About Geneva

Located between lake and mountains, Geneva offers all the advantages of a small city combined with the facilities and services usually found in much larger metropolis.

Rue de la Corraterie Outlook at the lake

Place des Nations Lakeside

Geneva is an international meeting place for world leaders. The city, best-known throughout the world as the headquarters of the European seat of the United Nations and the International Red Cross, attracts thousands of people each year for meetings, conferences and exhibitions.

Thanks to its exceptional situation in the centre of Europe, up–to-date equipment, high quality facilities, prestige and status as an international city with the advantages of a small town, Geneva is the ideal destination for your next congress.

Geneva’s international airport (GVA) is conveniently located 5 km (3 miles) from the city centre, the hub for flights from 70 destinations worldwide. Efficient ground transfers are available from the airport to the city centre and hotels.

[The Geneva Toursim website is also a useful source of information].

General information
  • Altitude: 374 m (1,227 ft) above sea level
  • Climate: Average temperatures: winter 10°C (50°F), summer 23°C (73°F)
  • Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF or SFr). Average rate: 1 Euro = CHF 1.25. The exchange rate for the Euro and the Swiss Franc is not officially fixed and is subject to daily market fluctuations. Conversion rate is available at bureaux de change, banks and in newspapers.
Transportation

Free Geneva Transport Card : All visitors staying at a hotel in Geneva can benefit from this personal and non-transferable pass with no additional cost.

It is established upon the visitor’s check-in, enabling its holder to use of the entire public transportation network of Geneva without restriction (bus, train and boat), with validity for the entire duration of his (her) stay including the departure day. However the pass is limited to the area of Geneva and is not valid for trips around Switzerland. (read more).

Click here for information about free public transport from the airport to your hotel.

For transportation, visit the UniReso website or get the public transportation map.

You may also use directly the TPG Route Planner

Maps of Geneva will be available at our info desk (next to the registration)

Driving

In town 50 km/hr. (30 km/hr. in some areas), outside built-up areas (national roads) 80 km/hr., highways 120 km/hr. A tax sticker, “vignette”, is compulsory to drive on highways and semi-highways. Valid for 1 year at CHF 40. – (on sale at post offices, garages and customs posts). The wearing of seat belts, both in front and back seats of vehicles, is compulsory.

Electricity

Voltage 220 volts

Languages
  • Official language: French.
  • Other languages often spoken: English and German
Population
  • City and Canton: 427,705 inhabitants.
  • City of Geneva: 182,560 inhabitants
Tipping

Prices in hotels, restaurants, taxi fares etc. include taxes and service. A tip, therefore, is not indispensable, but justified for good service.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required to enter Switzerland

Scuba diving

A must-do in Lake Leman…

SPONSORS

Cap Gemini
Swiss National Science Foundation
Conference Univseritaire de Suisse Orientale
Republique et Canton de Genève
University of Geneva