Geneva airport is one of the busiest International airports giving good access to most of the nearby ski resorts and summer destinations, year round.
Although there are much closer airports to the Southern Alps, such as Grenoble and Chambéry, Geneva has a greater number of flights to/from more destinations so you may consider it as an alternative if you don't mind a long drive once you've landed. It is worth noting that Geneva Airport is split in two - with French and Swiss sides. Bizarrely it can be much easier to find your way onto the French motorway from the Swiss side of the airport, so you should bear this in mind when hiring a car.
Although Geneva has 2 terminals - Charter and Main - the Charter terminal is only really used during winter and has limited facilities; there is a snack bar and restaurant but no money-changing facilities. The Main terminal is a 5 minute walk away so not worth chancing if your flight or transfer are about to depart! On your way home, once you go through passport control in Charter, you will be free to roam the tax free shopping and food outlets until your flight is called.
- Airport Code: GVA
- Distance from Geneva city centre: 5km
- Number of terminals: 2 - Charter (Winter Only) & Main
- Accepted Currency: Swiss Francs (CHF) and Euros (€) are accepted in shops and car parks. CHF's, €'s and £'s can be used in most of the restaurants. Change is usually given in CHF's.
Travel & Transport:
- Parking: Geneva airport has 5 long-stay car parks, P1 has the most direct access to the terminal and P51 & P26 are the cheapest for staying a day or longer; the other long term car parks are P20, P31, P32 and P33. P2 is the arrivals car park and has a maximum waiting time of 1 hour but the first 10 minutes are free. There is a "Kiss & Fly" area just outside the main terminal building where you can drop off passengers and continue out of the airport. You can check prices & live availability for the various car parks on the airport website.
- Car Hire: The main car hire desks are in Arrivals on the Swiss side of the airport. If you need to get to the French car hire desks go upstairs from Arrivals to the check-in level on the French side and go through customs (near to the Air France KML desk), you will need to show your car hire contract to pass through. Further details of car hire companies can be found in our Car Hire Page.
- Key-Drop: You can leave a car key at one of 2 desks, to be collected at a later date for a fee of around CHF10. From 06:00 to 21:00 you should use desk 81 at Check-In, from 21:00 to 23:00 you should use the Swissport Desk in Arrivals. You will be given an envelope on which you write the name of who should be collecting the key, as well as details of where you parked the car. Inside the envelope you need to leave the key and the car park ticket.
- Travelling to Val Thorens: The most common methods of getting from Geneva Airport to Val Thorens are by transfer bus or hire car. Find more information in our Getting to Val Thorens Guide.
- Railway Station: The CFF Airport Railway Station can be accessed from Check-In and Arrivals. From here there are regular trains running to the central station of Geneve-Cornavin, from here you can connect to French and Swiss rail networks; the journey takes around 6 minutes. Find out more about train timetables & services.
- Airlines: A range of international airlines fly in and out of Geneva daily. Find a full list of Airlines that fly from Geneva and use our Flight Finder.
Services & Facilities:
- Restaurants, Bars & Takeaways: A variety of restaurants and bars, ranging from traditional Swiss cuisine, to Thai, to Italian and more as well as 8 snack bars serving hot and cold food and drinks are situated throughout Arrivals, Departures (Public and Transit Zones) and Railway. They are generally open from 05:30 to 21:00, or until the last flight for those in Transit Zone.
- Shops: The airport shops are split between Arrivals, Departures (Public Side), Departures (Transit Side) and the Railway Station. They include the usual range of duty free and gift shops as well as exclusive clothing and jewellery brands such as Hugo Boss, Cartier and Mont Blanc. They are generally open between 08:00 and 20:00 365 days a year.
- Showers: There are 3 lots of shower facilities at Geneva airport - near baggage carousel no. 6, near the Post Office in Arrivals and near the First Class Lounge in Departures. They all require a token which can paid for at the Swissport Welcome Desk, GVA Information Desk in Arrivals or in the Nursery in Departures. The token includes soap, shampoo and a towel.
- Conference Rooms: Unfortunately Geneva Airport no longer offers conference facilities. However, you can book meeting rooms at nearby hotels - Crown Plaza Geneve, Mövenpick Hotel, Ramada Park Hotel and Centre IATA.
- Internet Access: Free WiFi is available throughout the airport. There is also an internet cafe in Les Jardins de Geneva in Departures.
- Smokers: Smoking is prohibited inside the airport buildings.
- Cash & Currency: There are three American Express offices where you can exchange currency/travellers cheques: Departures (Public Zone), Departures (Transit Zone) and Arrivals. You can also exchange currency at Agences de Voyages CFF and Changeur de Monnaie, both in the railway station. There are UBS, Raiffeisen and Banque Cantonale de Geneve cashpoints throughout the airport; please be aware that these will only issue Swiss Francs, so if you are continuing on to France you would not be able to spend them outside of the airport.
- Sick Bay: The sick bay provides physical / psychological first aid for both passengers and staff. They can be contacted on +41 (0) 227 177 170.
Luggage / Animals
- Large / Unusual Luggage: Items such as bikes, skis or other large objects should be checked in as usual and then taken to desk 81 (you can buy cardboard boxes for packing bikes here for CHF 20).
- Left Luggage: There are two left luggage facilities, both in the Railway Station. The office beside the CFF/SBB counter takes luggage of all dimensions for a maximum of 1 month for a fee of around CHF10 per day per item. It is open 7 days a week from 07:30 to 20:00. The automatic lockers are in front of the CFF/SBB counter and come in 3 sizes (245mm x 420mm x 765mm / 350mm x 600mm x 770mm / 445mm x 610mm x 895mm); the maximum usage period is 3 days and they are accessible from 05:00 to 23:50.
- Lost Luggage: If you have arrived at your destination but your luggage has not fared quite so well, you should find out which handling company is used by the airline that you travelled with, you can do that here. If you need to report it to Dnata (previously known as Jet Aviation) you should email them on email@example.com. If you lost your luggage on the train or in any Swiss railway station you can report it missing on the CFF/SBB Website, whereas if you made it all the way to Geneva before mislaying something you can search for your lost items on the Geneva Lost & Found Website!
- Animals: Animals weighing less than 5kg and carried in a bag (à la Paris Hilton's chihuahua) can be brought into the cabin, providing you have prior authorisation from the airline. Any animals weighing over 5kg must transported in the hold, in a secure cage that can be bought from the airline. This must be arranged in advance of the flight and will be charged at the same rate as excess baggage. Any questions regarding vaccinations and quarantine should be directed to the Service Vétérinaire Frontière.
- Geneva 15 CH 1215
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