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How to Get Around by Public Transportation

 The City of Geneva actively participates in developing the public transport network to ensure that it meets the needs of the inhabitants as closely as possible:

  • it adapts the city’s roads to public transport, paying particular attention to making stops accessible to people with reduced mobility;
  • it contributes to funding certain lines (line 35);
  • it subsidises the Noctambus service (night service on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight);
  • it participates in the projects and studies of the public transport master plan.

Un train du en gare sous-terraine de Champel

Trains and RER lines

Léman Express - CEVA

The Léman Express operates on the CEVA line (Cornavin–Eaux-Vives–Annemasse line) connecting 45 stations across a distance of 230 km. Tickets and passes UNIRESO are valid.


The regional express network (RER) serves the surrounding municipalities, in particular on the northern shore, from Versoix to la Plaine, with a “Tout Genève” unireso travel ticket.

CFF lines

Outside the regional network, the train offers a quick means of travel between Geneva and other Swiss cities. The City of Geneva provides its inhabitants with CFF Municipal Saver Day Pass.

Timetablesprices and information relating to the trains can be found on the CFF website.

Subvention TPG

Buses and trams

A large number of bus and tram lines managed by Transports publics genevois (TPG) allow users to travel around the entire territory.


On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Noctambus service operates between the city centre and the surrounding areas from midnight to 5 a.m.

People with a disability

TPG has taken measures to facilitate access to buses and trams for travellers with a disability. All vehicles are accessible to people with reduced mobility or wheelchair. A pictogram on the information boards indicates whether the vehicles are adapted. Working in collaboration with Foyer Handicap, TPG also offers a “mobility for all” accompaniment service.

Blind and visually impaired people can obtain a card authorising them to travel freely and free of charge on the entire local public transport network. This identity card can be obtained from the Fondation pour le bien des aveugles (foundation for the welfare of the blind).

Mobility allowance for young people

The City of Geneva grants young people aged between 6 and 24 resident in the municipality with an allowance of CHF 100 to obtain an annual “Tout Genève” unireso junior pass or Léman pass. More information

Un bateau “mouette” passe devant l’ile Rousseau.

Mouettes and excursion boats

The Mouettes genevoises operate shuttle services on the lake which are part of the TPG network (accessible with a unireso travel ticket), connecting one shore with the other.

The Compagnie générale de navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN) offers excursions around the entire lake. The City of Geneva provides its inhabitants with CGN day passes at reduced rates.


  1. Apps/Convenient Cards
    1. Mytripnavi Offline map & travel guide
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Travel guide maps

Geneva Airport / Aéroport international de Genève


  1. Departure and Arrival Flights
    1. Departure flight information https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Vols/Informations/Departs
    2. Arriving flights https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Vols/Informations/Arrivees
    3. Airlines and terminals https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Contacts/Compagnies-aeriennes
  2. Transit guide-Connecting flights
  3. Getting to the Airport https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Acces-Transports/Transports-publics-aeroport
  4. Airport map & apps https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Acces-Transports/Plan/Plan-du-Terminal-1
  5. Transfer between terminals
  6. Shop, Dine, Relax and do more
    1. Dining https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Shopping/Restaurants-bars/Tous-les-restaurants-et-bars
    2. Shop https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Shopping/Commerces/Tous-les-commerces
    3. Duty Free/Tax Free https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Shopping/Services/Banques-change-poste/detaxe-objets https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Shopping/Commerces/Duty-Free
  7. Facilities and Services
    1. Lounges, hotels and spas https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Preparation-voyage/Salons-Premiere-Business https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Preparation-voyage/Informations-et-hebergement/Hotels-a-proximite-de-l-Aeroport https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/reserver-service/PackVip
    2. Taxi
    3. Rideshare and Rental Car https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Acces-Transports/Location-voitures/Suisse https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Acces-Transports/Voituriers-(1)/Service-officiel-de-voituriers
    4. Parkin https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/eservices/Parkings
    5. Baggage Claim/Damage/Lost
    6. Fast Track
    7. Priority Lane https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/reserver-service/Priority-Lane
    8. Pick up and Drop Off
    9. Lost and Found https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Preparation-voyage/Demarches-administratives/Objets-perdus
    10. Banking, Currency Exchange, ATM https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Shopping/Services/Banques-change-poste
    11. Promotions
    12. Health Services https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Shopping/Commerces/pharmacie-et-beaute
    13. Traveling with Kids
    14. Traveling with Pets/Animals
    15. Prayer room
    16. Other Services/Accessibility https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Preparation-voyage/PMR/Preparer-voyage
    17. Useful contacts https://www.gva.ch/en/Site/Passagers/Shopping/Services/Tous-les-services

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Swiss foods/gourmet/gastronomy you must try

Famous food top 5

  1. Fondue Fromage/Käsefondue: cheese fondue. Fondue is a Swiss melted cheese and wine dish served in a communal pot over a portable stove heated with a candle or spirit lamp, and eaten by dipping bread into the cheese using long-stemmed forks.
  2. Capuns: Capuns is a traditional food from the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland, predominantly made in the eastern part. They are made from Spätzle dough with pieces of dried meat, such as Bündnerfleisch and/or Salsiz, and rolled in a chard leaf.
  3. Bündnerfleisch: Bündnerfleisch, also known as Bindenfleisch, Grisons Meat or Viande des Grisons, is an air-dried meat that is produced in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. Bundnerfleisch is a traditional Swiss dried and smoked beef top round. It is originally was produced in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. During curing process meat is pressed with the purpose to get rig of residual moisture - it is how meat get it’s square shape.
  4. Zürcher Geschnetzeltes/Züri-Gschnätzlets:(German for “sliced meat Zürich style”, Züri-Gschnätzlets in Zürich German, émincé de veau à la zurichoise in French) is prepared with veal, white wine, cream, meat broth and mushrooms.
  5. Raclette: The name of the dish comes from the French verb racler, ’to scrape’. It refers to both the type of cheese and the dish it is served with, is a Swiss dish consisting of cheese melted over a fire and then scraped onto bread or boiled potatoes.

Famous Sweets

  1. Engadiner Nusstorte: The Bündner Nusstorte, also known as Engadiner Nusstorte, is a traditional sweet, caramelised nut-filled pastry from canton Graubünden in Switzerland. The modern filled Nusstorte was first widely available in the 1960s though it was invented in the 1920s.
  2. Meringues: Meringue is a type of dessert or candy, of French origin, traditionally made from whipped egg whites and sugar, and occasionally an acidic ingredient such as lemon, vinegar, or cream of tartar. A binding agent such as salt, flour or gelatin may also be added to the eggs.

Famous Drinks

Rivella: Rivella is a soft drink from Switzerland, created by Robert Barth in 1952, which is produced from milk whey, and therefore includes ingredients such as lactose, lactic acid and minerals.

Swiss food trivia

  • Sehr fein/Délicieux means “It’s delicious”
  • Swiss is famous of its cheese. 20kg/person/year more than any other european countries.
  • Swiss is also famous for its chocolate, and origin of Lindt

Other famous foods

  1. Schaffhausen Bölletünne: Bölletünne is a traditional Swiss savory pie originating from Schaffhausen.
  2. Älplermagronen: Älplermagronen derives its name from the word “Älpler” meaning Alp or mountain and “magronen” meaning (elbow) macaroni or macaroni.
  3. Torta di Pane: Torta paesana is a cake of the lombard cuisine, notably from Brianza. Its main ingredients are stale bread, milk and cocoa, often enriched with biscuits, Amaretti di Saronno, sugar, pine seeds, raisins, candied orange and citron and aromatized with anise.
  4. Rösti: Rösti or rööschti is a Swiss dish consisting mainly of potatoes, sautéed or shallow-fried in a pan. It was originally a breakfast dish, commonly eaten by farmers in the canton of Bern, but is now eaten all over Switzerland and around the world. The French name röstis bernois directly refers to the dish’s origins.
  5. Bircher Muesli: It was introduced around 1900 by Bircher-Benner for patients in his hospital, where a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables was an essential part of therapy.
  6. Zopf: Zopf or Züpfe is a type of Swiss, Austrian, and German bread made from white flour, milk, eggs, butter and yeast. The zopf is typically brushed with egg yolk, egg wash, or milk before baking, lending it its golden crust. It is baked in the form of a plait and traditionally eaten on Sunday mornings.