The trains get closer to Lake Geneva after Lausanne

Marseille to Genève / Geneva by train

How to take direct journey by train from the south of France to western Switzerland

In 2022 this summer only train is scheduled to be departing between July 2nd August 28th.

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Routes

From Marseille-Saint-Charles to Genève/Geneva-Cornavin

Travel Information

Final Destination: Geneve (Geneve Cornavin)

The train also calls at: Bellegarde - connect for Evian-Les-Bains

This is now the only direct train service between the south of France and Switzerland.

Connect in Geneve for a swathe of destinations across Switzerland including: Bern, Brig, Lausanne Luzern, Sion and Zurich

up to 1 x train per day

Tickets

Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

On the dates when it is operating this train will be scheduled to depart at 13:53, so target that time when looking up this journey.

Using Eurail and InterRail passes:

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey, but rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding.

If you will be making this journey with an InterRail or Eurail pass, the rail pass reservation fee for this TGV-Lyria service will usually be more expensive than that charged to travel on a standard TGV InOui service.

So a money saving option for rail pass users is to take an InOui service from Marseille to Lyon and then a TER service from Lyon to Geneve - this routing is also an alternative option if you don't have a rail pass and the timings of this one daily direct train don't suit.

Or if you have a rail pass, you can avoid any additional charges by taking a TER train from Marseille to Lyon and then the TER services on to Geneve.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trainline from €29

Trainline Guide

SNCF Connect from €29

SNCF Connect Guide

SNCF is the national rail operator in France and not so long ago it recently simplified both the range of tickets and the term and conditions of using them.
Therefore the cheapest tickets also become more flexible too.

Other improvements included a simple integration of travelling with bicycles and rail pass users being able to book reservations for national journeys, without paying booking fees.

And it also recently launched SNCF Connect as replacement for its Oui.SNCF booking service.
You can set up a low price alert to let you know when the cheapest price is available for a future journey.

Something else to look out for is that simplest way of travelling with tickets is to use the SNCF Connect App, as booked tickets can therefore be stored on your mobile device, which can then be shown to the train conductors as proof of purchase.

SNCF Connect on Google Play

SNCF Connect in the App (Apple) store

SNCF also operates RailEurope, which is in effect a dedicated online booking service for making bookings from outside of Europe.
If you reside outside of Europe you may discover that SNCF Connect rejects phone numbers or card numbers, but RailEurope won't do so.
Though RailEurope will add booking fees when making a purchase

Saveatrain from €29

Saveatrain Guide

Trainline from €29

Trainline Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial)

Good to Know

Travelling between July 2nd and August 28th:

If the timings of this direct train don't suit, it is usually due to arrive in Geneva at around 17:15 - the alternative option involves taking a TGV InOui service to Lyon and then connecting there for a TER service on to Geneve

Travelling at other times:

Outside of these dates the best options for taking a train journey from Marseille to Geneve, on a similar schedule to the direct train, will usually involve departing Marseille by the 14:35 TGV to Lyon.

This train has a eighteen minute connection in Lyon Part-Dieu station into a TER train on to Geneve.
If the TGV train is delayed, tickets will be valid on the subsequent TER train, on Mon-Friday there will be train departing an hour later.

Look out for the Sommet Aqueduct, which is on the left after Aix-en-Provence TGV Look out for the Sommet Aqueduct, which is on the left after Aix-en-Provence TGV
Crossing the Rhone River at more than 280 km/h Crossing the Rhone River at more than 280 km/h
The River Rhone is on the right between Bellegarde and Geneva The River Rhone is on the right between Bellegarde and Geneva

The train will travel at up to 285 km/h on the high speed line from Marseille to Lyon .

Between Ambérieu and Culoz the train will travel through a rocky valley in the foothills of the Alps, then between Culoz and the border with Switzerland, there are occasional views of the River Rhone on the right.

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