Budget Travel Ideas in GenevaEdit This
Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland. It is considered
one of the most compact metropolises in the world and extends into
France. Geneva has the third highest quality of life in the world. The
city is walled-in by the Alps and Jura mountain chains. Though there
are museums and galleries in Geneva, many of the most popular
attractions are free and, because the city is somewhat compact, many
activities are within walking distance.
has it's own airline called Swiss Air that flies to many cities in the
world. You can find good prices here, but you should also take a look
at some of the multi-airline search engines. These search engines will compare prices of many of the
most popular airlines and give you the cheapest prices. Also, if
possible, try to fly during the week, as it is generally cheaper, as is
flying off-season. On most airline websites, while searching for a
flight, you can check a box that says "my dates are flexible". This
will give you all of the different prices for most every day of every
month so you can look through and choose what best suits you.
What to Do
A great fact about staying in
Geneva is that, if you stay in a hotel, hostel, or camp, you will get a
free Geneva Transport Card for the duration of your stay. This will
provide you with free city transportation by boat, train, or bus
throughout the area. Many of the beautiful places to see in Geneva
public sites that you don't have to pay for. Visit the Flower Clock in
Jardin Anglais (English Garden), Saint Peter's Cathedral (a small fee
if you want to conquer the 157 steps up the tower), or the Reformation
Wall that holds 450 years of Protestant history.
Where to Stay
There aren't a large amount of hostels in Geneva, but those that are there are nice and modern and, as previously mentioned, all accommodation includes a free Geneva Transport Card for your entire stay. The Geneva City Hostel may well be the cheapest place to stay with beds starting at only $30 per night. If you'd rather have your own private room, prices for single rooms start at only $55 per night (you won't find this low price often). Although you will not have an en-suite toilet and shower, there are bathroom blocks on every level which is almost better, as they make sure these are as clean as possiible.
July 30, 2009 new by kileybugher