Practical Geneva

Practical information for internationals living in Geneva.

Transport & Mobility:

Public transport

Have you just arrived in Geneva and are wondering how best to get around?

Swiss public transport is renowned for its schedule reliability rate of 90%. In Geneva, public transport is also very efficient and offers an extensive network.

Transports publics genevois (tpg) operate buses and trams, providing 64 different lines across the city and extending into neighboring France.

An “All Geneva” ticket covering zone 10 will take you through the city. Payment can be made at ticket machines, by SMS, cash, credit cards or with a “tpgPay” contactless card.

The Noctambus and the Léman Express (see below) have extended services on Friday and Saturday evenings, so you can enjoy a late night!

The unireso network covers all modes of public transport for Geneva, including the famous ” Genevoise gulls ” – the yellow shuttle boats, allowing you to cross the lake with your bus ticket.

An assistance service for people with reduced mobility is available.

Good to know :

People visiting Geneva and staying in hotels, youth hostels or campsites can travel for free on public transport in zone 10 for the duration of their stay with the Geneva Transport Card.

Discounted day pass
Most municipalities offer a limited number of day passes or discounted day tickets valid for a whole day on most public transport in Switzerland. The cost is around CHF 40 – 45 per day pass. Check with your local municipality.

In the canton of Vaud, the Mobilis network covers all major public transport operators.

The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB / CFF / FFS) is the largest railway company in Switzerland.

The main stations:

The new Léman Express train, a joint Franco-Swiss initiative, covers a cross-border network of 230 km. Express rail links link Coppet and Geneva in Switzerland to Bellegarde, Annecy, Evian and St Gervais in France. A Léman Pass ticket is required to travel in French areas.

An assistance service for people with reduced mobility is available.

Geneva is a pleasant city for getting around on foot, by scooter or by bike. As rush-hour traffic is heavy, using footpaths and cycle paths is often quicker.

Cycling traffic rules

Wearing a helmet is recommended for bicycles and compulsory for electric bicycles, above 25 km / h.

Daytime use of lights on electric bikes is mandatory since April 1st 2022.

The Touring Club Suisse (TCS) provides practical information on electric bikes.

Bike loan, rental and parking

The bus station for coaches is located “Place Dorsière”, and serves a large number of European cities as well as many destinations in neighboring France but also to ski resorts (Lyon, Grenoble, Megève, Chamonix, Thonon, Evian … ).

Geneva International Airport offers a network of around a hundred destinations around the world. Its great advantage is its proximity to the city center: 5 kilometers. A railway line allows you to reach the city center in just 7 minutes.

An assistance service for people with reduced mobility is available.

Taxis can be ordered by telephone, hailed in the street or at the approximately 60 parking lots in town, at the airport and at stations.

Fares between the airport and the city vary from 35 CHF to 45 CHF and depend on the density of traffic, the time and the number of passengers and luggage.

Some taxi companies in Geneva: Taxi-phone , Geneva-Taxi , Taxi Reservation .

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