France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transport for Geneva, Switzerland
Though it is Swiss, Geneva is an important transport center for the French Alps, whether by train, plane, bus or ferryboat—or rental car.






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Annecy: 41 km (25 miles, 45 minutes) south

Chamonix-Mont Blanc is 82 km (51 miles, 1 hour) southeast

Évian-les-Bains: 45 km (28 miles, 1 hour) northeast

Grenoble: 142 km (88 miles, 1.5 hours) south

Lyon: 148 km (92 miles, 1.5 hours) southwest

Paris: 539 km (335 miles, 5.5 hours) northwest


The Gare de Genève Cornavin train station is an important rail hub not just for western Switzerland, but for the French Alps and indeed for this central region of Europe. Connected to the rest of the city by bus, trolleybus and tram lines, and to Geneva Airport (GVA; Cointrin) by frequent trains, it's the most important transport terminus in the city. Many of the city's hotels are clustered near it, within an easy walk.

Intercity Bus

Geneva's small bus terminal (Gare Routière) is less than a 10-minute walk from the Gare de Genève Cornavin train station (map). An open parking lot with a small ticket office and waiting room, it serves regional intercity buses of the French Haute-Savoie LIHSA bus network connecting numerous French Alps towns with Geneva. See the Transport page of each French town for LIHSA bus information.

International buses also depart the Gare Routière for other European countries, and as far away as the Balkans and Morocco.

City Bus & Tram

Note that those arriving by plane can get free public transit tickets to travel to the city center. More...

Also, guests at many hotels may receive a free public transit pass valid for the length of their hotel stay. Ask your hotel about it.

Geneva has an efficient system of city buses, trolleybuses and trams operated by Transports Publics Génévois to take you from the train station to any other part of the city.


Geneva International Airport (Cointrin, GVA) is the major air hub not only for Switzerland's second-largest city, but also for the French Alps region. If you plan to fly to the French Alps, you'll probably land in Geneva. You can exit the airport directly into either France or Switzerland. More...


Passenger ferries and excursion boats on Lake Geneva connect several communities both French and Swiss. Service is most frequent in high summer (June through mid-September), less frequent off season.

Geneva Int'l Airport

Hotels in Geneva

Tourist Information

About Geneva

About the French Alps





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Gare Cornavin de Genève, Switzerland

Gare de Genève (Cornavin),
Geneva's main train station.





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