Geneva is home to the world’s largest international organizations, one of the safest banking centres in the world, and manufactures of life-saving medical instruments. Entrepreneurs, artists, doctors, bankers and students book flights to Geneva for education and advancement in some of the world’s leading careers. While Geneva is certainly a city of progress and strength, there’s something for tourists, too.
It’s location to the Swiss and French Alps make flights to Geneva an easy escape for vacationers. Travellers can take part in some of Geneva’s famous cultural events or tour the museums lined around the city centre. Its excellent transportation system makes it easy for Geneva travellers to tour the city and beyond. Before boarding your Geneva flight back home, make sure to purchase a piece of jewellery. Geneva is home to some of the largest manufacturers of watches in the world.
Summer is warm with temperatures in the mid-20s (Celsius), and July can be in the upper 20s and hot. Autumn is mild as temperatures drop to the low 20s and into the low teens in October. Winters are cold with daytime temperatures ranging from the very low single digits, and when the bise (north wind) blows, it can be bitterly cold. Spring is mild with temperatures reaching the teens. Rain falls year-round, and September usually gets the most rain.
July and August have the best weather and the biggest crowds. The beginning of August marks Swiss National day with two weeks of festivities. The summer is packed with events, especially music festivals so book your Geneva flights and accommodations well in advance.
Tourism peaks again during the Christmas and New Year holidays. The celebration of l’Escalade in December with its costumed and torch-lit processions brings throngs of visitors to the city.
June and September are pleasant times to visit if you book ahead, you’ll likely to find cheaper Geneva flights and slightly lower lodging rates.
October, November, April, and May have fewer crowds, and possibly the lowest rates for Geneva flights and hotels, although some lodging establishments are closed during the low season.
The best way to see Geneva requires you to slow down a little. You can walk through the city or pick up one of the free bicycles that are available outside Genève Roule, the main train station, from May to October. The public transportation is very reliable and fast, but you’ll miss some of the lovely city if you’re speeding by on a tram, bus or trolley. You can travel on a bus or tram from early morning to midnight. After that a night bus runs until the next morning. Purchase your tickets ahead of time and don’t forget to validate them when you board. Buy a week-long pass if you’re staying long enough and save a bit of money. To get across the lake and back, hop aboard the seagull shuttle boats (les mouettes), which are part of the public transportation system. Bus tickets and les mouettes tickets are interchangeable. You can also lounge around the lake on one of the many cruises offered. Float around for the whole day, half a day or just an hour, whatever your heart and travel schedule desires. Taxis are easy to find, but fairly expensive. Parking is so difficult that it’s not worth the hassle of renting a car. Instead, try hiring a car and driver for the day.