Geneva is the smallest of large cities! Distances between conference centres, hotels, shops and restaurants can easily be covered on foot. Furthermore, thanks to its geographic location in the heart of Europe, Geneva remains an easily accessible city with an international airport, a significant railway network that connects the city to the rest of Switzerland and the whole of Europe and a particularly efficient public transport network.
Genève Aéroport is connected to 140 destinations around the world. It is only 6 minutes away by train from the city centre. Six buses also serve the airport and free shuttles are provided by hotels located nearby. All passengers landing in Genève Aéroport can obtain a free transport ticket for Geneva valid for 80 minutes.
Genève Aéroport holds several certifications:
• Swiss Olympic Label: Genève Aéroport received the “Swiss Olympic” label, awarded to companies who welcome trainees aiming to become elite sportspeople.
• ISO 55001 Certification: Genève Aéroport received the AFAQ ISO 55001 Certification, which confirms the use of internationally recognised good practices in managing its facilities. It demonstrates the existence of robust processes in the technical, administrative and financial management of assets, guaranteeing their thorough, supervised, reliable and efficient management too.
• OFAC – OACI Certificate: In early 2007, the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (OFAC) awarded Genève Aéroport a certificate stating that the organisation and documentation of the processes intended to guarantee the security of airport facilities, meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
• “1+ pour tous” label: With this label, public and economic stakeholders in Geneva recognise a company’s policy of hiring long-term unemployed people.
• Carbon accreditation for airports: Since 2011, Genève Aéroport has had a level 3 carbon accreditation for airport certification. The carbon accreditation for airports is a certification programme with regards to greenhouse gas management introduced by ACI Europe. This certification assesses and recognises efforts that have been made by airports in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and requires verification by an independent third party. It includes four levels of accreditation: 1) cartography, 2) reduction, 3) optimisation and 3+) neutrality.
• Nature & Economy certificate: Since 2011, Genève Aéroport has been included in the 308 companies certified by Fondation Nature & Economy which, thanks to the quality of their near-natural constructions, contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
Moreover, Genève Aéroport has introduced several environmental actions, which are grouped by area of action:
• Noise control
• Air quality and climate
• Energy management
• Water management
• Soil protection
• Waste management
• Prevention of major risks
• Management of natural environments
Furthermore, 55,000 sqm of photovoltaic solar-panelled roofs (the area of eight football fields) will be fitted in Genève Aéroport starting in 2020-2021. These solar panels will produce the current equivalent of 2,500 households in terms of electricity consumption.
Any person staying in a hotel in Geneva receives a free transport card for Geneva valid during their whole stay from the moment they book in to the hotel. This pass gives unlimited access to Geneva’s transport network, including trams and buses, local CFF trains (Swiss Federal Railways) and the yellow Société des Mouettes Genevoises boat shuttles.
Two companies in Geneva also provide the opportunity to rent bikes (GenèveRoule and Rent a Bike). They have stores in several areas in the city and are open 7/7.
Geneva also provides over 30 charging stations for electric vehicles throughout the city.
Geneva’s score on the Genève Traffic Congestion Index is 36%.