Stade de Geneve

Kick Off 19.45 Local Time

The number 12 tram goes from the city centre to the stadium.

THE BASICS - ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DOWNLOAD AN OFFLINE MAP FROM GOOGLE OF WHATEVER CITY YOU ARE VISITING!

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET INTO THIS COUNTRY?

Irish and EU citizens do not need a visa to visit Switzerland.

 

IS IT SAFE?

Switzerland is safe, normal precautions needed as with any city you’re visiting. However, there have been reports of an increase in thefts at the airport and on trains to and from the airport so please be extra vigilant.

 

ARE THERE ANY MAD LAWS THAT WILL DELAY ME GETTING TO THE PUB ON ARRIVAL?

There are no "mad laws" that we could find but be mindful that although some small bars/restaurants allow you to smoke inside, this is not always the case. So, please check before lighting up.

 

WHAT IS THE LOCAL CURRENCY?

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

 

1 euro will get you roughly 1.09 swiss francs                       

 

1 pound will get you roughly 1.20 swiss francs

 

PRIORITIES

 

ARE THERE ANY IRISH BARS FOR THE CRAIC?

Mulingans Irish Pub

Rue De-Grenus 14, 1201 Genève

 

Charley O’Neils

Rue Hoffmann 18, 1202 Genève

 

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PRICE OF A PINT?

A pint of Guinness will set you back around 9.50 swiss francs (8 euros)

 

WHAT IF I ENJOY MYSELF SO MUCH, THAT I NEED ASSISTANCE IN AN EMERGENCY?

 

Police 117

Fire 118

 

Ambulance 144

 

European Emergency Line 112

WHAT IF I ENJOY MYSELF SO MUCH, THAT I CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT?

 

IRISH PASSPORT HOLDERS

 

Embassy of Ireland 
2nd Floor 
Kirchenfeldstrasse 68 
P.O. Box 262 
CH-3000 Berne 6 
Switzerland

Tel: +41 31 350 0380
Fax: +41 31 352 1455

Monday to Friday 09:30-12:00

BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS

Embassy of Great Britain

Consular Services 

Thunstrasse 50

3005 Bern

Switzerland

Phone+41 31 359 77 00

FOOD

WILL THE LOCAL FOOD GIVE ME THE TWO BOB BITS? (BECAUSE IT WILL HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DRINK)

The Swiss are well known for their amazing chocolate so definitely bring some back for the wife, you may need her on board for the play-offs in March.

Cheese fondue is another speciality.

Rosti – similar to a potato pancake and fried in butter, the perfect hangover cure!

IF I WANT IT CHEAP AND CHEERFUL?

Then you've come to the wrong place pal!

Geneva is the fifth most expensive city in the world. A lot of people recommend taking the number 12 tram to the end of the line and walking across the border to the French town of Galliard where the pubs and restaurants are cheaper.

Or, alternatively just pop to McDonald's, unlike Copenhagen, there are plenty about!

TRANSPORT

TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT?

When you get past the baggage claim area at the airport, you will see signs saying “free ticket”. This free ticket will give you 80 minutes of free travel!

When you stay in a hotel, a youth hostel or a campsite in the canton, you will receive a "Geneva Transport Card" free of charge. With this card, public transport in Geneva is free for the full duration of your stay. 

 

IS UBER THERE?

Yes!

HOW TO GET TO THE STADIUM

The number 12 tram goes from the centre to the stadium.

The transport is fantastic in Geneva. I would recommend downloading an offline map of Geneva on google maps before going and also downloading the SBB app.

 

TOURISTY STUFF..

IS THERE ANYTHING WORTH SEEING?

Lake Geneva, you could take a boat trip on Lake Geneva.

CERN – you must pre book this.

English Garden

Palais de Nations

 

I DON’T FANCY SITTING IN THE PUB WITH THE OTHER LOT, I WANT CULTURE DAMMIT… CAN I TAKE A DAY TRIP ANYWHERE?

Visit https://www.viator.com/en-GB/Geneva/d578-ttd to look at all the day trip options.

HANDY TO KNOW

PHRASES IN THE LOCAL LINGO (TRANSLATED FROM GOOGLE)

French is the main language is Geneva.

  • Bonjour – “Hello”

  • S'il vous plaît / s'il te plaît – “Please”

  • Comment vous appelez-vous? - "what is your name"

  • Oui/Non/Si – “Yes/No” ...

  • Comment allez-vous?  - "how are you?"

  • Je voudrais parler français – “I would like to speak French” ...

  • Excusez-moi – “Excuse me” 

  • Pardon – “Sorry”

  • Deux guinness s'il Vous plaît - "two guinness please"

  • Il était déjà cassé - "it was already broken"

  • Je ne suis pas anglais - "I'm not English"

IN CASE YOU GET LOST

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This is a must for anyone travelling abroad.

 

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