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Geneva to Verbier Train: All You Need To Know

Last Updated on December 11, 2023 by Darla Uhl

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. 

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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 one of Switzerland’s mountain resorts by train – Verbier. Traveling by train in Switzerland is an easy, comfortable, and impressive journey. So I would recommend traveling by train between Geneva and Verbier.

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Associated with the 4 Vallées ski area, Verbier is Switzerland’s largest ski area. In terms of size, it even exceeds Zermatt. 410 km of runs ensure that everyone – from the expert to the beginner – can find a slope to suit his or her skill level.

If you are thinking of taking the train from Geneva to Verbier 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
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How To Get From Geneva To Verbier by Train

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Usually, there aren’t direct trains from Geneva to Verbier. However, during winter, there’s one daily direct link named the Verbier Express from Geneva or Geneva Airport.

To travel by train from Geneva to Verbier, you will have to take the following trains/gondola:

  1. Take the Interregio train from Geneva (Genève) to Martigny.
  2. In Martigny, take the train to Le Châble VS.
  3. In Le Châble, take the gondola to Verbier (télécabine).

You can catch trains from Geneva Airport that head to Martigny.

Throughout winter, there’s a daily direct connection, the Verbier Express, from Geneva or Geneva Airport, heading straight to Le Châble on weekends and holidays. To catch the Verbier Express, be at Geneva Airport by 7:18 AM or Geneva by 7:29 AM; it reaches Le Châble at 9:39 AM.

Travelers can snag Supersaver tickets for up to a 70% discount on the trip and a 30% discount on a 1-day ski pass for Verbier. For instance, the Genève–Le Châble trip costs CHF 16.80 instead of CHF 55.80, and an adult day ski pass is CHF 58.10 instead of CHF 83.

Although the Verbier Express isn’t as speedy as the fastest train connections, it offers a perk—you won’t need to change trains until Le Châble, especially convenient if you’re carrying your ski gear.

You can find more information about the Verbier Express train on sbb.ch: https://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays/ideas/offer.html/tagesausflug/verbier-express.


How to Travel From Verbier to Geneva by Train

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Usually, there aren’t direct trains from Verbier to Geneva. However, during winter, there’s one daily direct link named the Verbier Express from Verbier.

To travel by train from Verbier to Geneva, you will have to take the following trains:

  1. Take the gondola from Verbier (télécabine) to Le Châble VS.
  2. In Le Châble VS, take the train to Martigny.
  3. In Martigny, take the Interregio train to Geneva (Genève).

You can catch trains from Martigny that head to Geneva Airport.

Throughout winter, there’s a daily direct connection, the Verbier Express, from Le Châble, heading straight to Geneva or Geneva Airport on weekends and holidays. To catch the Verbier Express, be at Le Châble by 5:27 PM; it reaches Geneva at 7:40 PM or Geneva Airport at 7:47 PM.

Travelers can snag Supersaver tickets for up to a 70% discount on the trip and a 30% discount on a 1-day ski pass for Verbier. For instance, the Genève–Le Châble trip costs CHF 16.80 instead of CHF 55.80, and an adult day ski pass is CHF 58.10 instead of CHF 83.

Although the Verbier Express isn’t as speedy as the fastest train connections, it offers a perk—you won’t need to change trains starting from Le Châble, especially convenient if you’re carrying your ski gear.

You can find more information about the Verbier Express train on sbb.ch: https://www.sbb.ch/en/leisure-holidays/ideas/offer.html/tagesausflug/verbier-express.


Is there a direct train from Geneva to Verbier?


At the time of this update (December 2023), there’s only one direct winter train from Geneva to Verbier, known as the Verbier Express. Apart from the Verbier Express, there aren’t any other direct train connections between Geneva and Verbier.

In Martigny, you’ll need to change to a connecting train for Le Châble VS/Verbier and vice versa.


How Long Is the Train Ride From Geneva to Verbier?

The following table shows the train ride duration from Geneva to Verbier or the other way around (updated December 2023):

RouteDuration (fastest)
Geneva – Verbier (télécabine)2 hours 15 minutes
Geneva – Le Châble VS (Verbier Express) – Verbier (télécabine)2 hours 25 minutes
Geneva Airport – Verbier (télécabine)2 hours 29 minutes
Verbier (télécabine) – Geneva2 hours 15 minutes
Verbier (télécabine) – Le Châble VS (Verbier Express) – Geneva2 hours 28 minutes
Verbier (télécabine) – Geneva Airport2 hours 28 minutes

Is the Train Route From Geneva to Verbier Scenic?

Although the trains connecting both places are not panoramic trains unlike Bernina Express, the route from Geneva to Verbier is scenic. From Geneva, you will be treated to fantastic views of Lake Geneva until it reaches Montreux. Even the vineyards around Aigle are quite pretty.


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

Here are the train ticket prices from Geneva to Verbier (updated December 2023):

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Geneva – Verbier (télécabine)62.2031.10
Geneva Airport – Verbier (télécabine)66.2033.10

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 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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