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Geneva, Canton de Geneve, Switzerland

How much does it cost to travel to Geneva?

You should plan to spend around $214 (Sfr192) per day on your vacation in Geneva. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $53 (Sfr48) on meals
  • $9.56 (Sfr8.57) on local transportation
  • $295 (Sfr265) on hotels

A one week trip to Geneva for two people costs, on average, $2,990 (Sfr2,682). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
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  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Geneva cost?

A one week trip to Geneva usually costs around $1,495 (Sfr1,341) for one person and $2,990 (Sfr2,682) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Geneva on average costs around $2,990 (Sfr2,682) for one person and $5,981 (Sfr5,364) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Geneva will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Geneva on average costs around $6,408 (Sfr5,748) for one person and $12,816 (Sfr11,495) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Geneva has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Geneva expensive to visit?

Prices in Geneva are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Europe, which is known to be an expensive region, Geneva is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Playa de las Americas or Inverness.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Geneva Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Geneva?

The average Geneva trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Geneva travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) Sfr265 ($295)
Local Transportation 1 Sfr8.57 ($10)
Food 2 Sfr48 ($53)
Entertainment 1 Sfr27 ($30)
Tips and Handouts 1 Sfr1 - 3 ($1 - 3)
Alcohol 2 Sfr10 - 30 ($11 - 34)
Accommodation Budget in Geneva
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Geneva is $147 (Sfr132). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Geneva is $295 (Sfr265). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Geneva

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Geneva based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $173. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Geneva
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Geneva is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $9.56 (Sfr8.57) per person, per day, on local transportation in Geneva.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Geneva
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Geneva can vary, the average cost of food in Geneva is $53 (Sfr48) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Geneva should cost around $21 (Sfr19) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Geneva is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Geneva
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Geneva typically cost an average of $30 (Sfr27) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Geneva
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Geneva is $2.09 (Sfr1.88) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Geneva is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Geneva
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $23 (Sfr20) on alcoholic beverages in Geneva per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Expert Advice from Local Travelers

We're asking our community members and registered users to contribute their experiences about Geneva.

Why would you recommend Geneva to budget travelers? Or, why not?

I love the international atmosphere in Geneva! It's very different than most Swiss cities, and it's also a bit more affordable.

Jan 29 2024

It was quite expensive here. We did our best to save money but our hotel was pricey and the food at restaurants were too. You can eat fast food to save money. There are some good free things to see such as the historic part of the city, the old churches, free museums, the botanical garden, and the lake. So we spent a lot on some things like our hotel but other stuff was free to make up for it.

Nov 14 2023

We passed through Geneva and enjoyed visiting the lake. We also ate so much chocolate!

Nov 3 2023

What makes Geneva a budget-friendly destination? Or not?

I loved the international restaurants in Geneva. Most aren't too expensive either.

Nov 5 2023

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Geneva on a Budget
Geneva Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland and was previously the home for the United Nations Headquarters. The UN is now housed in New York City, but there is still a very strong presence in Geneva. Geneva is not known to be as energetic as some other European cities, but if you search it out, then you're sure to find some interesting places and lively nightlife. It's a very international city, in part because of the heavy UN presence, giving it an interesting feel. It is a French speaking city, and advertisements, signs, and television are all done in French.

Geneva's climate is temperate, oceanic. The winters are cool with frosts at night and occasional ice storms. Summers are comfortable and warm. Rain falls relatively evenly throughout the year. Swimming in the lake is a popular activity during the summer months and skiing in the nearby mountains is common during the winter months.
There are plenty of sights around town, many of which reflect the city's rich history and its current international feel. Make sure you make a point of visiting Cathedrale St-Pierre, Palais des Nations, Quartier des Grottes, and Monument Brunswick. Popular museums in the city include the International Museum of the Reformation, the Museum of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain.
Geneva can be divided into two section, the Rive Gauche and the Rive Droite, or the left and right banks of the River Rhone and the lake. You'll find many of the international organizations as well as many of the international residents on the Rive Droite. Here you'll also find the airport and the main train station, in the Paquis district. On the Rive Gauche you'll find the old town, also called Vieille Ville. For shopping you can go to Rue du Rhone and Rue du Marche, which run parallel to each other. Eaux-Vives is a residential area with many shops, bars and restaurants. Carouge is also on this side of the river.

There are several interesting events throughout the year in Geneva. Of particular interest are the Bol D'Or Yacht Race in June, Fete de la Musique, also in June, Caves Ouvertes in May and Fete de Geneve in August.

Also take some time to explore the many parks around town. Notable parks include Parc des Bastions, Parc des Eaux Vives, Parc de la Grange, and Bois de la Batie.
Food and Dining
There is no shortage of restaurants of all types in Geneva. The city's international flair is apparent in the restaurant selection as well. Unfortunately, Geneva is probably the most expensive city to eat out in an already expensive country. If you're hoping to find some budget food options, head to the area around the train station or in the Paquis district where you will find most of the budget eating options. Also try near rue de l'Ecole de Medecine off of Plaine de Plainpalais. Cooking for yourself is also a good way to save money. The cheapest places to pick up food are the supermarkets in France where you can expect to pay about half of what you might in Geneva.

Also take note that food options may be limited on Sunday nights. Your best options will probably be near touristy areas around the train station. Plan ahead and have reservations in advance if you can.

Geneva has a wonderful public transportation system and this is the recommended means of travel within the city. All visitors to the city can access a free travel pass which is good on all local Transport TPG. You can inquire about this at your hotel. Geneva is also an excellent city for cycling. If you have access to your own bicycle, that is ideal, but there are also several good and reasonably priced options to rent bicycles. The city itself is quite flat and has many facilities and amenities catering to cyclers.

The public transportation system includes buses, trams, mouette (boats) and a suburban train service. Trams are frequent and the lines have a hub at the Cornavin train station as well as Place Bel-Air in the old town. Suburban trains run to the outer areas of the city every half hour during the day and every hour in the evening until midnight. Most trains are used by commuters, but several stops, including Versoix and Coppet, may be of interest to tourists. The mouette service runs from the Paquis station near the Quai du Mont-Blanc to the other side of the lake near the Jardin anglais. Boats run every ten minutes.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.