Geneva ’s airport is a major European hub with direct links on 40 different carriers. The airport features a business center, world class shopping and top flight arrival services including a range of transportation options.
Geneva is easily conquered on foot but there are a number of transportation options when you need it. Car driving is not preferred in the city due to the limited and expensive nature of parking. During the rush hours (mornings and evenings), traffic jams occur.
Local Bus: The bus system covers virtually every square meter of the city and is highly efficient. Tickets can be bought at the machines next to most stops or at newspaper stands. Prices vary according to the number of zones crossed and duration of validity. Be aware that ticket machines take only coins and do not give change. Tickets are checked randomly by roving controllers commonly known as the “Green Jackets.” See www.tpg.ch for routes and schedules.
Lake Boats: Part of the local TPG system includes ferry shuttles connecting the right and left banks of the city. The service operates year round during daylight hours and is a cheap way to see the city from a new perspective. Departures every 10-30 minutes. CHF 2.00 for adults.
Intercity Bus: The central bus station, Gare Routiere, located at Place Dorciere is the primary departure point for destinations within and outside of Switzerland. See Gare Routiere departures for a full list of destinations and schedules. Gare Routiere is also the meeting point for many guided excursions including city bus tours, day trips to nearby towns, and round trip ski bus tours. www.keytours.ch is the primary tour operator in the city.
Bicycles: Free bicycles are available with deposit behind Gare Cornavin and at Quai du Mont-Blanc near the Bains des Paquis. The steep slopes of the Old Town and lack of bike paths in the city are a deterrent for most cyclists, but the paths along the lake are excellent.
Train: The central train station, Gare Cornavin is a beehive of activity with rail links to the airport and just about anywhere else you can think of. New arrivals should beware of pickpockets in and around the station. The suburban Eaux-Vives train station on the outskirts of the city is convenient for local residents traveling to France. Check www.sbb.ch/en/index.htm for destinations and timetables.