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Car Hire Geneva Airport

Geneva International Airport (GVA) is located in the town of Cointrin and more specifically, only 5 km’s (3 miles) north of Geneva city and offers direct connections to main motorways, Public transport lines and railways. Its northern limits run along the Swiss-French border, hence the airport can be accessed from both countries. Passengers on flights to or from France do not have to go through Swiss customs and immigration controls if they remain in the French sector of the airport. Despite the fact that Switzerland is not a member of the EU, Geneva Airport’s freight operations are also accessible from both France and Switzerland, making Geneva Airport in a large part, a European Union freight hub.

The airport is a major hub for EasyJet Switzerland and Darwin Airline and is served by over 60 airlines, with a great number of them being low-cost carriers.



Geneva airport has two terminals, named T1 and T2. T1 is also known as the Main terminal (M) and divided in 5 piers  (A, B, C, D and F). Pier A, and some of the gates at pier D are Shengen gates. Passengers that board flights at those gates do not need to pass through passports check. Gates at pier B, C, and some at pier D, are used for flights going out of the Shengen states. Pier C is used mostly for widebodied aircraft and is about to go through huge changes, as a new terminal project is about to start in 2012 and finish by 2015. The new terminal will accommodate up to seven widebodied aircraft at once, including a gate able to handle an Airbus A380 aircraft.

T2 is only used during the winter charter season. This was the first terminal ever operated at Geneva Airport. Built in 1946, it remained in active operation until the 60’s when the Main terminal commenced its operations. Facilities at T2 are somewhat poor for the standards of Switzerland, with a single restaurant and no duty free shops. There is an additional master plan to span between 2007-2015 with the construction of pier C, which will enable up to seven aircraft such as Boeing’s B777 or A330’s to A340’s to connect the terminal via jet bridges. This new terminal will also be in use by airlines operating smaller aircraft, and flying to non-Shengen countries. Renovation changes and construction additions have already been made in the main terminal with the construction of a new check-in area, the new modern restaurant operates within and facilitated by the presence of duty free shops.

In 2011, the airport served 13,130,222 passengers and handled 189,121 aircraft movements.

Car Hire Geneva Airport with MisterHire.Com

There are car hire facilities available at the Geneva Airport with an assortment of vehicles and tariffs to suit all our customers. That should not worry you though, as we have done all the work in terms of car types, models and prices and are hereby presented to you with a simple search onsite. Most of our Car rental partners (such as Sixt, Hertz, Budget Alamo to name a few) are based there and ready to promptly and efficiently handle your booking with us.

Car hire desks are adjacent to the arrivals area but in a separate building. When exiting arrivals, look to your right after leaving customs and baggage reclaim and follow the signs for 'car rental'. It is a few minutes walk.
Car rental return is located on level 1 in car park area P51. There is a sign for car hire return.
There are also shuttle buses to take you to and from car park area P51. Shuttles run regularly from 5am to 11pm. There is a sign in both car park P51 and at the car desk areas that inform you when the next shuttle is to arrive. Even so, after your arrival at parking P51 there is a map to show you where the different car hire companies are located.

If you pick up a hire car in the French sector, before leaving our car rental kiosk, ask to purchase a Vignette. A Vignette is a highway sticker (Fee) need to drive on Swiss Motorways. Not having it would risk you a fine. The cost to buy a Vignette is about 40 Swiss Francs.

Our Online Rental Rates are always inclusive of collision damage waiver & theft waiver insurances, unlimited mileage and breakdown assistance, so when you get to pre-book with us, you end up knowing there will be no surprises when you have reached Geneva Airport. Also the price you are to book online is the end price, no questions asked when you are to pick up your rental car from our car rental partners.

We wish you a pleasant drive and a most enjoyable stay there!


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