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Geneva International Airport (code: GVA) is also known by its French name Genève Aéroport and occasionally its former name, Cointrin Airport. It’s been used for commercial flights since 1922 and on last count, operated with 58 different airlines to connect passengers to over 140 destinations worldwide.

This is Switzerland’s second biggest airport with the country’s longest runway. Location-wise, this airport is one of the best - if not THE best - for skiing in Europe. Positioned where southwest Switzerland meets eastern France, it has excellent rail and road connections to a number of Swiss, French and Italian ski resorts.

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Ski holidays near Geneva Airport

Best ski resorts within an hour and a half of Geneva

Chamonix, France
Distance: 88km
Chalets from £399
Hotels from £305
Apartments from £186
La Clusaz, France
Distance: 68km
Hotels from £427
Apartments from £349
Flaine, France
Distance: 88km
Chalets from £309
Hotels from £349
Apartments from £229
Les Gets, France
Distance: 84km
Chalets from £322
Hotels from £1343
Apartments from £451
Courmayeur, Italy
Distance: 97km
Hotels from £539
Apartments from £540
La Thuile, Italy
Distance: 114km
Hotels from £658
Apartments from £348
Megeve, France
Distance: 87km
Morzine, France
Distance: 90km
Chalets from £312
Hotels from £350
Apartments from £419
Samoens, France
Distance: 82km
Chalets from £419
Hotels from £565
Apartments from £369
Villars, Switzerland
Distance: 130km

Best ski resorts within two hours of Geneva

Avoriaz, France
Distance: 100km
Chalets from £495
Hotels from £749
Apartments from £217
Nendaz, Switzerland
Distance: 165km
Chalets from £713
St. Martin De Belleville, France
Distance: 136km
Hotels from £805
Valmorel, France
Distance: 127km
Chalets from £2500
Hotels from £1451
Verbier, Switzerland
Distance: 144km
Chalets from £594
Hotels from £634
Veysonnaz, Switzerland
Distance: 171km
Meribel & Mottaret, France
Distance: 160km
Chalets from £394
Hotels from £421
Apartments from £229

Best ski resorts within two hours and a half of Geneva

Les Menuires, France
Distance: 144km
Chalets from £390
Hotels from £375
Apartments from £223
Alpe d'Huez, France
Distance: 210km
Chalets from £399
Hotels from £729
Apartments from £176
Grindelwald, Switzerland
Distance: 240km
Hotels from £699
Apartments from £729
Val Thorens, France
Distance: 170km
Chalets from £449
Hotels from £543
Apartments from £223
Wengen, Switzerland
Distance: 230km
Hotels from £609
Zermatt, Switzerland
Distance: 240km
Chalets from £699
Hotels from £744
Apartments from £879
Courchevel, France
Distance: 140km
Chalets from £372
Hotels from £499
Apartments from £186
Saas Fee, Switzerland
Distance: 230km
Hotels from £739
Apartments from £419
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Distance: 230km
Interlaken, Switzerland
Distance: 214km

Best ski resorts within three hours of Geneva

La Plagne, France
Distance: 160km
Chalets from £298
Hotels from £369
Apartments from £177
Les Deux Alpes, France
Distance: 220km
Chalets from £394
Hotels from £375
Apartments from £185
Tignes, France
Distance: 180km
Chalets from £429
Hotels from £519
Apartments from £198
Val d'Isere, France
Distance: 200km
Chalets from £399
Hotels from £399
Apartments from £231
Cervinia, Italy
Distance: 190km
Chalets from £694
Hotels from £599
Les Arcs, France
Distance: 174km
Chalets from £349
Hotels from £423
Apartments from £217
La Rosiere, France
Distance: 170km
Chalets from £329
Hotels from £1510
Apartments from £280
Murren, Switzerland
Distance: 250km
Hotels from £849
Champoluc, Italy
Distance: 218km
Chalets from £523
Hotels from £759

Where is Geneva Airport?

One of the main things we’re asked is, whether Geneva airport is in France or Switzerland. The answer’s Switzerland, but VERY near the French border, between the Swiss municipality of Le Grand Saconnex and the commune of Ferney-Voltaire in France. The airport’s so close to French territory, it’s able to have a French sector where passengers can land without needing to pass through Swiss customs.

The distance between Geneva airport and downtown Geneva (Switzerland’s second biggest city) is 4km. You can reach the city centre by rail in under 10 minutes.

When landing and taking off on a clear day, the views of Lake Geneva and the Alps are spectacular.

Geneva Airport Terminals

The airport has 2 terminals, Terminal 1 (aka T1 / main terminal) and Terminal 2, which is mainly used by charter flights during the ski season.

Terminal 1 is the newer and larger of the terminals and consists of five piers or concourses for arrivals and departures. Pier F serves as the French side.

Terminal 2 is near the P51 parking lot and can be accessed using the TPG bus - get off at ‘Tour de contrôle’ stop. You can also reach the terminal on foot. From the train station or main terminal, head to Arrivals floor and follow signs for ‘locations de voitures’ / car rental. From the exit, you can reach the terminal via a 200m walkway.

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Geneva Airport French side

Airports aren’t usually shared between two countries, so people often ask i) what is the Geneva airport ‘French side’? and ii) is Geneva airport in France or Switzerland? Being in Switzerland but right by the French border allows the airport the unique feature of having a French side as well as a Swiss side. The Swiss side is the larger of the two and used for international flights. The French takes up one fifth of the main terminal and was initially opened so that people could reach destinations in France without having to go through Swiss customs (though this is now less of a hassle than it used to be).

As for how to get to Geneva airport’s French side - if you’ve arrived in on an international flight, follow signs for ‘destination France’ once you reach check in level (after collecting your baggage and going through customs). Flights from within France will almost always already have landed in the French sector, just follow the signs to the French exit when you leave the plane.

When departing, if you’re entering from Switzerland, you can reach the French sector by following signs to ‘destination France’ from check in level. If travelling from France, access is via Ferney-Voltaire road. Look out for signs saying ‘Aéroport secteur France’.

How early to arrive at Geneva Airport

If you’ve already checked in, Geneva Airport recommends you arrive at the very least 1 hour before your flight is scheduled to depart, or 2 hours if you’re travelling over the weekend. If you’re checking in at the airport, give it at least 2 hours (3 for weekends) before the flight sets off. We’d suggest adding some extra time onto that for winter travel just to be on the safe side – there’s plenty to help you pass the time airside with shops to browse selling chocolates, watches, fashion and duty-free goods, besides all sorts of cafes, restaurants and bars.

Most of our ski holiday packages include transfers already, but if yours doesn’t there are numerous companies who offer transfers independently.

Where they pick you up and drop you off will differ from company to company, so check with the provider you’ve booked with.

Taxis can drop you outside check in level and collect you from outside arrivals. Last time we checked, the pick-up fee for taxis at the airport was CHF 1.50.
Uber operate from the P4 car park, by the Montreux Jazz Café.

Car rental is available both in the airport’s Swiss and French sectors. Often you will need to return your vehicle to the side you hired it from, so make sure to leave time for this (though sometimes it’s doable for an extra charge).

In the Swiss sector, the rental desks can be found at arrivals. Usually you’ll need to return your car to the P51 car park, but check with your provider.

While hiring from the Swiss side is usually the most efficient, most people find lower prices when hiring from the French side. You can access the French sector even if you’ve landed in the international part of the airport - follow signs to ‘destination France’ after you’ve collected your baggage, go through customs (who might want to see your car hire contract) and rentals are in a building next to arrivals. Vehicles will often need to be returned to the P21 car park, but double check with the company you’ve hired from.

This is one of Europe’s best-connected airports and has its own train station - Genève-Aéroport – which links the airport to the Swiss rail network and other train stations in Europe. Access from Geneva Airport to the city centre (Geneva-Cornavin station) takes under 10 minutes by train. Trains connect the airport to Swiss ski resorts including Verbier, Nendaz, Saas-Fee, Wengen and Zermatt.

Buses depart from the Check In level, near the rail station. There are bus links to the city centre as well as to French ski resorts including Chamonix, Courmayeur, St Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Courchevel, Meribel, Les Arcs, Val d’Isere, Tignes, Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets.

Geneva Airport services

The GVApp is available in English on iOS, Apple watch and Android and lets you follow the status of your flight and navigate through the airport. It also gives live public transport and weather information.

Last time we checked, travellers could access 2 hours of free Wi-Fi.

GVAssistance are on hand for travellers with reduced mobility.

Geneva Airport shops

Besides the usual duty-free goods, Geneva airport’s shops sell a shedload of Swiss chocolate as well as jewellery, watches, handbags and electricals.

Geneva Airport restaurants

There’s a good range of restaurants at Geneva airport. Last time we checked, you could find food including pastries, Thai, Swiss, Italian cuisine, pub grub, healthy nosh and even Maccy D’s.

Geneva Airport lounges

Premium Geneva provides a VIP service for arrivals and departures, including access to the Skyview lounge which offers food and drink, Wi-Fi and office facilities. You can also upgrade for services such as being escorted through private security and limousine transport to the plane.

The Swissport Horizon VIP lounge proposes a super smooth arrival and departures experience, with agents meeting you from the plane when you arrive or your car / at check in on departure. The lounge has food, drink and office facilities.

Skiing near Geneva

Resort Country Distance (km) Est. time (hr) Chalets Hotels Apartments
Chamonix France 88 1 £399 £305 £186
La Clusaz France 68 1 £427 £349
Flaine France 88 1.2 £309 £349 £229
Les Gets France 84 1.2 £322 £1343 £451
Samoens France 82 1.2 £419 £565 £369
Courmayeur Italy 97 1.3 £539 £540
La Thuile Italy 114 1.3 £658 £348
Morzine France 90 1.3 £312 £350 £419
Avoriaz France 100 1.5 £495 £749 £217
Nendaz Switzerland 165 2 £713
St. Martin De Belleville France 136 2 £805
Valmorel France 127 2 £2500 £1451
Verbier Switzerland 144 2 £594 £634
Meribel & Mottaret France 160 2 £394 £421 £229
Les Menuires France 144 2.3 £390 £375 £223
Alpe d'Huez France 210 2.3 £399 £729 £176
Grindelwald Switzerland 240 2.3 £699 £729
Val Thorens France 170 2.3 £449 £543 £223
Wengen Switzerland 230 2.3 £609
Zermatt Switzerland 240 2.3 £699 £744 £879
Courchevel France 140 2.3 £372 £499 £186
Saas Fee Switzerland 230 2.3 £739 £419
La Plagne France 160 3 £298 £369 £177
Les Deux Alpes France 220 3 £394 £375 £185
Tignes France 180 3 £429 £519 £198
Val d'Isere France 200 3 £399 £399 £231
Cervinia Italy 190 3 £694 £599
Les Arcs France 174 3 £349 £423 £217
La Rosiere France 170 3 £329 £1510 £280
Murren Switzerland 250 3 £849
Champoluc Italy 218 3 £523 £759

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