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Currency & language

As you prepare for your trip to Geneva, learning more about the local currency and language will enrich your experience and make your journey smoother.


In Geneva, as in the rest of Switzerland, the currency used is the Swiss Franc (CHF). While some businesses, especially those catering to tourists, might accept Euros, it's not a widespread practice, and the exchange rate may not be favourable. Bank and credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and shops, making this payment method convenient for travellers. However, having some Swiss Francs on hand for smaller purchases, public transport tickets, and for those places that don't accept cards is a good idea.


Geneva is a multilingual city at the heart of the French-speaking part of Switzerland. French is the predominant language, used in official communications, signage, and by the locals. However, due to its international status, including the presence of the United Nations and other international organizations, English is also widely spoken, especially in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Basic French phrases can go a long way in local interactions, but you'll find that most people in the service industry can communicate effectively in English.

To truly embrace the local culture, try picking up some French phrases before your visit. It's a great way to connect with the locals and shows appreciation for the city's linguistic heritage.

Geneva's blend of languages and the ease of transactions in Swiss Francs contribute to its unique charm and global character.

With a little preparation, you'll navigate the city like a local, making the most of your stay in this beautiful, cosmopolitan destination.

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