Travel to Geneva

In a country of spectacular natural beauty, Geneva is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful cities. Set on the banks of Lake Geneva between the Alps and the Jura mountains in the Southwest corner of Switzerland, Geneva enjoys a temperate climate and breath taking scenery, with Alpine lakes, snow-capped mountains, lush forests and enchanting countryside.

Geneva enjoys a worldwide reputation as a conference city; it embodies the creativity of science and technology, a vigorous business sector, and has a special cultural appeal with unmistakable flair and charm. Geneva is an ideal destination with its central location in Europe, served by an excellent transport and communication infrastructure.

As host city of many international organisations, Geneva has a long tradition of humanism and communication as well as an established reputation as a centre for arts and culture.  

Geneva International Airport, Switzerland‘s second largest, lies 5 km (3 miles) northwest of downtown Geneva, in Cointrin.

Kindly note that the Geneva International Airport offers every passenger arriving in Geneva a UNIRESO ticket free of charge, valid for 80 minutes in Geneva public transportation (trains, buses, trams, and boat). You may obtain your ticket in the baggage claim area, in a dispenser located next to the conveyor belts. A valid air transportation document (Boarding Pass or Plane Ticket) must be presented in the event of ticket inspection on the network.

Gare Cornavin is the main Railway Station in Geneva. It is located in the city centre, 10 minutes walking distance from the Lake and 20 from Geneva Old Town. High-speed trains ((TGV)) run from Paris (about 3 1/2 hours ride) and other French cities, while EuroCities go to Italy and other countries. Geneva is also well-connected by rail from Germany and the rest of Switzerland.

Train schedules and prices are available on

Many city trams & buses are accessible outside the station. Plans and schedules are available on

Entering Switzerland via a highway (i.e. Geneve “Bardonnex“) requires the payment of the Highway annual tax of CHF 40. Those with no further plans to use the Swiss highway system should enter via a “regular“ road.

To reach the Palexpo, take the motorway and follow the signs to the airport (Aéroport) or Palexpo. Parking possibilities are available directly at the Palexpo (P12). More than 2,800 parking spaces are available to visitors and exhibitors directly on the Palexpo site. The P12 car park also has designated disabled parking.

Please note that if staying in a hotel in Geneva during the congress, the Geneva transport card (personal and non-transferable) will be received upon check-in in your hotel, offering free use of the entire public transportation network without restriction (bus, train and boat), with validity for the entire duration of your stay at the hotel, including the departure day.

The Palexpo site is located at a railway and road traffic hub in the very heart of Europe, just a 10-minute walk from Geneva Airport and its railway station and a 15-minute bus ride from the city centre.

Trains operating at regular intervals take only 10 minutes to run between the airport and the centre.

By bus

Efficient ground transfers are available from Geneva Palexpo to the city centre and the main train station. Line N° 5 bus (Hôpital – Palexpo – Aéroport) links Geneva Palexpo with the City Centre in 20 minutes and runs frequently from early morning to late in the evening.

 Star Alliance 2016


Star Alliance 2016The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the 17th EFORT Congress 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please visit Conventions Plus online booking tool –

Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.

The participating airlines for this event are: ANA, Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EVA Airways, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration or proof of attendance for the Event/Convention.

Geneva Palexpo location


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17th EFORT Congress 2016 Geneva, CH | 01-03 June
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