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Population: 191,000
Licence plate: GE
Major roads: E 25, E 62, E 21, A1
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Geneva (French: Genève, German: Genf) is a city in the south west of Switzerland close to the border with France.

Hitching out

East towards Lausanne, Bern, Zürich E 62

Go to the street Rue de Lausanne, near La perle du lac. Take the tram 1 until the stop Secheron. It's just here, there is a speed control radar in shape of cow, you can wait just after the traffic light. Cars can stop easily. It's a very good spot. You can also ask people at the petrol station beside, which works quite well.

  • my sister and I tried this spot and it worked very fast! Lyrafox 22:38, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
  • In fact the petrol station, radar and traffic-light is still 5-10 min walking from Perle du lac. I've waited 2+ hours at this spot. Sunday morning, single young man. Fabzgy 20:35, 8 February 2011 (CET)
  • not the best spot to hitchhike. The petrol station is on the other side and not very frequented. At least when I waited traffic was fast. I followed the road for approximately 20-30 minutes on foot until a big petrol station. Hitched a ride after 10 minutes to Lausanne from there. --Wukk 18:27, 8 March 2012 (CET)

You could also take bus 5 from the main station to the stop Gd-Saconnex-Place on Route de Ferney. Stand with a sign just after the bus stop. There is a BP petrol station nearby, with many long-distance cars going onto motorway A1.

Southeast towards Chamonix, Torino, Milano

Take bus 27 in the direction Thônex-Vallard-Douane and get off at the last stop. Walk through the customs to France and stand at the end of the customs just before the cars speed up for the motorway. The position is very good, the customs officers are nice, speed is low, there´s space for cars to stop, all the traffic is passing through.

West towards France, Lyon or Annecy

The perfect spot is at the motorway border crossing. There is toilets, money exchange, really slow traffic, and friendly environment. You can get very close to it by taking Geneve public transport buses. Lines 4(red), D(light pink), 72(grey) stop closest to it. 42 also brings you close. Lines 4 and D leave from Bel Air (very central). You have to get out at Perly Village (note: in 2012 the stop is not called Perly-Village anymore, but Ravières). Do NOT go until Perly Douane! From the Perly Village bus stop you cross the road, walk back 10 meters and turn right. (The left of the bus you just got off from.) You walk straight on the little street until you get to the bridge above the motorway. There is a short wire fence but people already bent the top of it, it is easy to hop over. After descending to the motorway, you turn right, and walk until the border. There is a concrete pavement outside the hard shoulder, you can walk safely to the spot. There is lot of traffic, straight ride to Paris possible! The walking takes 20 min more or less. It is useful to ask for a big public transport map, in hostels for example. - the one with the streets shows you where to walk.

If you want to try it from inside the city, then: Take the bus 23, 28, 57 or 'Y' if you are at the Airport, or the tram 14 or 16 from the train station, and stop at Blandonnet. Walk about 600m to the next on-ramp in direction of South, the one leading to the highway in the direction of South from Route de Vernier. The position is NOT very good because the cars speed up and visibility is not really good but there´s place for cars to stop. You can begin hitch-hiking just after the traffic light, before the bend. Take a ride at least 10km South to the Swiss-French border, where there´s a decent spot to continue. Walk through the customs and hitchhike - preferably with a sign - before the cars speed up. There´s not much space for cars to stop but they can, speed is low and all the traffic is passing through the customs.

Cities in Switzerland with more than 30.000 inhabitants

> 100.000: ZürichGeneveBaselBernLausanne

30.000–100.000: Biel/BienneChurFribourgKönizLa Chaux-de-FondsLuganoLuzernNeuchâtelSchaffhausenSt. GallenThunUsterVernierWinterthur