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Getting there & away




International buses depart from the Gare Routière (Bus Station; within Switzerland 0900 320 320, 022 732 02 30; www.coach-station.com; Place Dorcière). Buses run to a plethora of ski resorts, including Swiss Flaine and Verbier (both December to April), and to Chamonix (five daily, 1¾ hours, adult/child four to 12 Sfr49.50/25) in France.


Avis Airport (022 929 03 30); City (022 731 90 00; Rue de Lausanne 44)

Budget(022 717 86 75; Airport)

Easycar (www.easycar.com) Online, no-frills car rental operating out of Geneva airport.

EuropcarAirport (022 717 82 37); City (022 732 52 52; Rue de Lausanne 37)

Hertz Airport (022 798 22 02); City (022 731 12 00; Rue de Berne 60)

Sixt Airport (022 717 84 10); City (022 732 90 90; Place de la Navigation 1)


More-or-less-hourly connections operate between Geneva's main train station, Gare de Cornavin (Place de Cornavin), and most Swiss towns, including Lausanne (Sfr20, 40 minutes), Bern (Sfr45, 1¾ hours) and Zürich (Sfr77, 2¾ hours). Pick up timetables at the information office(0900 300 300; 8.30am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4.45pm Sat).

Trains running southeast to/from Annecy, Chamonix and other destinations in France use Geneva's French Railways (SNCF) train station, Gare des Eaux-Vives (Ave de la Gare des Eaux-Vives).

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The Compagnie Générale de Navigation (CGN; 0848 811 848; www.cgn.ch) operates a steamer service from a jetty near Jardin Anglais to other villages on Lake Geneva. Many only sail from May to September, including those to Lausanne-Ouchy (adult 1st-/2nd-class single Sfr47.40/34.80, return Sfr73.60/54, 3½ hours). Passengers aged six to 16 pay 50% less and under sixes sail for nothing.

Those planning to stop off at other places en route should buy a Carte Journalière CGN (one-day CGN pass) costing Sfr74/55 in 1st/2nd class. Otherwise, the Swiss Boat Pass (Sfr35), available at any boat pier with a ticket office, yields a 50% discount on lake-steamer tickets for one year. Eurail and Swiss rail passes are also valid.

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Aéroport International de Genève (flight information 0900 57 15 00; www.gva.ch) has frequent connections to major European cities and many others worldwide.

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