Though it is just one-fifth of the size of Birmingham, Geneva is a truly global city. Businesspeople, diplomats and international organizations including the Red Cross and the UN flock to the shores of Lake Geneva, basing their operations in this idyllic locale.
Geneva is a cosmopolitan city with an international flair, making it a delightful destination for anyone looking for an escape. On its lakeside, stroll past the public baths and the floral clock in the Jardin Anglais – and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of towering Mont Blanc on a clear day. Whether you are looking for the perfect Swiss watch or a relaxing urban getaway, Geneva is waiting for you: book your flight here today.
From the moment you get off the plane, Geneva is a sight to behold: its picturesque waterfront is highlighted by the Jet d’Eau, a hundred-metre water fountain in the city’s harbour. A promenade along the banks will take you to the floral clock in the city’s English Garden, or to the many lakeside swimming spots. The cobbled streets of the Vielle Ville are bursting with designer boutiques and watch stores for those looking for quality Swiss goods, or historic cafés for a quiet moment.
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How do I get to the city from the airport of Geneva?
Getting to Geneva from its airport is not at all difficult: the centre is just 4 kilometres from the airport, with the train ride to the main Gare Cornevin taking just 6 minutes! The trip inbound is complementary, as you can exchange your boarding pass for a transit ticket in the airport’s baggage claim area.
What should my budget be?
With regular visits from international businesspeople and dignitaries, Geneva is not exactly a budget destination. On average, holidaymakers here can expect to spend around GBP 150-200 per day, including accommodation. If you want to experience the city without breaking the bank, consider looking for self-catering options and eat out sparingly. To save money on transportation and the city’s attractions, the Geneva Pass provides unlimited access to public transportation while also getting you in to local attractions at steeply discounted rates.
What language is spoken in Geneva?
Situated on the border between Switzerland and France, Geneva’s main language is French. If your français is a bit rusty, no fear: English is spoken by many in this cosmopolitan city.
Attractions in Geneva
Geneva’s Right Bank, or Rive Droite, is home to some of the city’s more colourful neighbourhoods, Les Pâquis and Carouge. Les Pâquis showcases the city’s diversity, with its eateries serving up a multicultural mix of culinary offerings. The Bains des Pâquis are the liveliest lakeside spot in the city, where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a massage after taking a dip in the lake. Carouge is another local favourite, Geneva’s little Italy, whose eateries and plazas offer a touch of colour and an ideal place to enjoy tapas or go dancing on Rue Vautier.
No visit to Geneva would be complete without visiting some of the world-renowned international agencies that have made Geneva their home. At the CERN laboratories, home to the particle-splitting Large Hadron Collider, a tour will take you through their journey to understand the smallest particles of matter. The Red Cross Museum is host to several emotional exhibits on the tragedies of conflict. Meanwhile, art lovers will enjoy the cutting-edge Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain or the larger-than-life installations at the UN Headquarters. Come and see all Geneva has to offer: book your flight from Birmingham to Geneva to discover this global city!
Geneva’s popular attractions
There’s no lack of choices for travellers to this Swiss metropolis: from the headquarters of world-famous agencies to museums and lakeside baths, there is never a dull moment in Geneva.
- United Nations
- Jet d’eau fountain
- Old town of Geneva
- Bains des Pâquis
- Mont Salève
United Nations: Explore the rooms at the Palais des Nations, which have witnessed some of the most important negotiations of recent history. The facilities also hold numerous art installations, including one dedicated to the exploration of outer space.
Jet d’eau fountain: An iconic lakeside attraction, this hundred-metre fountain springs forth from the harbour during most daylight hours, sometimes creating a rainbow for lucky passers-by.
Old town: From the views of the city from St. Peter’s Cathedral to sipping a coffee on the historic Place de Bourg-du-Four, there is plenty to discover on the narrow, cobbled streets of the Vielle Ville.
Bains des Pâquis: Sometimes referred to as the “heart of Geneva” – swim in the alpine waters of Lake Geneva, unwind with a massage or relax in the sauna or Turkish bath.
Mont Salève: Just across the border in France, a cable car will take you most of the way to the summit, which offers a full view of the entire city and lake. Hiking trails lead up and down the mountains slopes to lookout points and quaint mountain villages.
Geneva has even more to offer travellers: see our guide about Geneva.
What to eat and drink in Geneva
A stroll down Geneva’s streets will bring the world to your palate. The city’s diverse population is reflected in its exquisite eateries.
If you have a sweet tooth, you have come to the right place – Geneva is nothing short of a chocolate lover’s paradise. Discover the old and new secrets of highest quality chocolate manufacturing on a guided tour of the Favarger Chocolate Factory. Or simply go to any local supermarket for a mouth-watering assortment of finest Swiss chocolate in all the shapes and forms imaginable, including pastries and the local specialty Paves de Genève (chocolate truffles).
Wine connoisseurs won’t want to miss a tour to Geneva’s Mont Blanc wine area. The excursion takes you on a bicycle ride through the countryside, where some of the area’s finest wines are waiting for you. Even electric bikes are available for those who prefer a more relaxed form of transportation.
Our comprehensive guide to Geneva’s restaurants also offers all the information you need where to eat.
Shopping in Geneva
If you’re looking for a shopping spree or a tasteful gift, Geneva has what you’re looking for. From high fashion to fancy Swiss watches, the old town’s Rue du Rhône and Rue du Marché are both bursting with designer brands and world-famous watchmakers and jewellers. On the other side of the river, the Manor shopping mall is a great destination for clothing and cosmetics. Geneva also has several open-air markets, including a flea market in the Plaine des Plainpalais and a twice-weekly farmer’s market at the Place du Marché in Carouge.
Birmingham, GB - ZurichFlight duration: 01:50 hrs total, Frequency: 2 x daily
Departure BirminghamTerminal: 1Counter opening time: 2 h prior to departure
Transit Zurich (ZRH)Arrival: 21:40Transit time: 0h 55m
Zurich - GenevaFlight duration: 00:45 hrs total, Frequency: 8 x daily
Arrival GenevaDistance to city centre: 6 km