Travel from Geneva airport to Ouchy Lausanne

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May 24, 2018 - 2:07 PM


I will arrive at Geneva airport on Next Monday and I will then travel to Lausanne and stay at Hotel in Lausanne.

What is the cheapest way for this journey? Are there any pass (My swiss travel pass will start on Tuesday) or ticket for that? Can I use City-ticket for train from geneva airport to Lausanne Gare and take metro from Lausanne Gare to Ouchy-Olympique?

Thank you.


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May 24, 2018 - 3:13 PM in reply to Palie

Hi Palie,

The most direct route to get there is explained on the timetable here: https://www.myswissalp enter Geneva airport to "hotel address" and it will show you schedules and prices (the first fare is for Swiss Half Fare Card holders so double it for the normal price).

It may be possible to find a Super saver ticket for that trip - it would be the cheapest ticket price. No need to buy a rail pass for one day for that one trip. Super Saver tickets are found on the timetable with a % sign beside them. But note you must catch that specific departure time (miss it and you must buy another ticket). Regular tickets are valid for any train that day.

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May 24, 2018 - 5:01 PM in reply to Palie


You are going to be in a country where many things are not cheap, so it is best that you get used to it. I don't know when you are arriving in Geneva, how much baggage you will have and what your plans are for the day of your arrival. However, if you have time you could also get to Lausanne Ouchy by taking a boat on Lake Geneva if you have good weather. The train ride from Geneva to Lausanne is equally scenic, and if you travel this way, I recommend you get a seat on the right side of the train. If you don't you will be constantly looking across the aisle !

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May 27, 2018 - 11:04 PM in reply to Peterli

Geneva - Lausanne railway isn't all that scenic. It doesn't run very close to the lake and it is flat and pretty industrial by the line in many places. Also, the left hand side is better for views - looking up to the Jura mountains

You can't really benefit from a local tariff area pass because Geneva is in Geneva canton, and Lausanne is in Vaud canton.

Last modified on May 27, 2018 - 11:06 PM by 1960man
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May 28, 2018 - 1:30 AM in reply to 1960man

Hi 1960man,

It has been a very long time since I have done the train run between Geneva and Lausanne. To re-acquaint myself with it I watched a number of cab-ride videos of the run and I must agree with you that it isn't that scenic. Not any more ! Watching cab rides doesn't show the view from one side or the other, and much of the run seems to be beside warehouses, commercial buildings, apartment buildings, grafitti covered cement walls, not to mention that a number of sections are running below grade, so the view is even less interesting. There are some sections, particularly from Geneva to Coppet, where one does have nice glimpses to the lake and over to the shore in France. How much of the Jura do you actually see from the train line ? This corridor saw a doubling of passenger traffic between 2000 and 2010 and it is expected to double again by 2030. Over 100,000 passengers per day ! Not a very touristy part of the CFF system. Once one is in Lausanne, the views get much better, whether continuing along the lake or heading up to Lake Neuchâtel and beyond. If our traveler has the time, I hope he goes from Geneva to Lausanne by boat.

The other comment you contributed ("You can't really benefit from a local tariff area pass because Geneva is in Geneva canton, and Lausanne is in Vaud canton.") is directed to our traveler and I hope he sees it..

Cheers !

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