All the gen on flights to Geneva
Glittering on the lake like the jewels in a Swiss watch and flanked by the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Alps, your first glimpse of Geneva will bring out the goose bumps as you prepare for landing at Geneva Airport. The city’s ever-changing international population brings a cosmopolitan vibe that gives it the edge over its more sedate Swiss neighbours. Bespoke shopping and upscale dining attract their fair share of high-rollers, but not all flights to Geneva are business class – there’s plenty of fun to be had at street level too.
When’s the best time of year to book cheap flights to Geneva?
In Geneva there’s no low season – it’s a year-round playground with an unquenchable work ethic. Conventions and fairs are ten a penny, while visitors to the headquarters of prestigious international institutions keep the hotels and restaurants on their toes in winter and summer. The city’s plethora of upmarket shops turn on the festive charm at Christmas, while in late spring the lake comes alive with boat trips and al fresco dining. With such a high demand, it pays to shop around for the best choice of cheap tickets to Geneva – book as far ahead as possible to get more bang for your buck.
Where can I catch return flights to Geneva from?
You’ll spot the unmistakable orange tail fins of EasyJet lined up on the tarmac of Geneva Airport at all hours of the day and night. The popular low-cost carrier offers frequent direct flights in under 2 hours from a number of UK airports, including Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and London Luton. Brussels Airlines operates a service from Birmingham Airport, while British Airways flies the flag on its regular route to Geneva from London Heathrow.
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What’s the easiest way to get from the airport to Geneva city centre?
Visitors to Geneva are put at ease the moment they hit arrivals. The airport is less than 3 miles from the city centre, so if time is tight a taxi ride won’t break the bank, especially if there’s a group of you – expect to pay around €40 door to door. Buses depart from the terminal roughly every 10 minutes, or you can hop on a train for a speedy transfer time of around 15 minutes to the heart of the action. You can pick up a free ticket valid for 60 minutes on either service from the vending machines located just before you go through customs.
Even if your reason for flying to Geneva is work related, it doesn’t mean fun has to take a back seat! Fabulous shopping, mouthwatering French cuisine and some of the country’s coolest clubs will help you chill at the end of a long day of meetings. Blow away the cobwebs with a stimulating run along the lakeshore, or seek tranquillity under the shady awning of a pavement café. And if that’s not temptation enough, don’t forget that Switzerland is the home of chocolate!
Geneva When to Go
Geneva is a hub of activity throughout the year and is easily accessed by train from other great European cities such as Barcelona, Milan, Paris, and Hamburg. France is literally just a ferry ride across the lake, plus the city is served by a growing number of low-cost airlines from throughout Europe.
The months of June, July, and August are high season here, when long summer days offer warmer temperatures and beautiful views of Mont Blanc and the Alps beyond. Lake Geneva is a hive of outdoor activity, with sailing, windsurfing, and boat tours available. Summer music festivals also abound, including the citywide (and simply named) Music Festival in June. Geneva is also a busy gateway during the annual Montreux Jazz Festival, held on the opposite shore of Lake Geneva in late June and early July.
The spring and fall months of April, May, October, and November bring fewer people to the city and better deals. However, check to make sure resorts are open, since some shut down during the shoulder seasons. The weather is fairly mild, but pack an umbrella or rain jacket for occasional showers.
The city slows somewhat during winter, although the lower temps don’t dissuade locals from celebrating the city’s most heralded festival, the annual Escalade. This fête, held December 11–12, commemorates the successful battle against the Duke of Savoy to retain independence and features costumed revelers thronging the streets of Geneva’s Old Town quarter. This uniquely local festival is one of the best to experience in Switzerland. Public and private guided Escalade tours are offered in English before the festival for a more immersive experience. Since ski-related travel through this Alpine gateway hits its peak from January through March, plan to book hotel reservations at least a month in advance.
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