15th ESSKA Congress
May 2-5, 2012, Geneva

Travel Information

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PDF-File Map Airport train station PALEXPO

Arrival at Geneva airport

The airport is located only 4 km from the city centre of Geneva. Due to the excellent transport system, the centre can be reached quickly and easily by train or by bus. You can take a free ticket for bus transport from the airport to the city, the machine is located next to the exit from the luggage pick-up area to the arrival hall (before leaving the luggage pick-up area).

How to get by train from the airport to the centre of Geneva?

By bus from or to the airport (bus stops are located on the level check-in at the entrance or on the other side of the train station SBB):
Each 8-15 minutes from and to:

Ticket machine: Tickets are available at the helpdesk Unireso in the arrival hall of the airport, next to the customs control. You can also buy tickets at the ticket machines at the stops and at the station SBB.

By taxi from the airport to the centre of Geneva or to the PALEXPO:
Taxi-Phone Centrale SA Genève: Phone +41 22 33 141 33
Rates: Exercise price CHF 6,30 and for each additional km: CHF 3,20

Arrival at the Main Station Geneva Cornavin

Main Station Geneva Cornavin
Source: Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB

By bus line 5 in direction of Geneva Airport: The bus stop is located on the right side of the building when you are leaving the Main Station through the main entrance.
Please find the plan of the public transport system of Geneva at the following link:


Abstract Portal

The deadline for submission was October 10, 2011. Notification about the results of the abstract review process will be sent out to the e-mail address of the submitter by the end of January 2012.

Congress Portal

Arrival by car

The PALEXPO is within reach of the motorway A1 from direction France or Lausanne and has its own motorway exit. It offers 6.790 parking spaces in 8 different car parks within the area of the PALEXPO.

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About Geneva

Geneva is the second largest city of Switzerland. It is located in the west of Switzerland, between the close Alpine peaks and the Jura Mountains, in the bay where the Rhône is leaving the Lake Geneva. It is also called the “city of peace” and it is the host of the European office of the UNO as well as the head office of the International Red Cross. The town’s landmark is the “Jet d’eau” a 140 m high water jet on the verge of the Lake Geneva. A destination that is worthwhile an excursion is the mountain Salève that is already located in France but the visitors reach it by a cable car from Geneva within 5 minutes. The stunning view over Geneva and surroundings is worth a visit.

Quick facts


Because of Geneva’s location in the middle of Europe, there is a moderate climate during the spring months. The average temperature in May is: max. 18° Celsius (64° Fahrenheit) and min. 7° Celsius (44,6° Fahrenheit)

Time Zone

Geneva is located in the middle European time zone (GMT). The difference between World Time (UTC) is thus +1h

Modern communication

Dialling code: +41


Power 220V, 50Hz


Official Language: French

Passport and Visa regulation

For a stay that takes less than 3 months a valid passport suffices. These regulations are valid for the following nations: North and South America (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Peru), Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand. Tourists from Europe can enter the country with an identity card, too.

All other nationalities have to apply for a visa to the particular consulate for entering Switzerland.
Please find the list with the affected countries at this link (PDF-File).

Visa application forms at this link.

Please contact your consulate/embassy before planning your journey!

Currency (as of April 2012)

CHF (Swiss Franc)
CHF 1,- = € 0,83
CHF 1,- = £ 0,69
CHF 1,- = $ 1,09

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