Airfare to Geneva, Switzerland
A French-speaking city, Geneva is the international home to both the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Popular attractions include the magnificent fountain Jet d’Eau, the impressive Palais des Nation, and striking Cathedrale St-Pierre. A former HQ for the Red Cross, those interested in public affairs to take the time to see the Museum of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Airfare to Geneva will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Milan, Italy or Lyon, France. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills Europe airlines. easyJet and bmiBaby fly to Geneva. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through London, England; Frankfurt, Germany; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on Europe low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. Flights within Europe rarely exceed two-and-a-half hours. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. SWISS is the national airline. However, Continental Airlines, Austrian Airlines and other airlines also stop in Geneva.
The most expensive air tickets to Geneva are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the summer Eurail season. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak winter season, January-March
- Consider flying into Milan, Italy or Lyon, France and traveling overland to Geneva via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Geneva, check out BootsnAll’s Geneva Travel Guide.