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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, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Geneva Airport.

What to Expect

  • There are two terminals - T1 is larger and newer, divided into A, B, C, D, and F Piers; T2 is used only for chartered or seasonal flights.
  • The airport closes at night after the last departure, and generally opens around 5:30 am. Do not leave the terminal or you will be locked out.
  • Cafes and restaurants close by 10pm and reopen around 5:00AM or 6:00AM; no 24-hour eateries are available.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • There are plenty of seating though most are hard chairs with armrests.
  • Security will ask for identification and proof of ongoing flight.
  • In T1, visit the second floor along the right side for quiet waiting rooms.
  • Floors aren’t carpeted so come prepared with something to lie on to stay warm.
  • Generally quiet and not too bright until around 3:45AM, when the lights come on and the cleaning crew comes around. Have a sleep mask and earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones handy to block out the bright lights and loud noises.
  • The Terminal 1 exit near the train station has comfortable leather seats with armrests, if you don’t mind sleeping while sitting up.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide airport transportation. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more info.

Good to Know

  • Tax-free shopping is available to arriving travellers, allowing for purchases of necessary items for use while in Switzerland, a country that some consider to be expensive.
  • Showers are available; see our Airport Guide for locations and hours.
  • Economy class passengers can purchase entry to three airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for location and hours.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Geneva Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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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.
  • Ibis Geneve Aeroport - (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 5:00AM - 11:30PM daily.
  • 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.

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.

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

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes in several locations. Head to Banque Cantonale de Geneve for CHF and Euros (3 ATM’s) or La Poste (2 ATM’s).
  • Baby/Children’s Area - Children’s Area includes games, kitchen, baby change facilities and rest area for children. Location: Transit Zone, Mezzanine Level. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM.
  • Baggage Trolleys - Carts can be found at 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 6:15AM and the latest closes at 10:45PM.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Meditation Room - Location: transit area, mezzanine level.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • 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) • 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.

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Airport Hours

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

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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.


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.


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.


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: 13 November 2017

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