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Geneva Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Geneva Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

The only downside was that the cleaning staff woke me up at 5am so that they could clean the spot I was sleeping in. -Eurotrip2011

Airport Overview


To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Geneva International Airport.

What to Expect

Geneva International Airport is comprised of two terminals. Terminal 1 is divided into five piers (A, B, C, D and F), while Terminal 2 is used for charters and seasonal flights. The airport has a modest selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and services, but all close at about 10:00 PM and reopen around 5:00AM - 6:00AM. Free WiFi is available. For additional comfort during your layover, you may want to consider purchasing access to one of the airport’s lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and hours.

Where to Sleep

Because the airport closes at night after the last departure, if you are planning an overnight sleep be careful about leaving the terminal as the doors lock and you won't be able to get back in. Those remaining in the airport at closing may have to show identification and proof of outgoing flight. Because it is closed, the airport is relatively quiet and dimly lit until cleaning crews arrive at about 4:00 AM, so consider eyeshade and earplugs. While there is plenty of seating throughout the airport, most of it is comprised of hard chairs with armrests making the floor the only sleep option in many areas. There is a second floor waiting room on in Terminal 1 that is reportedly quiet. You can also find some leather chairs in Terminal 1, near the exit to the train station, which might be good if you don’t mind sleeping while sitting up. Floors are not carpeted, so come prepared with something to lie on if you need to stretch out. For uninterrupted sleep, there are a few nearby airport hotels within easy shuttle distance of the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more info.

Good to Know

Tax-free shopping is available to arriving travellers, allowing for the purchase of any necessary items for use while in Switzerland. Showers are available.

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Geneva Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Geneva Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Starling Geneva Hotel and Conference Center - (3 minutes from the airport) This is the closest hotel to the airport. Free roundtrip airport shuttle runs from 5:10AM to 11:45PM daily, every 15 minutes. » Check Rates
  • Ibis Geneve Aeroport - (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 5:00AM - 11:30PM daily. » Check Rates
  • Nash Airport Hotel - (5 minutes from the airport) Free roundtrip airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes, from 4:30AM to 12:00AM. Airport pick-up is from the Arrivals Level (Gate 4). Day rooms are offered based on availability. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Geneva Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Geneva Airport for 90 minutes. Connect to the " “Free_WiFi_GVA” network. You can reconnect after 6 hours for an additional free 90 minutes, or purchase additional time in order to reconnect without waiting. A mobile phone is needed in order to receive the access code, or you can scan your boarding pass at any of the six purple “Free WiFi GVA” self-service machines located throughout the airport.

There are also Internet Terminals available in the Arrivals section at the Business Services center.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by Banque Cantonale de Genève, La Poste, Raiffeisen and UBS. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: unknown.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Parents will find a children’s area that comes equipped with games, kitchen, baby change facilities and rest area for children. Location: Transit Zone, Mezzanine Level. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM.
  • Baggage Trolleys - Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available in 83 different locations around the airport. Rate: 2 Swiss francs or 2 Euros coins.
  • Children's Play Area - There is a play area located in the transit area between Gates A5 and A8.
  • Currency Exchange - Global Exchange offers currency exchange services at 3 locations (Landside, Departures and 2 locations in Arrivals). Hours: Varying opening times but the earliest is 5:30AM and the latest closes at 11:45PM. The Swiss Rail Counter can also provide currency. Location: Airport Railway Station. Hours: 7:30AM - 8:15PM.
  • Dry Cleaning - There is a dry cleaner available offering dry cleaning, ironing, etc. Location: Railway Station. Hours 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Mon – Fri) and 9:00AM – 12:30PM and 1:00PM – 8:00PM (Sat, Sun and Holidays).
  • Duty Free & Shopping - There are duty free stores (4 locations) and a variety of stores selling clothing, souvenirs, chocolate, alcohol, books and more. The K Kiosk (Departures. Hours: 5:30AM - 9:00PM • Arrivals. Hours: 7:00AM - 9:0PM) may come in handy for any last minute items).
  • Early Check in - Check in your luggage the day before takeoff at which time you will also receive your boarding card and seat assignment. Location: Railway Station
  • Fast Track Service - As a premium service, customers with Fast Track security passes will be given priority service to ensure that waiting is kept to a minimum. Book online before midnight. Cost: 8.00 CHF (approx 8 EU)
  • Food & Drinks - There are many food options at this airport, but none are open 24 hours. There are several options that are open 4:00AM - 10:00PM or until the last flight departs for those in the transit zone.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Self-service lockers are available in various sizes for rental periods of 6 hours to a maximum of 4 days. Prices run from CHF 5. - 90., depending on the size and rental period. Location: On the CFF Railway Station level, in front CFF/SBB counter and behind the Chicorée Shop. Hours: 5:00AM - 11:50PM. Also available is a Left Luggage counter, which is behind the CFF/SBB counter. Storage fee is CHF 10.- per item, per day, and maximum storage period is 30 days. Hours: 7:30AM - 8:00PM. If you need to store keys or other small objects, go to the Swissport desk. Rental fee is CHF 10.- per item. Location: Check-in Desk 90, landside (Hours: 5:00AM - 9:00PM) or Swissport Desk, landside, Arrivals Level, after Customs (Hours: 9:00PM - 11:00PM).
  • Luggage Wrapping - Safe Bag provides the service. Location: check-in Swiss Zone. Hours: 5:00AM - 9:00PM. Rates: 15 CHF per bag, special rates may apply for multiple within a family.
  • Meditation Room - Location: transit area, mezzanine level.
  • Mobile Charging - There are 15 Business Corners located Airside near boarding gates which offer chairs with tables offer both USB and standard 220V sockets.
  • Pharmacy - Pharmacie Principale (Location: Landside, Departures Level. Hours: 6:00AM - 9:00PM).
  • Post Office - La Poste. Locations: Arrivals Level. Hours: 7:30AM - 6:00PM (Mon-Fri) and 8:30AM - 12:00PM (Sat).
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Shoe and Phone Repairs - Have your shoes or smart phone repaired or get a new watch battery, all while you wait. Location: Railway Station. Hours 9:00AM – 8:00PM daily.
  • Showers - Showers are available in three locations. Locations: Arrivals (landside, near baggage carousel # 6) • Arrivals (landside, near Post office) • Departures (airside, transit area, near the first class/business lounges). Rate: CHF 15 (includes, soap, shampoo and towel). Tokens can be purchased at the Welcome Desk Swissport (Location: arrivals level, near baggage carousel # 2 and 3. Hours: 7:00AM - until last flight on Mon, Sat & Sun and from 8:00AM - last flight on Tues - Thurs and from 6:30AM - last flight on Fri) • Information Desk (Location: Landside, Arrivals Area. Hours: 7:00AM - 11:00PM.) • Nursery (Location: Airside, departures, transit area. Hours: 8:00AM - 8:00PM).
  • Smoking - There is a smoking room in the Terminal 1 transit area.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Travel Agencies - If you are arriving in Geneva and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there is a L’Tur Last Minute travel agency at the airport that can probably be of assistance.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:00AM - 12:00AM. Overnight stays are not permitted.

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Airlines

As of March 2018, Geneva airport is served by the following airlines: Adria Airways • Aegean • Aer Lingus • Aeroflot • Air Algérie • Air Baltic • Air Canada • Air China • Air France • Air Malta • Air Mauritius • Air Moldova • Air Serbia • Alitalia • Austrian Airlines • Belavia • Blue Islands • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • easyJet • Edelweiss Air • EgyptAir • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Eurowings • Finnair • Flybe • Helvetic Airways • Iberia • Icelandair • Jet2 • KLM • Kuwait Airways • LOT • Lufthansa • Luxair • Middle East Airlines • Norwegian • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • SAS • Saudia • SunExpress • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Tarom • Transavia • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • Vueling • Wizz Air.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Please note: All buses and trains going from the airport to France pass through Swiss territory. Please be sure to have valid identification and visa, if required.

Bus

Several city bus lines run to and from the airport as part of the UNIRESO network. Scheduled coach service for Annecy, Grenoble, Chambery and Lyon is also available directly from the airport. Most regional and international bus lines operate from Geneva coach station (Gare Routiere), a 10-minute walk from Gare Cornavin train station. For more information, visit the Gare Routiere or UNIRESO web sites. Passengers traveling at night can use the Noctambus service, which is part of the UNIRESO network. More information can be found on the Noctambus website.

Car Rentals

Geneva Airport has on-site rental car agencies in both the Swiss and French sectors of the airport. Passengers who need to rent a car in one sector and return it to the other may be charged a fee. The Swiss sector on-site rental agencies are: Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Europcar, Hertz, National/Alamo and Sixt/Flizzr. The French sector on-site rental agencies are: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

Hotel Shuttles

Hotel shuttles pick up their guests outside of the Arrivals Level at the airport. At the time of this update, the following hotels provide airport shuttle service: Swiss hotels: Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport   •   Ibis Geneve Aeroport   •   Movenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva   •   Nash Airport Hotel   •   NH Geneva Airport Hotel   •   Starling Geneva Hotel & Conference Center. French hotels: Novotel France   •   Park & Suites Elegance.

Taxi

With taxi ranks located at the airport and throughout the city, taxis are readily available in Geneva. At the time of this January 2018 update, fares between the airport and the city range from CHF 35.00 to CHF 45.00.

Train

Geneva Airport has a train station located under the runway, about 250m from the airport terminal, with direct access to Check-In and Arrivals Levels. All trains leaving from the airport train station go directly to Geneva-Cornavin station (Gare Cornavin) in the city center, about 6 minutes away. Gare Cornavin is serviced by the Swiss rail network and long distance trains from France and Italy. Most Swiss ski resorts can be reached by train from Geneva Airport train station via Gare Cornavin.

UNIRESO Public Transportation System

UNIRESO is Geneva’s public transportation system, which includes travel by train, boat, bus and tram. Only one single ticket is needed to travel within the UNIRESO network. Tourists arriving into the airport can pick up a free ticket from the airport vending machine, valid for 80 minutes of travel. Travelers staying in hotels, youth hostels or campsites will receive a Geneva Transport Card, which gives the cardholder free travel on UNIRESO during their entire stay. For more information visit the UNIRESO web site.

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Last Updated: 18 April 2018

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