13 December 2004)
Participants are responsible for their own hotel bookings. There are many hotels to choose from in the Geneva area and the Geneva Tourism Office ( www.geneve-tourisme.ch ) offers on-line hotel information and booking. A short list of hotels within walking distance of WMO is given below.
Geneva is a very compact city served by an excellent bus system. Information is available at the airport; at the TPG office located within Cornavin, Geneva's main train station; or at the websites mentioned above. Please note, within Geneva, Bus drivers do not sell bus tickets. Bus drivers do not control your ticket either; instead, a brigade of inspectors DO spot checks. Failure to produce a valid ticket results in a fine of at least CHF 100.00 (if payed on the spot; more if payed later due to fees), and your passport details are registered. Failure to present the passport results in a visit to the police station.
Tickets are sold at
automatic distributors called "automate" in French, and located at
stop. Payment is accepted in coins, swiss francs or euro (even mixed), all except 0.05 cents.
NO change is returned. One ticket may be used on any bus line and in any direction, within the
time or zone limits selected.
As of 12 Dec. 2004, Single tickets, valid for Geneva's "yellow zone A", valid for one hour cost 3.00 CHF;
Day tickets valid from 9am to midnight cost 7.00 CHF and 24hour-tickets cost 10.00 CHF.
Other options and discounts are available, but apply in general to regular/frequent public-transport users.
Bus "credit" cards that work like phone cards are sold at newspaper kiosks for 10, 20 or 50 CHF.
To purchase a ticket from
select the button appropriate to your situation, depending on the number of
zones to cross.
To reset the "automate" press the button marked
Due to the geographical situation of Geneva: border with France to the north and the south; and "border" with another Swiss canton (Vaud) to the east, the Geneva system of fares is based on travelling within Geneva itself (YELLOW zones A) or commuting between Geneva and neighbouring towns (BLUE zones B)
If you choose a hotel
in Ferney-Voltaire (France), you will be taking Bus F and travelling from
ZONE 40 to ZONE 11 to reach WMO. The ride takes approx. 30
min. Stop at "Nations" and connect with BUS 11 or 28 for a 1-minute ride; or
take a 5min. walk towards the lake.
Travelling from Ferney into Geneva, the ticket is purchased from the driver and must be time stamped to be valid. One ticket to travel between zone 40 and 11, valid for 90 min. = 2.90 euro (exact change appreciated). Travelling from Geneva into France, you can still buy the ticket from the driver, but is less expensive from the "automate".
buses, trams, trains, taxi to reach WMO
Jardin Botanique is the bus stop for WMO
Nations is one of Geneva's public transport hubs, 5 min. away from WMO
Cornavin is Geneva's main train station and the main public transport hub
Sécheron is a newly inaugurated (Dec 2004) train stop, located less than 100m. from WMO
Bus no.28: Hospital La Tour, Meyrin, Airport, Nations, Jardin Botanique
Bus no.11: Carouge, Jonction, Charmilles, Servette, Giuseppe Motta, Nations, Jardin Botanique
Bus no.14: Tours de Carouge, Palettes, Bouchet, Giuseppe Motta, Nations
Tram 13: Palettes, Carouge, Plainpalais, Stand/Bel-Air, Cornavin, Nations
Tram 15: Lancy Pont-Rouge, Acacias, Uni-Mail, Plainpalais, Cornavin, Nations
Bus no.10: Airport, Servette, Cornavin, Bel-Air, Jonction, Cité Onex
Bus no.18: Airport, Blandonnet, Lignon, Lancy, Tours de Carouge
CFF trains: Airport to Genève-Cornavin, main train station and located in Geneva's central area
CFF trains: Cornavin to Genève-Sécheron train stop (less than 100 m from WMO)
Geneva Airport "COINTRIN" is less than 5 km from downtown. Other than the buses, several trains per hour take you directly to the very central Cornavin station. Look for "Gare CFF" signs. Ticket costs in the range of CHF 10.00. Tickets are sold at the "billeterie", at the "automate" distributors and sometimes by the train controller (more expensive). For more info on the train network, visit www.cff.ch.
And last but not least, a taxi ride from the Airport to Cornavin, to Nations or to Jardin Botanique would cost in the range of CHF30.00 (Dec.2004).
Web Editor Sary Vargas, 6 August 2004