Celebrating 110 years of Public Services International (1907-2017) in Geneva, Switzerland
30thOctober — 3rd November 2017
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List of hotels
Non-sponsored Congress participants should make their own hotel reservations directly by clicking on the link below where PSI has block bookings for the Congress in both Geneva (Switzerland) and in the nearby town of Ferney-Voltaire (France). Each hotel is listed in a table with a direct link to reservations.
Click here: PSI hotel block bookings
TRAVEL FROM GENEVA AIRPORT TO YOUR HOTEL
For participants staying in Geneva, Switzerland:
Free “UNIRESO” tickets are available on arrival at the Geneva airport for public transport to your hotel in Geneva; and you will be given a free “Geneva Transport Card” by your Geneva hotel reception for public transport in and around Geneva during your entire stay. Buses and trains leave from just outside the airport every few minutes to the main station Cornavin in central Geneva. Note this ticket is valid in the Geneva area, but NOT valid for travelling across the border into France.
For participants staying in Ferney-Voltaire, France:
You can take the ‘Y’ bus (direction Ferney-Voltaire) from the airport to Ferney-Voltaire. It takes 10 to 15 minutes and costs about CHF4.80 or €4.80 (change required). To get to Geneva, take the “F” bus (direction Cornavin) and get off at “Nations” for the CICG.
Some call it the “world’s smallest metropolis”, others, the “peace capital”. Whatever image it brings to mind, Geneva has always been a popular destination. Better known throughout the world as the United Nations’ European headquarters and the head office of the International Committee of the Red Cross, our city draws thousands of people each year to events such as conferences, conventions and meetings.
Geneva is one of the greenest cities in Europe with more than 20 parks in the city center offering countless opportunities for rest and relaxation. The shores of Lake Geneva have attracted visitors and invaders for millennia. The cheerful city of Geneva sits on the lake’s western shore, lofty snowcapped peaks creating a gorgeous backdrop on all sides.
Free public wireless access is available at many cafes and public spaces, including Geneva’s airport and train station. Most accommodation places have free wi-fi, and many provide computers for guests’ use.
Geneva is generally a safe place, and crime against tourists is rare. Exercise normal safety precautions: ensure that your personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
Alertswiss provides essential information regarding disaster preparedness and emergency situations in Switzerland and guidance on how to behave. Exercise caution, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.
Use your time in Geneva to see local landmarks and enjoy the Swiss hospitality – see Lonely Planet’s Top things to do in Geneva, or Inisiders’s guide to Geneva.
Tourist office Geneva’s helpful, well-stocked tourist office is just downhill from the train station.Ticket Point One-stop shop for boat, bus and electric-train tours.
Geneva is easily navigable for travellers with physical disabilities. All public buildings as well as the TPG public transport system offer disabled access and facilities.
The CICG is situated only 5 kilometres away from the international airport and from the Cornavin main railway station, in downtown.
Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG)
17 rue de Varembé
CH – 1211 Genève 20
T +41 22 791 91 11
F+41 22 791 90 64
Public transport from Cornavin:
- Bus F: stop “Varembé”
- Bus n°5 : stop “Vermont”
- Bus n° 8 : stop “UIT”
- Tramway n° 15 : stop “Nations”
Travelling to Switzerland
Formalities are minimal when arriving in Switzerland by air, rail or road thanks to the Schengen Agreement, which allows passengers coming from the EU to enter without showing a passport. When arriving from a non-EU country, you’ll need your passport or EU identity card – and visa if you need one – to clear customs.
Please check whether you need a visa for Switzerland via the registration form or you can also click here
If you do need a visa, fill in the relevant section on the registration form, and in due course you will receive a personalised letter from our Swiss affiliate VPÖD/SSP to support your visa application. After the 28 June registration deadline, PSI will submit to the Swiss authorities a list of registered participants to facilitate this process. You must make an appointment at the Swiss consulate in your country to submit your application. Please allow at least 4 weeks for the application procedure.
Crossing the border
If you will be staying in Ferney-Voltaire (on the French side), don’t forget to always carry your passport with you – as local buses are randomly stopped either by the Swiss or French police at border with Geneva (Switzerland).
Accommodation, Venue and Travelling