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Confused about which side of Geneva Airport to hire a car on? It can be quite daunting working out the peculiarities of an airport split between two countries. Use our handy pros and cons guide to make an informed decision.
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Arrange a car hire Geneva deal well in advance of your arrival. There’s little point wasting time at the airport when you can be on your way to your final destination shortly after you land
Those who are travelling for a holiday or business will find there are a variety of ways of getting from Geneva Airport to your destination, whether it be to the city itself, to one of the world-renowned ski resorts or to some other attraction in this beautiful country.
The airport is located only 4km from the city centre and so if this is your destination there are a number of good transport options available, via the unified transport system known as Unireso.
Within this network, passengers may travel by train, tram, bus and boat using one single travel pass. Trains to downtown Geneva run every 12 minutes and the journey time is an incredible 6 minutes.
There are also a number of city buses who stop regularly at the airport and cover a broad range of routes into the city.
Can I travel free on Geneva public transport?
Yes, but there are limits. Initial tickets last for one hour. Since 2008 a free public transport card has been available for tourists, giving them the ability to travel on Geneva’s transport network free of charge for the duration of their stay.
These are available in the baggage hall at the airport (free for one day) and then at hotel reception desks (covering the period of entire stay).
Hotel Shuttle Bus
Many of the larger hotels also offer free shuttle buses that have regular departures from right outside the arrivals building, and for those wishing to travel privately taxis with meters are available.
If your destination is further afield within Switzerland, it is possible to travel to any train station on the rail network from the airport’s station.
Driving your rental car in Switzerland
Driving conditions in Switzerland are safe and roads are good so even those new to the region should find driving a pleasurable experience.
Those who love to cycle should know that there are several cycle routes to the airport. If you are a skier, you will find that there are shuttle buses that make getting from Geneva to your destination extremely convenient.
Transport to Ski Resorts from Geneva
There are buses directly to the Swiss resorts of Verbier, Saas Fee, Täsch Zermatt and more.
There are also regular coaches to many French ski resorts, including Meribel and Chamonix, though many of these should be booked in advance to guarantee a seat.
Getting from Geneva to your destination need not be stressful with a host of transport options available. Plane travel from many European cities is so short that there is no excuse not to make Geneva your next destination.
Car Hire in Geneva: Rules of the Road
Driving around Switzerland can seem intimidating to foreign visitors. A good place to start when it comes to driving in the Geneva region is with the basic rules of the road.
Right Hand Side Driving
Here, vehicles drive on the right hand side of the road, something which visitors from the UK and other countries such as Australia should keep in mind.
Insurance plus age restrictions when hiring a car in Geneva
Third party insurance is obligatory, as is wearing seatbelts. No children under 12 are allowed in the front seats of cars without a suitable child restraint in place. Honking your horn after dark is also prohibited, while the legal age for driving is 18, not 17 as in the UK.
With those basics out of the way, it is a good idea to look at some of the specifics of driving in the Geneva region.
Roads in and around Geneva
Roads in Geneva are often single lanes, with plenty of slow-changing traffic lights. Swiss driving regulations also forbid turning left at intersections, so it is necessary to carefully plan routes in order to avoid large detours.
Parking in the city
It is also wise to plan where you are going to park, and ask locals such as hotel staff for advice on this. Parking at the Place des Nations is recommended, as this can provide convenient access to many of the city’s top tourist attractions.
There are other car parks and garages which are available throughout the city, though it can get crowded, particularly at busy times of year.
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In a mountainous and wintry country like Switzerland, it also pays to take some precautions against bad weather and difficult driving conditions. All vehicles must carry a red warning triangle as standard, and snow chains are actually compulsory in some conditions.
Speed limits on ‘green sign’ motorways are 120 kilometres per hour, with 100 kilometres an hour the limit on dual carriageways. Drivers travelling through residential areas though must be aware that the limit there is just 30 kilometres an hour, and 50 kilometres an hour in most towns and villages.
If you are crossing from France into Switzerland, then you will need to purchase a ‘Vignette’ from Customs. This sticker is compulsory for all motorway driving here.
There are also tolls to look out for, as well as the differences between French and Swiss roads if you are crossing the border to ski resorts such as Chamonix.
Geneva Car Rental – City Driving
One thing which is well worth remembering about travelling around the city of Geneva is that it’s often easier to take a tram or a bus when in the city itself.
This can often make getting to the major landmarks easier, though you will, of course, need your car to get to the main ski locations.
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