Car Hire at Geneva Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Whether you’re planning a snow-packed family holiday in Chamonix or a romantic getaway in historic Lausanne, you can find the best car hire at Geneva Airport with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car at Geneva Airport
There are seven car hire companies with desks at Geneva Airport both in the French and Swiss sections: Firefly, Avis, Budget, National, Europecar, Hertz and Sixt. All of the desks are inside the terminal building so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Geneva Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There’s a Tangerina Galp on the A-70 about 2km from the airport, and a Campsa Service Station in the town of El Altet. This is just off the N-332 if you’re approaching from the south. There’s also a Galp station opposite the new terminal. The bad news is that it’s on the other side of the motorway. To reach it you will need to pass the airport, turn onto the N-332 towards Alicante, and then turn back at the next roundabout. The petrol station will be on your right.
Driving around Geneva Airport
Alicante Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. As you’re leaving the airport there’s a roundabout. Turn left for the AP-7 motorway (aka the Autopista del Mediterráneo) and the N-340, or use the sliproad to turn right onto the N-332 on the right. The AP-7 is a toll road, and most of the booths take credit and debit cards. If you don’t want to pay any tolls you can get to most places by using the smaller N-roads.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations on the Costa Blanca from Geneva Airport.
The very old, enchanting Roman town of Lausanne boasts museums and parks and a beautiful old town that hides a range of cosy and hip restaurants in its told own nooks and crannies. Feast on fondue, take a cookery lesson and enjoy theatres or even forest walks and lake swimming.
It takes between forty minutes and an hour to reach Lausanne from Geneva Airport. Be aware that the route takes in a toll road. Payment can be made using most major credit cards but not by debit card. Take the Route de l’Aeroport 21 to the A1, follow this for half an hour until you reach the Avenue de Montoie in Lausanne. Keep driving until you reach the Place Saint-Francois in the centre.
Chamonix is every skiers dream. From perfect powder and a peek at Mont Blanc from one of the highest cable cars in the world, to snowshoeing, mountain guided treks, climbing and an après ski that promise roaring fires and raclette, Chamonix is heaven.
The driving time from Geneva Airport to Chamonix is about one hour via the Autoroute Blanche (A40) motorway. This has a toll cost of CHF 40. Alternatively, you can drive through the centre of Geneva but this will add at least 20mins to your journey if the traffic is good. For the toll road, join the main road, Route De Pré-Bois heading South West following the green autoroute signs to France along a straight road for about 1km. Move into in the centre right lane on arriving at a T-junction with traffic lights, turn left onto the Route de Vernier the move into the right lane. Drive 150m then take the slip road onto the autoroute sign-posted France through two tunnels take the right lane into the: A40 signposted to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Continue along the N205 to arrive in Chamonix.
This international city is home to elegant architecture, a host of museums and galleries, parks perfect for picnicking and some serious chocolate shopping. With more places to eat than most cities, Geneva is a gastronomic delight. Check out our Geneva Travel Guide to learn more.
It takes about 20 minutes to reach Geneva city centre from the airport. Simply follow the Route de l’Aeroport on to the Boulevard George-Favon and follow the signs for the city centre. On street parking is charge from 9am to 2pm and from 7pm to 8pm. The maximum time allowed for parking is between thirty and ninety minutes depending on the zone. Prices are between €1-2* per hour. There is no parking in the yellow zone. If you hold a parking badge, the blue zones are for you but only for up to one hour on a working day and unlimited time after 7pm. There is a selection of car parks where unlimited parking is available from €3-4* per hour. Some hotels in Geneva offer free parking.
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