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Practical Information


Find practical information about Geneva

Geneva International Airport


Geneva International Airport is located about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) west of the city centre, on the border between France and Switzerland.

  • Two terminals :
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2

Getting from the airport to Geneva and back
  • By car
    • Accessible via the E62 and the E25.
    • Several parking facilities are available:
      • Kiss & Fly, a drop-off area on the departure level
      • P2 for short-term parking (free for the first 10 minutes, then CHF 2 for 30 minutes and CHF 3 for 1 hour)
      • P1, P20, P26, P31, P32 and P51 for long-term parking (CHF 29–32 for 1 day, CHF 101–170 for 1 week )
    • Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall.
  • By train
    • Trains run by SBB CFF FFS, Switzerland's national railway, connect the airport with the city centre, with departures every 12 minutes. The trip takes about 7 minutes and a single ticket costs CHF 3 (Unireso individual ticket).
  • By bus
    • Several bus routes operated by Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) connect the airport with the city centre, with buses running every 8 minutes during peak periods (Unireso individual ticket, CHF 3).
  • By taxis
    • Taxis are available at the ranks outside the airport. The trip to central Geneva usually costs between CHF 35 and CHF 45.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +41 (0)22 717 71 11
  • Website :

Getting Around Geneva


It is very easy to get around Geneva. The simplest option, with relatively few constraints, is to use public transport. Transports Public Genevois (TPG) operates a dense network of bus routes as well as a tram system recently given a fresh lease on life.

By tram

Geneva has seven tram lines (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18) serving the entire metropolitan area. The integrated Unireso individual ticket, valid for 60 minutes of travel, costs CHF 3 and may be used on all of TPG's buses and trams, SMGN's ferries across Lake Geneva, as well as SBB CFF FSS trains within the city.

Useful tip: You can purchase a daily card (Carte journalière) for unlimited travel on all TPG lines. This is a very convient option for discovering the city without worrying about the validity periods for individual tickets. The price is CHF 10, or CHF 8 if you only need to travel after 9 a.m .

By bus

Buses are certainly the most convenient mode of transport to explore Geneva. There are also a number of Noctambus night buses, running every 20–30 minutes. On Friday and Saturday nights, Noctambus services operate from midnight until 5 a.m. These buses are identified by a letter “N” before the number. The integrated Unireso individual ticket (CHF 3), valid for 60 minutes of travel, is also accepted on the Noctambus routes.

By taxi

There is no shortage of taxis in Geneva. They may be reserved by telephone, hailed in the street or at any of the city's 60 or so public taxi ranks.

  • The flag-down fare is CHF 6.30, then CHF 3.20 per kilometre.
  • At night and on Sundays and holidays, there is an additional charge of CHF 3.80.
  • A luggage charge of CHF 1.50 per piece also applies.

By car

Renting a car to get around Geneva is a convenient solution, but can be rather expensive. Most parking spaces in the city centre are metered.

Visitor Information


Upon your arrival in Geneva, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

Geneva Tourism & Conventions Foundation Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

  • Address : 18 rue du Mont-Blanc 1211 Genève
  • Telephone: +41 (0)22 909 70 00
  • E-mail :
  • Website:
Further information available online for visitors to Switzerland The official website maintained by Switzerland Tourism, the Swiss national tourist board, provides a wealth of information on Geneva.
The currency used in Switzerland is the swiss franc (CHF).

1 € = 1,15 CHF

1 CHF = 0,87 €

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

Essential Phrases


Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Geneva a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour
Good evening: Bonsoir
Good-bye: Au revoir
Yes: Oui
No: Non
No, thank you: Non, merci
Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup
I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas
Could you repeat that: Pouvez-vous répéter ?
Please: S'il vous plaît
What time is it: Quelle heure est-il ?
Excuse me: Excusez-moi
Airport: Aéroport
Train station: Gare
Taxi: Taxi
Hotel: Hôtel
Hospital: Hôpital
Bank: Banque
Telephone: Téléphone
I'm (…): Je suis (…)
I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…)
How much is (…): Quel est le prix de (…) ?
Do you have (…): Avez-vous (…) ?

Good To Know


Phone : 00 41 + phone number without the 0 (calls to Geneva)

Bank : Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Government offices : Usually open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Electricity : 230 V / 50 Hz  

Shopping hours :
Most retail stores are open throughout the day, however many service shops close for lunch between 12:00 and 14:00 during the week. Most stores, including grocery stores, do not stay open past 19:00 on weekdays, past 18:00 on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays, so plan wisely to avoid frustration.

And what about tipping?
In Switzerland, as is also the case in France and Italy, when the service is especially friendly and attentive, leaving a tip is recommended and always appreciated. An appropriate tip in this case is anywhere between 5 and 10 percent of the bill at restaurants or bars.

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If you have a problem contact us :

Conference organizer:
 +41 77 416 57 83

Emergencies Numbers


In case of emergency

General emergency calls: 112
Fire service: 118
Police: 117
Ambulance: 144
Toxicological Institute: 145
Toxicological Information Center: +41 44 251 51 51
Consular Services: +41 (0)800 247 365 or +41 (0)58 465 33 33

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CICG Useful/CERN Visits


Find useful information about CICG



WIFI for all participants in CICG

Username: CERN
Password: RADECS

Preview Room


The Preview Room is situated at the Level 2 and will be closed during the coffee breaks.

Working Hours


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Stay informed About the Conference News

Last day at the conference

Come and see C. Rembser and discover CERN’s world of accelerators

Enjoy the CERN Visits

Have a Save Trip Home

Unfortunately we have to announce that Etienne Klein cannot join us. But we will have a secret invited talk!

The mystery is solved: Prof. Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee will be our guest! We are so happy to welcome him here!

The industrial Exhibition was opened yesterday, please feel free to visit our exhibitors during breaks! Also we will have our Industrial Reception this evening!

Successful launch Ariane-5 last Friday

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CERN Visits - Bus Schedule


Please make sure you are at the busses ten minutes before the scheduled departure time from CICG

Monday Afternoon

From CICG 13:30 to CERN - From CERN 17:00 to CICG

Wednesday Afternoon

2 - Gluons: From CICG 13:30 to CERN - From CERN 17:00 to CICG
3 - Gravitons: From CICG 13:30 to CERN - From CERN 17:00 to CICG

Thursday Afternoon

4 - Higgs: From CICG 13:30 to CERN - From CERN 17:00 to CICG
5 - Muons: From CICG 13:30 to CERN - From CERN 17:00 to CICG

Friday Morning

6 - Neutrinons: From CICG 08:00 to CERN - From CERN 12:00 to CICG

Friday Afternoon

7 - Photons: From CICG 14:30 to CERN - From CERN 18:00 to Airport
8 - Protons: From CICG 14:30 to CERN - From CERN 18:00 to Airport
9 - Quarks: From CICG 14:30 to CERN - From CERN 18:00 to Airport

General Safety Instructions


For Limited Number Of Visits: