Route Planners for Geneva
Going from A to B by public transport? These are the 3 ways to find the best connection. If you are traveling by car, see navigation section.
Geneva Public Transport (Unireso) route planner
Easy official tool to plan Your journey by TPG - Geneva's public transport, from one stop to another. Calculates connection using bus, tram, lake boat or train.
If You don't know the stop name, from the drop down menu choose option "City, Street no" and enter the street name.
In simple menu You can choose date and time of either departure or arrival.
Extended menu allows You to chose types of vehicles You want to use, including bus, tram, different types of trains and lake boats. Another options include limiting the number of transfers, increasing the time for transfer, limit the waiting time and only look for a connection with carriage of bicycle (which might dramaticly reduce the results).
Public transport connection search: http://tpg.hafas.de/hafas/tp/query.exe/en (eng, fr)
With tpg app you can see in the real time when is the next tram or bus coming to your stop, as well as search for connection or read traffic info.
SBB Train journey planner
Find train connection among any of 2 train stations (cities) in Switzerland and whole Europe at the official website of Swiss Federal Railways, Chemins de fer fédéraux suisses - CFF (also called SBB in german and FFS in italian language).
Geneva's main train station, from where all of the trains starts is Gare Cornavin. There is also direct train connection to Geneva Airport. All trains starting from Geneva Airport are stopping at Gare Cornavin.
Train connection search: http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html (eng, fr, it, de)
Trains in Switzerland are considered expensive. Buying ticket online or getting half-fare card for CHF 185 per year might save you some money.
Google map Directions tool
Good tool for quick finding the best available route from A to B is by searching 'Directions' on Google maps. Either type the addresses or right click on the map and chose option 'From here' or 'To here'.
Transport options You can choose: car, public transport, walk, bicycle or even plane.
Google directions tool also includes searching across whole Geneva's public transport.
Google maps application for smartphones provides the same function. You can download the maps to your smartphone and use it even without internet access, but in offline mode, only navigation for car works.
Bus schedules from Geneva
Many bus companies operate from Geneva bus station - Gare Routiere. Bus companies Ouibus, Flixbus, Student Agency and Eurolines are connecting Geneva with France (Lyon, Dijon, Paris, Chamonix, Megève...), Italy (Milano, Rome...) and countless other destinations all across Europe.
Perfect website to share ride or offer ride between cities such as from Geneva to Annecy, is blablacar.com. Rates are usually much cheaper than trains, while frequency among popular destinations is high.