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Key facts for hiring a car in Geneva

  • Best time to visit

    This really depends on your plans. For winter sports and snow, December to early April is a good bet. For warmer weather try June to September.

  • Car hire locations

    There are two car hire locations at the airport - the French side and the Swiss side. Make sure you know which one you’re heading to!

  • Useful lingo

    Petrol – de l'essence
    Diversion – La déviation

  • Time difference

    GMT (the same as London, UK)

  • Currency

    Swiss Franc (CHF)

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Top rated suppliers for Geneva

  • Unirent

    Average Rating 8.6 – “Unirent are always clear and efficient at Geneva airport – large check in desk and easy drop off near to car park entrance.”

  • Sixt

    Average Rating 8.4 – “Easy pick up at Geneva airport on a busy ski Saturday.”

  • Dollar

    Average Rating 8.4 – “The collection and return were seamless. Staff very efficient. Car clean.”

  • Budget

    Average Rating 8.2 – “Lovely new car which drove really nicely and was very fuel efficient. Staff always really lovely at Geneva airport.”

Local knowledge

Food to try

Fried , shredded potato. A form of hash brown born in Bern but widely available on menus across Switzerland. The locals add anything to them from apple to onion.

A social way to eat, this gorgeously gooey concoction is a perfect accompaniment to a day on the slopes. Dip in bread, pears and olives and enjoy.

Älplermagronen mit Apfelmus
Macaroni, potatoes and cheese with apple sauce. Mountain comfort food at its best.

A Swiss nut-based cake which is a major source of income for many bakers in the Graubünden canton!

Zuger Kirschtorte
A sponge cake flavoured with cherry liqueur and layered with meringue and buttercream.

A distinctive flavoured soda that the Swiss go crazy for.

Driving tips

There are quite a few unusual rules to be aware of when driving in Switzerland, so it’s best to have a read.

  • It’s the law to have a motorway vignette in your windscreen if you intend to drive on Swiss motorways. There should be one in your hired car, but if you have hired the car in a different country, there may not be. You can buy them at the border for 40 Euros.
  • Headlights should always be on, even during day time. This is a legal requirement which was introduced in 2014.
  • Look out for wildlife on the roads if you are driving in rural areas. There will be signs alerting you to this, so always drive carefully.
  • If you are waiting at traffic lights, it is expected that you turn off your engine to help keep emissions down.
  • The language on road signs can vary depending on where you are in the country.
  • The Swiss authorities are very strict on speeding and consumption of alcohol prior to driving.
  • There are roundabouts everywhere!
  • Some small towns and villages are ‘car free’ areas, so it’s best to park outside and walk in.
  • Uphill drivers have priority on narrow roads, but larger vehicles tend to always have priority over cars.

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The ultimate Geneva road trip

  • Geneva Airport GVA

    The busiest routes from GVA are London, Paris and Barcelona.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Swiss side: car park P51
    French side: P21

  • Lausanne – 60km

    Picturesque lakeside city surrounded by vineyard-coated slopes.

  • Yverdon-les-Bains  – 40km

    Spa town with 30 degree hot springs.

  • Neuchâtel  – 37km

    Attractive city with hillside castle and cobbled streets.

  • Bern  – 55km

    The capital of Switzerland, Bern has a quaint, medieval air.

A route for the adventurers

Route des Grandes Alpes – 675km

Lake Geneva – South of France
Route open June – October

A high level of planning is required for this one. If you’re up for a real road trip you could attempt some of the Great Alpine Road – a network of roads which will lead you through the most beautiful scenery, mountain passes and tiny villages.

Some stops along the way:

  • Bourg-Saint-Maurice
  • Modane
  • Briançon
  • Barcelonnette

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