Search for a cheap car hire Geneva Airport Swiss side quote. Things are a little different from the norm when it comes to hiring a car in Geneva Airport as there are two sides, the Swiss side and the French side. You must make a decision on which side of the airport you wish to pick up your rental car from. Both sectors are housed within the same building.
There are of course advantages and disadvantages to each side. It is true that most international flights arrive into the Switzerland side of the airport so quicker access to your car may be possible. Swiss cars are also more likely to come with items needed for driving in wintry conditions such as snow tyres and chains.
Geneva Airport Car Hire – Switzerland Side
A disadvantage of picking up on the Swiss side would be expense as cars tend to cost a bit more here than on car hire on the France side. You can find the rental desks in the arrivals hall. Keep in mind that Swiss cars must be returned to the same side as they were rented from.
The full name of the airport is Geneva Cointrin International Airport and you will find it just five kilometres from the city centre. If you are on a domestic French flight you will want to enter through the French side so as to bypass customs.
Skiing and City Life
When you obtain a rental car in the Swiss part, it comes with a sticker called a Vignette. This is needed for traveling on the roads of the country.
An important thing to keep in mind here is that if you hire a car on the French side but intend traveling in Switzerland, you will be subject to an extra charge for the Vignette. You are likely to be fined if you choose to travel without one.
If you are not heading for Geneva City then your first port of call when leaving this part of the airport might be wherever you booked your ski holiday. Vallée de Joux and Portes du Soleil can be driven to an hour or so. Many will also be booked into resorts such as Anzère, Zermatt or Les Nendaz.
If you want to live it up a little then head for Montreux. It’s a really beautiful place with Chillon Castle a must visit. If you are around in the summertime then you may be lucky enough to catch some of the jazz festival. It’s about a 90 minute drive.
Closer is Lausanne, which is a wonderful historic location, boasting impressive architecture as well as fantastic dining opportunities. You should easily make it from the airport to here in less than an hour.
Gruyères is like something from a fairytale you may have read in your youth. It’s all about the mountain views and the delicious cheese in this part of the world. You can get here in under 2 hours.
Geneva Airport Information
Contact Information for Geneva Airport
|Airport Code: GVA|
|Mailing address: PO box 100 CH - 1215 Geneva 15|
|Address: Route de l'Aéroport 21 CH - 1218 Grand-Saconnex|
|Phone: Manager +4122 717 71 11|
|Arrivals Phone: +4122 717 71 05|
|Flight Information: +41(0)900 57 15 00|
|Airport Coordinates: 46.2370° N, 6.1092° E
Watch the video below to see the collection of a car from area P21. The driver then heads for the A1 motorway.