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With the Swiss Train service from Eurostar operating from London St Pancras to Geneva Cointrin via a change at Lille to a TGY Lyria service, getting to Geneva by train takes just 6hrs 15mins. And when you count how long before your flight you have to be at the airport etc, for many the train could actuallly be quicker than flying!

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And of course, Mountain Drop-offs will do pick ups at the main train station, or you can hop on a train to the Airport (they run every 10-15mins and take just 8 minutes) and get your usual MDO airport transfer from there. Tickets are booking now for the service that runs year round.

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Geneva loves to party!

Geneva city is full of arts, culture and museums with fetes and festivals all year round, so it's no surprising it has been voted one of the best short break locations in Europe. There's always lots going on and yes, it's an expensive city, but many of the events are free and entry to most of museums is free too.

Here's our pick of annual events in Geneva:

Geneva International Film Festival on All Screens - November
The idea of this film festival held in early November, is that it combines cinema, television and new media to celebrate the role of the image maker and film maker. There are lots of events to watch and take part in, many of which are at the hub of the festival, that's to say the Theatre Pitoeff in the bohemian Carouge area just outside Geneva centre.

Geneva Supercross International - December
On the first weekend of December every year, international Supercross comes to the Geneva Arena near the airport. A special motocross circuit is built inside the huge arena and the sound of two stroke mx bikes fills the air. Be wowed by the incredible freestyle skills of the riders over the big jumps. A great spectacle.

Festival Antigel - Jan/Feb
From mid Jan to mid Feb it might be winter, but the whole idea of this multi-channel festival will melt your frozen heart (hence the name!). There is a total of 21 different communes taking part, hosting everything from live music and dance, to unusual spectacles, sport and chill out events. Browse the full programme at

Geneva Street Food Festival - June
Head to the Promenade Saint-Antoine to sit down and eat street food in conviviality! Big long benches and tables set up on this lovely pedestrianised avenue between the old town and the Museum of Art and History, mean everyone eats together at this fab foodie festival in mid June every year. Well worth a visit.

Fete de la Musique - June
Towards the end of June every year, a full weekend is dedicated to all things music in Geneva. At venues across both the Rive Droite and Rive Gauche of the lake, there are concerts (all styles of music), spectacles and workshops for all ages to enjoy. It’s all free, so well worth checking out.

Musiques en Été - July
Organised by the City of Geneva, this is a summer-long programme of live music at some lovely venues around Geneva. From the beginning of July to August, the emphasis is very much on classical and jazz music, so it’s all nice and relaxed and chilled. Concerts take place at places like Parc de la Grange, the Town Hall courtyard and Victoria Hall. Ticket prices vary.

Fete Nationale - August
The 1st August is Fete Nationale and the whole of Switzerland parties hard. None more so than the city of Geneva, where Parc des Bastions hosts the celebrations. The programme changes every year, but it inevitably involves lots of food, drinks and some big, big fireworks by the lake. Oh and it’ll be a very late night for all involved too!

Fetes de Geneva - August
More partying on the lakeside in Geneva! Spread across the first two weeks of August, there’s a packed programme of events including shows, workshops, events, games, spectacles, live music and plenty of parties on the Geneva beach late into the night. Once again, Geneva shows it can party, but this time with its feet in the water!

Fete d’Escalade - December
This weekend in early December commemorates the day the Ducs de Savoie soldiers clashed with the Genevans. Expect canon fire, battle re-enactments, marches, fires and all sorts of traditional stuff going down in the heart of the old town.

Geneva - lots of lovely live music:

If you're a fan of live music here's a selection of gigs and concerts in the Geneva area that'll get you dancing in the aisles:

Deep Purple - 20/5/17 - Arena Geneve
Simple Plan + Mallory Knox - 31/5/17 - Salle des Fetes, Thonex
The Cranberries - 10/6/17 - Theatre du Leman
Bruno Mars - 14/6/17 - Arena Geneve
James Blunt - 08/11/17 - Arena Geneve
Nick Cave - 13/11/17 - Arena Geneve
Metallica - 11/4/18 - Palexpo Geneve

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Geneva Has More Than You Think!

Many of us arrive at and depart from Geneva International Airport without even giving the city itself a second thought. Geneva centre, which is actually only 4km away from the Geneva airport, is easily accessible and if you thought Switzerland was all about cuckoo clocks, chocolate and secret bank accounts then think again - it's a multi-cultural vibrant city that is bursting with culture and history as well!

Transfers GenevaGeneva is a truly global city, with a number of international organisations present including the World Health Organisation, the Red Cross and the United Nation's 'Palais des Nations', which you can actually visit. No wonder the city is dubbed 'Peace Capital'.

Even the science geeks get a mention with the CERN physics laboratory and research centre, where English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented a little old thing they called the World Wide Web.

Transfers to GenevaThe city centre has grown around the point where the River Rhone exits the Lac Leman, one of the largest lakes in western Europe. When you fly in to and out of Geneva Airport the flight path either takes you over the picturesque Jura mountains, or you fly directly along the lake, passing France's lovely medieval Yvoire.

If you go over Yvoire, look out for the luxury lake-side villas with private swimming pools and enjoy a sneaky peak of Geneva's famous landmark the 'Jet d'Eau' water fountain that propels water up to 140m in the air over the lake.

Geneva is quite a hidden gem, with lots of things to see and do if you look hard enough (it's that Swiss discretion!). The old town (Vieille Ville) high up on the hill is very pretty, with the impressive St Pierre Cathedral and the Place du Bourg de Four with cafes, galleries, restaurants and boutiques. The area around Bel-Air (behind the busy main bridge called the Pont du Mont Blanc) is very bohemian and cool, with lovely little riverside bars with deck chairs and music venues like Usine.

Geneva shuttleCulture vultures will love the likes of the Patek Philippe Museum in the ornate headquarters of this luxury Geneva-based master watchmakers. Modern art is superbly represented with the Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in a very funky industrial-style building and a great 'rainy day' option is a visit to the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle that kids absolutely love.

Geneva shuttlesLast but not least, those crystal clear waters of the lake are so inviting on a hot summer's day that it's well worth paying the 2chf entry fee to go to the Bains de Paquis, a lido that juts out onto the Lac Leman right next to the lighthouse and offers sunbathing, hammans and even live music from sunrise until sunset.

So there you have it. On the face of it Geneva might not be the most exciting city break destination, but dig a little deeper and this discreet lakeside city will open up it's world of music, food and culture for you. Why not book a weekend break to Geneva and let Mountain Drop-offs take you there from the airport?

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