Geneva Airport Car Hire
Geneva - also known as Cointrin Airport - is in Switzerland but, being right on the border with France, cars can be hired on the French side of the airport. It is only 4km from the city centre of Geneva, Switzerland's second largest city. Over 15 million passengers use Geneva airport every year and it is popular all year round because of the winter sports season.
Where are the car hire desks at Geneva Airport?
If you have a car on the French side of the airport, after collecting your baggage, you will need to go up to the check-in level and follow the signs for 'destination France'. You will then need to go through the customs area (to the right of the check-in hall) to the car hire desks. You may be asked for your car hire contract to gain access so please have these ready.
Where can I collect/drop off the car at Geneva Airport?
There is no shuttle bus required. The cars are located in a multi-storey car park 5 minutes walk from the desk. When you come to return the car. make sure you return it to the French side as, if you return it to the Swiss side, you may be charged.
Geneva Airport Top Tips
Due to a new ruling, it is illegal to drive a non-EU plated rental car into an EU country on a holiday. For this reason, if you are planning a holiday in France or travelling through to another EU country, then it is important you specify that you wish to hire a car on the French side when flying into Geneva Airport.
When driving to and from the airport, avoid the Swiss highways unless you have purchased a vignette.
3 We highly recommend reserving a hire car before you get to Geneva. Walk up prices are offered, but are normally more expensive - and there may be no availability - especially if you want a particular type of car.
Car hire from the French side of Geneva Airport
Car Hire tends to be cheaper on the French side of Geneva Airport - at least on first sight. Be aware though that the Swiss vignette required for the motorways is not supplied as standard. These run from the 1st January annually to the end of January the next year (13 months) and depending on when you travel you could find that the car already has a vignette supplied by a previous hirer. You cannot however rely on this. Without a vignette you either need to buy one yourself of avoid the autoroutes. If you are looking to avoid the motorways and you are heading towards Chamonix you can travel through Geneva city centre, and if you are heading towards Annecy there is a roundabout route via Ferney-Voltaire.
In France, you must have a breathalyser kit as well as a warning triangle and high vis jacket (these two are also required in Switzerland) with you. If hiring from the French side check that they are i the car when you collect it.
Unlike the Swiss side snow tyres are not normally provided as standard. You can find cars where they are supplied on the Clarify Car hire Winter Tyres page for Geneva.
The cars are parked in a multi-storey car park close by the desks.
Top reasons to book a car on the French side of Geneva
Price - especially if you want a larger vehicle and are not worried about having snow tyres.
Debit Card Car Hire - we find there it's much easier to book with a debit card on the French side - see debit card car hire at Geneva airport.
Geneva Aiport - French Sector
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Europcar are the leading car rental operation in France and they offer a full range of premium cars at their locations. This combination makes them the ideal partner for the discerning car hirer looking for a quality brand and first class service.
Only customers with an airline ticket valid for travel on that day can reach the French side when arriving in Switzerland - this is the Airport's rule.
Customers who come to pick up their vehicle without having an airline ticket valid for travel on that day would NOT be able to go from the Swiss side to the French side. They would have to take a taxi which costs about 40 EUR. The cost of the taxi is not supported by Europcar.