Traffic is dense near Geneva so we recommend public transport wherever possible, but if you don’t have the choice:
- Avoid rush hour: from 6:30am to 9am and 4pm to 7pm.
- Leave early to make sure you arrive on time.
In the mountains
In winter, even if the road is clear, make sure you drive carefully and stay alert.
New regulations: from 1 November 2021, any vehicle using the mountain roads in 48 departments of France must be equipped with either snow tyres, winter tyres or snow chains, throughout the winter season.
5 recommendations before using the roads in winter5 conseils avant de prendre la route en hiver
- Check the weather forecast, stay informed of the traffic conditions on the road, leave early if conditions are not optimal and postpone your trip if the conditions of the road are difficult.
- Equip your vehicle with adapted tyres. Check the level of antifreeze in your windscreen washer fluid, make sure you’ve got a full tank of petrol.
- Remove the snow from the roof and de-ice all the windows of your vehicle.
- Make sure you’ve got the right snow chains for your vehicle and that you know how to fit them to the drive wheels.
- Make sure you have warm and comfortable clothing, gloves, and suitable footwear.
- Reduce your speed, increase the safety distances and turn on your headlights.
- Let snow-clearing vehicles pass and do not overtake snowploughs.
- Do not brake suddenly, use your engine brake.
- In the event of ice or heavy snowfall, drive slowly, smoothly and make sure you leave a good distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Driving along the road to Salève in winter
If you would like to get to Salève, you should know that in winter, a part of the RD41 in Salève is closed: from the Croisette mountain pass to the Grotte du Diable (Devil’s Cave) car park. The Grandegorge mountain pass may also be closed in the event of heavy snowfall.
Find all the traffic information on the website: www.inforoute74.fr.
Since 1 January 2014, it is compulsory when driving in Switzerland to have your headlights switched on during the day.
- Main customs offices: Perly, Bardonnex, Vallard and Moëllesulaz.
- They are open 24 hours a day.
- Bureau de change can be found near the border.
- You might not be asked to stop at the border for any border controls, but make sure you travel with valid proof of identity just in case.
- Motorway signs are green in Switzerland, and other road signs are blue.
- If you use the motorway, you should know that in Switzerland there are no motorway tolls, like there are in France. To drive on the motorway, you will however need a special motorway tax disc that is valid for all Swiss motorways for one year (1 month before and 1 month after the indicated year).
- Where can I get my tax disc? Road tax discs are available to purchase from the customs offices and the two Tourist Information branches of the Monts de Genève Tourist Office for €42.
Driving in Geneva
Traffic is very dense in Geneva, so we recommend public transport wherever possible, but if you don’t have the choice: make sure you leave enough time so you are not in a rush.
From 15 January 2020, when pollution levels are high, traffic in Geneva is temporarily forbidden for the most polluting vehicles. Only vehicles bearing the Stick’AIR/Crit’air sticker can drive on the roads between 6am and 10pm.
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