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Geneva To Fribourg Train: All You Need To Know 

Last Updated on December 12, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Fribourg is a charming city with cobblestone streets, picturesque bridges, well-preserved buildings and fortifications, and a magnificent cathedral. As such, many people from Geneva travel by train or private vehicle to Fribourg, and vice versa. This article will discuss how to get from Geneva to Fribourg for those who want to visit this place.

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It is inevitable that logistical concerns will arise. Those who wish to travel by train in Switzerland need to know several specifics before doing so. In this article, we will explore the train journey between Geneva and Fribourg.

How do you get from Geneva to Fribourg by train?  Or are you able to drive your own car? Let’s find out.

This article will answer all your questions about the train journey from Geneva to Fribourg

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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How To Get From Geneva to Fribourg

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You can take the following trains from Geneva or Geneva Airport to Fribourg/Freiburg:

  • IR15 to Lucerne
  • IC1 to St. Gallen

Both trains leave once an hour, meaning you can typically catch two direct trains to Fribourg per hour. The IC1 train is faster since it only stops in Lausanne before heading to Fribourg.


How To Get From Fribourg to Geneva

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You can take the following trains from Fribourg/Freiburg Geneva or Geneva Airport:

  • IR15 to Genève-Aéroport
  • IC1 toGenève-Aéroport

Both trains leave once an hour, meaning you can typically catch two direct trains to Geneva or Geneva Airport per hour. The IC1 train is faster since it only stops in Lausanne before heading to Geneva.

Direct trains to Geneva or Geneva Airport typically leave from Platform 1 or Platform 4. You can check the signs at the Fribourg Train Station itself.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Geneva to Fribourg?

Here are the estimated travel times between Geneva and Fribourg (as of December 2023):

RouteEstimated Travel Time (Fastest)
Geneva – Fribourg1 hour 21 minutes
Geneva Airport – Fribourg1 hour 31 minutes
Fribourg – Geneva1 hour 22 minutes
Fribourg – Geneva Airport1 hour 31 minutes

Is there a Direct Train from Geneva to Fribourg?

Yes, direct trains typically run between Geneva/Geneva Airport and Fribourg two times an hour.

Is the Train From Geneva to Fribourg Scenic?

Trains traveling along Lake Geneva will always be scenic due to the picturesque views of the vineyards of Lavaux, the lake, and the stunning Alpine panorama. Even so, these are still fast commuter trains and not the slow panoramic trains offered by the Swiss railways.

We have included other scenic trains below for reference, in case you are interested in taking one.

In case you would like to check out other scenic trains, then there are more scenic trains recommended below. These are the Golden Pass Line, the Glacier Express, and the Bernina Express. Another interesting train is the Historical Train that goes from Davos to Filisur.

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Image of Bernina Express by TouringSwitzerland.com

Your other options in detail are the following:

  • Golden Pass – Golden Pass departs from Montreux. The Golden Pass has panorama coaches and is scenic. Starting in December 2022, the GoldenPass Express will connect Montreux to Interlaken.
  • Glacier Express – Glacier Express is a long journey that starts from Zermatt, home of Matterhorn. It then traverses 291 bridges and 91 tunnels before stopping in St. Moritz. Zermatt and St. Moritz are beautiful mountain resorts worthy of a longer stay. The Glacier Express passes by several idyllic mountain villages.
  • Bernina Express – Bernina Express is another train route that begins in Chur. Chur is the oldest alpine city in Switzerland and is worth visiting. This train route spans 196 bridges. It goes through 55 tunnels and passes 20 beautiful villages in Switzerland. 
  • Historical Train Davos to Filisur – May through October, vintage carriages are pulled by the century-old crocodile locomotive from Davos Platz to Filisur. The train line covers a total length of 4,200 meters through 14 tunnels and 28 bridges. Its scenic highlights include the Wiesen Viaduct and the Zügen Gorge.

How Much Will the Train Ticket From Geneva to Fribourg Cost?

As of the time of publishing the article (updated December 2023), a single journey ticket costs the following:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Geneva – Fribourg44.0022.00
Geneva Airport – Fribourg48.0024.00

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.

Am I Allowed to Travel from Geneva to Fribourg?

Yes, there are currently no restrictions for traveling from Geneva to Fribourg.

Can you Drive into Fribourg?

Yes, you may drive your car from Geneva to Fribourg. You also can rent a car from Geneva Airport if you wish to and drive this to Fribourg.

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Is Fribourg Car-Free?

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As opposed to ZermattWengen, and MürrenFribourg isn’t car-free. The city has a variety of transportation options: buses, bicycles, cars, and trains. 

If you are interested in visiting car-free villages in Switzerland, you can check out our article: 12 Charming Car-Free Villages in Switzerland.

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Darla Uhl 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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