Geneva, a culturally rich and beautiful city
Nestled by the southern banks of Lake Geneva and framed by the Alps, Geneva offers travellers a wonderful way to experience both the natural beauty and modern culture of Switzerland, and it is one of the most advanced and culturally rich cities in the world.
Best of Geneva
The best time to see Geneva is from May to October during the warmer months, however the city's winters are relatively mild for Switzerland. There are also many special events and occasions held throughout the year, starting with the city's annual marathon in May. In June is the nautical festival, the Regatta "Bol d'Or". August sees the summer festival of "Fêtes de Genève" that has a grand firework display, and on the 12th of December the city commemorates the defeat of The Duke of Savoy with the "L'Escalade" festival, which includes parades, road running, special processions and more.
Before you travel, language and tips
Before you travel it is important to note that Geneva is considered amongst the most expensive cities in the world and it is heavily influenced by French culture, with most of the citizens speaking French. Its close proximity to France also means that it is ideally situated for day trips into the neighbouring country. The city also has many beautiful natural areas to visit around the Alps, so you should arrange a car to fully enjoy all the picturesque views and alpine roads.
Local Geneva information, airport and transport
The Aéroport International de Genève is situated in the centre of the city and you can get free public transport tickets near the baggage reclaim, however they are only valid with boarding passes for around 80 minutes. The train is the fastest way to travel and without a free public transport ticket this will cost around 3 CHF from the airport to the main Gare Cornavin station. Bus and trolley lines cost the same as the train, but are slower. Some hotels offer a free shuttle bus service between airport and hotel. Taxis fares are quite high, with an average trip costing about 35-45 CHF. Hotel, youth hostel and campsite guests are given a "Geneva Transport Card", and this allows free use of public transport. Bike hire requires ID and a refundable deposit of around 20 CHF. Cycling around the city is safe and easy, and offers a nice way to enjoy the surrounding countryside.