Geneva Cointrin International Airport
Geneva Airport is officially called the Cointrin International Airport and is a unique airport, it has a French part and a Swiss part. It is six kilometers north of Geneva and is accessible from both France and Switzerland.
Switzerland is not part of the European Union and does not use the Euro. You can pay in euros, but the amounts here are in Swiss Francs, (CHF), €1.00 = 1.08 Swiss Francs (July 2016).
Geneva International Airport
PO Box 100
CH-1215 Geneva 15
IATA airport code: GVA
ICAO airport code: LSGG
Geneva Airport has a train station with direct connections to France and Switzerland. Other destinations in Europe are also accessible from Geneva. All trains stop at the central station of Geneva (Cornavin). A trip to the center takes eight minutes. Information about all public transportation in and around Geneva can be found on the website for Unireso (only in French).
Car and bus
Geneva Airport is along the highway from Lausanne and Geneva, exit Aéroport/Ferney. From France to the French part of the airport you follow this route: from the A-40 you follow the signs to Ferney-Voltaire, D984 and then D35, immediately before the border there is an exit to the right, indicated by the white sign 'Aéroport secteur français'. You can download a map where the routes are clearly marked.
Bus line 10 leaves every 10 minutes and takes you to the center of Geneva, line 28 leaves every 20 minutes and goes to the United Nations and Lake Geneva, and line 18 leaves every 30 minutes and goes to the United Nations.
Car rental - Geneva Cointrin International Airport
Car rentals in the Swiss part: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Holiday Auto and National. In the French part: Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National. If you have to travel to France, rent your car in the French part of the airport! You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis stand outside the Arrivals Hall. The average price to the center of Geneva is CHF 35.00. Limousines can be reserved through Ambassador (tel: +41(0)227 314 141).
The airport has space for 4,500 cars, the first ten minutes in all parking lots are free. The parking lots are managed by Center de Contrôle des Parkings (tel. +41(0)227 177 099).
The underground parking garage P1 right by the terminal is intended for long-term parking. Until the end of 2008 parts of P1 were closed because of renovation activities. The prices are: first day CHF 30.00, CHF 15.00 for each day thereafter. Cheaper long-term parking is at P20, the prices are: first day CHF 25.00, and CHF 10.00 each day thereafter, or P51, first day CHF 18.00 and CHF 8.00 per day thereafter. Short-term parking is possible at P2 Arrivals Hall, for a maximum of one hour for CHF 1.00-2.00 and P3 Departures Hall for a maximum of 20 minutes for CHF 1.00.
A shuttle bus leaves every 20 minutes from the Arrivals Hall to the following hotels: Express Holiday Inn (tel: +41(0)229 393 939), Ramada Park Hôtel (tel: +41(0)227 103 000), Mövenpick Genève (tel: +41(0)227 171 603), NH Geneva Airport Hotel (tel: +41(0)229 899 506), Crowne Plaza (tel: +41 227 470 263), and Holiday Inn Thoiry (in France, tel +33(0)450 991 999). You can reserve hotel rooms at the counters for the Geneva Tourism or ADAMCO in the Arrivals Hall. For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and Restaurants
Geneva Airport has an extensive shopping area with 50 shops, among which are five Duty Free shops. The airport has nine restaurants, and the brasserie Dragon d'Or looks over the runway, there are also 14 bars and coffee shops. With good weather in the summer there is an-open air terrace open.
Baggage safes are available in the train station for CHF 4.00–7.00 and in the Arrivals Hall with 'coach departure'. If your baggage is lost you can report it to the baggage handlers of Swissport (tel: +41(0)227 993 332). You can also find out about your baggage at the website for Swissport. You can call a porter via the ISS Facility Services (tel: +41(0)792 902 023). The price is CHF 5.00 for two suitcases.
There is an information kiosk in the Arrivals Hall of the Swiss part (tel: +41(0)227 177 105). In both Arrival Halls there are tourist counters from, respectively, the Swiss and French Departments of Tourism.
Geneva is the place of business for many international organizations. The airport offers extensive possibilities for conferences, assemblies, and press conferences. Skycom Business Center (tel: +41(0)227 177 800) has 11 rooms with a capacity for 4-120 people. Secretarial support, i.e. translation, is also available, there are eight private offices with telephone, fax, and computer.
The airport is completely adapted for wheelchair users. There are services for hearing and visually impaired persons. Assistance for the disabled is available, but must be requested beforehand at (tel: +41(0)22 799 3346).
Wireless internet is available in the whole terminal. There are banks, money exchange offices, and ATM's.The sick bay is available at (tel: +41(0)227 177 170). You can book last minute flights at the counter for L'TUR (tel: +41(0)229 202 010). Showers are available for CHF 15.00 (tel: +41(0)227 177 105). Groups from15-30 people can have a guided tour of the airport (tel: +41(0)227 177 107).