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Trams, buses and boats
Tiny mouettes ferry people across the mouth of the lake (April–Oct only), on two routes, both covered by normal city tickets: M1 runs between the Pâquis jetty (Quai du Mont-Blanc) and Place du Molard (Rues-Basses); M2 between Pâquis and Eaux-Vives.
Swiss Pass holders travel free, but Eurail, InterRail and even the Swiss Half-Fare Card bring no discounts on city transport.
The station has the usual bike-rental facilities (Mon–Fri 6.50am–6.45pm, Sat & Sun 7am–12.30pm & 1.30–5.45pm) or, as an alternative, you can take advantage of the Genèv’Roule scheme, with bikes available for rent at Fr.5/day from 17 Place de Montbrillant and the Bains des Pâquis (both May–Oct daily 7.30am–9.30pm). Horizon Motos, 51 Rue de Lausanne (022/731 23 39) rents mopeds and motorbikes by the day, week or month: long-weekend deals start from Fr.120.
For self-guided tours, simplest is to pick up a Walkman and headphones from the tourist office for an informative 26-point walk in the Old Town at your own pace (Fr.10, plus Fr.50 deposit), or follow one of the excellent “Geneva On Foot” brochure-led walks through the various parks and neighbourhoods. Official two-hour guided walks all depart from the Hôtel-de-Ville and cost Fr.12: a walk through the Old Town runs year-round (June–Oct Wed & Sat 11am, Nov–May Sat 11am), while other regular tours outline Historic Geneva, The Red Cross, and Medieval Geneva (June–Oct alternating Mondays 2.30pm). Other walks, highlighting International Geneva, parks and gardens, Carouge, Geneva by night, and more, run on fixed dates from various points around town – ask at the tourist office for details.
Opportunities for getting onto the water also abound: the CGN has plenty of cruises long and short from their Mont-Blanc jetty, including Les Belles Rives Genevoises – a circular tour of both lakeshores (April–Sept daily 11.05am & hourly 1.05–5.05pm; 55min; Fr.11) – and dozens of eat-aboard brunch, lunch and evening cruises. However, note that the smaller companies ranged along the Quai du Mont-Blanc tend to offer better value and more regular departures for much the same thing. One of them, Mouettes Genevoises Navigation, 8 Quai du Mont-Blanc (022/732 29 44), has an excellent 2hr 45min return trip down the Rhône, from the Pont de l’Ile (Quai des Moulins) past cliffs and densely wooded shores to Verbois dam near the French border (May–Sept daily 2.15pm, also Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun 10am; April daily 2.15pm only; Fr.22, reserve ahead).
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