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Geneva Youth Hostel

Rue Rothschild 30
1202 Genève (GE)

Classic Eu-label Hiq Quality-1 Steinbock-2 Climate_neutral Swiss_solar Bedingt-geeignet

Phone: +41 22 732 62 60
Fax: +41 22 738 39 87

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Being inhabited as far as 3000 B.C, Geneva has always been of interest to many civilizations as different as the Celts, Romans, Germanic Burgundian and French. All have one time, or another lived in this beautiful city. Geneva has never lost any of its cosmopolite feeling, hosting many world organizations such as the UNO and the International Red Cross. It gives you a glimpse of the city's role in today's world.

History of the hostel

The Geneva Youth Hostel association was created in 1932 to respond to the high demand of young traveler's. It all started in a little apartment on "rue du Soleil Levant"; then, it was moved to a building of the "Union Chrétiennes". The demand kept on growing, so it was once again moved to a school building. With a great concern for guests, the association had to find new and modern installations for the ever moving backpackers. A more adapted building had to be created. With great effort the association had talks with city's management a new building was found. Since 1987 the Geneva Youth Hostel is one on the city's contemporary art hallmarks. It uses the same building of an old ophthalmic hospital from 1874 to 1978; being itself a donation of the Rothschild foundation. A new building was added to the old hospital to be able to accommodate up to 300 people. Its ample lounge and restaurant will give you a great feeling of space and luminosity.

Member benefits

Your local discounts

(available all the year round at the hostel reception) 

  • Free «Geneva Transport Card» for all public transport in Geneva
  • Free entry to the Museum of Switzerland
  • 50% discount for the Red Cross Museum

Your member benefits

Getting here

By planeFrom the airport "Cointrin": Take a local train "RER" to downtown's "Cornavin" train station. Or you can also take bus 10 at the airport to downtown; you then get off at "22 cantons". At the stop, walk towards "Cornavin" train station and look for tram line 13. Once at the train station, you have the choice of either, continuing onwards by foot on rue the Lausanne for about 15 minutes.

By public transportFrom the station "Cornavin": It takes only about a fifteen minutes walk from "Cornavin" train station, on rue de Lausanne direction OMC. Then, you turn right on "rue Rothschild". You will be able to see the Hostelling International Logo. By tram, take line 13 (direction Nations), you then get off at "Butini" and go back one street from "rue Butini". You should then be on "rue Rothschild".



Open all year


2 - 12 pm


6.30 - 10 am


  • 8 double rooms with shower/WC
  • 2 rooms with 4 beds and shower/WC
  • 4 rooms with 4 beds and WC
  • 8 rooms with 4 beds
  • 2 roomswith 6 beds and shower/WC
  • 34 multi-bed rooms

A total of 334 beds.
Shower/WC on the floor.

Good to know

All Swiss Youth Hostels can be booked on site.


  • Breakfast buffet (incl.)
  • Evening meals on request.


  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Seminar room
  • Ample welcome lounge
  • Entertainment room
  • Game room
  • Picnic area
  • Laundry room
  • Internet corner
  • Electronic lockers
  • Suitable for wheelchairs