Still referred to locally as Cointrin Airport, Geneva 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 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 flights to many destinations in Europe and the Middle East, with a few routes to North American cities such as 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.
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Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. 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. 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. The Business Corner offers 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 Airport ranges upwards from about CHF 5 an hour for short-term parking, to CHF 55 daily and CHF 205 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 International Airport are available on Aegean, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, airBaltic, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air Malta, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Belavia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Egypt Air, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airway, Eurowings, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, Jet2.com, KLM, Kuwait Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, Middle East Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Scandinavian Airlines, Saudia, SunExpress, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Transavia, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United, Vueling and Wizz Air.
The airport offers 90 minutes free WiFi access. Additional time can be purchased.
Along with various airline lounges, Geneva International Airport offers Swissport Horizon and Swiss Lounge. These lounges provide snacks and drinks, free WiFi, printing and faxing as well as premium transport packages to and from the office or home.
Geneva Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.