Geneva is located in the west of Switzerland on the French border. An ideal location for both summer and winter getaways, the city is home to the UN and World Health Organisation's International Headquarters, as well as landmarks such as the Jet d'Eau and the Cathédrale St Pierre.
A beautiful place to get outdoors, Geneva is a year round holiday destination, offering a range of pursuits including walking during the warmer summer months and skiing throughout the winter. Set on Lake Geneva, the area offers plenty of opportunity for water sports too - including sailing and windsurfing. Here, you will find sensational surroundings, such as fountains, parks and, of course, the cool, deep waters of the lake.
With Geneva flights from the UK to Geneva International GVA (formerly known as Geneva Cointrin GVA) taking just 1.5 to 2 hours, the city offers the ideal opportunity for a short haul sophisticated getaway. Geneva International Airport is a hub for most of French-speaking Switzerland, offering transport links far and wide.
Geneva International Airport is located just four kilometres from the city centre and is easily accessible and quick to travel to by train or bus. In the France-Vaud-Geneva area, just a single ticket is needed to travel by bus, train or boat with the Unireso public transport network. Pick up a Unireso ticket from Geneva Airport and you'll be granted 80 minutes of free public transport within the Geneva area. There is a ticket machine in the baggage collection area on the Arrivals level.
At peak times, Geneva's airport trains run to and from the city every 12 minutes - and take just six minutes to reach Geneva-Cornavin station in the city centre. Conveniently, there is direct access to the Check In and Arrivals levels from the airport train station.
Buses run from Geneva Cointrin GVA to various locations within the city, every 8 to 15 minutes. You will find bus stops located on the Check In Level, in front of and adjacent to the airport's train station. Free shuttle buses also operate to some of the city's most popular hotels from the Arrivals level. Buses go to the Crowne Plaza Genève, the Holiday Inn Express, Mövenpick Genève, NH Geneva Airport Hotel and the Starling Geneva Hotel and Conference Centre, every 15 to 20 minutes from 5-6am until 11.30pm-midnight.
Taxi fares from Geneva International Airport to the city centre range from CHF 30 to CHF 35. There are about 60 registered taxi ranks within Geneva - some of which can be found at the airport.
Flights to Geneva are more expensive during the summer (April to October) so if you're looking for a cheaper flight, try spring and autumn. In winter, the city is a gateway to the many ski resorts of Switzerland so the airport gets busier at this time of year too. But it is worthwhile booking Geneva flights at any time of year, as the city's appeal is not so much in its weather, but more in its international status and its landmarks.
The stylish streets of Geneva boast an abundance of fine eateries and wine bars, alongside upscale shopping boutiques and hotels. There are more than one thousand restaurants in the city, delivering great diversity in their cuisine, so travellers will find something to suit every palette.
A trip to the old town is a must. This ancient space speaks of times of old, with its maze of gothic, cobblestone streets and the historic Town Hall and Cathedral of St Pierre. The old Town Hall is of historic significance, as here both the Red Cross and the League of Nations were founded.
While you're visiting, take a walk along the Rhone river bank, as it flows into Lake Geneva. The city also has a variety of museums to explore, as well as many green places, such as the Parc des Bastions and the Parc des Eaux Vives. Alternatively, the suburb of Carouge offers a Mediterranean feel within the Weiss City; this area was granted to the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1754 and offers shady squares, trendy bistros and curiosity shops.
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