Getting to Geneva
There are excellent flight connections to Geneva. Several airlines provide direct flights to Geneva from all over Europe as well as from countries outside Europe. The airport is located at 4 km from Geneva city centre. It can be easily reached by train or by bus using the public transport network, Unireso (www.unireso.com). Tourist information can be obtained at the information counter in the arrival hall of the airport.
More people use the train in Switzerland than in any other country in the world. Geneva has excellent connections within the European railway network. The Swiss SBB/CFF connects Geneva to all neighbouring countries. Geneva Cornavin train station is right in the heart of the city. See the Swiss Railway company website for more information (www.cff.ch).
Free Public Transport
On the arrival floor at the airport, visitors can retrieve a free public transport ticket from the ticket machine in the luggage retrieval hall (see photo).
This Unireso ticket, offered by Genève Aéroport, allows you to use public transport in Geneva for free for 80 minutes. It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva city centre by train, leaving approximately every 12 minutes from the airport. There is direct access to the airport railway station from the airport Check-in and Arrival levels.
All trains stop at Geneva-Cornavin station (city centre). Several urban buses stop approximately every 8-15 minutes at the airport (bus stops at the Check-in level, in front of or beside the train station).
Guests of a hotel, a youth hostel or a Geneva campsite receive the Geneva Transport Card. It entitles them to free public transportation during their stay.
All roads lead to Geneva, it is at the crossroads of the European motorway network. The N1 motorway alongside Lake Geneva circles the city and also leads straight into the centre. At the French border in Bardonnex, it joins the A40 towards Lyon and Paris, or Chamonix and Italy.
Buses and Tramway
The buses and trams around Geneva run from about 05h00 – 24h00. Depending on the line, additional night buses and trams are scheduled after 24h00 on weekends. If you are staying at a hotel in Geneva, you will be receiving a free public transportation ticket, valid for the duration of your stay.
If you arrive by plane, do not forget to take a free ticket (valid for 80 minutes for zones 10 and 11) in the baggage claim area.
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