Geneva, Switzerland: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Geneva, Switzerland? If you're planning to go to Geneva, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Geneva, Switzerland

Based on the climate and weather in Geneva, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Geneva, Switzerland by month

January

In January, Geneva can be very chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Geneva, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment

February

February in Geneva can be very chilly. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof coat

March

March for Geneva is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains or snows a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Socks
  • Umbrella

April

April in Geneva is relatively cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage

May

May in Geneva is mild. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear

June

June here is warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear

July

If you visit Geneva during July, you are likely to find that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals

August

If you are traveling to Geneva in August, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

September

If you go to Geneva in September, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece

October

October in Geneva is chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Socks

November

Traveling to Geneva in November, you will notice that it is pretty cool. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

December

If you visit Geneva during December, you are likely to find that it can be very chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Standard footwear

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Geneva, Switzerland

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Geneva, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and J
  • A SIM card that works in Geneva
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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