Travel Info

Situation of the Léman Express service

All our lines run normally.

Find the timetables by line:

Timetables


 

Works

Work in progress on the Léman Express network; find all the details here:

 

WORKS

 

Lémanis, SBB and SNCF ask passengers to check the online timetables before each journey:

SBB

SNCF


 

As border controls are currently being tightened, we invite travellers to carry identity documents and other relevant forms for entry into the neighbouring country.

 

Take the example of a train “X” from Geneva to Coppet. The train “X” encounters a problem in Versoix: the passengers are kindly asked to leave the train and take the next one. The train “X” will not reach its destination and therefore cannot go back from Coppet as planned: it is cancelled.

The single-track infrastructure on a large part of the Léman Express network imposes certain constraints due to the railway safety. In the example mentioned above, two solutions can be proposed: the provision of a replacement train or the cancellation of a multiple-unit train (running therefore as a single-unit) to avoid the complete cancellation of the train. If those measures help to replace cancelled trains, it cannot however fulfill all the perturbations. To catch up with the delay, one-off operating measures are put in place, such as the cancellation of a train or the non-serving of certain stations, to avoid accentuating the disruption. To adhere to the timetable in complete safety, some trains are therefore cancelled or running in a reduced unit.

One of the main challenges with the Léman Express is to run two different types of trains from two different manufacturers on the same cross-border network, an unprecedented situation in Europe. The Léman Express train fleet is the only one allowed to travel on both the French and Swiss network, but it required some major and complex technical adaptations to operate across the entire network. 

The Léman Express teams are facing a technical and technological challenge in order to operate 240 trains daily, with two completely different railway systems, two different rolling stocks, and procedures specific to each company. This particularly complex Swiss-French concept imposes an adaptation phase that is necessary to take up this technical and technological challenge, unique in Europe.        

Léman Express trains are expected in a multiple-unit configuration during peak hours.

Some trains are running in single-units (shorter trains) in case of a technical issue, in order to maintain the traffic. The single-unit trains are privileged to enable the maintenance centers to deal rapidly with the breakdowns. When all the units are available, the multiple-unit trains (longer trains) are running again. This measure allows to avoid the cancellation of a train, the priority being to respect the schedules in complete safety.


Lémanis, SBB and SNCF, are fully committed to inform passengers and ask them to scrupulously respect the rules currently in force to adress the epidemic.