Are you looking for a cosmopolitan city that's full of surprises? Then why not travel from London to Geneva. On the one hand, the city hosts international diplomats and banking executives; and on the other, you have the snow-capped mountains and its sparkling namesake lake. There is something for everyone on a London to Geneva adventure. Quaint cobbled streets echo with the clatter of plates, cutlery and chatter from its famous cafés. It's a perfect city to explore at any time of the year, with a steady stream of skiers and snowboarders heading for the snowy-flanked Alps in winter.
Geneva might be laden with the expensive trappings of a city full of diplomats and big business, but it's still a good option for a budget getaway. The cheapest time to travel from London to Geneva is September. The city's buzzing café culture is still in full swing, and it's still warm enough for a dip in the lake. As a business-focused city, Geneva bucks the usual weekly trend, as it's actually cheaper to spend the weekend there. Book your flights at least 60 days ahead to secure the cheapest deals.
Those London Geneva flights departing from Gatwick Airport (LGW) probably have the best combination of choice and price. The airport is well connected by road, both to the M23 at Junction 9 and the A23 London-Brighton Road. Alternatively, simply hop on the train at London Victoria or catch an express coach service from central London.
Just 90 minutes after jetting off from London Gatwick and you’ll be touching down in this picturesque city and be breathing in the cool mountain air. Choose from several London Geneva flights courtesy of easyJet from Gatwick's North Terminal. Or, for a more business-like flight experience, head to Heathrow (LHR) for full-service flights aboard national carriers, British Airways or Swiss International Air Lines.
As you might expect in the land of Swiss efficiency, your transfer to centre will run like clockwork. Geneva Airport (GVA) is just three miles from the city and is served by trains running every five minutes. What’s more, you can get a free Unireso card that offers free public transport for up to 80 minutes at the airport upon arrival – plenty of time to hop on a bus or train without spending a single Swiss Franc. A taxi ride to the hotel can be short and sweet too, but the fare will cost you, with fares averaging CHF 30.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Geneva, such as enjoying the delights of a boat cruise on Lake Geneva, exploring the wide variety of museums and devouring the infinite supply of chocolate from the many artisan chocolate shops. All this is imbued with a quirkiness that is unique to Geneva, like the watery drama of the Jet d'Eau. The Jet d’Eau is Geneva's gigantic lake-fountain that shoots up a sky-high column of water 140 metres into the air – a soaring delight that you'll be able to enjoy from just about every vantage point in the city.
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