About Geneva Airport
Geneva Airport, also known as Cointrin Airport, is located in Cointrin, 2.5 miles/ 4 km away from the city of Geneva. The airport is divaded into the French and Swiss sector with an agreement between the two countries. All international flights arriving to the Airport will land in Switzerland, while the French Sector in opened only to French domestic flights. Crossing from the French to the Swiss side is only possible with a boarding pass for a flight scheduled on the same day, or for anyone with a car hire at Geneva Airport on the Swiss side.
Geneva Airport has one main Terminal building, named Terminal 1 and a smaller Terminal 2, which is only in use for charter flights.
Basic info and car hire in Geneva Airport
- IATA airport code: GVA
- ICAO airport code: LSGG
- Full name: Geneva Airport, formerly known as Cointrin Airport
- Location: Le Grand-Saconnex, a municipality in the canton of Geneva, Switzerland
- Website: Geneva Airport
- Contact: +4122 717 71 11
- Elevation: 1,411 ft/ 430 m
- Number of runways: one, 3900 m in length
Car hire locations at Geneva Airport
You can hire a car at Geneva Airport on the French as well as on the Swiss side. The Swiss Sector is bigger, but the French side provides with all the major car hire brands, such as Sixt, Europcar, Alamo, Keddy and many more. For a specific location of your car hire provider, call the agency or check the voucher details. We advise you to do so, before departure. Another advice with good intentions is to book your car rental 3 - 8 weeks in advance.
Drive beyond Geneva Airport
Geneva Airport is a short distance from the city of Geneva (2.5 miles/ 4 km away). The roads in Switzerland are of good quality and a car hire in Switzerland is the way to move around. Geneva is a city where luxury is a standard and to visit it is an opportunity you cannot miss. Explore its chic streets where the scent of delicious swiss chocolate will follow you and don’t miss out the chance to try out some of the tasty local cheese.
Geneva is not all about its urban capital, and to fully appreciate the service of a car fire in Geneva, you should visit the Lake Geneva, surrounded by the high Alpine peaks and its vine region, where some of the finest European vines are produced on Lake Geneva’s shores.
Available services Geneva Airport
Despite being a small sized airport, Geneva manages to deliver all the necessary facilities and services for every passenger. It doesn’t matter if you are travelling alone, on business or vacation, accompanied with small children or just your spouse, Geneva Airport is a friendly airport, designed to meet everyone’s needs.
Premium passengers have the possibility to use the Priority Lane and a number of lounges that are located on T1 for specific airlines available to their first class and business passengers.
Geneva Airport offers a fabulous place for families with babies and/ or toddlers. In the Mezzanine level a Children’s Area offers a playground with different toys for children, and a kitchenette with a microwave to heat your baby and toddler's food. There is a high chair at your disposal to make the experience even more friendly. The signs of a rocking horse will take you to this truly useful place for young families. There are other playground areas at Geneva Airport, however, the one in Mezzanine level is the best one.
Geneva Airport keeps you informed about your flight status and much more with this handy app. There’s an online service provided by the Geneva Airport where you can prebook a parking spot, a private lounge or a priority lane. Check it out!
History of Geneva Airport
In the beginning the Geneva Airport started off as Cointrin Airport, a small Swiss airport with a simple, wooden facilities. Soon it was extended and the wooden sheds were replaced by concrete buildings and by the 1930, 6 airlines were regularly taking off to 7 different countries. During the WWII, Switzerland prohibited any departures from the airport, however after the war ended the airport was undertaken to major extension plans to meet the needs of a modern airport. An agreement between France and Switzerland was made in the 1960 that enabled traffic between France and the airport, without any Swiss control.
Petrol stations near Geneva Airport
Once you’re done picking up your car at the car hire at Geneva Airport, a petrol station “BP” is just next to the airport building, opened from 7 AM to 10 PM. Several petrol stations are located by the road once you take the motorway exit “Geneva Airport”, an elegant option if your car hire at Geneva Airport requires a full to full policy.
Smoking at Geneva Airport
A smoking area can be found in the transit area of the Terminal 1, so if you need a smoke, take a time off and search for the smoking signs that will lead you to the right place. Don’t forget that it is prohibited to smoke in a hired car.