Fastest journey2hr 58m
It is very easy to travel by train from Paris to Geneva. High-speed trains have pulled a lot of traffic from airlines on this route of just over 500 kilometres. With the fastest trains taking just three hours from city centre to city centre, it’s easy to see why the train has the edge over the plane.
The route is served by comfortable TGV Lyria trains, for which bookings open four months prior to travel. That’s the time to book if you are keen to get a bargain fare.
Paris to Geneva
The high-speed TGV Lyria service runs about eight times each day from Paris to Geneva. In Paris, these trains all leave from Gare du Lyon. In Geneva the trains terminate at Gare de Cornavin in the heart of the Swiss city. The fastest trains on this route make only one stop along the way and take just three hours. Other services make one or two additional stops and may take up to 20 minutes longer.
The route from Paris follows the main high-speed line from the French capital to Burgundy, crossing the Saône Valley near Mâcon. The route then tracks east through the Jura Hills towards Geneva. There is some very fine scenery along this latter part of the journey.