<<"it’s about 5.7miles from the airport to Hotel Bel Esperance.
Did you have a reservation? Or were there cabs waiting outside? If it’s only daytime or early evening, we really wouldn’t mind taking public transportation.">>
First, before you read the following, I shall tell you that a friend of mine who lives in Geneva helps on this forum, under the name "Snowman." I shall ask him to check this thread and correct all my mistakes, as well as offer any other suggestions. He'll k now for sure how late the airport is open, and the nature of the neighborhood near your hotel. Also, all about public transportation.
There is a cab line there at all times when the airport is functioning....almost certainly certainly around midnight. I never reserved one. The are plenty of ordinary cabs that will hold 4 people for a short ride. Luggage might be a concern.. Will you have many large bags? Are you coming from a Schengen country? That would speed your way through the entry formalities.
The concierge or reception at your hotel will know the standard average cab fares from the airport. Phone them or e-mail them. The should know how late a cab line exists at the airport, too.
The fare to the hotel will depend on traffic conditions. I typically paid 25CHF +/- to my hotel on the other bank of the lake (side nearest airport) on the Quai du Montblanc.....then the Noga Hilton, today the Hotel Kempinski. I usually had only hand luggage. As I recall, every bag in the trunk was a 5CHF supplement. Once I paid 55 CHF in the late afternoon with major traffic snarls and one bag in the trunk. There will not be traffic jams near midnight, so, with a regular cab from the cab line at the airport, plus a luggage supplement if they still have one. I'm guessing 40 CHF.
My question was about how close the hotel is to a tram or bus stop. The tram stop "Rive" is about 125 meters from the Hotel bel Esperance. That is not a dangerous part of town, to the best of my recollection.
Check this map:
map.search.ch/500607,1 17468?mode=oev&pos=501088,11 8090&z=256
The tram stop is at the Cours de Rive. Mouse on the icon to see station name and the tram and bus numbers for lines that stop there. There are a lot. I can't get the map to allow me to draw on it, so I'm attaching a screen grab to also show the main downtown train station ( Cornavin). However, if you look at the upper left of the map, you'll see the railroad station, and the tram stop in front of it. Mouse over it, and you'll see tram and bus numbers, some of which match station Rive. While clicking around on the map I got schedules to pop up, but I don't know how I did it.
However,there is another option. You could take the train or bus from the airport to Cornavin, and then a cab or a tram/bus to station Rive and walk 125 meters, or take a cab to the hotel from Cornavin. Much shorter cab ride.. The train fares should be on the order of 4 CHF. Main line trains to the rest of Switzerland stopping at Geneva Cornavin alway go to/from the airport.
Using the SBB timetable,
you can check train and tram/bus schedules time to Station Rive from the airport or to Cornavin from the airport. The last connection from the airport that goes all the way to Rive is a bus #6 from the airport to Cornavin with change to bus #9. Depart aeroport at 00.07, arrive 28 minutes later.
Trains/buses from airport to Cornavin run frequently till 1bout 1 AM, with one more at 01:43
Screen grabs attached.
If you are really arriving at midnight, you can't catch the 01:07 all the way through to Rive.
Even the others may be tight for getting to Cornavin.
Looking at all that, we'd better find out from Snowman whether there is a taxi line at the airport or at Cornavin after midnight. It seems that the trams/buses in Geneva shut down between midnight at 1 AM.
That might explain the high cab fare you were quoted...for a time after the trams stop running?
I'll e-mail him to jump in.