Cosmopolitan and ultra-chic Geneva
So prominent, Geneva is often mistaken for Switzerland's capital. Home to luxury jewellers, high-end boutiques and Europe's largest alpine lake, the views of the Mont Blanc Massif are no less than breathtaking.
The period between May and October make the best travel dates, although winters are mild when compared to much of the rest of Switzerland. The Marathon falls in May and in June the Regatta "Bol d'Or" is held. The "Fetes de Geneve" is a summer festival on Lake Geneva that is held in August, with fireworks and other events. On 12th December, the "L'Escalade" commemorates the city's defeat of the Savoyer, with parades, processions and road running activities.
Basic preparatory Geneva tips
Rental cars are ideal for exploring the mountains. Sample the local speciality, the "Longeole", a delicious type of raw sausage while here. Geneva is an expensive city. Restaurant meals in Geneva cost anywhere from 20 CHF and upwards and beer costs around 7.50 CHF. Located very close to France in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, this is the perfect destination for day trips.
Local Geneva transport and hotels
Free public transport tickets, from the Aeroport International de Geneve, to central Geneva, are valid for 80 minutes, with a boarding pass. Get them from machines by baggage reclaim. The train is the fastest way to get to the main station, at Gare Cornavin. The journey takes approximately 7 minutes and tickets cost around 3 CHF. The number 5 bus and trolley bus (Line 10) take around 30 minutes and also cost about 3 CHF. Taxi fares range between 35 to 45 CHF. A free shuttle bus travels to selected hotels. Hostel accommodation starts from approximately 25 CHF per person.
3-star hotels near the train station cost around 135 Swiss Francs and upwards per night. Public transport consists of trams, buses and trolley buses. All visitors staying in hotels, youth hostels and campsites are given the "Geneva Transport Cards", which permit free use of public transport. Charges for other users are around 3 CHF for single fares, and 2 CHF for short journeys. Day passes cost around 8 to 10 CHF and weekly passes cost around 38 CHF. Taxis are costly, although not necessary. Cycling is a good transport option, except in the hilly old town centre. Geneveroule provides free bike hire during the summer. Just provide your ID and a refundable deposit of around 20 CHF.