A large network of bus, tram, train and boat services enable the general public to travel around the entire municipality.
The City of Geneva actively participates in developing the public transport network to ensure that it meets the needs of the inhabitants as closely as possible:
- it adapts the city’s roads to public transport, paying particular attention to making stops accessible to people with reduced mobility;
- it contributes to funding certain lines (line 35);
- it subsidises the Noctambus service (night service on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight);
- it participates in the projects and studies of the public transport blueprint.
Trains and RER lines
Léman Express - CEVA
From 15 December 2019, the Léman Express will operate on the new CEVA line (Cornavin–Eaux-Vives–Annemasse line) connecting 45 stations across a distance of 230 km. UNIRESO tickets and passes are valid, except to and from Bellegarde.
The regional express network (RER) serves the surrounding municipalities, in particular on the northern shore, from Versoix to la Plaine, with a “Tout Genève” unireso travel ticket.
Outside the regional network, the train offers a quick means of travel between Geneva and other Swiss cities. The City of Geneva provides its inhabitants with CFF day passes at reduced rates.
Timetables, prices and information relating to the trains can be found on the CFF website.
Buses and trams
A large number of bus and tram lines managed by Transports publics genevois (TPG) allow users to travel around the entire territory.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Noctambus service operates between the city centre and the surrounding areas from midnight to 5 a.m.
TPG has taken measures to facilitate access to buses and trams for handicapped people. All lines are accessible to people with reduced mobility and confined to a wheelchair. The presence of a pictogram on the information boards indicates whether the vehicles are adapted. Working in collaboration with Foyer Handicap, TPG also offers a “mobility for all” accompaniment service.
Blind and visually impaired people can obtain a card authorising them to travel freely and free of charge on the entire local public transport network. This identity card can be obtained from the Fondation pour le bien des aveugles (foundation for the welfare of the blind).
Mouettes and excursion boats
The Mouettes genevoises operate shuttle services on the lake which are part of the TPG network (accessible with a unireso travel ticket), connecting one shore with the other.
The Compagnie générale de navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN) offers excursions around the entire lake. The City of Geneva provides its inhabitants with CGN day passes at reduced rates.
In Geneva, it is possible to order a taxi in several ways:
- by hailing one in the street;
- by contacting a taxi firm (telephone, mobile app or website);
- by waiting at one of the 60 taxi ranks in the city, at the airport and at the railway stations.
Consult the list of taxi firms in the Geneva Yellow Pages.
Good to know
Unireso: one ticket, several ways to travel
The unireso fare community allows people to travel on a “Tout Genève” ticket by CFF train (RER), bus, tram or Mouettes genevoises (people with a half-price CFF pass travel at a reduced rate in Switzerland).
Tickets are available from TPG points of sale and ticket machines, in suitably equipped buses and by SMS (download the free TPG app).
Tips for low-cost travel
On Saturdays and Sundays, a “full price” day pass is valid for two people travelling together!
The CFF “Junior” pass (CHF 30 per year) or “accompanied child” pass enables a child aged between 6 and 16 to travel free of charge with one parent. This pass is also valid across the unireso network.
Mobility allowance for young people
The City of Geneva grants young people aged between 12 and 24 resident in the municipality with an allowance of CHF 100 to obtain an annual “Tout Genève” unireso junior pass. Those people concerned will receive a personal letter at home in May 2019 enabling them to benefit from this allowance. For more information, consult the web news Public transports: a helping hand for young people.
Article modifié le 07.02.2020 à 11:36