Genève-Cornavin railway station

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Central pass-through railway station
Gare de Cornavin, entrée principale.jpg
The main (south) entrance to the station building
Other names Gare de Genève-Cornavin (not used anymore by CFF)
Location Place de Cornavin
CH-1201 Geneva, GE
Coordinates 46°12′37″N 6°08′33″E / 46.21028°N 6.14250°E / 46.21028; 6.14250Coordinates: 46°12′37″N 6°08′33″E / 46.21028°N 6.14250°E / 46.21028; 6.14250
Elevation 385 m (1,263 ft)
Owned by SBB CFF FFS (Swiss Federal Railways)
Operated by
  • SNCF
Platforms 4
Tracks 8 (French: Voie)
Connections unireso / tpg: Gare Cornavin, Lyon, Chantepoulet
tpg tram lines 14, 15, and 18
tpg trolley bus lines 3, 6, 10, and 19; tpg urban bus lines 1, 5, 8, 9, and 25; tpg suburban bus line V; unireso international bus lines F and Z; and temporary tpg direct bus line 61 between Gare Cornavin and French Annemasse Gare
Up to 7 non-stop trains every hour to/from Genève-Aéroport in 0:07h, tpg bus lines no. 5 and 10 in c. 0:30h
Structure type elevated
Depth +2
Platform levels 1 (3 passenger levels)
Parking none
Bicycle facilities openair, covered, secured (garage á vélo)
Architect 1931: Julien Flegenheimer
Other information
Fare zone unireso: 10
Website La gare de Genève
Opened 1858 (1858)
Rebuilt 1931 (1931), 2010-2014 (2010-2014) (reconstruction)
Passengers (2014) 70,700 per working day
Rank 10 of 1735
Genève-Cornavin (Switzerland)

Genève (preliminary also known as French: Gare de Genève-Cornavin) is Geneva's main railway station, located in the centre of the city. The immediate area surrounding it is known as Cornavin; both names can be used interchangeably to refer to each other.

The station has over 230 train arrivals and departures every day, 4 ticket counters and 6 ticket machines. The number of ticket counters and ticket machines has changed after the renovations in 2011, as well as a customs office for international trains to France and beyond. There are only 8 platforms which makes it relatively small compared, for example, to Zurich's 26 platforms.

Platforms 7 and 8 have French and Swiss border controls. Long distance and regional express trains leave for France without making any stops in Switzerland. Another reason to separate these tracks are the different electrical standards of the relevant railway system on either side: The French system uses 25 kV at 50 Hz AC whereas Swiss system uses 15 kV AC at 16.7 Hz.

The station connects to one Swiss main line, known as the Jura foot railway line (Olten - Genève-Aéroport), which links the city with the rest of Switzerland to the east. Many long distance trains from this line continue to and terminate at Geneva Airport railway station, 6 minutes ride away. There is also significant traffic to France, westwards along the Lyon-Geneva line, which for the first few km runs as a single track line alongside the double track line to the airport. Traffic to France includes long distance TGVs to Paris and Southern France, regional trains to Lyon via Bellegarde. Cornavin is also the hub of a growing RER network, with two routes in service, Bellegarde/La Plaine to Cornavin and Coppet to Lancy - Pont-Rouge. The CEVA plans to connect the spur leading to Lancy - Pont-Rouge to the Eaux-Vives station and thus create a line from Cornavin to Annemasse.


The facilities at the station include a police station, cash machines, cafés, bars, food stands, a bakery, a supermarket (Aperto), newsagents, a media shop (CityDisc), a cybercafe, kiosks, underground car park, an underground shopping arcade, toilets and showers, and luggage lockers.

Nearby area features[edit]

Located directly outside the station are bus and tram stops for Transports Publics Genevois services to all over Geneva city, its canton and nearby French locales, a taxi rank, banks, cash machines, post offices, hotels, cinemas, jewellers, book shops, money exchange services, restaurants, bars, and fast food restaurants.

In popular culture[edit]

The station entrance and a platform was seen in The Adventures of Tintin comic The Calculus Affair (1956).

Planned extension of the railway station[edit]

The Swiss Federal Railways announced they would extend the railway station by constructing two new railway tracks. The station needs extending due to the planned increase in traffic over the coming years. The initial project cost 800 million Swiss francs and involved the demolition of 350 dwellings next to the station. A second project supported by residents of the neighborhood plan to build the two new tracks under the station with a total cost around 1.7 billion Swiss francs.[1]

The Swiss Federal Rail plans for the new extension to be completed by 2025.[2]

In April 2013, an initiative was launched to claim the extension under the station by the "Collectif 500" a neighborhood association.[3]

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • High speed services (TGV) Paris - Bellegarde - Geneva
  • High speed services (TGV) Nice - Marseille - Lyon - Bellegarde - Geneva
  • Intercity services ICN Geneva - Neuchâtel - Biel/Bienne - Basel
  • Intercity services ICN Geneva - Neuchâtel - Biel/Bienne - Olten - Zurich - St Gallen
  • Regional services IR Geneva - Lausanne - Montreux - Martigny - Visp - Brig
  • Regional services IR Geneva - Lausanne - Fribourg - Bern - Lucerne
  • Regional services (TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) Lyon - Ambérieu - Bellegarde - Geneva
  • Regional services (TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) Valence - Grenoble - Chambéry - Bellegarde - Geneva
  • Local services (TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) Bellegarde - La Plaine - Geneva
  • Local services RE Geneva - Nyon - Renens - Lausanne - Vevey
  • Local services RE Geneva - Nyon - Renens - Lausanne - Romont
  • Local services R Geneva - Versoix - Coppet
  • Local services R La Plaine - Geneva
Preceding station   SBB-CFF-FFS   Following station
toward Basel SBB
toward St. Gallen
toward Brig
Terminus SBB-CFF-FFS
toward Luzern
Terminus SBB-CFF-FFS
toward Vevey
Terminus SBB-CFF-FFS
toward Vevey
Terminus SBB-CFF-FFS
toward Coppet
toward La Plaine
SBB-CFF-FFS Terminus
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
toward Paris-Lyon
TGV Terminus
toward Nice-Ville
TGV Terminus
TGV Terminus
Terminus TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 2
TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 3 Terminus
toward Bellegarde
TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 34 Terminus
Terminus TER Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 51
toward Chambéry


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