Getting Around Geneva
The best way to get around Geneva is on foot -- the city is a small six square miles and is easily navigated. But if the weather takes a turn for the worst, the public transit system is still an affordable option. If you're coming into Geneva International Airport (GVA), be sure to grab your free Unireso ticket from the yellow machine by the baggage claim -- it will get you into downtown Geneva via train or bus in less than 10 minutes.
|On Foot||Geneva is very walker-friendly. When you take into account the beautiful scenery, the cost (free!), and all the exercise you'll get, it really is the best way to get around.|
The city offers transportation through the Transport Publics Genevois (TPG), an expansive and timely system of buses, trolleys and trams. Pricing is determined by zones, but most of Geneva is contained within zone 10, a 3 CHF cost (about $3.10 USD). Tickets can be purchased at the central train station or at ticket machines found at TPG stops.
Les Mouettes -- which means "the seagulls" in French -- are yellow shuttle boats that scuttle across Lake Geneva, from Rive Droit (Right Bank) to Rive Gauche (Left Bank), just about every 10 minutes. Tickets cost 2 CHF and are available at the ticket machines stationed by the boat bays.
|Taxi||The drivers are polite and keep their vehicles clean, but the prices are exorbitant. Fares start at about 7 CHF (around $7.20 USD) with an additional 3 CHF (or $3.10 USD) for every kilometer traveled, depending on whether you travel in the day or at night. If you must take a taxi, wait at the taxi stands marked on the pavement in yellow.|
Entry & Exit Requirements
A valid passport is required for citizens of the United States traveling from outside the mainland, as well as for U.S. citizens trying to re-enter the country. A visa is not required unless you plan to stay longer than 90 days. Visit the U.S. State Department's website for the latest information on foreign entry and exit requirements.