Venezia / Venice / Venedig to Genève / Geneva by train

How to take the rail journey from Venice/Venezia to Geneva/Genève

Making the rail journey from Venice to western Switzerland is straightforward thanks to the locations being linked by comparatively comfortable trains.
Though the daily direct train isn't scheduled to arrive in Geneve until after 23:00.

However, the direct train is by the most convenient option on this route.
The trains from Milano to Geneve which typically depart at 13:23 and 17:23 don't have convenient connections with trains from Venezia/Venice.

If you will be planning a travel itinerary which includes both Geneva and Venice, if you travel by direct train in the opposite direction you'll get to experience the fabulous views, which can be seen during the daytime.



From Venezia Santa Lucia/Venice S. L. to Genève/Geneva-Cornavin

Travel Information

Final Destination: Geneve-Aeroport

This trains also calls at: Brig, Sion, and Montreux and Lausanne.

This one direct train of the day from Venice to Geneva doesn't arrive in the Swiss city until after 23:20, which obviously isn't particularly convenient.

However, if it doesn't particularly matter at what time you'll arrive in Switzerland, then it's our preferred option on this route.

1  x train per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 4 months ahead of the travel date

This one direct train of the day is usually scheduled to depart from Venezia S. Lucia station at 16:18.

Rail Pass users will need to pay a reservation fee prior to boarding this train,.

If you opt to travel to Geneva, by making a connection in Milan, you'll either need to pay the rail pass reservation fees on both the Frecce train from Venice to Milan AND the EC train from Milan to Geneva OR avoid paying any additional fees by taking this slower journey option.

Where to book
Ticket Provider Approximate Cost
Trenitalia from €39

Trenitalia Guide

Trenitlalia is the national rail operator in Italy and in addition to its cheaper types of ticket; it also typically offers other discounts available to non-Italians, which include:

  • Group Offers, provides for a discount of up to 50% when 3-5 Adults travel together.
  • Family Offer for when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 11 and under.
  • The Children Free Offer is available for journeys by Frecce trains, when groups of 2 - 5 people are travelling together and at least one of the party is a aged 15 and under.
    Those aged 15 and under travel for free, but the Adults will need to purchase full price 'Base' tickets.
Italia Rail from €40

Italia Rail Guide

Italiarail lives up to its name by selling tickets for rail journeys within Italy and the core feature of its service is that it is primarily designed to be used by international visitors to Italy.
So the English translations of place names are used when looking up journeys and the terms and conditions for using each type of ticket are clearly explained.
It also clearly points out the additional costs of upgrading to other classes and types of tickets while spelling out the additional benefits of doing so.
Though Italiarail will charge a booking fee, typically of around €3.

The Early Bird service

Italiarail has launched an 'early bird' pre-booking service for journeys by Frecce trains.
Tickets can be booked up to a year ahead of travel at a flat-rate price per route, before the tickets have been released for sale by Trenitalia.
If when they are placed on sale, the price is cheaper than what you have already paid to Italiarail, it will automatically refund the price difference.
Conversely, if the price is more expensive, you won't be charged the price difference.
You can also have the peace of mind of securing your seat(s) on the Frecce train(s) when you are first planning a trip.
If before the tickets are placed on sale, you decide to change your plans, you can request a refund; but once the tickets are released for sale, you will then be bound by the terms and conditions of the ticket(s) you have booked.

Save A Train from €39

Save A Train Guide

On this journey

Journey Features

Not High Speed

Good to Know

When looking up this journey you will see other options which involve:

(1) taking a train from Venice to Milan, and then connecting there into a

(2) another train from Milan to Geneva

But if you do opt to change trains in Milan instead, then pay particular attention to the time allowed to change trains.

It's not particularly uncommon for the Frecce trains from Venice to arrive in Milan 20 - 30 mins late and any ticket you have booked will only be valid on a specific train on to Geneva.

This is a route on which having to swap tickets to a later connecting train, in the event of a delay, is definitely a scenario to avoid if possible.

Though a tick in the box for arriving in Geneva earlier is that you'll get to experience the rather wonderful route between Milan and Geneva by daylight.

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