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Ashford, United...
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geneva rail card

hi we are a family of 3 travelling to geneva in august 2012 for 4 days we are staying at a hotel in the vacinity of the airport...does anybody know if the free travel card is still availiable at the hotels in and around geneva?

thank you for your help

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1. Re: geneva rail card

The Geneva tourist free travel card was still issued when I was there 2 months ago. They are given out by your hotel - so you could perhaps ask the question directly of the hotel if you are still unsure after searching on-line

My understanding was that even more Swiss cities were going to use the system of putting a surcharge on hotel rates to offer the transport incentive to tourists. It was very worthwhile to us in Geneva. Make sure you take a ferry ride too.

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2. Re: geneva rail card

Hotels in Geneva have to provide you with the "Geneva Transport Card". Details on www.geneve-tourisme.ch/?rubrique=0000000417

Martigny...
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3. Re: geneva rail card

The card will cover the "Unireso" network which is all the public transport in Geneva including busses and trams AND trains airport to Geneva main station and local trains in the immediate vicinity of Geneva.

Also the "Mouettes" - the little water busses that ply the harbour. But not the CGN boats on the lake.

Ashford, United...
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4. Re: geneva rail card

hey guys, thank you for your quick replies to our question about the travel card it has really helped us alot! we're have a look into the links you posted and we are looking forward to visiting and the ferry ride too! thanks again!

Martigny...
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5. Re: geneva rail card

Only please - do not call the lake boats "ferries"!! Ferries imply a back and forth - usually with cars. Our lake boats do not fit this qualification. The Mouettes in Geneva are water busses. The boats on the lake are Lake Steamers....

Ferry is a totally other idea!

Edited: 2:20 pm, June 27, 2012
NSW, Australia
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6. Re: geneva rail card

Woops - apologies for introducing the word 'ferry' - only trying to be helpful to lukeyhuggins. Couldn't remember how to spell 'mouette' and these lovely little passenger boats are what we would call a 'ferry' in Australia. I best stay out of it in future!

Ashford, United...
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7. Re: geneva rail card

to yambagal no worries! and thank you your comments they were very helpful were be sure to have a look at the 'mouette ferries'! lol thanks again and good luck!

Martigny...
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8. Re: geneva rail card

Ferry is comething that plies back and forwards, same route all the time and mostly takes cars. Lake steamers or lake boats if they aren't steamers are the boats on the main lake. "Naviboat" or shuttle boat is what they call the boats that go back and forth mostly for commuters between Evian and Lausanne and Nyon and Thonon. Then there are the mouettes. Only Geneva has a port large enough to warrant a boat/bus service. That is the mouette. Don't know where the name came from but perhaps Swissdiver will... would be interesting to find out.

Anyway let's leave the ferries on the Channel and the Baltic etc!!

NJ
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9. Re: geneva rail card

If we take the train from Geneva Airport to Nyon in order to take the boat to Yvoire, will the train be covered by the Geneva Guest Card? Thanks.

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10. Re: geneva rail card

No as Nyon is outside of "Unireseau".