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Lake Geneva Airport to Thonon-les-Bains

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Lake Geneva Airport to Thonon-les-Bains

I am flying into Lake Geneva Airport from USA in late Novemner 2012 and wanting to go directly to Thonon-les-Bains.

I have read some posts on here and checked the links mentioned and even translated them to English and I am having no luck understanding it.

Could someone tell me the easiest way from the airport to do this and back a few days later. I am open to bus, train etc.....

I will have Euro with me and I am feeling like Woody Allen with anxiety starting already ahahahha....

What are options that you would recommend?

I am willing to pay more if it is a bit complicated.


Thanks so much...........

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1. Re: Lake Geneva Airport to Thonon-les-Bains

Hello I was love to know if you have any information for me regarding the same trip, Im searching for a simple way from the airport in Geneva to geneva to Thonon-les-Bains. Thankyou

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2. Re: Lake Geneva Airport to Thonon-les-Bains

You can take the train but have to change twice and it takes about 2 hours. For the timetable and details have a look on http://www.voyages-sncf.com/.

You can also go buy boat, which is a lot quicker. Information on here: http://www.cgn.ch/en-gb/accueil.aspx

By bus www.sat-autocars.com/module_horaire.aspx from the bus station.

For a taxi transfer try http://www.findtransfers.com/default.asp or http://www.taxi-thonon.com/

To get into the centre of Geneva you can get a free train ticket inside the baggage reclaim area.

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3. Re: Lake Geneva Airport to Thonon-les-Bains

The fastest and cheapest way is to get your free Geneva transport card in the airport, then take a train to Cornavin (Geneva's central railway station). From there walk 200 metres towards the lake. You will pass a huge post office and tourism office on your left (they are very helpful in English if you want more information, maps etc) keep walking towards the lake and behind the church on your left in the next block you will find a bus terminal called Gare Routier. Purchase a ticket here for Thonon-les-Bains (12 CHF). The bus will take you from there directly to the centre of Thonon (Place des arts - approximately 1 hour). Bus timetables can be found here: www.sat-autocars.com/module_horaire.aspx (note: earliest is 6:40am latest is 20:00 - timetable changes for winter - Saturday and Sunday are very limited, only 3 or so departures per day). Hope that helps :)

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4. Re: Lake Geneva Airport to Thonon-les-Bains

The train option involves 2 changes. too messy. Lucky to get there within 2 hours, more like 3 hours on average.

Boat is not practical from Geneva to Thonon, especially in winter. No sailings. Most sailings are from Lausanne to Thonon; not from Geneva.

You can look at the bus option. Pretty easy. http://transdevhautesavoie.com/fr

then look for the Evian-Geneve ligne (Thonon is just before Evian). Fine week-days, limited on Saturdays, nothing on Sundays. Buses leave from closeby the Geneva train station. Getting there from the airport is easy if you don't have too much luggage.

Otherwise you can pre-book (before your flight) a French Taxi (Swiss taxis from the airport would cost you more than double) or airport shuttle. Re. the airport shuttle, make sure you book one that's actually French based, not one of those booking services located anywhere. Prices currently range from EUR 25 (shared) to EUR 90 (private). If travelling with children, reduced mobility, luggage or simply want to make your life easy (you are on holidays) then that's the way to go.

BTW. If you want to rent a car from Geneva airport, rent it from the French side - it's a lot cheaper. The only drawback is that you probably won't get the Swiss motorway sticker and in winter you probably won't get the snow tyres.

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5. Re: Lake Geneva Airport to Thonon-les-Bains


This thread has been dead since September 2013. Why did you dig it up after all that time?

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6. Re: Lake Geneva Airport to Thonon-les-Bains

Although an old thread information above is still useful now, 2017

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