Car Hire Geneva Airport French Side

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There are certain benefits to hiring a car on the French side of Geneva Airport (GVA). One which will concern many people is price. There can in some cases be significantly cheaper deals available on the French side of the airport compared to the Swiss side.

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It can get quite complicated for travelers due to the split of countries within the airport. What happens if you need to reach the French sector but have arrived in the Swiss area? In this situation you would go through passport control and leave the Swiss area from the arrivals hall.

You would then walk upstairs to check-ins. There is no need for a visa for Switzerland to get to the French part of the airport. You can easily travel to nearby French areas without running into Swiss territory.

Car Hire Geneva Airport French Side FAQ

How much should I expect to pay per day for car rental in Geneva?
It depends on demand/time of year and which side of the airport you hire a car. Prices can work out as low as €30 per day.
How many car hire firms operate on the French side of Geneva Airport?
There are currently 6. Budget, Avis, Hertz, Enterprise. Europcar and Sixt
Do you recommend a specific car hire model or company?
No, it depends of course on the purpose of your trip. A people carrier could be ideal if a ski resort is your final destination. If your goal is to tour more city areas then a compact rental might be a good idea as there are many tight streets to manoeuvre.
Is it hard to find parking spots in Geneva City?
No, the easiest option is probably to use one the large underground spaces. It's gets a little complicated at street level with a colour coded system in operation. There are various areas for residents etc so look out for information signs when parking. You may need to purchase a permit for certain areas.
Is petrol and diesel expensive in Geneva?
Not particularly. It works out quite similar to most western European destinations.
How many airport are there in Geneva?
Just one...but with two sides...French and Swiss.
So is Geneva in France or Switzerland then?
It's in Switzerland but you could be in France after just 10 minutes of driving.
How much would a taxi from Geneva Airport to the city cost?
You can expect to pay around €30 for the relatively short trip?
Does Uber operate in Geneva?
Yes, it should work cheaper than a taxi but can sometimes be a less professional service.

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Geneva Airport Car Rental France Side

Take note of your travel dates and start searching today. Switzerland can be an expensive place so why not save some money on essentials such as transport.

Make sure you choose the correct pickup and return point from our booking engine as there are quite a few choices in Geneva besides the airport such as city centre locations and Geneva train station.

Budget, 4X4 or Luxury Car Hire Geneva Airport French Side Deals

Choose the correct vehicle for your trip. Ski equipment and luggage requirements will likely be a major factor. Selecting the people carrier hire class is probably a good place to start when looking for quotes. Here you will mostly find 5 and 7 seater cars.

If you are looking for a 9 seater then you can select that class separately and start a new search. The usual budget options are of course also available.

You can compare the best available offers from numerous firms with a quick search here today. Our car hire Geneva Airport Swiss side deals are also available if required.

Winter Tyres

Once you decide on which car to rent, you may want to think about optional extras such as winter tyres, ski chains, ski racks, baby seats etc.


You will see signs within the airport titled “Destination France” which will lead you easily to the French area of the airport. To reach the Swiss side, look for the sign “ABCD / Suisse”. Maps are found within the terminals. Be aware that there are some restrictions when crossing between sides.

Driving from Geneva Airport in your Rental Car

When you depart the French section of the airport, you will likely discover Ferney Voltaire which is a delightfully pretty region and home to some lovely little towns and villages.

Annecy is also within easy reach and well worth the trip. Drive to the Jura Mountains Park which offers a fun day out for all the family. There are lot of great sporting activities to enjoy here as well as marvelous views.

Keep in mind that the proximity of the French Alps means you have no shortage of ski resorts to choose from. Chamonix is just over an hour away by road with a cheap car hire Geneva Airport deal.

You only need to worry about buying a vignette if  you are traveling within Switzerland.  Hertz, Europcar, Avis and Sixt are just some of the companies operating at the airport.

You can compare quotes from all the major rentacar firms operating at the airport using our car hire Geneva Airport French Side price comparison service.

If you are still unsure which side of the airport is best to arrange car hire on, take a look at our pros and cons French or Swiss side list.

Address: Route de l’Aéroport 21, 1215 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
Airport Code: (GVA)
Phone: +41 22 717 71 11

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by Sue on
I love Geneva!

Always adore my visits to Geneva. Thanks for an excellent car rental deal.

Thanks Sue

by Laura Hemed on
Very Good

Top Marks. rented a 7 seater.

Thanks for the review Laura

by Geneva Gary on
Best Geneva Car Hire Service!

Yes, IMHO, this is the best. Really exceeded my expectations having been a little disappointed in the past with other major companies. Keep it up please.

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by Ski Lover on

Really great service. Amazing value and just added nicely to a brilliant holiday.

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by Ger on
Ski Car Hire

Always need something reliable and roomy for our annual ski trip. You were great to deal with and the car worked out well. See you same time next year. Thanks from Ger & Family.

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by Martha Gray on
French Side Pickup

Always good to compare the offers from lots of car hire companies at the airport. I wasn't necessarily looking for the cheapest option but more a car that offered a really comfortable drive and plenty of legroom. Wasn't disappointed and as a regular visitor to Geneva I will book again


by Gary on
happy with service

can get a bit expensive in this part of the world so was happy to find a cheap deal. would recommend.

Good to hear Gary.

by Barry Doyle on
Easy French sector rental

Was a bit apprehensive about making a mistake between French and Swiss rentals but this website made it easy. Phew!

Glad we could help Barry.