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The charm of Geneva

Flights to Geneva reveal a rare European gem that combines modern, metropolitan sophistication with the relaxing vibe of a countryside escape.

Guests flying into Geneva are welcomed by the Jet d’Eau – a giant fountain creating a sun-kissed light show sparkling across the iconic lake.

aerial view of geneva with lake geneva in the background

A centre point for European progress, Geneva has been a home of the United Nations since 1966 and is now the base for CERN, the 21st century’s most exciting research project. Book a two-hour walking tour to see these wonders for yourself.

This cosmopolitan city is famed for its meticulous watchmakers, indulgent chocolatiers, and an unparalleled international outlook.

Across the city you’ll discover a host of boutique-style cafes and fine dining experiences, serving up delicious Swiss food like raclette, fondue and rosti.

End your day with a stroll along the stunning northern lakeshore promenade.

Book plane tickets to Geneva today for an enriching stay in this charming city.

What's the weather like in Geneva?

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Average temperatures of 20°C and long, sunny days make Geneva a delightful summer destination in July and August. May to September see pleasant temperatures for exploring the city on foot.

Wrap up warm if you book flights to Geneva in winter. Take a boat cruise across Lake Geneva on a bright day to witness the full splendour of the snow-topped Swiss Alps rising across the horizon.

Reasons to visit Geneva

the palais de justice in geneva

Take a trip back in time

Resting in the heart of the charming Old Town quarter sits the Place du Bourg-de-Four – Geneva’s oldest and most authentic square. This is where you’ll find remains of the Ancient Roman marketplace dating back to the 9th century.

As you stroll through these historic streets lined with classical architecture, you’ll stumble across towering statues, ornate fountains and the Palais de Justice, home to law courts since 1860. When you’ve seen it all, join the locals in the quaint bistros that spill onto the cobbled streets for the perfect outdoor dining experience.

flowers mountains and jetty on swiss riviera of lake geneva switzerland

See Geneva's star attraction

Any guest who flies to the city will be greeted by Lake Geneva – the centrepiece
attraction and an area of stunning natural beauty. Combined with the mountain-top
backdrop and the lush green parks, the lake gives this city much of its laid-back charm,
providing a peaceful oasis close to the metropolitan bustle of central Geneva.

Take a boat trip to one of the many lakeside towns or opt for a relaxing cruise on the
paddle steamers. You’ll also get a chance to meet a few more of the locals by getting up
close to the many beautiful swans that call Lake Geneva home.

front detail of geneva art museum

Experience a city of culture

Geneva has a rich heritage when it comes to culture, housing a variety of museums and
galleries. The Geneva Musée d’Art et d’Histoire is one of Switzerland’s largest and is home to some exceptional collections. Everything from Greek and Roman treasures, to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean artefacts, are on display here.

Thanks to donations from private collectors, you’ll also get to witness the full glory of the European Master painters of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Switzerland is famous for its chocolate too. As well as many places to buy the very best if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll find places that take you behind the scenes to see how it’s made.

Things to know before you fly to Geneva

plane Airport transfers

Geneva Airport (GVA) is located just 2.5 miles from the centre. Book a transfer with Etihad ahead of time, and head straight for your hotel. Guests that fly to Geneva Airport can receive a free ticket for the public transport system. Print your tickets at the airport, then enjoy a complimentary trip via the bus, train or tram.

bus Getting around

Geneva has one of the world’s most efficient and well-maintained public transport
infrastructures. With your ticket in-hand, jump on any of the interconnected services,
including trams, trains and buses. You can also take a short seafaring trip on the Mouettes – yellow transport boats that ferry travellers around the city.

globe Language

Switzerland has four official languages. Depending on where you stay in Geneva, you’ll hear people speaking French, German, Italian and Romansh. French is the official language, although you’ll hear plenty of English during your travels through the city.

accommodation Where to stay in Geneva

Central Geneva is the ideal place for tourists and business travellers. The city has fast
transport links to the airport and excellent public transport connections that are easy to navigate. You’ll also find the best choice of restaurants and retail districts for Swiss brands.

Flying to Geneva: FAQs

When are the main public holidays in Geneva?

Public holidays are a big deal in Switzerland. The most important date of the year is Swiss National Day on 1st August. Practically all shops and businesses shut for the day. Public services are also limited, so plan journeys well in advance.

What currency is used in Geneva?

Switzerland’s currency is the Swiss franc (CHF). Many restaurants and cafes will also accept euros (EUR), although they’ll only give change in Swiss francs.

How long should I stay in Geneva?

You can see most of what Geneva has to offer over a long weekend, especially if you arrive with an itinerary in mind. However, a longer stay will let you travel around the rest of Switzerland, visit the Alps and try your hand at winter sports such as skiing.

Why we love Geneva

“Nothing matches the excitement of flying into Geneva as you're greeted by the lake and mountains. Shortly after, you can be eating in a cute little bistro or browsing the designer stores. The contrast between the old and the new is amazing – it's what makes Geneva such a unique destination.”

Weather in Geneva

23 °C
Sunday20 Sep 2020
24 °C
Monday21 Sep 2020
19 °C
Tuesday22 Sep 2020
21 °C
Wednesday23 Sep 2020
16 °C
Thursday24 Sep 2020
11 °C
Friday25 Sep 2020
8 °C
Saturday26 Sep 2020
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