The International Airport in Geneva is officially called Genève Aéroport and was previously known as Cointrin Airport. It is located about 4kms from the city of Geneva and is a very popular airport due to its proximity to Geneva, but also because of its very central location providing excellent access to all of Switzerland but also to a lot of neighboring locations including Lyon in France which is only an hour and a half away or Turin in Italy which is only two and a half hours away. Passengers coming through Geneva airport are business people, tourists and in winter large numbers of skiers and snowboarders on their way to enjoy the slopes and après ski of the Alps.
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Because Geneva city is not always the final destination of passengers coming through the airport, car hire is a very popular transport option for many looking to get to elsewhere in Switzerland or into France or Italy or up the mountains to the many ski resorts there which offer snow in winter and hiking and biking in summer. Car Hire brands in Geneva include Avis, Budget, Europcar, Firefly and Sixt, and Car Booker compares the prices, offer and discounts that all these providers have available and we select the best car hire deals, so that you can pick which one suits you best. Important to note, always use Geneva Airport Switzerland for your booking unless you are flying from France (you land in French Sector (Pier F)). And Cars picked up in the Swiss sector must be dropped off in the Swiss sector, otherwise they will charge you a fee.
Other than car hire, train or bus seem to be the best way to get to and from Geneva airport. As a passenger of Geneva airport, you get a complimentary 80 minutes of free public transport, just pick up your ticket after baggage claim. Then you can jump on a train or bus to your onward destination. The train takes 6 minutes to get from the airport to Geneva-Cornavin in the city centre. The urban buses have a stop near the train station at the check-in level and you will only have to wait 8-15 minutes for the next bus. Taxis to the city vary in time due to traffic and cost roughly CHF30-35. For ski reports, there are a number of ski shuttle buses and these should be booked in advance.
Geneva is set along a lakeshore and has more than 50 parks and gardens. Visit the Jet d´Eau or go to Mont-Saleve for great views. Swim in Bains des Paquis, enjoy great food, take trip out to Lac Léman and see the headquarters of the United Nations, go to CERN, the site of the Large Hadron Collider for a little science time or check out the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. The following ski resorts are less than two hours from Geneva airport in your hire 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.