Geneva to Verbier Train: All You Need To Know

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 definitely recommend traveling by train between Geneva and Verbier.

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Associated with the 4 Vallées ski area, Verbier is in 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 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.

Getting tickets from RailEurope is definitely a convenient option if you’re traveling within Europe and/or visiting multiple countries. A global leader in train tickets and passes, RailEurope is headquartered in Paris, France. A Swiss Pass and a Half Fare Discount Card can also be obtained from RailEurope.

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Using the Swiss Pass, you can travel on Swiss trains, buses, boats, and more. Over 500 museums are also free or discounted, and there are free or discounted excursions to mountain summits.


How To Get From Geneva To Verbier by Train

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There is no direct train from Geneva to Verbier.

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).

The travel time from Geneva to Verbier is 2 hours and 25 minutes. There are also trains that go to Martigny from Geneva Airport.


How to Travel From Verbier to Geneva by Train

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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).

The travel time from Verbier to Geneva is 2 hours and 19 minutes to 2 hours and 25 minutes. There are also trains that go from Martigny to Geneva Airport.


Is there a direct train from Geneva to Verbier?

As of the time of writing (November 2022), there are no direct trains from Geneva to 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:

RouteDuration (fastest)
Geneva – Verbier (télécabine)2 hours 19 minutes
Verbier (télécabine) – Geneva2 hours 19 minutes
Geneva Airport – Verbier (télécabine)2 hours 29 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?

As of the time of writing (November 2022), here are the train ticket prices from Geneva to Verbier:

RouteFull Fare (CHF)Half Fare (CHF)
Geneva – Verbier (télécabine)59.2029.60
Geneva Airport – Verbier (télécabine)65.2031.60

As you can see, if you avail of the Half Fare Travel Card, you can definitely save on your fare for long train journeys. So this is definitely 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.