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Old 14.11.2012, 12:07
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Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!! ( late night options at GVA Airport )

So I did something very stupid.

I planned a vacation for me and my gf in Thailand J we both are very excited about it. However, I planned it horribly. I have beated myself up all morning and now I wanna find a solution.
Everything is smooth other than the journey from the airport in Geneva to back home in Bern. We get back at the Geneva airport on 26th November at 22.40. The last train that leaves from Geneva airport to Bern is at 22.47. So I am sure we won’t be able to get this train. We do not have any friends in Geneva or in Bern who can come to pick us up. So we are pretty much on our own.

What are the options we have to spend our night in Geneva?

a)Either check in a hotel and spend 180 CHF at IBIS which seems to be the cheapest for 6 hours
b)Spend 500 CHF and a take a taxi to Bern, which is even more stupid
c)Cannot rent a car, since my driving licence isn’t in place yet.
d)Spend a night in MacDonald’s or something similar with our laptop and free wifi over a couple of cups of coffee.

Do any1 out there have any kind of suggest to just spending a couple of hours without spending huge sum of money? One of my options is MacDonald’s as we have spend a night drinking coffee and talking until the sun is up to take the first train back home, however, we did that in Zurich, where I lived for 5 years before moving to Bern. So we are not necessarily looking to have a lavish 5 hours but just spend some time, not be cold :P and most importantly be safe.

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This website may be of some use:

http://www.sleepinginairports.net/eu...m#.UKNuFWdnNsg

(Personally, I'd cough up the cash and stay in the hotel for the night)
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Old 14.11.2012, 12:12
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

Just get a hostel room for the night.
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

CHF125 ( add CHF4 for city tax ) for a double room ?

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Old 14.11.2012, 12:13
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

Find an all-night bar. Have a good booze-up and catch the first train in the morning.

I've done it the other way round when catching a flight that was too early to reach by the first train.
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

I'm with amogles or if you can't handle the booze-up I'd opt for the Macca's option, drink coffee and organise your trip photos!
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Old 14.11.2012, 12:19
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

Spend the night in a hotel in France - probably cheaper than one in CH.
It really isn't such a big deal, so no need to beat yourself up over this.
An all-nighter would probably set you back more than a hotel and you have to look after all your luggage too after a flight from the the Far East...
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

If you can afford a Thai holiday, I'm sure 180.- for a nice relaxing night's sleep isn't going to break the bank.
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I'm with amogles or if you can't handle the booze-up I'd opt for the Macca's option, drink coffee and organise your trip photos!
Have not been to geneva airport ever before, so not aware if there are night out bars close to the airport, or are they near the geneva train station ?
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

I sure wish you that this will be the stupidest msitake you have ever done...

judging from the title, I thought it was something more interesting
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Old 14.11.2012, 12:26
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I sure wish you that this will be the stupidest msitake you have ever done...

judging from the title, I thought it was something more interesting
the mistake was assuming last train is at 23.30, so I doubt its stupidest

I am in marketing, so I tend to make it interesting enough to get replies but careful enough to not misguide. It looks like you expected gossip or some love issue
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Have not been to geneva airport ever before, so not aware if there are night out bars close to the airport, or are they near the geneva train station ?
If I were you, I wouldn't hang around Geneva train station at night.

Seriously - if your girlfriend is with you and you've just travelled across two continents, the cost of a hotel is worth it.
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

From GVA airport, take the free public transport ticket ( press twice for two tickets ) to the hostel / hotel:

Arriving in Geneva Airport ? Get a FREE transport ticket

If staying in the hotel, ask them for a the free Unireso Geneva Transport Card.
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

You could look into some car-sharing options, e.g. http://www.covoiturage.ch/

Otherwise, if you were really desperate to get back that night, you may be able to find someone friendly enough to drive you for a fraction of the cost of a taxi.

If I had a car, I'd do it for a couple hundred, no problem.

I'd even probably rent a car and drive you, but then you'd almost be spending the same amount as for a taxi.
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

Well, I have stayed in you hostels when I have been travelling. They are a pocket friendly option. It seems like it would cost 60 chf for both of you to sleep in dorm or 90chf to have your own room. You will need to check if you can get bus to hostel from airport. I think the hostel is in geneva centre. Here is link

http://www.yh-geneva.ch/index.php/en/our-price.html

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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!!

There are options to take a slow journey...

http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en

From Geneva airport, to Berne railway station

depart/arrive
23:15 06:51
23:15 06:54
00:11 06:56
00:42 06:56

on the left side are some + signs, click on this to get details of the journey.

Connection

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Local area map: Genève-Aéroport
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We, 14.11.12 dep 23:15 7:43 4 trains IR, S1, R, RE

Local area map: Bern Bern Th, 15.11.12 arr 06:51

Sorry I am in London that day, otherwise I would hire a cheap car and collect you.
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Old 14.11.2012, 13:31
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Spend the night in a hotel in France - probably cheaper than one in CH.
I was going to suggest this. The Novotel at the airport on the French said is a good option. I think it's 90E a night or so. They have a shuttle but you'll have to confirm if it runs after 10pm. But a taxi shouldn't kill you.
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!! ( late night options at GVA Airport )

I dont think you made such a huge mistake...

...Like my husband.. 9 hours hanging round the airport in Malaysia.

Fingers crossed your flights delayed
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!! ( late night options at GVA Airport )

There are still trains to Lausanne going at the time of your arrival.. do you have friends or acquaintances in town?
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Re: Need help for a fixing a stupid mistake !!! ( late night options at GVA Airport )

I was going to suggest the Lausanne option too. You could probably find a hotel near Lausanne station cheaper than one near Geneva airport, and when you wake in the morning you would be nearer to home.
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