Geneva, Switzerland, is a beautiful city located on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is a financial and cultural centre that attracts business travellers and holidaymakers alike. Use ebookers to find hotel rooms and air tickets for cheap flights to Geneva, so you can save more money to enjoy more of the city.
Geneva International Airport, officially named GenÃ¨ve AÃ©roport, is located at Route de l'AÃ©roport 21 CH-1218 Grand-Saconnex, about 2.5 miles from the centre of Geneva, and over 50 airlines use its runways to fly to and from the city. Part of the airport, which includes some car-rental pickup counters, is actually located on French soil, but you must clear Swiss customs to exit the airport in most instances.
You can rent a vehicle at the car-rental desks located in the airport. The drive to Geneva is a short one, and the metered taxi fare from the airport to the centre is from 30 to 35 Swiss francs, depending upon the time of day and specific destination. Public transportation options include seven public bus lines that stop at the airport as well as various destinations throughout the city. Since January 2008, the airport has provided free public transport tickets to passengers who arrive at the airport, and these tickets are valid on the bus as well as on the train from the airport railway station to the central GenÃ¨ve-Cornavin station. The train ride takes only 6 minutes at off-peak times and 12 minutes during rush hour. Some hotels operate their own free shuttles.
July and August are the hottest months in Geneva, with highs of 25 to 26Â°C and lows of 13 to 14 degrees. June and September are pleasant, with highs of 23 and 21Â°C and lows of 11 and 12 degrees respectively. July is the sunniest month, whereas December, with highs of 4Â°C and lows of minus 1 degree is the coldest and darkest month. January and February are also cold and dark. Precipitation is steady throughout the year in Geneva, so take an umbrella if you visit in the spring or summer and snow boots if you visit in the winter. July and August are Geneva's peak tourism months.
Many of the tourist attractions of Geneva are located on or near Lake Geneva. The lakefront area is an ideal place for an afternoon or sunset stroll, and the Jet d'Eau fountain shoots water 460 feet into the air. You can even take a boat ride close to the fountain, but the best views of it are from the shore. The Palais des Nations, built as the headquarters of the League of Nations and now used by the United Nations, is located in Ariana Park, and peacocks from the park are often seen near the building itself. The BÃ¢timent des Forces Motrices is an opera house that began as a power plant in 1886. It is an architectural landmark as well as an excellent performance venue. A cable car ride to Mount Saleve is a great way to enjoy breathtaking views of the city of Geneva, and Parc La Grange and the English Garden, as well as the Botanical Gardens and Conservatory, are ideal spots for nature lovers. The Paquis quarter and Carouge are the hip, trendy parts of town, with avant-garde clubs nestled alongside local neighbourhood bars.
Alternatives to peak season in Geneva include April and May, when the weather is pleasant but crowds are thinner. In December and January, Geneva attracts tourists who view the city in its snow-covered beauty before heading out to nearby ski resorts. Geneva is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but avoiding tourist traps such as overpriced chocolate shops in favour of local alternatives such as
Geneva offers nightlife, gourmet cuisine, and shopping along with cultural and historical attractions. When you use ebookers to reserve your cheap flights to Geneva, don't forget to find deals for your hotel and rental car, so you can save time and money and experience more of the unique attractions of the city.
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