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Geneva to Crans-Montana Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla

Geneva is a global city in every sense, and soon after arriving here, you’ll hear people speaking languages from all over the world. On the shores of Lake Geneva, it is the second-most populous city in Switzerland and the most populous in the French-speaking part. 

Getting from Geneva to Crans-Montana
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Thanks to its many international organizations, Geneva is a global city, a financial center, and a diplomatic hub. As home to the United Nations, Red Cross, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and many more, Geneva truly is an important city for diplomacy, international cooperation, and humanitarian engagement.

As one of the most populous and visited cities in Switzerland, people who are in Geneva might consider visiting Crans-Montana by train. Traveling by train in Switzerland is an easy, comfortable, and impressive journey. So I would recommend traveling by train between Geneva and Crans-Montana.

If you are thinking of taking the train from Geneva to Crans-Montana or the other way around, read below.

Overview: Navigating Swiss Trains

You can start by visiting the SBB website: www.sbb.ch. Using the website, you can type in your departure and arrival destinations. It will then guide you to where and when you need to be. An app is also available for iOS and Android devices.

If you wish to pay half the fare for all your train rides in Switzerland, a Half Fare Discount Card (1-month validity) is available on www.sbb.ch. This allows you to travel for half the price on all SBB routes and most other railways during the duration of your discount card.

Using the Swiss Pass, you get unlimited travel by train, bus, and boat in Switzerland. Over 500 museums are also free or discounted, and there are free or discounted excursions to mountain summits.

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Getting tickets from RailEurope is convenient while traveling within Europe and/or visiting multiple countries. Having been in operation since the 1930s, RailEurope‘s extensive history, user-friendly website and mobile apps, flexible currency payment options, commitment to customer satisfaction, and strategic partnerships with leading rail operators, collectively establish it as a reliable and trustworthy platform for booking European train travel.

You can obtain from RailEurope the following travel passes:

  • Swiss Travel Pass – choose between continuous or flexible Swiss train passes for 3, 4, 8, or 15 days. The perks? unlimited use in over 90 Swiss cities, free admission to more than 500 museums, and discounts on mountain railways and cable cars. You also get discounts on high-speed Lyria trains between France and Switzerland as well as Nightjet trains that go through Switzerland. See RailEurope for more information.
  • Eurail Global Pass – unlimited train travel to 40,000 destinations in 33 European countries for non-EU residents
  • Interrail Global Pass – access to 40,000 destinations in 33 European countries for citizens and permanent residents of the EU

How To Get From Geneva To Crans-Montana 

Geneva Train Station
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The two centers of Crans and Montana are combined to form Crans-Montana. Whether you’re traveling to Crans or Montana will depend on your destination or your hotel’s location. Walking or taking a bus is an easy way to get from one part of the city to another. Crans and Montana are connected by several buses per hour.

How To Get From Geneva To Crans-Montana

There is no direct train from Geneva to Crans-Montana. To travel by train from Geneva to Crans-Montana, you will have to take the following connections:

  1. Take the train from Geneva to Sierre/Siders.
  2. In Sierre/Siders, take the funicular to Crans-Montana Gare.
  3. In Crans-Montana Gare, take the bus to your desired destination and get off where you need to.
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If you would like to ski in the Crans-Montana ski area, you can get off at one of the following bus stops:

  • Crans, téléphérique – Crans s. S. Gondola lift station
  • Crans-Montana, télé Cry d’Er – Cry d’Er lift station
  • Montana, Violettes – Montana Violettes lift station

How to Travel From Crans-Montana to Geneva by Train

Getting from Geneva to Crans-Montana
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The two centers of Crans and Montana are combined to form Crans-Montana. Whether you’re traveling from Crans or Montana will depend on your current location. Walking or taking a bus is an easy way to get from one part of the city to another. Crans and Montana are connected by several buses per hour.

How To Get From Crans-Montana to Geneva

There is no direct train from Crans-Montana to Geneva. To travel by train from Crans-Montana to Geneva, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. In Crans-Montana, take the bus to Crans-Montana Gare.
  2. In Crans-Montana Gare, take the funicular down to Sierre/Siders.
  3. In Sierre/Siders, take the train to Geneva.

Is There a Direct Train From Geneva to Crans-Montana?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), there are no direct trains from Geneva to Crans-Montana.

You will need to change trains in Sierre/Siders to reach Crans-Montana from Geneva.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Geneva to Crans-Montana?

The following table shows the train ride duration from Geneva to Crans-Montana (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (fastest)
Geneva – Sierre/Siders – Crans-Montana, gare2 hours 29 minutes
Geneva Airport – Sierre/Siders – Crans-Montana, gare2 hours 38 minutes

Is the Train Route From Geneva to Crans-Montana Scenic?

Although the trains connecting both places are not panoramic trains unlike Bernina Express, the route from Geneva is scenic. From Geneva, you will be treated to fantastic views of Lake Geneva until it reaches Montreux. Besides that, the Valais region is very picturesque.


How Much Will the Train Ticket From Geneva to Crans-Montana Cost?

As of the time of writing (updated December 2023), here are the train ticket prices from Geneva to Crans-Montana:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Geneva – Sierre/Siders – Crans-Montana, gare69.6034.30
Geneva Airport – Sierre/Siders – Crans-Montana, gare74.6037.30

As you can see, if you avail of the Half Fare Travel Card, you can save on your fare for long train journeys. So this is something to consider during your travel to Switzerland. You can do simple calculations and decide from there if it will be worth it for you.


Do You Need a Seat Reservation on the Train?

No, there is no need to reserve a spot on the train. But you can always add this option if that is your wish.

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Darla is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country. Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.

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