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Introduction

Getting its name from the magnificent Lake Geneva, Geneva is Switzerland’s second biggest city and a major gateway to the Alps. As a centre of international diplomacy, Geneva is a cosmopolitan place where people living in the city speak English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, German and Italian as well as French, the predominant language there.
When in Geneva, you might be amazed by the lack of skyscrapers. It’s a city where impressive spires, statues and ornate palaces dominate the skyline, most notably the Jet d’Eau, a fountain in the centre of the city which pumps water over 400ft into the air. The city looks at its most impressive in winter when the roofs are covered in a thick blanket of pure white snow.

Ideal car

Economy
Although Geneva is a relatively small city, it can get very busy. Having a small supermini will make getting around easier, plus they’re a little bit cheaper to fill at the petrol pumps.
Driving in Geneva
Road Driving Side: R
Urban Speed Limit: 31mph
Rural Speed Limit: 49mph
Motorway Speed Limit: 74mph

Driving in Geneva
  • Road Driving Side
    R
  • Urban Speed Limit
    31mph
  • Rural Speed Limit
    49mph
  • Motorway Speed Limit
    74mph

Highlights & Hotspots

The Old Town has several great examples of Swiss architecture all in one place. Highlights include the city hall and the small cannons in the opposite square and the birthplace of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, while shopping here can be a lot of fun too.
Cathedrale St-Pierre, in the middle of the Old Town, is arguably this part of the city’s most impressive building. When visiting, you can take a tour under the cathedral to learn about the origins of both the building and Geneva as a whole.
The International Museum of the Reformation, which is right next to Cathedrale St-Pierre, is one of the best museums in the city. It documents the Reformation from start to finish, offering interactive exhibits that the whole family can enjoy.
Bol D’Or Yacht Race, which takes place every June, is the biggest race of its kind in Europe. Going around Lake Geneva, it uses the city as a starting point. Thousands of spectators come every year to see the world’s finest yachters.

Important things to note

If you are driving on the motorways into Geneva, you must pay CHF 40 for a motorway tax sticker. They can be bought from petrol stations, tourist offices or post offices.
The main tourist office in Geneva is on Pont de la Machine, a bridge that spans the Rhone. It’s open on weekdays, except during public holidays.
The road network in Geneva is in excellent condition, but there are sharp turns to be wary of away from the city centre.
Ideal car: Economy
Although Geneva is a relatively small city, it can get very busy. Having a small supermini will make getting around easier, plus they’re a little bit cheaper to fill at the petrol pumps.

Attractions to drive to

Airport Information

Geneva International Airport is the principal airport for the Geneva region and is one of Central Europe’s busiest, with nearly 14 million passengers served in 2012. It has two terminals, T1 and T2 – T1 is the largest, while T2 is only used for flights during winter.
Getting to and from the airport is pretty simple. Just 2.5 miles away from central Geneva, it’s connected by major routes into Geneva and across the border into France. The main road actually runs alongside the airport itself.