Cheap Flights to Geneva Airport
Geneva International Airport (GVA)
Geneva International Airport (GVA) services the city of Geneva and is one of the busiest airports in Switzerland. It is built to cope with millions of passengers each year, and has a comprehensive list of facilities for its guests. These include conference rooms, travel agencies, currency exchange booths, banks, ATMs, free WiFi, as well as a variety of restaurants, bars, tearooms, and duty free shops selling cosmetics, fragrances, electronics, gifts and fashion.
The airport is within a stone’s throw of the city, situated 4km away from the downtown area. There are trains, buses and trams that travel between the airport and the town, but if you want efficiency, there are taxis that can be hailed directly outside of the terminal buildings. These cost between 35-50CHF ($47-67) depending on the traffic.
There are lots of carriers that fly to Geneva from Australia, and these are Qatar Airways, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Air China, British Airways and Air Canada.
Why visit Geneva?
Geneva is often overlooked as a pit stop for diplomats and watch enthusiasts, but that is doing this city a grave injustice. Switzerland’s most famous city has a delightful medieval core that is crowned by the city’s cathedral, whilst the rest of Geneva sits against the banks of a jewel-blue lake, surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It is a city in the true Swiss style; chic, effortless, and pretty, and once you visit, you will quickly debunk its staid reputation.
Things to do in Geneva
Wander through Geneva’s Old Town, a labyrinthine series of narrow streets that wind their way around to the hilltop that overlooks Lake Geneva. The whole area is punctuated by beautiful squares, which lead to small streets that hide delightful cafes, relaxed restaurants, and quaint boutiques. Make sure you head to the St. Peter’s Cathedral, for a chance to admire its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and if you’re feeling game, climb the North or South Towers for one of the best views in the city. Afterwards, head to the Bourg-de-Four Square, once a Roman marketplace, but now adorned with fountains, and cafes that allow you to soak in the atmosphere.
From the Old Town, stroll to the lakeside, where you’ll see the Jetée des Eaux-Vives, a jet of water that throws spray up into the air a staggering 145 metres, and has become a famous Geneva landmark. Around Bains de Pâquis you can view the jet stream, but also swim in the waters of the lake, perfect if you are visiting in the summer.
Other highlights within the city include the renowned Palais de Nations, the United Nations headquarters, and the wonderful Art and History Museum, with artefacts from Greek and Roman antiquity, as well as a collection that charts the history of Geneva and its surrounds from the Paleolithic age.
Best time to visit Geneva
· Summer (June-August) is the best time to visit this city weather-wise, as average highs are around 24-26°C, and the days are sunny and long.
· However, if you’d rather experience the magic of the winter season, ski the snowcapped mountains, or enjoy the Christmas markets, then visit during December-March, and pack for low temperatures that hover around -1-3°C.
Arriving in Geneva by plane
· Flying to Geneva from the Australian mainland will mean connecting in destinations like Dubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH), and Doha (DOH).
· Swiss Franc (CHF).
· Most Australians will be able to stay in Switzerland for 90 days without applying for a visa before they travel. This is subject to changes, so please double check the restrictions of entry to this country prior to travel by checking the Australian government’s travel advice website.
Please note that information is correct as of June 2016
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