If there's a difference between the two, what are the differences?
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Green beans, also known as string bean or snap bean in the US are not the same as Runner Beans.
You also have Haricots verts, French for "green beans", also known as French beans, is a variety of green bean that's longer, thinner.
However the main difference between Green beans and Runner beans is shape, Green beans are long and round whereas Runner beans are long and flat.
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Green beans grow as "pole" beans or "bush" beans. One grows on a vine up a pole and the other grows on short bushes.
I didn't know what a runner bean was when I saw your question and suspected it could be a pole bean. I was wrong though. I looked it up.
A runner bean has flowers and black beans inside from what I'm reading.
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