Travelling in Geneva


Public transportation (TPG) : the best way to travel in the canton of Geneva if you don’t feel like walking or biking (because of the weather, the distance, a hangover…) is using public transportation. Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) hopefully have a wide network of buses, trams and boats (“mouettes”) in the whole canton. You can get a single, daily, monthly or yearly pass, depending on how often you plan to use it.

Taxi : the more expensive option, but still better than being stranded somewhere in the city in the middle of the night. It’s better to save TaxiPhone or Taxis202 numbers in case you’re staying out late.

Travelling in Switzerland

There’s no better way to explore Switzerland than by train. You can get almost anywhere (even in that small village hidden in the mountains with 22 inhabitants). The tickets are more expensive than in other countries, but there are a few tricks to save a bit of money.

Demi-tarif: 50% off any trip, as well as discounts on city public transportation and some boat trips. It costs 185 CHF a year.

Demi-tarif + voie 7: if you’re under 25, this extra-pass will allow you to travel for free between 7pm and 5am on any route. You need to buy it together with “demi-tarif”, which will cost 314 CHF altogether.

Carte journalière: this daily card will allow you to travel anywhere in Switzerland for a whole day for 40 CHF. Reservation is necessary

Billets dégriffés (soldés): discounted tickets for some routes and hours. Reservation is necessary and you can’t get your money back if you don’t go.

OK, got it! But… what is the best option for me?

It mainly depends on how long you’re staying, how much do you plan travelling etc. You can get all the necessary information on the SBB/CFF/FFS website, or you can also ask Swiss students about it (your buddy, members of ESN Geneva). You can look up the price for a single route with no pass nor discounts in this table.

Trip from Geneva to... Basel Bern Fribourg Lausanne Lugano Luzern Montreux Zermatt Zurich
One-way ticket, second class,CHF 77 51 42 23 133 81 31 98 89
There and back 154 102 84 46 266 162 62 196 178

You see that it can get pretty expensive without a pass or a discount, so it's good to think about how often and where you want to travel. Don't forget that you can also join our ESN trips if you want to explore and save a bit of money.