Top Tips for Travelling to Geneva and on into Switzerland
There are a large
number of budget airline flights flying into Geneva with carriers such as easyJet.
Geneva airport is just a short distance from the city and you can pick up a
free travel ticket into the town from the machines just before you exit
arrivals. There is also an excellent direct train service from the airport to
the rest of the country.
One idea is to buy
a Swiss Travel Passes before you go which will provide you with travel all over
Switzerland with plenty of other discounts.
have to be an expensive place to eat, look out for lunch deals in the larger
department stores. Also, in Geneva some of the colleges provide lunch time meals
to visitors. Soup is a popular at lunchtimes.
An excellent spot to
catch the sun and a reasonably priced meal is the Bains des Paquis opposite the
Jet d’Eau. I have spent many delightful hours sunning myself, enjoying a drink
or having a meal overlooking the lake.
Remember that if
you are staying in a hotel in Geneva, then ask for your free travel pass which
gives you travel on the small ferries, trams, trains and buses in the city.
Take the bus using your free pass to the end of the E line, walk down to the
lake and enjoy a drink or snack in the café next to the small caravan site.
The Valais is a delightful
part of Switzerland and accessible from Geneva so if you get a chance go to the
finals of the fighting cows of Switzerland held in the village of Aproz usually
in May. It is an amazing event and very Swiss.
If you are going
to stay for any length of time in Switzerland, then try to find a half board
deal as this will probably be much more cost effective than eating out all the
You will find the buses
and train timetables are co-ordinated, so you will usually get to your destination
Bern, the capital
of Switzerland, should be on any list of places to see. After exploring the
historic arcades take a walk to the bridge at the end of Main Street.
You will usually
find someone in Switzerland who speaks English, especially if you ask someone
in their twenties or thirties.
Swiss cheese is
exceptional and a visit to Gruyeres is well worth the effort. Raclette and
fondues are still very popular. Also dig deep and spoil yourself with a coffee
and cake in one of the many delightful coffee shops.
Look out for
locally advertised musical events, some of these may include food and will give
you a chance to meet the locals.
Zurich is an easy city
to get around and has the advantage of a river and lake. Try to get to the Freitag
shop. Talk to any Swiss person and they will often have a bag, wallet or purse
made from recycled lorry covers. They may be pricey, but they have a unique international
reputation for quality.
The carnivals held
throughout Switzerland are well worth visiting. Good locations include Zurich
and Lucerne. Held around February or early March they are great fun and very
Some of the most spectacular
scenery can be found high up in the mountains. Cable cars and funicular railways
can sometimes be very expensive but try the local post buses which often travel
between high altitude villages and give a really good insight into life outside