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8 hour layover

by DrNo72

Hi!~ This forum seems very knowledgeable on everything Geneva.. so here are my series of questions...

I am planning a trip in FEB and I may have a 8 hour layover in Geneva Airport.

I wanted to know couple of things before trying this out.
1. is it wise to travel outside of the airport in FEB? too cold?
2. How far/how long does it take to the tourist destination in Geneva?
3. How much cost? public(train/bus)/taxi?
4. Where would you recommend for lunch/sightseeing?

If anybody have any experience in Geneva airport, good or bad, it'd really help as I have not made up my mind to buy this ticket yet.

Thank you~~

Re: 8 hour layover

by K_V_B

1. If you've got a good duffelcoat you'll be fine. Temperatures might be around the freezing point, but lower than that is rare.
2. It's just a few minutes to the city centre by train. Trains run several times per hour.
3. Towards Geneva it's free. In the luggage pickup area there is a ticket vending machine where you can get a free "unireso" ticket valid for 80 minutes on all public transportation in Geneva (including trains). For the way back you will need to buy a ticket, but that only costs a few francs.
4. From the main station take tram 16 direction Moillesullaz and get of at Bel Air (after crossing the river). You'll be at the edge of the old town, where there is enought to see, and plenty of places to eat.

Re: 8 hour layover

by Nairobi75

Hey, was there last week, a litle cold but not freezing, just carry enough warm clothing and gloves. There is train system opearing right from the airport, take this to the Central (Cornavin) Train Station which is just some few minutes away. There you will find lots of restaurants and places to see. You may visit the Manor shopping mail, which has fours floors with a restaurant at the top. Geneva is however not a cheap place, so shopping may not be so much fun.

You can also do a 2 hour city tour, which is organised by Key Tours. Check this for more details :

The tour will take you right across town, from the UN offices to the other side of the lake; it is quiet interesting. The Key Tours Bus is boarded within the town, about 500 yards from the Central Train Station. Just with the Tourist Info offices at the airport for more directions.

Geneva airport is alittle small (compared to say Schiphol) and it may be advisable to visit the town. Train cost from town to the airport is CHF5 (approx USD.5).

Well, that is my two cents worth of advice.


Re: 8 hour layover

by Nairobi75

This might be of some help ...

Travel Tips for Geneva

On Parade

by sandysmith

We saw a big colourful parade on our first visit (June or July). I have no idea what it was all about so if anyone could let me know....
Thanks Dawy......Its Les Fêtes de Genève which takes place every year in end July and beginning August for 10 days.

Geneva is a town of Arts and...

by Diplomat

Geneva is a town of Arts and Culture. Its numerous museums and libraries, the Opera, the Orchestra of the Suisse romande have largely contributed, among others, to its development.

For me, Geneva is a town of Telecommunication Fairs.

Snow sports

by vanessadb

Geneva has many ski resorts nearby to go skiing or snowboarding. The ones in the French Alps are the closest ones, which enables you to go just for the day: Les Contamines, Flaine, Argentiere, and Megeve.

A little further, and thus better for at least an overnight stay are the Swiss Alps. In Vaud you have Leysin, Villars, Les Diablerets, and even further but yet where the best ski resorts are in Valais: Verbier, Crans, Nendaz, etc. If you did not bring your skiing or snowboarding equipment, you can easily rent everything you need in all the resorts or in Geneva itself before you go.

I work for a Swiss company and...

by marca

I work for a Swiss company and I asked many colleages what to see in the Geneva area. Everyone I asked mentioned taking the Ferry to Y'voire in France to eat fish(filet du Perch)!! You can get the ferry from Geneva but we took the train to Nyon and got on a ferry there. Y'voire is a medeival walled town full of tourists. We did enjoy our few hours there, however. Be prepared to eat the local dish 'fillet du perch' which is offered everywhere. At the restaurant we chose by the ferry dock, it was all they had. They give you a generous portion of the fried fish with an gigantic portion of poms frits.

For British sports and live music

by Ritchie_Lionheart about Mr Pickwick Pub

Geneva's first English pub (opened in July 1969) has always been a favourite among Geneva's large British and US community. Live bands on THU-FRI-SAT nights, darts boards, football and rugby on SAT afternoon etc. Drinks are relatively expensive at around CHF 7-10 for a 5 dl pint. Casual but decent


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