Geneva On A Budget

The challenge with travel is that there are always some areas that you have to spend extra on, whether that’s flights, accommodation or living expenses. There are ways of saving, of course, but some countries are still quite expensive to visit unless you’re visiting or staying with a community such as wheelersangel.com, or something similar. Today, we’ll explore one such city which while incredibly popular to visit, has a reputation of being very pricey. Take a look at the top budgeting tips while you visit Geneva in Switzerland.

Use Trams for Transportation

A yak in Switzerland (Courtesy: Naomi Wirth)

The impressive tram system is by far the best way to get to know the city, and if you’re staying longer than a week, it’s worth getting a weekly pass. Some hotels will arrange this for you or let you have the free weekend travel passes. Snap this offer up. While this is not expensive, you’ll find yourself wanting to save as much money as possible. Trams and buses are incredibly efficient in the city of Geneva, and will take you all the way from one side of the city to the other and right up to several border crossings into France.

Shop for Groceries in France

Groceries (Courtesy: Erik Scheel)

If you’re self-catering and have a car, then the very best way of saving money is to head to France to do your grocery shopping. There are supermarkets just across most sides of the borders and no more than a 20-minute drive from each border post. There, you’ll find cheaper cheese, veggies and things to drink. Just be aware that there are limits on how much you can take back into Switzerland, and carry your passport with you, just in case you are stopped by the border guards.

Explore Paquis on the Outskirts

Bains des Pâquis (Courtesy: Guilhem Vellut)

While there’s no getting away from the fact that eating out in Geneva is expensive, there are areas that make it a little more affordable. Head down to Paquis and especially the Bains Des Paquis for an evening out. The area is a little rough around the edges but like most other major cities, houses the best bars and eateries. The Bains Des Paquis is a popular destination for people looking to enjoy a dip in the lake, a relaxing session in a steam room or sauna and massage followed by a drink and some snacks in the evening. It’s located on a jetty structure and is open all year round. Popular with locals and visitors alike, it’s fun, busy and a great place for people watching.

Head to the High Street

Geneva (Courtesy: Luisfpizarro)

If you’re looking for souvenirs or to do a little shopping on a budget, avoid the main shopping area in the city. This road or two of shops is littered with designer brands and high-end names. Explore Geneva to find pockets of commercial areas that are far less expensive, such as the many markets to be found in Plainpalais and Carouge.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Cost

Saleve (Courtesy: Guilhem Vellut)

Expensive? Yes, but also beautiful, vibrant and fun. Explore Geneva by tram, shop in France and check out some of the sightseer destinations and the beautiful lake that make Geneva such a popular city all year round. Just an hour from the Alps and even closer to the Saleve Mountain Range, Geneva is a fascinating mix of countryside and urban landscape.

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