GETTING READY

BACKGROUND INFORMATION


Geneva is the second biggest city in Switzerland. It is the smallest metropolis in the world, with just 185 000 inhabitants. It is a bright and cosmopolitan city (about 40% of the population are foreigners). Geneva's center and symbol is Jet d'Eau fountain.

The main difference between Geneva and other european cities is its “internationalism”. More than 50 international organizations are located in Geneva: the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund , the Red Cross, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and many others. One of the most influential organization is the United Nations (UN).

Transport accessibility


Walking

You can explore the old town on foot. Visit the English garden with its famous Floral clock, go to the Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and then stroll down the picturesque Bastion Park.

Tram / Bus ~ 3 CHF

Geneva has a wide tram network that is the city's fastest public transport. Tickets can be purchased at special vending machines at most of the stops. Tickets are valid for both trams and buses.

How to get to Geneva?


Geneva Airport (GVA), also known as Cointrin Airport, is located 4 km northwest of the city centre. One of its runways has a length of 3900m which makes it the longest runway in the country. The airport annually serves more than 12 million passengers.

How to get to Geneva from the airport? You can take a train that leaves the railway station every 10 or 15 minutes and operates from 5 am until almost midnight. It takes 5-8 minutes to get to Geneva-Cornavin railway station, which is the central one in Geneva, from the airport. You can get to the historic center by tram, bus or on foot. There is also a bus stop near the the airport. Buses arrive in each 10 or 15 minutes.

Geneva's public transport system is well developed, it embodies trams, trolleybuses and buses. The management is implemented by Transport Publics Genevois. There are special Noctambus buses that ply on Friday and Saturday nights. The indexing of these buses starts with an “N”.

13 minutes is the average time to get to the center of Geneva.

Where to buy cheap airline tickets?


Skyscanner is one of the largest search engines for airline tickets, hotels and car rentals. It also makes sense to compare prices with Aviasales and other websites to find the best price.

Where to live: hotels, apartments and villas


Booking.com is the leading service provider in the field of booking. There is a good program called “Genius” for those who travel a lot.

Airbnb.com is the service for booking apartments, villas, palaces, etc. It is an intermediary between the traveler and the dwelling owner. You can economize or find an excellent authentic housing (for instance, an apartment with a good view in the center at the price of the hotel on the city outskirts).

Trivago.com is a meta-search service that compares hotel prices online and finds the most suitable housing conditions.

How to prepare for the trip?


Foursquare is a technology company that uses site research to provide high quality customer service and effective solutions for business.

Tripadvisor is a tourist social network that allows users to leave feedback on hotels, write reviews about attractions, restaurants, cafes, excursions and organizing companies.

Car rentals and taxis


Rentalcars is an international car booking system. Using this system you can rent a vehicle and search for car rental services worldwide.

Uber is an international taxi service that covers 500 cities around the world. It is reliable, convenient and often much cheaper. A card binding is required.

Kiwitaxi is a taxi service widespread in 65 countries. It is perfectly suitable, if you do not know the language and if you are traveling with children or a large company. The driver can meet you with a sign at the airport.