Travel tips when visiting Geneva
Sometimes the simplest travel tips can make all the difference to a holiday. Use the following hints and tips when visiting Geneva.
Book in advance: Geneva’s popularity as a conference destination means hotels and restaurants fill up quickly, especially during major events. If possible, book accommodation and make reservations at restaurants at least four months in advance.
Walk in Geneva: Geneva has a great public transport system, but you might not need or want to use it all that often. The city covers a mere 15.5 square kilometres, so it’s easily walkable for pedestrians who are looking to stretch their legs, but there’s also great public transport too if you’re tired from all the sight-seeing.
Purchase a Geneva City Pass: If you’re planning to visit numerous attractions, such as the Patek Philippe Museum and Mont Salève, and to join various city tours, consider purchasing a Geneva Pass. The passes are valid for between one and three days, and cost between 26 and 45 Swiss Francs. The pass offers free or discounted entry to 55 attractions and other things to do in Geneva. Three-day passes also offer free access to public transport.
Ask your hotel for your Geneva Transport Card: All hotels, campgrounds, and hostels are obliged to give guests a Geneva Transport Card when they check in. The card offers free travel on public transport.
Choose trams for convenience: If you don’t want to walk somewhere, take a tram, if possible. Trams are the most convenient form of public transport, as buses and water taxis are usually slower. If you’re staying at Fraser Suites Geneva, you’re conveniently near to Geneva Cornavin Train Station which makes getting around on public transport even easier.
Best time to visit Geneva
If you want to experience Geneva at its best, travel during the small peak season of July and August, as the weather is perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities. Of course, this means paying more than you would at other times of the year and dealing with crowds of other tourists.
You can avoid high summer prices and crowds and still find plenty of things to do in Geneva by travelling during the shoulder seasons of September through November or May and June. If you want to go skiing, travel between December and April, bearing in mind that Christmas and Easter are popular holidays that attract crowds and higher prices.