The United Nations, Red Cross and many financial institutions have their headquarters in Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland. When visitors see the lovely lakes and mountains that surround the city, they understand why it is such an attractive place to visit. The majority of tourists arrive via the stunning, art deco Geneve-Cornavin train station in the centre of the city, while the bus and tram network provided by Transport Public Genevois eases the way around all of the attractions.
Geneve-Cornavin is the main railway station in the city. One step outside of it and within minutes, visitors can access cash machines and find the post office, book a hotel room and find a place to eat, and buy gifts from the many jewellery and book stores. The other two stations are Geneve-Secheron and Lancy-Pont-Rouge. Geneva’s three stations connect to the city rail network, and visitors can get to and from Geneva airport in just six minutes.
Swiss Federal Railways run the majority of services from Geneve-Cornavin, and from here passengers can travel to cities like Vevy, Lausanne and Neuchatel. From Paris, trains to Geneva leave Gare de Lyon at one-hourly intervals, every day. Run by TGV Lyria, these journeys are direct, and travel time is just over three hours. A service run by InOui changes at Lyon, and takes about four hours. Passengers can connect with these services from Eurostar trains leaving London St. Pancras railway station.
Travelling by train to Geneva takes passengers across the stunning territory of the French and Swiss Alps. In addition, passengers have the freedom to eat and drink, read and sleep, or communicate with family and friends while on the journey.
The austere exterior of Geneva Cathedral on the Place du Bourg-de-Four should never put off visitors from going inside, because splendid views of the Alps, the Jura Mountains and Lake Geneva await those who have enough gusto to climb either of its towers. Following lunch in one of Geneva’s many cafes and restaurants, visitors enjoy wandering the network of cobbled streets of the Vielle Ville, and relaxing in quaint little squares while watching the playing fountains.