Reaching the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
How to get here
The World Health Organization (WHO/OMS) headquarters is situated on the outskirts of Geneva at the end of Avenue Appia, approximately three kilometres from the centre of town, and about one and a half kilometres from the Palais des Nations (UN).
Getting here by Taxi
Most Geneva taxi drivers know the headquarters building as "OMS" (on Avenue Appia). There are taxi stands located at almost all main squares in Geneva. The receptionist at the WHO main reception desk can request taxis or a taxi can be called by telephone by dialling the following numbers: 022 320 20 20, 022 320 22 02 and 022 33 141 33.
By taxi, it takes about ten minutes to get to WHO from the airport (25-30 CHF) or from the railway station (20 CHF). A taxi to the centre of town costs 35-50 CHF, depending on the route and precise location.
From the airport:
To travel from the airport to WHO, you may take the number 28 bus, which will take you right to WHO headquarter in approximately 15-20 minutes. Your bus stop for WHO is called Vie-de-Champs. The bus runs approximately every 30 minutes from the airport to WHO during the daytime.
The town centre can be reached within about 25 minutes from the airport with the number 10 bus. Both bus routes operate regularly on the weekends as well. Since bus schedules are subject to change, see the schedules posted at the bus stop or www.tpg.ch for current schedules and times.
From the train station Cornavin:
From Monday to Friday, WHO can be reached by bus number 8- with the destination board on the bus indicating OMS. The number 8 bus stops directly in front of the main entrance of WHO. It runs from Veyrier via Rive (the centre of town) and the Place Cornavin (railway station). You may also take the buses number 12, 16, 28 and F from Cornavin and disembark at the bus stop Vie-de-Champs. These numbers are also operating at the weekends. Then, walk 5 minutes to the main entrance of WHO.
The relevant bus timetables are displayed on the board next to the WHO reception desk as well as at all bus stops. Different arrival times are listed for weekdays, weekends and special holidays. The current timetables may be found on the internet at the Transports Publics Genevois (TPG) Web Site at www.tpg.ch.
Tickets must be purchased before entering buses. Individual tickets are available from vending machines at the bus stops. The normal fare for one adult ticket is SF 3.00. Please note that the vending machines do not give change. Cards for multiple trips at a reduced price can be purchased at the Naville Kiosk in the headquarters building and from newsagents in town bearing the "TPG" sign. Monthly passes for persons residing in Switzerland can also be purchased at the Genva bus office (Cornavin or in Cours de Rive). There are special youth fares for persons below the age of 25 years. Be sure to take advantage of this!
Parking space at WHO is very limited and visitors are encouraged to use public transportation. The general traffic regulations and rules for parking in the WHO grounds or their immediate vicinity are the same as those in force throughout Switzerland. Motorists are requested to follow the instructions of the guards as well as the various traffic signs.
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