The 10th Session of the CliC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) will be held at the WMO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Below is some local information to help make your stay more enjoyable.
By Plane - Geneva Cointrin International Airport (GVA)
By Train - SSB
Remember to pick up a free ticket for public transport from the machine in the baggage collection area at the Arrival level.This Unireso ticket, offered by Genève Aéroport, allows you to use public transport in the canton of Geneva free for a period of 80 minutes.
To get to downtown Geneva from the airport you can either take the train or the city bus. The train serves the airport from/to the centre of Geneva in just 6 minutes, with trains every 12 minutes during peak hours. All trains stop at Genève-Cornavin station (city centre). Bus 28 can be taken from outside the Terminal Building (First floor). The stop is situated to the left as you come out of the terminal. The bus goes all the way to Jardin Botanique, which faces the WMO building (last stop).
Taxis in Geneva can be ordered by phone, flagged down in the street or found at the 60 or so taxi ranks, in town, at the airport and at the stations. Fares between the airport and city range from CHF 30.00 to CHF 35.00 and depend on how heavy the traffic is, the time, and the number of passengers. Currently, the fare within Geneva, including the airport, is the amount shown on the meter. The driver will ask for a little more for luggage.
We have secured a block of rooms at the Hotel Mon Repos (book before 10 Jan), which is located in approximately 300 m from the WMO building. It is a bit pricier than other hotels, but it is close to the venue. For those wishing to save or have been offered support from WCRP/CliC, we encourage you to search on booking.com, venere.com, or http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/en/accommodation/hotels/ and find a hotel in the region of the Geneva railways station Cornavin. The recommended hotels there are: Saint - Gervais, Moderne, Cristal, and Astoria. Others may be acceptable too. They all are supposed to offer a free transportation ticket. Travelling from Cornavin to WMO is easy (line 1) with a commute time of roughly 10 minutes by metro, 30 minutes walking. The prices now go up very quickly so an early booking is strongly recommended. Since the district is small, it will be possible for people to easily gather together even if they stay at different hotels.
Block rooms at:
MON REPOS | Hôtel & Résidence
131, rue de Lausanne | 1202 Genève
Web site: www.hotelmonrepos.ch
Special room rate: CHF 170.00. Tourist tax: CHF 3.30. Breakfast: CHF 19.00. The hotel will offer free WiFI internet and a card (voucher) for free use of the Geneva public transport system.
How to book:
1) Contact hotel by email and refer to Prereservation number 141943 by the World Meteorological Organization
2) Provide in email: your full name, desired options (check in and out dates)
3) Provide to hotel, either by email or by phone or fax, your credit card number and expiry date.
TEL. +41(0)22 909 3 909 | FAX. +41(0)22 909 3 993
This option can be used so you receive confirmation by hotel not later than 10 January 2014.
Please note the pretty serious cancellation conditions:
20 days or earlier before arrival: free cancellation
15 days to 20 days before arrival: 25% of the total reserved stay cost will be charged
10 days to 15 days before arrival: 50% of the total reserved stay cost will be charged
05 days to 10 days before arrival: 75% of the total reserved stay cost will be charged
less than 05 days before arrival: 100% of the total reserved stay cost will be charged
Getting to WMO from the Geneva Airport
Taxi: From the taxi rank outside the Arrivals Hall (Ground floor)
Cost: approximately CHF 25–30
Bus: Bus 28 can be taken from outside the Terminal Building (First floor). The stop is situated to the left as you come out of the terminal. The bus goes all the way to Jardin Botanique, which faces the WMO building (last stop). Cost: Free tickets are available from the machine in the Baggage Conveyor Hall before passing customs.
Getting to WMO from the Centre of Geneva
From Cornavin Station, tram 15 goes to the Place des Nations. WMO is then within walking distance (avenue de la Paix, towards the lake – 10 minutes). Buses 1, 11 and 28 also stop at the Jardin Botanique, which faces the WMO building.
A map of the bus network can be obtained free of charge from the UNIRESO Information Centre at Cornavin Station.