Cheap Car Hire Geneva Airport Switzerland
If you are travelling to Geneva this year, the easiest and safest way to get around is by hiring a car, but there are a few things you need to remember to ensure your trip is hassle free.
Before you travel, remember you will need:
Driving Licence (Goes without saying!).
Credit Card – You will need to present a valid credit card when picking up the vehicle.
Car Rental Voucher – Make sure you have printed this off and check that all details are correct before you leave the uk, if you have any questions call the freephone number on the voucher.
It is worth remembering that Geneva airport is on the French/Swiss border, so you should make sure you know which side you are picking your car up from. As the two countries may have different suppliers, you may find that the price on the French side is different to the price on the Swiss side, it is always worth checking to make sure you get the best deal.
If you are Skiing, it is worth checking to see what ski packages are available, or you may want to enquire about additional equipment that you may need such as Ski racks and snow chains, again, feel free to give us a ring on our freephone number if you have any questions or queries.
Travelling To and Around Geneva
In recent years low-cost airlines have opened routes to Geneva (www.gva.ch) from the UK making air travel prices to the city even more competitive with the likes of Easyjet, Flybe and Jet2 all offering affordable services to and from Geneva.
Airlines flying to Geneva from the UK:
Aer Lingus – to/from Belfast International (from December 2008).
Air France – to/from London City Airport.
Blue Islands – to/from Jersey.
BMI Baby – to/from Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands and Manchester.
BA – to/from London Gatwick and Heathrow.
Easyjet – to/from Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol. East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester (from December 2008) and Newcastle.
Flybe – to/from Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Newquay, Norwich and Southampton.
Flyglobespan – to/from Edinburgh.
Jet 2 – to/from Leeds/Bradford.
Saudi Arabian Airlines – to/from Manchester.
Swiss European Airlines – to/from London City Airport and Manchester.
Thomsonfly – to/from Robin Hood Airport (Doncaster/Sheffield).
From Geneva Airport To The City Centre
IATA Code: GVA; Lattitude: 46.233333; Longitude: 6.116667;
Geneva – Airport Swiss side (GVA) is situated ~4 kilometers from Geneva city center.
Many visitors to the city choose to hire a car for the flexibility and freedom it offers. If you fly into Geneva airport then you can choose to pick up a car rental from either the French side or the Swiss side. With Rent a Car Geneva , you can also choose to pick up your car from downtown Geneva and Geneva Airport.
Geneva’s city centre is reachable by the number 10 shuttle bus (http://www.tpg.ch/fr/ligne10) costing 3CHF, or £1.50) and leaves every 15 minutes. Trains (www.unireso.com) from the airport’s own terminal are free of charge to those arriving by plane by obtaining a ticket at the Geneva Transport kiosk in the arrivals terminal and is valid for 80 minutes after your arrival.
Alternatively taxis from the airport cost approximately 35CHF (£17.50) each way.
Sight seeing in Geneva
The Jet d’Eau is visible across the whole of the Lac Léman waterfront and is within easy reach of the beautiful Jardin Anglais. The Jet d’Eau is a spectacular fountain which pumps water 140m into the air. Originally the fountain was used as a pressure release for power generated from the Rhone river, but locals enjoyed the sight of it so much, the government decided to make it into a permanent showpiece, adding beautiful lights to the fountain, making it even more spectacular by night.
Cathedrale St. Pierre
Geneva’s beautiful 12th century cathedral marks a cultural, religious and historic part of Swiss history. The church is perhaps best known as the home of John Calvin – one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, with a wooden chair used by Calvin on show to visitors within the church. The area below the cathedral has been subject to recent excavation, revealing evidence of a prosperous past dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. The cathedral is also believed to be one of three that have existed on the site throughout history. Whilst here, also go and see the International Museum of the Reformation, which allows a fascinating incite to the reformation of Christianity that, allowing to one of the cathedral’s towers for unrivalled views of the city.
Palais des Nations
The spectacular Palais des Nations building set in beautiful landscaped gardens and originally hosted the League of Nations. It is worth the visit alone just to see the incredible Assembly Hall, which once hosted important global meetings of leaders of the largest nations in the world. The Palais incorporated within the building has an excellent collection of public art as well as a library.
14 Avenue de la Paix. Tel: 0041 22 917 48 96.
Adults 8.50CHF, children 4CHF. Open 10am – noon and 2pm-4pm
The International Red Cross Museum
The Red Cross Museum is arguably one of Europe’s most formidable. The museum takes you back through the history of the organisation and the humanitarian relief it has offered during wars and natural disasters through striking displays, photographic exhibitions and amazing artefacts.
17 Avenue de la Paix. Tel: 0041 22 748 95 25
Adults 10CHF, children 4CHF. Open daily 10am-4pm except Tuesday.
Geneva Top Tips
The Swiss are extremely punctual when it comes to closing times, so plan any visits and excursions well before they shut. For example; if a museum closes at 5pm, expect staff to begin ushering you out at 4.45pm.
When you arrive at the airport, ensure you pick up your free train ticket to the city before getting your bags as the ticket is only valid 80 minutes after your arrival time and there will be large queues to get them once people have picked up their baggage.
Although violent crime is virtually non-existent, built-up areas in the centre of Geneva are hot spots for petty thieves and pickpockets – be mindful of your belongings.
Geneva may have a seemingly countless number of hotels, vacancies can become rare during periods of international meetings and large business conferences – book well in advance.
Accommodation in Geneva
Decadence and luxury are exuded to the full from one of Geneva’s most revered hotels, which also looks out on to the picture-perfect setting of the old town and Pont des Bergues. It’s palace-esque exterior givers way to truly ornate decor and superior bedrooms. Des Bergues is a known favourite resting place when visiting royalty from across the world arrive in Geneva.
Grand Hotel Kempinski
The Kempinski is the modern alternative to the Des Bergues, boasting a la mode interior design as well as a host of impressive facilities, which include a small shopping centre, a large health club and gym as well as a number of conference rooms.
Novotel Residence Studio
City centre hotels in Geneva tend to be extremely pricey, however, Novotel offer this modern, well situated hotel for as little as 125CHF per room per night. The hotel also comes equipped with kitchen areas as part of your stay, which will cost an extra 100CHF on top of your room tarif.
35 Rue de Berne. Tel: 0041 22 909 90 00
Situated within easy reach of the train station, Le Montbrillant offers beautiful rooms and excellent dining facilities, with two restaurants sitting just outside. Rooms on the top floor have a sloping roof with a skylight and also offer formidable views across the city.
Youth Hostel Geneva.
Brilliantly located next to the bars, restaurants and train station. With a mixture of shared dormitories and private rooms, the Youth Hostel Geneva is clean, well maintained and offers an affordable alternative to the many mid-range expensive hotels, with prices starting from as little as 25CHF per night.
City Hostel Geneva
Again situated close to the nightlife and train station, this hostel is also a stones-throw away from the brilliant food market at Paquis. The hostel also offers excellent facilities including internet, communal kitchens. Shared and private rooms are bookable, with prices starting at 28CHF.
Geneva Price guide
The currency is Geneva is Swiss Francs, with 1CHF equalling 100 centimes.
As mentioned, accommodation in Geneva can be costly to those looking to travel on a budget. Other than the Geneva Youth Hostel offering beds at around 25CHF, expect to pay around £70-£100 a night for a mid-range hotel and upwards of 330CHF for a luxury or five-star option. Public transport in Geneva however, is absolutely free to anybody residing in a hotel or hostel. Punctual, reliable, modern and efficient, there should be no reason to use taxis (which will often charge as much as 20CHF for a journey within the CBD). Prices of alcohol are moderate compared with the UK. A beer will cost approximately 5CHF-7CHF depending on where you go, whereas decent a sit down meal will cost as much as 40CHF per person.
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