Geneva International airport was previously known as Cointrin Airport and its official name is Genève Aéroport. It is a major airport in Europe due to its central location and excellent onward transport facilities within Switzerland and easy access to neighbouring France (Lyon; 1 hour 30 minutes) and Italy (Turin; 2 hours, 30 minutes). The airport is located just 4kms from the city centre of Geneva and caters for business people and tourists coming to Geneva. However, in winter a vast number of the passengers to the airport are not visiting Geneva itself, but arriving on chartered flights and looking to get to the mountain resorts nearby for some skiing
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Car Rental is very popular from Geneva airport for touring around Geneva and going into the Alps, in summer for biking and hiking and in winter for skiing. For a busy airport at peak times, it is always advisable to pre-book you rental car. The airport technically has two sectors; a Swiss Sector and a French Sector (Pier F). Always use the Geneva Airport Switzerland for car rental comparison and booking (unless you are travelling from France). Cars picked up in the Swiss sector must be returned to the Swiss sector, and the same for French sector, otherwise you will be charged a fee. Car Booker compares all the car rental providers in Geneva airport and you get the very best price.
The airport is 4km from the centre of Geneva, its is easily reached by train or bus using the local Unireso system. As an airport passenger you are get 80 minutes of free public transportation in the Geneva area to get you to your onward destination. This is compliments of Geneva airport; you can collect your ticket just after baggage claim. It only takes 6 minutes to get to Geneva- Cornavin Station in the centre by train. The urban buses stop at check-in level near the train station every 8-15 minutes at rush hour. Taxis between the airport and the city cost CHF30-35 and the length of times depends on traffic. Shuttles are available for many ski resorts and should be booked in advance.
More than 50 parks and gardens along the lakeshore, the Jet d’Eau which is Geneva’s landmark or head out to Mont-Saleve for an unforgettable view. Geneva airport is also a gateway to the Alps and is a very popular winter airport for skiing holidays. The following ski resorts are less than two hours from Geneva airport in your rental car; Chamonix, Flumet, Lamoura, Les Saisies, Leysin, Morzine, Alpe du Grand Serre, La Robella and Les Menuires. A little further afield, but still less only between 2.5/3 hours from Geneva Airport, you will reach; The Three Valleys, Val Thorens, Val d'Isère, Alpe d’Huez grand domaine Ski, Les Arcs, Les Deux Alpes, Monterosa and Méribel.