Geneva Airport is about 2.5 miles from city center and shares a Swiss–French border accessible by both countries. Geneva Airport has one main passenger terminal, which dispatches most flights. Whether flying to Geneva for a quick trip or long vacation, visitors can take advantage of discount car rentals. With many cheap car rental companies at Geneva airport, Skyscanner makes it easy for fliers to find the best deals.
Car Rentals at the Geneva Airport
Good cheap car rental companies in both the French and Swiss sector include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt. The Swiss sector also offers Alamo and Thrifty.
Travelers can rent a car from the Swiss sector if leaving Geneva Airport on the Swiss autoroute. The rental car company will supply renters with the required Swiss highway vignette. Discount car rental desks are at the west end of the terminal, on the arrivals level. Pickup and drop-off are on the ground floor of car park P51, 400 meters from the terminal. Shuttle buses are available and leave every 10 minutes.
In the French sector, low-cost car rentals are not as easy to find and might not include the Swiss vignette or the fee for France's standard breathalyzer kit. Visitors can, however, rent a car on the French side of Geneva Airport from the International sector. Travelers should collect all baggage, then go to the right end of the check-in level and follow signs to France. They should be prepared to show their rental contract to French customs officers. The car rental area is next to Air France, and pickup and drop-off are in parking P21, immediately outside the car rental area.
Getting to and From the Geneva Airport
Geneva's roads are very modern. Rush hour is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., with Mont Blanc Bridge the most congested spot. To reach the French sector, take the customs road at the Ferney-Voltaire post, and from the Swiss side, exit from Lausanne/Coppet exit #7 Grand-Saconnex.
Fuel Stations Near the Airport
Most economy rental car companies require a full tank of fuel when renters return the car to avoid charges. The nearest fuel station to Geneva Airport is the 24-hour AGIP station in front of the World Trade Centre 2 building, less than 100 meters from P51. Along Rte de Ferney are three BP service stations, and from central Geneva, Avenue Louis Casai has many choices.
Tourist Destinations Near Geneva
Skyscanner's guides can help travelers plan their Geneva visits, and these destinations are must-sees.
Tourists can scale the heights with a getaway to breathtaking Mont-Salève. At just 12 miles from city center, visitors can take in the magnificent view with hiking, paragliding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing.
The National Monument is just a mile from Geneva and symbolizes its unification with Switzerland in 1814. The monument in the Jardin Anglais park faces the lake and is a tourist hotspot.
Bains District in Geneva center is home to MAMCO, the largest contemporary art museum in Switzerland. Here visitors can enjoy many galleries, art exhibits, bistros, bars, and dynamic nightlife.