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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2016
Train to Zermatt  (3 Answers)

I am taking the train from the Geneva to Zermatt. The Switzerland train website indicates that luggage needs to be dropped off at the Geneva, Switzerland train station the night before. Am I reading that correctly?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2016
public transportation in Geneva to Versoix  (2 Answers)

I will be in Geneva for a week , My office is located at Versoix. Whether the Transport Card provided by my hotel can be used for train travel from gare de cornavin to versoix

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2016
Transportation from the Airport Train Station to the Hotel Rotary Geneva  (2 Answers)

We arrive at the train station from Basel on August 17th around noon with luggage. I'm thinking the best way to get to Hotel Rotary on Rue Du Cendrier is by taxi. Does anyone know the approximate cost of the taxi trip or have a better idea for transport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2016
Mont Saleve  (1 Answer)

How is Mont Saleve to climb? I know there are cable cars available but fancy the challenge. Also wondering what it's like to cycle up and down for a novice cyclist?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2016
Accommodation  (1 Answer)

Can anyone recommend somewhere decent and good value for money to stay in Geneva? Preferably a good hostel or b&b. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2015
Palais des Nations - visiting hours  (1 Answer)

I checked the official website and below is what I found for a visit in December.
I am slightly confused as when I tried to book this online - it seem there is option for tour every hour.
Any idea how this works?

I am planning a visit on Monday as I will be flying off Tuesday and don't want to miss it.
How long does the tour takes and are we allowed to go on our own after the tour?

When can you visit the Palais des Nations?
From September to March, we are open on weekdays (Monday to Friday) as follows:
Mornings: 10 a.m. to 12 noon (tours start at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon)
Afternoons: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (tours start at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2015
Day trip in Geneva (fly in Geneva airport)  (5 Answers)

I am flying in Geneva early morning, and thought of doing a full day tour in Geneva before heading to Lausanne / Montreaux. I have a few questions!

1) Transport from airport - I read that there is free transport ticket at the luggage hall out of Geneva airport (within 80 min ride) - is this valid for trip to Geneva only or actually that can be used for transfer to Lausanne / Montreaux directly from airport too?

2) I would like to visit the Palais de Nations and have checked out tour times - do I need to book the tour in advance (November visit) or can I just walk in and do the tour on the spot for the timings mentioned?

3) Is it advisable to stay for the night in Geneva or Lausanne / Montreaux? I intend to visit the Château de Chillon the next morning. =) I am aware trains run till late from Geneva to Lausanne / Montreaux, am more concerned about where to leave luggage if I were to do a day trip in Geneva and then head to Lausanne / Montreaux for overnight stay.

4) Within the day, I intend to see Old Town, visit Palais de Nations, see the Botanical Flower walk (I read CERN is closed for renovation). Is there anything I missed and is recommended? Any good spots for panoramic photos of Geneva?

Thank you! =)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2015
Can I see Mont Blanc from Geneva?  (4 Answers)

I'm travelling to Switzerland for a month in September. I am hoping to see as many Mountains as possible on my trip. I get to spend a day in Geneva and I want very much to see Mont Blanc but I don't have time on the tour to do a separate day trip to Mont Blanc. Can you tell me if I can see Mont Blanc and where is the best place to see the mountain.
Any replies would be wonderful. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2015
Can I make an 11 minute transfer?  (5 Answers)

I am traveling from Florence to Paris and the shortest option is through Geneva - but the transfer is only 11 minutes. I am not familiar with this train station. Is that enough time to transfer onto the high-speed train?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2015
From French sector to Swiss Railway station at Airport  (3 Answers)

We will rent a car in France and drive to Geneva. To avoid international one way fare we would like to drop the car off at the French sector of the airport. Can we go to the Swiss sector to catch a train to Berne? I read the officials FAQ and studied the maps but do not come to an answer. They only describe the reverse case.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2015
In Transit at Geneve Cointrin  (5 Answers)

Hi Geneva, We have 5 hours in transit at Geneve Cointrin Airport, arriving 4.30pm-9.35pm departure, Would it be possible/viable/worthwhile to leave the airport and do a quick city overview ?? If so where would you recommend and which mode of transport would you suggest ? Your help appreciated Ed

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2015
Geneva Airport to Interlaken  (4 Answers)

Flying tomorrow to Geneva. Can I take a train on May 1st from the Geneva Airport to Interlaken in the morning then transfer to Murren? Or do I have to go into Geneva to pick up a train. Mu internet connection here in Slovakia is having a difficulty picking up the Swiss Rail site. Many thanks fellow VTers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 05, 2015
clothing advice  (3 Answers)

i am from the caribbean and used to warmth. i am to travel to Geneva in May, what types of clothes should i pack?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2015
Holiday in Switzerland & Heidelberg, Germany  (6 Answers)

My family (2 seniors, 2 adults, 2 kids) will be arriving in Frankfurt airport from Malaysia on 30 May early morning. We plan to take a direct train from Frankfurt to Geneva on the same day.

My queries are as follows:-

1. Is it cheaper and better to buy the DB bahn tickets for Frankfurt - Geneva or use the swiss pass?

2. We will be staying in Geneva from 30 May - 3 June (4 nights). We plan to buy the 8 day swiss pass.

Then after that, we will be going to Grindelwald for 5 nights.

We will leave Grindelwald early morning on 8 June (maybe make a stop in Spiez) to Heidelberg.

Should I use the swiss pass from Grindelwald to Basel, then buy a train ticket to Heidelberg. If I buy SBB, do I get a discount (with my swiss pass) for Basel-Heidelberg.

Or should I not use the swiss pass and instead buy a direct train ticket? This is because on our last day, we won't have much time to visit museums and do much.

Sorry, I'm a bit confused .

Thanks so much for your help!

Warmest Regards.

Elaine & family

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2014
Looking for China Town in or close to Geneva, Switzerland  (1 Answer)

Good morning,
Looking for China town in Geneva or close to? Any tip to share?
Thank you per advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2014
Best things to see/do in Geneva in 5 hours?  (2 Answers)

We will be driving to Geneva to catch an evening flight in January. We'll have between 3-5 hours to explore. Any suggestions? (No cruises or tourist tours) Any cool attractions, places to eat, beautiful scenic areas?
My husband is into science and history. How is the CERN? I'm more into the artsy stuff. Unique shops or collections in the area worth mentioning?

Thank you in advance for any advice/suggestions!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 15, 2014
Fete de l'Escalade

We have planed a couple of days in Geneva from 12 to 14 December to attend the City fest. We wish to see the march of the Compagnie de 1602 and the exercice with the long pikes. I do not find any website supplying the program of the fest.
Could you provide us this information or the address of the site ?
Many thanks in advance

Nous avons organisé un court séjour à Genève du 12 au 14 décembre pour assister aux fêtes de la ville. Nous voulons surtout voir le défilé de la Compagnie de 1602 et leur manœuvre avec les longues piques. Je n'ai trouvé aucun programme des festivités ni aucun site qui le fournisse.
Pourriez-vous nous communiquer cette information ou l'adresse d'un site dédié à cet événement ?
Merci par avance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2014
mobile options  (4 Answers)

what are the mobile options for someone that will live in Geneva for 12 months?
1)is it better to buy a local sim card or make a contract?
2)cost of each option?
3)any special offers? (free phones in europe etc)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 12, 2014
Help on 14/08/2014

Need a place to place to stay this Thursday. Will be arriving by plane at 9pm. Can any kind person give me a room for one night?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2014
information on parking  (8 Answers)

no parking facility in hotel. where do we park car?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2014
Rainy day in Geneva with teenagers  (2 Answers)

What can you do in Geneva on a rainy day? Need to entertain 2 teenagers and have already done bowling and the cinema!!! Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2014
clermont to geneva confusion  (4 Answers)

I found out on sncf about a train on 5th july 2014 that goes from clermont ferrand to geneva. I needed your advice if i should book this because it has just a 10 minute stop in the last connection of bus. I have a baby,stroller,4 big suitcases that can be dragged and we are a couple. I was thinking what if train gets late(do trains get late). My big confusion is if i Should book or not...It arrives at SAINT JULIEN EN GENEVOIS at 12h29 and departs via bus 12h40. Just 10 mins(what if train gets late). Please help. the train itenary below. If you know any other cheap way of travelling to geneva(espcially wit luggage and baby) do suggest. The below option cost me 86E approx.

06h26 FROM (STATION) :CLERMONT FERRAND- No seat reservation required
Arrivée à :08h56 A la gare de :LYON PART DIEU
Departing at :10h38 FROM (STATION) :LYON PART DIEU
Arrivée à :12h29 A la gare de :SAINT JULIEN EN GENEVOIS
Departing at :12h40 From (station) :SAINT JULIEN EN GENEVOIS TRANSPORTEUR : CAR
Arrivée à :13h10 A la gare de :GENEVA CORNAVIN

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2014


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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2014
Train travel to Interlaken  (7 Answers)

I will be landing at Geneva Airport and proceeding to Interlaken. Is there any direct train from Geneva to Interlaken (without changing trains in between)? I have a family rail pass. In case if I have to change trains, please suggest a route with minimum transfers.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 20, 2014
Places to visit with family(with kids) in Geneva  (1 Answer)

Hi Friends.
I am visiting Geneva with my family in coming week.
Please enlist places (within small budget) where we should visit keeping in mind that kids d'nt like to walk.
Is it suitable to buy Geneva Travel pass/card or weekly travel pass???
Note: My hotel not providing the free pass as its located in french side of Geneva.
thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2014
Geneva Attraction and cheap travel Advice PLZ  (1 Answer)

Hi. Me and my family with 2 kids (1yr and 3yrs old) visiting Gene for 4 days.
Please advice me places to visit and cheap way of travel.
Our stay is in Switzerland-French border (Chemin de Colovrex Ferney Voltaire, 01210 France ).
Thanking you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2014
Free Transport Pass  (3 Answers)

Hi. I am visiting Geneva this month. I have booked hotel France (French side of Geneva (Chemin de Colovrex Ferney Voltaire, 01210 France )).
Still I am entitle to receive free transport pass??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2014
New Year 2014/2015  (3 Answers)

Border Swiss-France: What is the best place (city) to stay in December 31 ?
Around Geneve and/or some french cities in the border.
Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 31, 2014
Yvoire daytrip  (14 Answers)

What is the best way to go to Yvoire from Geneva. We want to do a daytrip, but still have to go to Annecy the afternoon.

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