Tips and tricks to help you find cheap flights from London Gatwick to Geneva
Useful information about the flight from London Gatwick to Geneva
Geneva - Switzerland's second largest city
This dynamic city is home to a mix of green parks, modern boutiques, a multitude of international organisations and historic attractions. Geneva is encircled by the Alps and the Jura mountain ranges, which makes it an ideal location for winter sports.
Best of Geneva - climate and festivals
The best time to travel to Geneva is during the height of summer, which is July and August. However, for those visiting the area to enjoy winter sporting activities, the best time is from December until the end of April. There is a variety of events in the city throughout the year. In May is museum night, when visitors can wander around the best of Geneva's museums until 4 am. The 10-day Geneva Festival takes place during July and August. The festival includes vibrant street parades, bustling markets, spectacular firework displays, live music and fairground rides. In November and December is the Christmas Festival, which includes specialist Christmas markets, open air ice rinks, and a swimming competition.
Handy information before travelling to Geneva
The most convenient mode of transport for getting to the mountains is by hire car. Geneva has a distinct cuisine, and there are many local specialities such as the Longeole sausage. The cost of living in Geneva tends to be quite high. Expect to pay at least 20 CHF for a meal out at a restaurant and approximately 7.50 CHF for a beer. French is the main language spoken in Geneva; however, many locals also speak German and Italian.
Transport and accommodation in Geneva
Free public transport is available from the Aéroport International de Genève to the city centre. A ticket can be obtained from the machines by the luggage reclaim area, and this must be used within 80 minutes. It takes around 7 minutes to travel from the airport to the main station via train, and about 30 minutes by Bus Line 5 and Trolley Bus Line 10. Taxis from the airport to the city centre cost from around 35 CHF. Some hotels provide free shuttle buses. Expect to pay from 25 CHF per person, per night for cheap hostel accommodation. A room in a 3-star hotel costs from about 135 CHF per night. For getting about the city, there are trams, buses and trolley buses. Guests at hotel, youth hostels and campsites are provided with a transport card that entitles the holder to free travel. Otherwise, single fares cost about 3 CHF and a day pass from 8 CHF. Taxis are generally not necessary and also tend to be quite expensive. During the summer months, free bike hire is also available.