Located at the foot of the Alps on the banks of Lake Geneva, the Swiss city of Geneva is one of Europe's most stunning destinations. Punctuated by the awe-inspiring Jet d'Eau, the city makes for an ideal weekend getaway, whilst its location also serves as the perfect start to an action-packed holiday in the Alps. Discover this enchanting area for yourself and book your cheap flights to Geneva with Flybe today.
Flight frequency: Daily
Currency: CHF (Swiss Franc)
Perfectly balancing modern innovation with nature, Geneva is one of Europe's most unique cities. Attracting tourists from all over the globe to catch a glimpse of its majestic views and enjoy its cultural landmarks, there's something for everyone. A climb to the top of the north tower of St. Pierre's Cathedral will provide you with one of the most extensive views of the city and lake. The cathedral itself is also a sight to behold, and amalgamates a number of architectural styles, resulting in its bold exterior and astonishingly intricate designs on the interior including a 15th century fresco. Thanks to its location at the foot of the Alps, the city is also the perfect place to start a skiing or adventure holiday, with Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, just a short drive away. Whether you're planning a relaxing weekend getaway or a longer alpine break, our travel guide below will tell you all you need to know about the city and surrounding region.
Despite its relatively small size, Geneva is not short of great places to eat. Whether you're looking for a traditional Swiss experience or a slightly more budget-busting affair, you won't have to look far. As a nation famed for their cheese, you shouldn't miss the chance to sample some of the city's famous fondue. Some of the best can be found at the Restaurant La Barillette, where you can enjoy the delicacy over unbeatable views of Geneva and its lake, as long as you make a booking at least a day in advance. The area around the train station is also great for food, with a host of restaurants offering cuisine from all over the globe.
Geneva may be a city steeped in history and full of culture, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to enjoy some world class shopping. The area around La Rue du Marché in the City Centre is ideal for souvenirs including world famous Swiss watches and chocolate. If it's something a little more unique you're after, the Old Town won't disappoint. Its winding alleys and streets provide something new at every turn, with a host of antique shops and museums that are sure to entice any traveller.
A must see thanks to its prominence throughout the city is the Jet d'Eau. One of the largest fountains in the world, this 140 metre high attraction pumps out over 500 litres of water a second and has become an icon of Geneva. No complete without a trip to the nearby mountain range. The intimidating Mont-Saleve is easily reachable by cable car, reaching 1,100 metres in less than five minutes. Climbing, mountain-biking and even paragliding are just some of the sports available at the mountain - not that you'll be paying much attention to what you're doing once you've been mesmerised by the beautiful view from the top.
Whether it’s a business trip to the city or you're heading into the Alps, there are a number of options if you are planning on travelling to or from Geneva Airport.
IATA code: GVA
Name: Geneva Airport
Address: Route de l'Aéroport 21, 1215 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 717 71 11
If you are flying from Geneva and wish to take your own car, there's plenty of parking so there is no need to pre-book. The airport's website also has a 'car park calculator' so you can find out how much you'll have to pay in advance.
The airport is connected by train to the centre of Geneva. Just one ticket is needed to travel by train, bus or boat in the city so there are plenty of options available for your onward journey. The airport's railway station can be accessed from the Check-in and Arrival levels and a journey to Geneva-Cornavin (the city centre station) takes just six minutes, with regular trains running throughout the day. If you are taking one of our cheap flights to Geneva for a ski holiday in either Switzerland or France, you may need to travel to your chosen resort from Geneva-Cornavin.
There are also dedicated taxi ranks at the airport and there is no need to book in advance as there are always plenty available. A typical taxi into Geneva from the airport will cost around 30 to 35 Swiss Francs.
If you are flying to Geneva and would like to hire a car in order to explore this picturesque region, there are a number of car hire companies which have offices at the airport. You can hire a car in either the Swiss sector or the French sector, depending on your needs, but if you hire from one sector and return it to the other, you may be charged a fee. There is no need to book prior to travel but if you make arrangements in advance, you could save money.