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Directions via Geneva Airport Car Rental to your Destination

Directions via Geneva Airport Car Rental to your Destination

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 from the airport every 12 minutes and the journey time is an incredible 6 minutes.

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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.

There is also the option of a car hire Geneva Airport France Side service through our booking engine, though it is advisable to book in advance to ensure you are able to get the right kind of vehicle to suit your needs.

Driving 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.

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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 Airport to your destination extremely convenient.

Transport to Ski Resorts from Geneva Airport

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 Airport 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.

Geneva Airport Guide

Geneva Airport Guide

Geneva Airport is one of the European Union’s biggest transport hubs, which might surprise some people. After all, the city of Geneva is in Switzerland, which is not in the EU. Unusually, the airport is situated in two countries, in both France and Switzerland.

If a passenger enters the French part of the airport, he or she does not need to pass through Swiss customs though, as they technically remain in France. It is only the second busiest airport though, standing just behind Zurich in terms of visitor numbers.

While that may sound a little confusing, it works well in practise. Also, despite being partly in another country, the airport is very handily placed for people who are visiting Geneva for work or pleasure.

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

The airport offers flights to and from most of Europe, including Great Britain and Ireland, as well as some destinations in North America, the Middle East and North Africa.

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Handily located for visitors, the city of Geneva is just six minutes or so away by train, or four kilometres. For travellers who drive to the airport, parking is located both underground and above ground, though it cannot be pre-booked. The only way to make sure that you have a space for your car is to use the valet parking services which are available.

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If you are looking to head elsewhere to other destinations in the city from the airport, then Geneva Airport car hire is available with France side Geneva rent a car and car hire Geneva Swiss sector options. The route you should take is Route de Meyrin and follow the signs which point to the city centre. Taking the train is much more straightforward than driving however. Trains run regularly throughout the day from 5.30 am until midnight, departing roughly twice every 25 minutes or so on average.

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Buses also depart regularly from in front of the airport, with the number 10 bus running into the city every 10 minutes or so. A ticket known as a Unireso is available from a machine in the baggage claim area of the airport. This ticket entitles the holder to unlimited access to public transport for the subsequent hour and 20 minutes.

The airport is a busy transport hub, handling an estimated 10 million passengers per year. One local feature which may surprise some visitors is the small airport tax of around 20 Swiss francs which must be paid on departure.

The check-in area for departing travellers is conveniently located on the ground floor of the terminal building. Even more convenient than the location is the presence of several self-service check-in kiosks, while some of the airlines operating flights out of the airport allow passengers to check in on the day before their flight departs.

A Guide to Geneva

A Guide to Geneva

Geneva is one of the most picturesque and famous cities in the world. Lying in a lovely location, where the River Rhone leaves Lake Geneva, the city’s Alpine setting on its own would make it popular with visitors.

The city enjoys great status worldwide though, with the European headquarters of the United Nations here, while it is also the home of the Red Cross. This humanitarian tradition has seen Geneva given another nickname: “The Capital of Peace”. A French-speaking city in a polyglot nation, Geneva has a truly international feel at times.

Lake Geneva

The lake shore forms the main attraction of the city, with most of the best restaurants, hotels and shops located on the right hand shore of the lake. This is where the old town of Geneva is situated, and it is here that visitors can see St Peter’s Cathedral, as well as the square which forms the heart of the city – the Place du Bourg-de-Four. This is the oldest square in the town.

The older streets and quaysides help form the vibrant core of the city. There are wonderful hidden corners to discover among the prominent buildings. The Grand Rue is especially impressive, and was the street on which the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born.

What to see in Geneva City

A famous Swiss industry is, of course, watchmaking, and an appealing symbol of the industry can be found in the Jardin Anglaise (English Garden). Here, a massive clock made of flowers known as the Horloge Fleuri provides a wonderful visual metaphor for Switzerland’s famous timepieces.

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If the attractions on one part of Lake Geneva become too much, then visitors can use the water-based taxis, the Mouettes, to get from one place to another. Taking one of the boat cruises on the lake opens up new perspectives on the city, as well as allowing visitors to take a proper look at the wonderful setting the city finds itself in.

Jet d’Eau

Another of Geneva’s well-known landmarks is the ‘Jet d’Eau’, a 140-metre water spout which sits at the edge of Lake Geneva and is visible from a long way away. This is a symbol of the city to many people, visitors and residents alike.

St Pierre Cathedral

The St Pierre Cathedral offers a more refined and older symbol of the city, with some great views available from its north tower, lake and surrounding landscapes.

United Nations and Red Cross

Visitors from abroad will also want to see the landmarks which relate to the city’s international institutions. Just one step through the gates of the Palace of the United Nations takes one into international territory and out of Swiss jurisdiction.

The International Museum of the Red Cross is a moving and interesting venue, the only place in the world where visitors can explore the history and work of this most revered of organisations.

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City of Culture

The city also has much to offer for visitors who enjoy arts and cultural activities. Its location in the western part of Switzerland makes it decidedly French in outlook.


The Grand Theatre offers drama lovers some great shows to choose from, while the city’s Opera House enjoys a fine reputation.

If you prefer something a little quieter and more historical, then you may well prefer an excursion to one of Geneva’s many museums.


The famous watchmaking heritage of Switzerland can be explored at the Musée International de l’Horlogerie, with its vast collection of clocks, watches, jewellery and other horological items, both spectacular and humble. Some of the musical clocks on display will delight children of all ages.

Skiing in Geneva

Of course, the reason many people head to Switzerland is for the mountains, and the leisure options that they provide, especially in the wintertime.

Many of the skiing resorts located within convenient reach of the city are actually in France, though this poses few logistical problems for anyone basing their vacation in the city itself.

Les Carroz

If you are looking for a good family skiing resort then there are several options to consider. Les Carroz is one of the resorts which is popular with people who live in the area. Viewed as part of the Grand Massif area, it possess good snow and has been in popular use since the 1930s.

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Flaine Ski Resort

Flaine is another good choice of ski destination for families, and has a lot of facilities available for newcomers and novices to skiing. This modern, purpose-built resort also possess around 140 kilometres of piste, with plenty of space available for everyone.

Megeve and Chamonix

Some of the Alps’ most iconic resorts are also within easy reach, though visitors do have to cross the border into France to reach them. Chamonix is guaranteed snow, and is a huge famous resort. Megeve, also not far away, is one of France’s largest towns, and there is plenty to do there.

Geneva Airport Car Hire

All of these resorts are no further than two hours’ drive away from Geneva in your car hire, making the city an ideal place to base your Swiss holiday adventure.

We provide rental choice on both sides of the airport with our budget Geneva Airport car hire France deals and great value Switzerland side Geneva car rental prices.

While you can find places to ski to your heart’s content, if the activity becomes too much for you, there are plenty of places to sit with a coffee and cake and consider the view, or to see a play or to take a boat trip across the lake.

This city of watches is one place where time will never hang heavy in your hands.