Paris to Genève / Geneva by train

How to take a train journey from Paris to Genève / Geneva

Taking the train from Paris to Genève / Geneva is wonderfully straightforward thanks to the high speed trains which provide a direct link between the two cities.



From Paris Gare de Lyon/Paris Lyon to Genève/Geneva-Cornavin

Travel Information

Note that these trains depart from the Gare De Lyon in Paris.

Final Destination: Geneve or Lausanne

All trains also call at: Bellegarde

Connections are available at Bellegarde for Annemasse and Evian-les-Bains.

Connect in Geneva for destinations without direct trains from Paris including Brig, Montreux, Neuchatel and Sion.

Monday to Friday: 8 x trains per day
Saturday and Sunday: 7 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings usually open: up to 6 months ahead of the travel date

If tickets aren't on sale yet for your travel date, then this is a journey for which it's worth signing up to the ticket availability notification service on SNCF Connect.
Do that and you'll receive an email within moments of the tickets being released for sale.
It's worth doing, as this is a journey on which the very cheapest tickets tend to sell out particularly fast.

Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day, so you may need to look through the day's departures to find the cheapest fares.
There can be particularly big discrepancies per train on this route.

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey.

Rail Pass Users:

The TGV-Lyria trains are the only direct trains from Paris to Switzerland.

However, if you will be travelling with a Eurail or InterRail pass, which is vaild in both France and Switzerland, the rail pass reservation fees for the Lyia trains are comparatively expensive.

For info on how you can avoid paying these fees, click on the train guide.

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

Save A Train from €29

Save A Train Guide

Happy rail from €29

Happy rail Guide

Happy Rail is a Netherlands rail ticket agency which sells tickets for both national and international journeys within a range of countries including Belgium France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland.

HappyRail doesn't charge booking fees in the conventional sense, but if you're not Dutch you can expect to pay additional transaction fees, which will be added to the total cost.
That's because the most common form of online payment used in The Netherlands is 'iDEAL' and HappyRail doesn't charge a transaction fee for 'iDEAL' payments, but only Dutch residents can sign up to 'iDEAL'.
Other forms of payment include Visa debit cards will incur a fee.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesLandscape (Hills / Mountains)River viewsHigh Speed (partial journey)

This is a journey of two distinct contrasts

1: The first two thirds of the journey is on a high speed line

2. The train will inevitably slow down when it leaves the high speed line, but the journey the becomes a lot more scenic once the train has passed through Bourg-en-Bresse.
Though the views are pleasant rather than amazing; this isn't a route to single out because you want to take a scenic rail journey.

If your reserved seat is on the right of the train (when facing the direction of travel) and you're on the upper deck , there are views of the river valley to be enjoyed, once the train has departed Bellegarde.

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