genève / Geneva to Lausanne by train

Three or four departures per hour are non-stop from Geneve to Lausanne, so it can be worth looking up the journey before heading to the station, so that you can target these trains.



From Genève/Geneva-Cornavin to Lausanne

Travel Information

The regular hourly service of trains from Geneve to Lausanne usually comprises

  • Two IR trains heading to Brig, which are non-stop
  • An IC train heading to St Gallen via Bern, which is also non-stop
  • An IR train heading to Luzern, which is slower by more than 10 mins as it makes two station calls
    All of these trains commence their journeys at Geneve-Aeroport.

There also 2 x RE services per hour, heading to Vevey or St Maurice, which are best avoided as they're around 15 mins slower; they also don't depart from the airport station.

In four hours of the day there is also a non-stop EC service, which will be heading on to Milano or Venezia.

6 or 7 x trains per hour


Booking in advance for the IC, IR and EC trains:

Online bookings usually open: up to 60 days ahead of the travel date.

Supersaver tickets will be cheaper the further ahead you book, though a negative of the Supersaver tickets is that they can only be used on the departure you select when booking, so you won't be able to choose between departures; and are unlikely to have saved more than a couple of francs, as this is a comparatively short journey.

As there are such frequent trains between Geneve and Lausanne, our preference on this route is to book at the station, just before departing.

Booking tickets at the station:

There are also another 2 x local (RE) trains per hour from Geneve to Lausanne, but not only are the slower than these express trains, they're also not any cheaper; even if you will be booking last minute at the station.

If you do book at the station, your ticket will be valid on any train, so you may as well take the next IC or IR service that will be departing.

Where to book
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SBB Guide

SBB is the main national rail operator in Switzerland, but tickets for journeys by the other significant operators including BLS and SOB can be be booked on the SBB website.

SBB also sells tickets for journeys to many destinations which involve a combination of SBB trains and services provided by the many independent operators who serve the Alpine resort towns.
However, if you will be making a long-distance return day trip, look out for he possibility of SaverDay passes being cheaper than tickets.

Though if you download the SBB app, booking tickets on SBB's mobile services can be simper than using the website.
Also watch out for the fact that booking international tickets can be comparatively quirky.

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