Locally referred to as simply Cointrin Airport, Geneva Cointrin International Airport is located just 2.5 miles (4km) from central Geneva in Switzerland. The airport is situated on the Franco-Swiss border, and convenient direct rail and bus lines make it a good transport hub when travelling to nearly anywhere in Switzerland or France.
The airport's location on the border of the two countries means the facility is split into two sections, each with their own customs facilities. The check-in process at Geneva Cointrin International Airport can take a frustratingly-long time, with long queues at peak periods. Added to this annoyance is a lack of any entertainment once inside the terminal, which contains only a few shops and restaurants.
The airport offers a flights to many destinations in Europe and the Middle East, with a few routes to North American cities like Washington DC, New York, Toronto and Montreal.
The airport is situated three miles (5km) north of Geneva.
Getting to the city
Public buses leave for the city centre every few minutes from the departures and arrivals levels. Passengers can pick up tickets for public transport from the machines in the baggage collection area on the arrivals level; information is available at the Unireso information counter in the arrivals hall. A free hotel shuttle transports passengers to major hotels. A Unireso train leaves for Cornavin RR Station in the city centre roughly every 10 minutes, from where connections can be made to destinations throughout Europe.
GMT +1 (GMT +2 between April and October).
Tel: +41 22 717 7111.
Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and National. Travellers should ensure they hire their car on the French side of the border if they are going to France, and vice-versa. It is only about three miles (5km) into town.
Taxis can be found outside of the arrival terminal and it costs about CHF 40 to the city centre (a bit extra for luggage). The trip is three miles (5km) and commute times vary according to traffic. Taxis are metered and there are around 60 registered taxi ranks in Geneva.
Transfer between terminals
Terminal 2 is only used for charter flights in the winter months and is usually closed.
Luggage lockers can be found in the Train Station Mall and on the arrivals level. A Skycom Airport Business Centre and Business Corner offer a range of business facilities. Other amenities include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, bars and restaurants, tourist information, a hotel reservation desk, post office and shops, including duty-free. Facilities for disabled passengers are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Parking at Geneva Cointrin International Airport ranges upwards from about CHF 2 an hour for short-term parking, to CHF 29 daily and CHF 101 weekly in long-term parking. Note that tariffs vary dramatically depending on the parking lot. P51 is the cheapest long-term option. Eurocard, American Express or Visa cards can be used to pay for parking in parking lots.
Flights to Geneva Cointrin International Airport are available on Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Emirates, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, bmibaby, Lufthansa, British Airways, Continental, easyJet, EgyptAir, Etihad Airways, Flybe, Iberia, KLM, Qatar Airways, Brussels Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Finnair, Swiss Air, TAP Portugal, Jet2.com, Thomason, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.
The airport offers 90 minutes free wifi access. Additional time can be purchased.
The Altitude Lounge has conference facilities for up to 300 people, offering audio-visual equipment and catering services. Business services like copying and fax, are available in the terminal, as well as free internet and wifi.
Geneva Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.