Geneva transportation information. Getting there by train, car, flight.
Swiss International Air Lines serves Geneva’s Geneva-Cointrin Airport more often than any other airline, as well as offers the best local connections, between Geneva and Zurich, Bern, Lugano, plus flights from several European capitals. Other international airlines with flights to Geneva include Air France with ten flights daily from Paris and British Airways with fourteen flights each day from London.
To get into the downtown of Geneva, there’s a train station connected to the air terminal with trains departing on about 8 - 20 minutes for the short seven minutes trip.
Geneva’s Chemins de Fer Fédéraux(CFF) railway station in the city downtown is Gare Cornavin, with a small tourist office branch at the railway station as well.
Additionally, the Lausanne-Geneva railroad line is extended to Cointrin Airport and a second train station was built there with both long distance and intercity trains.
From Lausanne, take southwest on N1 to the very end of southwestern part of the country.
By Lake Steamer
There are frequent arrivals by Swiss lake steamer, each day and year-round from Montreux, Vevey, and Lausanne.
Walking is the cheapest and most practical form to explore Geneva, as well as the most advantageous from a tourist’s point of view.
However, if speed is the aim, one may avail of the public transportation system, which is reasonably priced and completely dependable. Most of Geneva's public tram and bus lines start from the central place Cornavin in front of the railway station. From there one can get bus F or #8 to the Palais des Nations. Driving is not recommended in the city due to the difficult parking and the numerous one-way streets, which make navigation complicated. However, it is not such a bad idea if you wish to tour Lake Geneva, and the surroundings of the city by car.
For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!