Geneva International Airport Guide (GVA)
Located on the Swiss-French border, Geneva International Airport is an important regional hub serving Geneva and other destinations in the Alps. Our guide to the airport includes detailed information about terminal facilities, nearby accommodation and public transport access.
A new eco-friendly terminal project, involving the upgrading and extension of Pier C into a replacement for the terminal's non-Schengen area, is expected to be completed in 2020, following several lengthy delays. A Radisson Blu hotel will open at the airport in 2021.
Information desks (tel: +41 22 717 7105) are located on the arrivals level and transit area of the main terminal. The French sector of the terminal has additional services. There are various tourist information offices for both Swiss and French regions, located in the arrivals areas of each sector.
The Swiss sector of the airport is accessible from the N1 motorway. From central Geneva, take Rue de la Servette northbound and turn eastbound onto the N1, which leads to the airport.
From France, take the D1005 from Ferney or the D984F from Saint-Genis-Pouilly to the border and then turn onto the N1 westbound or eastbound respectively.
In order to avoid Swiss territory entirely, drive via Ferney-Voltaire near Collonges on the D984; at Ferney-Voltaire, follow the signs for Geneva and, just before Swiss customs, take the road on the right to the airport’s French sector.
Rail: Passengers arriving at Geneva Airport are entitled to complimentary use of public transport within the canton of Geneva for up to 80 minutes. The free Unireso tickets are dispensed from a machine in the baggage collection area at Arrivals. Alternatively, The Swiss Pass offers unlimited travel on the Swiss Travel System network for either 4, 8, 15 or 22 consecutive days or an entire month. Further information is available online (www.railaway.com).
There is a railway station opposite the entrance to Geneva Airport, from which regular trains depart towards the city centre (journey time: 6 minutes). There are also direct trains to destinations throughout Switzerland and other European countries. For more information, contact SBB (tel: +41 900 300 300; www.sbb.ch).
Bus:Buses 5, 10, 23, 28 and Y serve neighbourhoods in and around Geneva. For those travelling into the city centre it is probably quicker and easier to get a train.
Shuttle: Free shuttle services depart regularly from outside Arrivals for the following hotels in Geneva: Crown Plaza Geneve, Express Holiday Inn, Ibis, Mövenpick Geneve, Nash Airport Hotel, NH Geneva Airport Hotel and Starling Geneva Hotel and Conference Centre.
Taxis:Taxis can be hailed outside Arrivals. Typically a fare into the city centre will cost CHF35-45. Cabs can be pre-booked at Taxi-Phone SA (tel: +41 22 331 4133; www.taxi-phone.ch).
Banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are situated in the main terminal. A tax refund service is also available for passengers leaving Switzerland.
Wi-Fi internet access (free for the first 90 minutes) is available throughout Geneva International Airport. Additionally, pay telephones are dotted throughout the terminals and a post office facility is available to passengers.
There is a range of bars, cafés and restaurants at Geneva International Airport. A good choice of sit-down eateries, fast-food outlets and cafés can be found in the food court on the departures level, while a restaurant serving Swiss specialities is located in the arrivals area.
Shopping options include duty-free outlets selling cigarettes, alcohol and perfumes. Other shops at Geneva International Airport include confectioners, watch retailers and gift boutiques.
A porter service (tel: +41 79 290 2023) is available for a small fee. For lost property enquiries in and around the terminal, contact Cantonal Lost Property Service (SCOT) (tel: +41 22 546 0900). The train station has its own dedicated lost property office (tel: +41 90 030 0300). Left-luggage facilities and lockers are also available at the train station.
A small business centre offering copying and internet facilities can be found in Arrivals. Meeting facilities are available at the NH Geneva Airport Hotel (tel: +41 22 989 9000; www.nh-hotels.com) and the Mövenpick Hotel and Casino (tel: +41 22 717 1111; www.moevenpick-hotels.com). Additionally, the Palexpo Congress Centre (tel: +41 22 761 1111; www.palexpo.ch) is located nearby.
The public terminal areas and car parks are fully accessible for wheelchair users. Assistance is available for passengers with disabilities – passengers should request any special assistance when booking their ticket and notify the airport of their requirements 48 hours before their arrival.
There are 265 short-term and around 4,700 long-term parking spaces located on-site at the airport, plus an additional 220 parking spaces in a dedicated French-sector car park. An economy car park is also available for long-term parking. For further information, call the airport's parking office (tel: +41 22 717 7099).
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty have desks in the arrivals area of the Swiss sector – hire cars should be returned to the long-stay P51 car park. In the French sector: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt are the represented car hire companies – cars should be returned to the car park adjacent to the main terminal. If you return a car rented from the French side to the Swiss side, and vice versa, you may be charged a fee by the rental company.