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Geneva airport punches a little above its weight (population) because the city hosts many international organisations (it's the UN most important location after New York and was the League of Nations seat before that) and some banking and other services for the rich and famous. Many powerful wealthy people from Europe, the Middle East and Africa have villas ...


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A tip for saving a few bucks on the train ticket: On the baggage claim area there are machines that give you free tickets to Geneva. You just need to press a button and they'll give you one. They are valid only for arriving passengers, so make sure to keep your boarding pass with you. Then, in the machine for buying the train ticket you can select "change ...


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There are four trains per hour from Genève-Aéroport (the train station is directly at the airport) to Lausanne. The travel time is about 45-50 minutes. There is no discount if you buy the ticket in advance and a seat reservation is not possible on these trains, so even if you can buy the ticket online in advance, you have no disadvantage if you choose to buy ...


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Geneva is the second biggest city in Switzerland after Zurich. Given its world-class nature and the presence of big NGOs and the predominance of finance and banking sector, it does attract the frequent fliers. Geneva has many things that interest the rich of this world... go shopping in the city center streets and see all the clockwork and jewelry shops! ...


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Yes - CERN has an outreach program which does tours along with other activities. From their Visit CERN page: CERN welcomes the general public to visit and tour its exhibitions, experimental areas and other facilities. The admission is free. The permanent exhibition “Universe of particles” and the Microcosm exhibition can be visited from Monday to ...


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The train station is at the airport. You have to take up two (or three) escalators from the platform and then walk for approximately 50 meters to arrive at the check-in. There is only one terminal, so it will take you 5-10 minutes at most to go from the platform to check-in. It is a rather small airport and you should be able to find it without problems. ...


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There are only four types of passport stamps in the EU. Road travel Rail travel Air travel Ferry travel It doesn't matter if you walk, take a bike, or travel by bus; if you cross from a road border, you will get a road travel stamp. And also please note, since Switzerland is a member of Schengen zone, there are no border controls between Switzerland and ...


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30 Pounds are just 38 Swiss Franks. This isn't really a lot of money in Switzerland, so I don't think you will find anything that is really a lot of cheaper. Additionally, Geneva is one of the most expensive cities in Switzerland if not in the whole World. To make it worse, Geneva is the domicile of a lot of big organizations like for example UN, CERN, ICRC,...


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As it turns out it is possible during the Open Days, which unfortunately in 2013 had taken place on September 28th and 29th. And as of right now there are no such Open Days published for the year 2014. For details you can probably start with the Practical Information page regarding visiting, which is not likely to change much from 2013 to 2014, whenever ...


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When I was traveling in Switzerland and wanted to see Geneva, I would actually stay at a small hotel in Lausanne, some 45 minutes away, but along the main railroad line. At a much lower rate than Geneva itself. Geneva is a "destination," city, hence expensive. Anything "outside" of it would be far cheaper. But Switzerland is a small country, so "outside" of ...


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You don't need to buy the ticket online (there are automated ticket machines as well as manned ticket booths), but you'll save some time, and possibly some money: even though the standard ticket is 27.- CHF, you can buy discounted tickets for as little as 16.20 CHF. Drawback: discounted tickets are valid only on a specific train, so you'll need to time ...


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A lot of British people like to go skiing. The "standard" way to do this is to book a weeks holiday Saturday-Saturday => the hotels and chalets transfer their punters on Saturdays, with the outgoing guests leaving in the morning and the new ones arriving in the afternoon. (If you don't do this, you either have to spend money with a specialist agent, use e.g....


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The best option to get cheap flights once a year over the course of five years is--perhaps surprisingly--simple: Buy the cheapest tickets you can find at the time, with plenty of advance notice (about two months). You might be able to do slightly better if you chase after rewards programs and frequent flier miles and all that, but one pair of return ...


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Rain is definitely a possibility. Could be anything from a mostly sunny day with occasional rain to several days of downpour, depending on the short term weather situation - checking the weather forecast just before you leave is definitely your best bet. Forecasts are usually pretty accurate and reliable for the next couple days. The site that @LaurentG ...


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According to easyJet's Carrier Regulations: If your baggage is damaged, lost or delayed during an easyJet flight, you must advise a member of easyJet ground handling staff at the airport of arrival immediately. In the event of loss or damage to baggage the airline's liability is normally limited to a maximum of 1,000 Special Drawing Rights (...


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Yes, the train station is at the airport as it's been already said. If you're tight on budget, rideshares like blablacar offer rides for around 5 € one way. I think it's a great alternative to the way overpriced swiss train system.


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To answer the easy question first: the Genève-Aéroport train station is attached to the airport. It is an extremely short walk, even if carrying luggage. In fact, walking is your only option. Swiss train stations have ticket vending machines, and the main stations (including Genève-Aéroport) will have a staffed ticket counter as well. For the casual ...


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Geneva is extremely important for commodities trading (about half the worlds coffee is traded through there) due to favorable tax treatments. However a lot of people are based out of London, fly in Monday and out on a Friday. It has international organizations like the UN, UNHCR, CERN, IPO, WTO and the ICRC. Many commute because housing is expensive in ...


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I believe that compensation for lost or damaged luggage is always with the airline who flies the last leg of your journey. I've never heard of an airport dealing with luggage issues.


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It's certainly doable. If you have a French rental car, you will need to either leave the motorway in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine and go to Ferney-Voltaire using the secondary road network or buy a CHF 40 motorway vignette for Switzerland as the car most likely will not have one. Train is also quite convenient but goes to the Swiss side, the duration of the ...


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Airline loyalty systems are multifaceted in their benefits, and which program to choose varies a great deal depending on what kinds of rewards you prefer, which airline you take, which fares you purchase, and which routes you fly. However, frequent flyer programs are designed to get you to spend more money with a particular airline by providing extra ...


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Actually the simplest answer to your question is Yes. The airport of Geneva, although situated in Switzerland, is an international airport and has a French section. It can be accessed from France without passing the Swiss customs, through a special road (route douanière). There are car rentals at the French section of the Airport, for exemple Sixt. This ...


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The Hadron Collider is part of the CERN (European nuclear research center). From a quick googling… There seems to be some "open days" where there are organized visits. Have a look at: http://opendays2013.web.cern.ch/ Other than that, I think you will need at least some contacts and references from professors from universities associated with the CERN. ...


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Train station is actually next door. The walk takes 5 minutes from platform to check-in. Here are some tips to save time: Board as close as possible of the back of the train related to the the direction of travel; the airport station is a dead-end and the exit towards the terminal is near the tracks "exits", not the buffers. From Zürich HB, train should ...


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I visited the LHC on this years' open days. It was an experience I was glad I took part in. Some people even flew in for the day just to visit CERN. Such open days are unfortunately rather rare. Underground visits are only permitted when the LHC is on hiatus. When the collider is in operation you can't go down there, because of radiation risks, but more ...


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Others have explained well why there could be so much demand between London and Geneva. Since you asked why there are so many flights, however, I felt it was worth pointing out an extra angle, which answers the related question: why not simply fewer flights, with much larger planes? For business heavy short-haul routes such as this, competition between ...


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If you take a broad definition of tour, to include virtual tour, you could consider Google Streetview, as the Large Hadron Collider was mapped


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It's really in the airport (which is itself not very big but not so efficient for its size). Arriving: Out of the baggage claim, take left, walk 50-100m tops, you are already in the station (the actual tracks run underneath the airport). In the other direction you need to take some escalators, find the right check-in desk and then take some other escalators ...


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Geneva is one of Europe's most expensive cities. In addition, it is not a backpacker destination. All in all, 30 GBP per night (or possibly a bit more in 2014) is a quite decent price for accommodation in Geneva. You should also be aware that there can be quite a bit of price fluctuation, according to events taking place in Geneva. You can extend your ...


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You could check just before your departure the weather forecast in Geneva. The current weather now (sunny and between 10-20 degrees) is quite nice for the season and you can also expect the weather to change a lot from day to day. At late October it could be also about max. 10 degrees and rainy as the temperature can stay at about 20 degrees or even a little ...


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