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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.


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



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.



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

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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


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


Gruyère Day Trip - Cheese & Chocolate Factory Tour

Combine your love of chocolate and cheese with your passion for travel on this day trip to Gruyères from Geneva. Travel by executive minibus to the picturesque town of Gruyere, and visit a chocolate factory and a cheese factory.


Geneva: 50-Minute Lake Geneva Cruise

Discover the beauty of Lake Geneva’s shores on a 50-minute sightseeing cruise. Take in glorious views of the Swiss Alps from the water.

Tour & transport

Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace Full-Day Trip

Take a drive through the picturesque Arve Valley from Geneva to Chamonix at the foot of Mont-Blanc, the highest peak in Europe. Enjoy breathtaking panoramas as you explore some dramatic mountain landscapes by train and cable car as well.


  6 reviews

Have you visited Geneva Airport lately? So far, 6 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

27 days ago

This is the worst airport I have ever had the misfortune to use. There were no clear directions to car rental and it took an hour driving round and round the roadworks. And then eventually we could only find the Swiss location for car return. Fortunately a kind Avis agent drove us to the French side. Here there were no signs for departures. Everything seems designed to confuse the traveler. The queue for passport control was frightening as we were well late by now! Fortunately a kind officer let us use the EU queue.

De Chollet
2 months ago

Your new gates are scandalous as the walk to gate C 60 is a very long way. Did the intelligent airport authorities not think of older people? Or would they rather we did not travel! You queue for passports wherever where else there are electronic gates. Why do we have biometric passports for? This airport is a bad joke.

Fiona Cunningham
5 months ago

I have never in all my years of travelling seen such chaos at an airport as I witnessed this morning coming back from Geneva . Getting off the bus and check in was ok but then the longest queue to go through security followed by an
Even longer queue to get a shuttle bus to the main terminal. A moment of respite from queues before we decided that it would be a good idea to go
To our gate. 15 min walk and THEN an hour and a half of What can only be described as a scrum as 10 flights heading to the uk due to all take off within 30 mins of each other mosh pitted their way to the 4 measly slow passport control booths many queue barging, arguing, pushing as everyone panicked about missing their flights. When we finally got to our gate 10 mins after we were due to take off we were told there were still 100 passengers that hadn’t yet made it to the gate.!! Needless to say we were over an hour late to take off. Chaos

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