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Cheap Flights to Geneva

Located right in the heart of Europe, the second largest city in Switzerland offers plenty of sleek cosmopolitan opportunities for Canadian francophones and anglophones alike. French is Geneva's main language, but German, Italian, and Romansh are also official options. About 25% of residents speak English. A rare breed of cities, the municipality of Geneva contains half the population of Zurich (under 200,000 residents) and sits right at the southern tip of Lac Léman, also known as Lake Geneva.

The ancient city's roots predate the second century BC, and the hillside neighborhoods overlooking the Rhône's shores hum with local grit and attitude. Deeper within the city limits, however, Geneva is known for its banks, chocolates, watches, affluent living, shopping, and hotels. Those who can afford the luxury often find a trip to Geneva quickly evolves into the vacation of a lifetime.

Landing at Geneva Airport 

Geneva Airport (GVA) is one of Europe's top-rated airports. Almost 16 million passengers have been served via two terminals. Money exchange, free Wi-Fi, restaurants, snack shops, hairdressers, showers, and porter service are just some of the available amenities. Just 4 km outside of the city centre, it's easily accessed by taxi, uber, business limousine, rental cars, bus, or rail. Typical taxi service runs around CHF30 ($39.45 CAD).

Many local hotels provide free shuttle service to and from the airport. Buses run neighborhood routes throughout Geneva. But those looking to head right into the city centre will find rail is the quickest option at only a seven-minute trip. All passengers arriving at Geneva Airport are permitted up to 80 minutes of free public transportation.

What to See and Do in Geneva

Arctic winter winds and winter snow coverage make Geneva a ski haven for the entire family. But if you're tired of the cold weather, there are plenty of other options. Jet d'Eau is the world's largest fountain spraying up to 140 metres. Swing by the European Headquarters of the United Nations to the gilded murals of humanity's struggle for peace. Saint Peter's Cathedral dates back to 1160 and is free to tour. Admission to the tower, however, costs up to 3.00CHF ($4 CAD).

Visit the Reformation Wall, Place Neuve, or Plainpalais Cemetery to dive into Geneva's rich history and culture. Head out to the Plaine de Plainpalais on Saturday mornings to dive into Switzerland's biggest flea market. And science enthusiasts must tour the CERN. The Large Hadron Collider is closed to the public while operating, but for true knowledge lovers, the lab and its impressive components alone are worth the trip to Geneva.

Geneva Travel Tips

Come to Geneva prepared to celebrate life and have an itinerary handy. Off-season times (July and August) are often the best choices for visiting. Summer weather averages between 24 and 26.5 °C, but June tends to be especially rainy. Plan accordingly and enjoy Switzerland's sweet spot.

 

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