If you are staying at a hotel, youth hostel or campsite in Geneva, the establishment may offer a "Geneva Transport Card", which gives free access to public transport in Geneva. Get more information from Genève Tourisme or the establishment concerned.
Geneva's public transport system is operated by the Transports publics genevois (TPG). Their site has timetables, fares, route details, etc. Unless you have a weekly or monthly pass, you have to buy your ticket at the machine located at the bus stop, if possible with the exact change. Tickets are not sold on buses. The machines accept CHF and EUR.
Various outlets - including TPG agencies and newspaper shops - sell prepaid cards (tpgPay) that can be used instead of money to buy tickets from the machines at bus stops.
From Cointrin Airport
Anyone arriving at Geneva Airport can obtain a free ticket (for immediate use) for 80 minutes' travel on the Geneva transport system. The ticket machine is located just before the customs control area in the luggage claim area.
Bus 5 (direction "Thônex-Vallard", get off at Nations)
Bus 28 (direction "Jardin botanique", get off at Nations)
Every 15-20 minutes until 1900 hours, then less frequent; 17 minute journey.
From the city center and railway station
Bus 5 (direction "Aéroport", get off at Nations)
Bus 8 (direction "OMS", get off at UIT)
Bus 11 (direction "Jardin Botanique", get off at UIT)
Bus 22 (direction "Nations", get off at UIT)
Tram 15 (direction "Nations", get off at Nations)
Frequent service all day and evening; 10 minute journey. The fare from town is CHF 3.00 (select the "Tout Genève" ticket at the machine, valid for one hour).
Car rental and parking
Most major car rental companies are represented at the airport. Parking is available at the Parking des Nations, adjacent to ITU.
Taxis can be ordered online or by telephone (022 331 4133), or picked up at the 60 or so taxi ranks located around the city and at the airport.
The fare from the airport to the city center varies from CHF 30 to 35 and depends on traffic flow, time of day and number of passengers. Within Geneva, including the airport, the amount to be paid is as shown on the meter.
The driver will make a small additional charge for luggage. The tip and VAT are included in the fare, but it is nevertheless customary to give one or two francs.