Among European cities, Geneva is one of the best connected by low-cost airlines. Altogether, there are more than a hundred direct daily flights landing in Geneva connecting it to European capitals and important cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Madrid and Lisbon.
Geneva’s international airport is located in the NW of town, 4 km from Geneva city center and very well connected to the city center.
Flight information: 0900 57 15 00
Transfer time by public transport to the city center is approximately 15-20 minutes. Upon arrival at Geneva International Airport, you can benefit from a 80 minutes free ticket for a ride to the place of your accommodation. The ticket machine is in the luggage retrieval hall. To reach the city center from airport:
- Bus line No 5, direction Thônex-Vallard: travel time approximately 20 minutes; get off at stop Gare Cornavin. Frequency: approx. every 10 minutes.
- Train SBB: every train departing from Geneva airport stops at Cornavin station. Travel time approximately: 6 minutes; get off at stop Gare Cornavin. Frequency: approx. every 10 minutes.
- Taxi to the city center will take about 20 minutes, and cost approx. CHF 35.00
For further information about airport network, please visit the website of GVA Airport.
If you arrive at Zürich Airport, you can reach Geneva either by train (approx. 3 hours) or book a domestic flight (approx. 45 min).
Switzerland’s rail network meets the highest European standards. Thanks to its central location, Geneva is easily accessible by train, e.g. Paris (3h30min) or Milan (3h50min). Cornavin station is the central station in the heart of the city with a non-stop connection to Geneva airport (6 min).
Switzerland’s national rail network keeps Geneva connected to the rest of Switzerland as well as Europe. For further information, please consult the SBB website.
From Cornavin station, the best way to reach the congress venue is by public transport. You will find the platforms just in front of the station building, trams are leaving approximately every 5 minutes.
Thanks to the highly efficient road network throughout Switzerland and Europe, Geneva is easily accessible by car. Arriving from the direction of Zürich you can reach Geneva via the A1 motorway.
Please note that a motorway sticker, “vignette”, is compulsory to drive on motorways and semi-highways. Valid for 1 year, the vignette costs CHF 40.00 and is on sale at post offices, petrol stations and customs offices. Read more.
Zürich: 279 km
Paris: 541 km
Munich: 588 km
Unireso stands for a group of 7 transportation companies in Geneva and its region. The circuits represent more than 450 kilometers in Geneva and into the near vicinities of the canton Vaud and France. With one ticket, you have the possibility to benefit of the whole network (buses, trams, boats, etc.).
Unireso tickets and day passes must be purchased before boarding the vehicle from one of the automatic vending machines located at the stops.
A valid ticket must always be carried during the journey and presented in the event of a control. Fares are CHF 3.50 for one hour public transport in Geneva, or CHF 2.00 for a “saut de puce” (max. 3 stops or 1 transfer by boat, “Mouettes Genevoises”).
FREE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
As of January 1st 2007, all visitors staying at a hotel, youth hostel or camping site in Geneva can benefit from the Geneva Transport Card, available free of charge.
This personal and non-transferable pass is established upon the visitor’s check-in at the hotel of his choice, enabling its holder to use the entire Geneva public transport network without restriction network (UNIRESO: bus and tram (TPG), train (SBB) and boats (“Mouettes Genevoises”). It is valid for the entire duration of the stay including the departure day. Furthermore, on the arrival floor at the airport, visitors can retrieve their free 80-minute ticket from a ticket machine in the luggage retrieval hall.
For more information please visit tpg website.