Geneva, the capital of Switzerland, is sometimes referred to as one of the most progressive cities in the world. Together with Sweden, Europe’s perpetual neutral party seems to be setting the tone for sophistication, modernity and forward thinking across the Old Continent, and this tendency permeates even the most minor aspects of their society.
Take, for instance, Geneva airport transfers. While the ways of getting from the airport to the city centre do not differ all that much from those found in destinations the world over, in the case this city the process does include a few typically Swiss touches. They perhaps demonstrate why this country is often considered to be ‘one step ahead’ of the rest of Europe.
Anywhere I Roam…
Nowhere is this progressive mindset more apparent than in the free ticket passengers first arriving in Switzerland can claim, in order to facilitate their Geneva airport transfers. This stub – which is valid for a period of up to 80 minutes and can be claimed from ticket machines at the airport itself – gives travellers coming into the city free access to any destination within the city limits, through one of the transportation links operated by UNIRESO. These include trains and buses, both of which run from the airport at regular intervals and will cover the 4km journey to Gare Cornavin or Gare Routiére – the city’s two main railway stations – in only a few minutes. Admittedly, you will still need to make your way to your accommodation, which may not suit all travellers.
The Cost Of Flexibility
While extremely handy, the free options for Geneva airport transfers might also not suit passengers whose accommodation is booked in destinations further afield, or slightly less central parts of the city. They will be better off with the traditional taxi, hired shuttle or rented car.
Fortunately, all three of these options are readily available as well. All the main car rental companies have offices at the airport, and both public and private-hire taxicabs can be obtained from the premises as well. Although more costly than the aforementioned public transportation links, both these means of transport allow for greater flexibility, with routes not being determined by pre-set timetables or infra-structures. As such, they may be more viable than trains or buses for the busy visitor on the go, as well as for those who prefer a bit of added comfort.
It is worth nothing that, although not free, both these means of getting to the town centre or further afield are somewhat cheaper than similar services in other European capitals! It’s just another piece of evidence to support the theory that, even in something as small as Geneva airport transfers, Switzerland is decidedly ahead of the ‘pack’!