Switzerland: When to Go

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Getting There

Note: flight, boat, train and bus timetables change constantly, and airlines come and go, so please do not rely solely on this information for your travel planning. Check with relevant companies, or a flight search engine like Skyscanner, first.


Geneva is the main Swiss airport.

From the UK:

The flight time is around 1.5 hours from London.

British Airways and Swiss International Airlines fly to Geneva from London Gatwick and London Heathrow.

easyJet flies to Geneva from Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast and many of the London airports.

Flybe flies from various airports, including Southampton, Exeter, Jersey and Inverness.


From the UK:

Eurostar offer a year-round service from London St Pancras to Geneva (via Lille); the journey takes just over 6 hours.

From the rest of Europe:

It is possible to take the train to Geneva from Paris and Milan without changing, and from Rome, Berlin and Vienna changing only once. See Seat 61 for more details

Getting Around


Car hire is available from Geneva airport - see our car rental recommendations. Make sure you gen up on Swiss road laws before arriving - small, grey speed cameras are sneakily positioned and can easily catch you unawares. No leeway is given: you'll be fined for travelling 1KPH over the speed limit, and if you exceed the limit in towns by 16KPH or by 25KPH elsewhere, you'll receive a summons. Some towns and villages have limits of 50KPH, others 60KPH. In short, be careful and don’t speed.

Geneva airport acts as a border between Switzerland and France, with exits on both sides - if you're planning to drive in both countries, pick up a Swiss hire car, which comes with the vignette (annual permit) needed to drive on Swiss motorways. Let your hire-car company know you intend to drive in both countries to avoid any nasty surprises.


Swiss trains work like clockwork and seemingly cover the entire country - a great way to get around. See Seat 61 for more information.