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Geneva Airport Transfers | Useful Information
Geneva Airport is ideally located on the French-Swiss border. It is one of the largest hubs serving summer and winter destinations all over the Alps. The airport can be accessed from the French or Swiss side: this is good to know as Switzerland’s visa regulations are different from those of France.
Geneva airport is well served by motorways, bus links and there is a train station adjacent to the airport. By train, it is also only 5 kms from Geneva Airport to the centre of Geneva. Geneva airport welcomes over 13 million passengers every year and sees almost 190000 aircraft movements a year making it one of the busiest airports in Europe. Geneva airport has two passenger terminals – Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. However Terminal 2 is only used during the busy ski season for charter flights. T1, or the Main Terminal, is divided into 5 piers, from A to F. Most Schengen flights depart from A and D, while bigger aircraft usually depart from C. Geneva airport has actually decided to extend its capacity to welcome wide body aircraft and build a new terminal by 2015. It is Pier F that is used exclusively for passengers arriving from, or departing to, French destinations only – it is also known as the ‘French sector’.
For more information on Geneva Airport, check out the great unofficial guide at GenevaAirport.net
Options for Geneva Airport Transfers
Private Transfers from Geneva Airport
By choosing to book a private transfer from or to Geneva Airport you make sure that your holiday has a smooth start and finish. Especially if you are travelling with children or carrying sports equipment you probably don’t want to faff around with public transport or have to deal with extreme weather conditions in the winter. Some companies offer airport transfers in 4 wheel drive minibuses for extra safety and the drivers will be experienced in difficult conditions. Airport Transfer drivers usually know the shortcuts for beating traffic jams in the busiest periods.
When you arrive at Geneva Airport, your private airport transfer driver will meet you in the arrivals hall with a sign and take you straight to your destination. On the way back they will suggest a pick up time based on the weather and traffic forecast. A private transfer from Geneva Airport is the most convenient, comfortable and quickest way to travel.
Shared Transfers from Geneva Airport
Save money and help the environment by booking shared transfers from Geneva Airport.
Geneva Airport Car Hire
You will find the car hire desks for the Swiss side of Geneva Airport on the Arrivals level, just passed the Montreux Jazz Café. You can choose from the following companies: Advantage Car, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. If you are heading in to France from Geneva airport then you might want to hire a car from the French sector of the airport as this can be less expensive. To get here you just need to go up to Check-in level and follow the ‘Destination France’ signs. You will need to go through customs.
How to find the car rental desks in the French sector:
For your departure, leave plenty of time to find your car hire car park in the French sector as this can prove confusing if you haven’t done it before. For French bound flights, you will be able to check-in in the French sector, if not then you need to go through the transit area and check-in on the Swiss side. In the French sector you have the following car hire companies: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National/Citer, Sixt. Another tip, if you hire a car from the French sector but drive through Switzerland then you will have to buy their annual motorway sticker, which costs around 40 CHF. If you choose to hire a car during the winter season then be aware that you might need to buy or rent snow chains. If snowfall is forecast the local police can stop cars and make sure they have them. It is a good idea to practice putting them on in an indoor car park! Also according to a new French law you have to carry a breathalyser in your car at all times!
Road access to the French sector:
Geneva Airport Taxis
There is a taxi rank right outside the arrival hall of the main terminal at Geneva Airport, or you can also order one. The taxi fare to Geneva centre is approximately CHF 35 - CHF 40 but it depends on the traffic, number of passengers and the amount of luggage. As you can see, it can be a costly option, so if you are going anywhere a bit further, we would highly recommend booking an airport transfer from Geneva airport ahead of your travels. This way you will know exactly how much your journey will cost and the driver will be already waiting for you on arrival.
To and From Geneva Airport by Bus
If you are heading to a French ski resort then you can use a company called Altibus which runs buses to the major resorts. Be aware that you have to book your tickets in advance otherwise you might face a long wait as buses can fill up quickly. Also if you have an early departure or a late arrival this might not be a viable option for you as there are only 3 buses per day Monday - Friday. Make sure you check the timetable on www.altibus.com.
There are also buses to some Swiss resorts, like Villars, Verbier, Crans-Montana, Saas Fee, Täsch and Zermatt. You can find further information here.
Buses leave from outside the arrival hall. There are also local buses connecting the airport with different areas of Geneva and here is a list of them:
Geneva Airport Arrivals
You can check live flight information on arrivals on Geneva airport’s official site:
At Geneva Airport Terminal 1 you will find the arrival hall on the ground floor. When you arrive to Geneva airport in most cases you will come through the Swiss exit, unless you’ve come on an internal flight from France or if you need to go through the French sector. If you are travelling from outside Europe please make sure that you check the Visa regulations for entering Switzerland:
When you leave the aircraft after landing at Geneva Airport, just follow signs for the baggage reclaim area and then you will just need to clear customs. If you have special sports equipment with you then be aware that it won’t come on the same carousel as the rest of the bags. Once you exit you will find yourself in the arrival hall. If you have arranged a private transfer from Geneva airport then your driver will be waiting for you here with a sign or at one of the dedicated desks at the back. On your right you will find a small shop selling essentials and also the famous Montreux Jazz Café is a good option if you want refreshments before setting off on a transfer from Geneva Airport. On your left when exiting there are several other cafes and restaurants, also a florist and a newsagent. If you are carrying on by train then you need to go in this direction and you will find that the train station is conveniently interlinked with the airport.
You will arrive to Terminal 2 if you come to Geneva airport on a Charter flight. In case you have booked your trip with a tour operator they will have a representative waiting for you as soon as you leave the baggage reclaim area. If you have booked a private transfer from Geneva airport then make sure that the company is aware that you are arriving on a charter flight so they can meet you here. There are 2 small cafes in Terminal 2 at Geneva Airport, if you need anything more substantial we suggest popping over to Terminal 1.
Geneva Airport Departures
You can check live flight departures on Geneva airport’s official website on the link below:
At Geneva Airport Terminal 1 the check-in desks are located on the 1st floor. There are 5 doors you can go through to get in and you should check the departure board to see which desks your flight’s check-in is allocated to. It’s useful to know that Easyjet has their own area by door 5 where you can use the check-in machines to print your boarding pass and your luggage labels. Some other large airlines, such as KLM, British Airways, SWISS, Iberia and Aer Lingus, also have check-in kiosks around the departure hall to make checking in quicker and more efficient.
Geneva Airport Terminal 2 is only operational during the winter season for charter flights. This small terminal was actually the original airport terminal when Geneva airport was first built.
When you arrive at Geneva Airport Terminal 2 you will find the check-in desks in one end of the terminal. After you checked in you go through security control in the terminal, then a shuttle bus will take you over to the main terminal`s departure area where you will find your gate. Once you are over at Geneva Airport Terminal 1 you can enjoy the facilities of an international airport with shops and cafes at your disposal.
Terminal 2 is rather basic and due to its size the use of trolleys is not allowed. It can get rather busy in there so make sure you get to the airport with plenty of time before your flight.
Geneva Airport Facilities
Geneva Airport provides all the facilities you would expect to ensure that your time in the airport is comfortable while waiting for your flight.
Geneva Airport Parking
There are several car parks at Geneva airport: there is a small short-stay area on the arrivals level, (P2) and also on the check-in level (P3). If they are full then there is a multi-storey car park (P1) right by the main terminal, you can leave your car here for longer. There is also a car park at the French sector (P20) and if you want to leave your car for a few days you can park at the long-term car park (P51) which is a 10 minute walk to the airport but it is cheaper than P1. There are also car parks at the railway station. In each car park there are several disabled places. You can book your car park stay online if you like.
Geneva airport also offers valet parking which is run by Europcar. It is conveniently located in P1 on level -3. You leave your car here and you can pick it up again from here on your way back. More information can be found here:
Tourist Information at Geneva Airport
There is a bright yellow tourist information desk just in front of you when you walk out from the baggage collection area. Here the friendly staff can help you with directions, maps, timetables and any questions you might have about your onward travel arrangements.
Internet and Wifi at Geneva Airport
Geneva airport also offers free WIFI throughout the main terminal. You just need to enter your mobile number and you will receive a code. There are also computers available on Departure level just behind Burger King where you can buy a card for different durations to use the internet.
Geneva Airport Left Luggage
There is a left luggage facility at the train station, you can either use the automatic baggage lockers or if you have something larger you can leave it at the CFF baggage arcade. The arcade is open 7/7 from 06:30 to 20:00 and they charge CHF 10 / day / item. While the lockers are open 7/7 from 05:00 to 23:50 and the charge depends on the size of your luggage.
Geneva Airport Hotels
There are quite a few hotels in proximity of Geneva airport. Here is a selection of them. You can book online at booking.com
NH Geneva Airport Hotel
This 4 star hotel is located close to Geneva airport and it offers a free shuttle service. It also offers great fitness and wellness facilities where travellers can relax and recharge their batteries.
Hotel front desk: +41 22 989 90 00
Starling Hotel Geneva
Starling Hotel Geneva is right next to the Palexpo Exhibition centre and it is just a 3 minute drive from Geneva airport and offers a free airport transfer service. It also has free WIFI and free spa facilities. The 4 star hotel also has an Italian restaurant on site that will satisfy any hungry travellers.
Hotel front desk: + 41 21 319 91 60
Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport
This is a cheaper alternative and it offers everything that you would expect from the Holiday Inn chain. It is only 800 metres from the airport and a free airport transfer service is available. It also offers conference facilities and private parking.
Hotel front desk: + 41 22 939 39 39
Novotel Genève Aéroport France
This 3 star hotel is in France, 10 minutes from Geneva airport and it offers a free shuttle to the airport. It also has an outdoor swimming pool and a contemporary restaurant on site.
Hotel front desk: +33 4 50 40 85 23
Geneva Airport Contact Information
Telephone Geneva Airport on +4122 717 71 11