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November 2016

Top 5 Tourist Mistakes in Geneva

Geneva has such a wide range of possibilities waiting for its tourists, that it is impossible not to fall in love with it. Whether you are interested in art and history or are looking for beautiful nature and engaging activities, you will be delighted by what you are offered here.

But, just like with any other location, you need to be aware of the mistakes you need to avoid in order to gain the best experience possible. Before talking about them, let’s first address a question that we often see from those that are planning a visit.


After landing at the airport, what is the best way of reaching my place of accommodation?

What we advise you to use is a Geneva airport taxi – the services found here offer the perfect combination of speed and comfort that will leave your mind at rest once reaching the city. You will be able to simply relax, as professionals will take care of all the aspects of the trip for you. This will help you get rid of the stress that appears when doing everything on your own – public transportation simply cannot match the advantages of an airport cab. Once you are settled and ready to explore, make sure you avoid these 5 mistakes.

  1. Not being aware of the prices

A common mistake for tourists is to stop their research at flights and accommodation prices and then be surprised by the food or transportation costs in the city. Needless to say, this can severely limit your experience in an expensive European city like Geneva, so make sure that you know what you are in for before leaving.

As a general guidance, a 24-hour pass for public transportation will cost you 10 CHF, foods at cheap bars and cafes are in in the 9-15 CHF range for lunch, while restaurants go for 20 CHF for lunch and 40 CHF for dinner.

  1. Don’t count on easily finding taxis during your stay

Taxis can be quite difficult to find on the streets, meaning that you will have to book in advance. Public transportation, on the other hand, is very well organized, covers all the points of interest for tourist and is quite cheap for the city’s standards. You should not expect to casually hop into a cab as soon as you decide on your next destination.

  1. Waiting in queues

Many of the attractions requiring tickets have the option of pre-booking online, letting you skip the time-consuming queues of tourists that are inevitably formed. Make sure you take advantage of that.

  1. Avoid tourist traps

Areas around big tourist attractions can often have increased prices and less authentic products than the rest of the city, so make sure you are wise with your money. Try eating or doing your shopping in less crowded areas, where it seems that locals go.

  1. Don’t plan on shopping or eating at restaurantson Sundays

Geneva will have almost everything closed on Sundays, so plan accordingly in order to avoid wasting some of your vacation time. Leave the last day of the week for outdoor activities, as there are plenty of excellent options to be found.