Plan your trip

Geneva is a cosmopolitan and attractive city situated on the edge of the largest lake in Europe. Home to the UN's European office, the International Red Cross and the World Health Organisation amongst other NGOs means the mix different international cultures converging creates a vibrant atmosphere.

Planning your trip

Please click on the tabs above to book your hotel accommodation through our Official Hotel Agent Kuoni to benefit from specially negotiated rates and to benefit from special discounted flights with our Official Carrier Swiss International Air Lines (save up to 25%).

General Transport Information

Travel free on public transport during your stay in Geneva - don't miss out

You can pick up a free ticket for public transport from the machine in the baggage collection area at the Arrival level (see image below). This Unireso ticket, offered by Geneva International Airport, allows you to use public transport in Geneva free for a period of 80 minutes.
Photo of machine at airport for free transfer ticket

Geneva Transport Card

All visitors staying at a hotel, youth hostel or camping in Geneva can benefit from the Geneva Transport Card, with no additional cost. Make sure that you receive your card when you check in.

This personal and non-transferable pass is established upon the visitor’s check-in in the hotel of hischoice, enabling its holder to use of the entire public transportation network without restriction (bus, train and boat), with validity for the entire duration of his stay including the departure day.

See more information on or ask at your hotel when you arrive.

Public transport in Geneva - Unireso stands for a group of 7 transport companies in Geneva and its region. The circuits represent more than 450 kilometres in Geneva and into the near borders of the canton of Vaud and France.
The agreement between these companies makes it possible to travel with the same ticket on all the different transports (bus, tram, boat, train). Map: 

Airport - GENEVA GVA

With almost 12 million passengers in 2008, Geneva is extremely well connected.
Geneva’s international airport is located in the NW of the city centre at a transfer time of only 15-20 minutes. Good coach access.

Train station - GENEVA CORNAVIN
Switzerland’s train network is of excellent standard. Thanks to its central location, Geneva is easily accessible by train, e.g. Zurich (2h40min), Paris (3h30min) or Milan (3h50min). Cornavin is the central station in the heart of the city with a non-stop connection to Geneva airport (6min). Rail service webpage 

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 & Euro - Average rate: € 1 = CHF 1.35
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.

Driving - In town the speed limit is 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 spoken: English and German

Population - City and Canton: 444,444 inhabitants. City of Geneva: 185,431 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.
Visas - Travellers requiring a Visa to enter Switzerland should ensure that it entitles them to re-enter after having visited nearby countries. A valid passport is essential for excursions to France and Italy; certain nationalities will need to apply for a Visa before they travel to those countries.
For more information please see the Geneva Tourism web site: 


   Official carrier
swiss_air_200w.gifSwiss International Air Lines is proud to be the Official Carrier for the European Future Energy Forum (EFEF) in Geneva and is offering special Congress Fares to all participants. These Congress Fares offer reductions of up to 25% depending on the fare type, route and space availability.

Congress Fares are valid on the entire SWISS route network for flights to Switzerland, including flights operated by partner airlines under an LX flight number. These fares are now bookable for the travel period 14 days prior to and 14 days after the event.

To take advantage of this offer, book easily and conveniently through SWISS.COM via the following link:>

Please enter your email address (and if necessary the following event code: 2631-6960-1041-2351)

The special SWISS congress fare is marked with a "C". It may not necessarily be the lowest fare but it offers flexibility in the event of rebooking or cancellation.

SWISS looks forward to pampering you on board with typical Swiss hospitality.


Kuoni Travel Ltd. is the official travel agent for the EFEF 2011 and will be offering special rates for accommodation during the congress.

Please note 'The Starling' has been appointed as the EFEF Headquarter Hotel. The Starling is situated next to Palexpo and within easy walking distance through a covered walkway to EFEF. There is also a free hotel transfer service from the airport to the hotel for those wishing to stay there.

Hotel accommodation will be limited during the conference period, please book your room as soon as possible.

 Hotel list and descriptions   
 Hotel map


In order to benefit from the special rates and register to the conference at the same time, click here.

To register for a free exhibition pass only and book your accommodation at the same time, click here.

If you wish to book ONLY accommodation, please use this link.

A deposit of 1 night per reserved room is required to secure your hotel reservation. Rooms will be assigned on a “first come, first served” basis.

Each participant will receive an individual confirmation, indicating the name and address of the hotel. The booking will be final upon receipt of the corresponding payment.

For block bookings (10 rooms and more) companies are requested to send their request by e-mail ([email protected]) or fax (+41 58 702 64 52). Different payment conditions and cancellation policies will apply.

Cancellation policy

All cancellations and modifications must be sent to Kuoni Travel Ltd. Geneva in writing (fax, letter or email).

4* and 5* Hotels
Up to 60 days prior to arrival: 100% refund less bank charges
From 60 to 30 days prior to arrival: 1 night cancellation fee
Less than 30 days prior to arrival and No-Shows: no refund

3* Hotels
Up to 30 days prior to arrival: 100% refund less bank charges
From 30 to 7 days prior to arrival: 1 night cancellation fee
Less than 7 days prior to arrival and No-Shows: no refund

All cancellations and changes are to be addressed to Kuoni in writing. Please note that accommodation for additional nights is strictly subject to availability.

In case of no-show the hotel will automatically release the reservation. Full reservation stay will be charged after the first day of no show.
Early Departure Fee: Guests will be charged in full for checking out prior to the departure date confirmed.

All refunds will be made after the congress.

We recommend that all participants take out a personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

Kuoni Destination Management
   Kuoni Congress Geneva
  Avenue des Morgines 12

  CH - 1213 Petit-Lancy
  Tel.: +41 58 702 62 97
  Fax: +41 58 702 64 52
[email protected]

Things to do in Geneva

Geneva’s lakefront 

Geneva LakefrontGeneva’s lakefront is one of the city’s greatest assets. 

The familiar Jet d’eau spouts a column of lake water as high as 450 feet in the air, and on a clear day you can see the Mont-Blanc.

As you stroll down the lakeside quays you’ll pass by beautiful flowerbeds and other exotic flora as well as elegant old residences. As for what’s on the water - swans, ducks and diving birds cohabit with a multitude of brightly colored sailing boats just waiting for a regatta.

On the right bank, take a look at the Brunswick Monument which contains the tomb of Charles II, Duke of Brunswick. Charles left his fortune to the city of Geneva, with the condition that the city places him in a replica of Verona’s Scaligeri Mausoleum.

Further along the quay is the Pâquis Jetty with its lighthouse and the public baths.

Crossing the Mont-Blanc bridge towards the left bank, don’t miss the Jardin anglais (English Garden). Here you’ll find the famous flower clock, a reflection of Geneva’s preoccupation with watchmaking, and the National Monument which commemorates Geneva’s joining the rest of Switzerland in 1815.

Jet d'eau (water fountain)

Jet DeauOriginally a simple security valve at the Coulouvrenière hydraulic factory, this water fountain has, over the   years, grown to be the symbol of Geneva.

In 1891, it was transferred to the "Rade", to become a major tourist attraction. However, it was not until 1951 that it was provided with an autonomous pumping station, propelling 500 litres of water per second to a height of 140 metres at a speed of 200 km per hour (124 miles/h).

Eight 9,000-watt projectors light the fountain’s majestic column in the evening as it soars skywards.

Location: Quai du Général-Guisan

Flower Clock

A symbol of the Geneva watch industry of world renown, the famous flower clock, located at the edge of the Jardin Anglais (English Garden) since 1955, is a masterpiece of technology and floral art.

Formerly only decorative with its sole dial comprising over 6,500 flowers, the new millennium provided it with decisive artistic dimensions thanks to the ingenuity of the gardeners of the Service of Green Spaces and the Environment.

It is now composed of eight concentric circles, the colours of which vary with the seasons and the plants which make up the display.

Location: Quai du Général-Guisan (Jardin Anglais)

Saint Peter's Cathedral

St Peter's CathedralOne hundred fifty seven steps lead to the summit of the cathedral’s north tower and to a fabulous panorama overlooking the city and the lake.

You will also be charmed by the Clémence, the queen of the bells, weighing over 6 tons and hoisted to this very tower in 1407.

The first phase of the cathedral’s construction dates back to the year 1160 and lasted nearly a century. Many events, including a series of fires, led to restorations and reconstructions, modifying its original design.

Then, in the middle of the 16th century, the advent of the Reformation, with its philosophy of austerity, upset the entire interior of the building.

All ornaments were removed and the coloured decors whitewashed. Only the stained glass windows were spared.

Its current neo-classic facade dates from the middle of the 18th century, having replaced the former Gothic one.

Location: Cour Saint-Pierre

Reformation Wall

Reformation WallThe construction of the Reformation Wall in the Bastions Park began in 1909, the year which marked the 400th anniversary of the birth of Jean Calvin and the 350th of the foundation of the Academy of Geneva.

The monument is backed against part of the ancient defensive walls that surrounded the city until the middle of the 19th century.

At the centre of the wall, five meters high, are the four great figures of the movement: Guillaume Farel (1489-1565), one of the first to preach the Reformation in Geneva, Jean Calvin (1509-1564) the
"pope" of the reformers, Théodore de Bèze (1513-1605), first rector of the Academy and John Knox (1513-1572), founder of Presbyterianism in Scotland.

Behind these statues stands the motto of the Reformation and of Geneva: "Post Tenebras Lux.

On either side, statues and bas-reliefs represent the great Protestant figures of the different Calvinist countries and the crucial moments in the development of the movement.

Stroll along 100 meters of wall and cover 450 years in the history of Protestantism.

Location: Parc des Bastions

United Nations Building

United NationsConstructed between 1929 and 1936 to house the League of Nations, the Palais des Nations became the headquarters of the United Nations in 1946 when the former organisation was dissolved. The vast wooded park overlooking the lake, where it is located, was donated by the City of Geneva.

Today, and after the completion of a new wing in 1973, it is the second most important centre of the United Nations after New York.

Its surface is that of the Palais de Versailles and its Assembly Room, seating 2,000, is as large as the Paris Opera House.

Over 25,000 delegates meet here annually to negotiate for world peace.

Many works of art and gifts are displayed.

Location: Avenue de la Paix


CarougeCarouge, a small suburb of Geneva, was only to develop after 1754, when it was granted to the Kingdom of Sardinia.

A city plan then was designed by Turinese architects with a checkerboard arrangement around an axis planted with trees (the Place du Marché) and low houses with galleries in the rear opening on gardens.

To this day, the city of Carouge has retained its Mediterranean-like atmosphere. Its bustling streets and many shaded squares invite one to stroll.

Trendy boutiques, antiques and curios dealers, restaurants and bistrots ensure a very warm and congenial ambience.