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Geneva Airport

General information

Geneva Airport is the second busiest airport in Switzerland after Zurich Airport, at a very short distance from Geneva and the French border. Many of the flights at the airport are operated by Swiss and easyJet Switzerland. The airport consists of two terminals (T1 and T2) and a long runway of 3,900 metres. People departing from Geneva Airport Terminal 1 to an airport in France can use the check-in desks and security check in the French sector (“secteur France”). Travellers flying from a French destination to Geneva Airport can choose to take the French or Swiss exit. Travellers flying from a Swiss or international destination to Geneva Airport must first go through Swiss customs and then decide to leave the airport via the Swiss or French exit (“destination France”). Interestingly, the French exit is on Swiss territory, via the Route Douanière and Route de Ferney you will reach the French village of Ferney-Voltaire in 10 minutes.

Location

Where is Geneva Airport situated?

Geneva is located at the western tip of Switzerland, the airport is northwest of the city close to the French border. By car, the airport can be accessed via the A1/E62 motorway, exit 7 Grand-Saconnex from the north or exit 6 Genève-Aéroport from the south. If you are flying from Geneva Airport to an airport in France, you can follow the signs ‘Aéroport secteur France’ on the roads around the airport.

How many terminals does Geneva Airport have?

The airport has two terminals, namely T1 and T2. Terminal 1 is also known as Main Terminal (M) because Terminal 2 of the airport is used much less. Terminal 2 is only used for charter flights in the winter months, as the airport is conveniently located close to the ski resorts in the Alps. In Terminal 1 you will find the Arrivals hall on the ground floor, the check-in desks on the first floor and the security checkpoint (Gates A, B, C, D, E) on the second floor. The East Wing for long-haul flights is the newest part of T1, opened in 2021. Terminal 1 is open from 04:00 hours to midnight. Geneva Airport has a very nice panorama terrace at the top of Terminal 1, free for everyone to visit.

Airport Map


Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from Geneva Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in Switzerland.

Airport Distance
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (France) 97km
Bern Airport 130km
Turin Airport (Italy) 166km
Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Airport 186km

Transportation

Car

The distance from Geneva Airport to the centre of Geneva is 6 kilometres. By car, it takes 20 minutes to get to the centre of Geneva. Another city nearby is Lausanne, the distance from the airport to the city centre is 59 kilometres. Travel time is approximately 40 minutes.

From GVA Airport to Geneva City centre by Car
6 km
20 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Geneva Airport by public transport. If you opt for public transport to and from Geneva Airport you can travel by train and bus. Visit the Geneva Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Geneva Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Geneva is about CHF 40.-. Book your taxi at Geneva Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From GVA Airport to Geneva City centre by Taxi
6 km
20 min
CHF 40.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Geneva Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Avis, Budget, National (Enterprise Holdings), Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation), Sixt and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Geneva Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Geneva Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Geneva Airport.

Services

Flights

Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Geneva Airport.

Flight tickets

Looking for a cheap flight? Use our flight search engine to find and book cheap flights from and to the airport.

Which airlines fly from and to Geneva Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Geneva Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Swiss
  • easyJet Switzerland
  • Air Canada
  • easyJet
  • British Airways

Accommodations

Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Geneva Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.

luxury

Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva, Geneva

Entirely renovated since 2014, the Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva is located just 700 meters away from Geneva International Airport, 2 km from the Palexpo Exhibition centre and 150 metres from the tram stop to the city centre and it features free...

business

Crowne Plaza Geneva, an IHG Hotel, Geneva

The Crowne Plaza Geneva is within a 3-minute drive of Geneva Airport and the Palexpo Exhibition Centre, and only a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Free WiFi is available, and the hotel offers a free shuttle service from and to the airport.

family

Novotel Suites Genève Aéroport, Geneva

This comfortable 4-star Novotel Suites Genève hotel, across from the Balexert shopping centre and only 5 minutes from Geneva Airport, offers inviting modular suites, 30 m² in size.

Hotels in Geneva

Looking for the best hotels in Geneva? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.

family

Kipling Manotel, Geneva

Located in a quiet street close to Lake Geneva, the train station and the international organisations, the Kipling Manotel offers air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi access.

business

ibis Genève Centre Nations, Geneva

Ibis Genève Centre Nations is located in the centre of Geneva, just 800 metres from Cornavin Train Station and all the leisure attractions and business facilities such as the International organisations and CICG.

luxury

Royal Manotel, Geneva

A 5-minute walk from Geneva Train Station, the Old Town and Lake Geneva, the Royal Manotel enjoys a central location. It offers elegant rooms with period furniture and free WiFi.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Geneva Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!

Ticket

Geneva: Glacier 3000 Experience and Montreux

Enjoy an unforgettable day on the Glacier 3000 for a breathtaking panorama of the Swiss Alps. See eternal snow and visit the Swiss riviera with the option to enjoy a scenic cable car ride.

Activity

From Geneva: Guided Day Trip to Chamonix and Mont-Blanc

Take a day tour from Geneva to visit the mountain resort of Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc. See the highest mountain peak in Europe and ride the cable car to Aiguille du Midi for panoramic views.

Tour & transport

Geneva: Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour

Explore Geneva from a different perspective with an open-top bus tour around the city. Drive past the United Nations Office for photo opportunities and enjoy views of the beautiful Lake Geneva.

Reviews

  10 reviews

Have you visited Geneva Airport lately? So far, 10 airport passengers have written an airport review about Geneva Airport. This airport has an average score of 1 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

Latest airport reviews

Pat
8 hours ago
★☆☆☆☆

Possibly the worst Airport I've ever been through. Baggage conveyor belts weren't working which I believe is a daily occurance. We lined up for 1.5hrs to check in bags. Rude staff who would rather chat amongst themselves than look after their customers. Shuttle bus was absolutely filthy most especially the stability handles, they are a major health issue. I'll avoid Geneva Airport at all costs in the future.

Jean-Marc Moncalvo
9 days ago
★☆☆☆☆

Awful airport for too many reasons to list; recently I had particularly bad experiences with incompetent staff at the Air Canada and Qatar Airline counters.

Nicolas
26 days ago
★★★★☆

I have used the airport more than 100 times since I live in Geneva.
Its not the nicest, but it does the job, and quite convenient for a city of this size. New non shenghen terminal is an improvement. Lounge situation is OK, they tend to be on a small scale. Its well connected to the center by train, (10min), security queues are usually short (between 5 to 15min) and I have never waited long for luggage. If you have an early morning flight, its better to use the fast track access, this is when it gets crowded. Otherwise I usually arrive 1hr before a flight and its enough.

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