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Geneva Book Fair 



A not-to-be-missed event in French-speaking Switzerland, the Salon du Livre de Genève is one of the country's most popular cultural gatherings. Find out more about : 

  • the special features of this international event 
  • its program 
  • practical information to help you plan your visit
  • nearby accommodation options.


Geneva Book Fair: an international event

The Geneva Book Fair is a friendly event that brings together authors, publishers and readers from all over the world every year. 


This event offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover a multitude of literary works, ranging from novels and essays to poetry, comics and children's books. The stands of local and international publishers offer a wide selection of works in different languages, reflecting the richness and variety of contemporary literary production.


Program for the literature fair at Palexpo

The Geneva Book Fair lasts 5 days and offers a varied program for young and old readers alike. For the occasion, the Palexpo halls are divided into different themed areas and stages (art, well-being, thrillers, society, culture, history, science fiction, etc.) inviting visitors to meet their favorite authors at leisure or discover new literary worlds. 

In addition to the book exhibition, the calendar is packed with cultural activities: 

  • conferences ; 
  • book signings ; 
  • public readings ; 
  • exhibitions ; 
  • literary prize-giving; 
  • cinema events ; 
  • encounters with words for the very young; 
  • spelling contests...

These privileged moments enable readers to come into direct contact with the writers, to exchange ideas with them and to discover what goes on behind the scenes of literary creation. And among the many writers invited, several honored guests representing their countries are in the spotlight from one edition to the next.


Each edition is also a golden opportunity to highlight contemporary themes and tackle topical issues through round tables and discussions. Committed authors, experts and influential personalities take part in these debates, offering a unique perspective on contemporary social, political and cultural issues.

Last but not least, the Salon du Livre de Genève is a privileged meeting place for book industry professionals. Publishers, booksellers, librarians, translators and other players in the literary industry come together to establish contacts, forge partnerships and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the book market.


Practical information

The Geneva Book Fair takes place every year in March, at the end of winter. Admission is free, but prior registration is required via the event website.

It takes place at Palexpo, the international exhibition and convention center near Geneva airport and Lake Geneva, just a few minutes from the French border. Numerous bus and train connections are available throughout Switzerland and Europe (Geneva in less than 10 minutes, Lausanne in 40 minutes and Zurich in less than 3 hours). The site is a 10-minute walk from the train station, with several bus stops in the immediate vicinity. 

Where to stay during the Geneva Book Fair?

Are you looking for practical, affordable accommodation for your stay in Geneva during the Salon du Livre? 

Just a stone's throw from the airport, train station, public transport and major roads, our hotel with parking is ideally located for easy access to Palexpo. Our rooms are modern and bright, with comfortable beds (high-quality Bultex mattresses and pillows) and en suite bathrooms. 

Each room comes with free, unlimited high-speed WiFi access and a flat-screen TV with a variety of channels, for a comfortable, relaxing stay!  

Travelling with children? Our family rooms can accommodate up to 4 people. A baby cot is also available at no extra charge on request from reception: a practical way to put your little one to sleep...

Book your hotel in Geneva now and take advantage of all B&B HOTELS facilities and services at the best price!