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Geneva International Airport (GVA)

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Geneva International Airport (GVA)
AddressPO Box 100, CH-1215 Geneva 15, Switzerland
Telephone022 717 7111.
Websitewww.gva.ch
Number of terminals2
Time zoneGMT Central European Time: GMT/UTC +1 (GMT/UTC +2 from 30 March to 26 October 2014)
MapGeneva International Airport
LocationGeneva International Airport is located 4km (2.5 miles) northwest of Geneva city centre.
Airport codeGVA
Airport newsGeneva Airport is currently working on renovations to its access road and car parks that are scheduled for completion in 2014.
Driving directionsThe Swiss sector of the airport is accessible from the N1 motorway. From central Geneva, take Rue de la Servette northbound and turn eastbound onto the N1, which leads to the airport.From France, take the D1005 from Ferney or the D984F from Saint-Genis-Pouilly to the border and then turn onto the N1 westbound or eastbound respectively.In order to avoid Swiss territory entirely, drive via Ferney-Voltaire near Collonges on the D984; at Ferney-Voltaire, follow the signs for Geneva and, just before Swiss customs, take the road on the right to the airport’s French sector.
Car rentalAlamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt have desks in the arrivals area of the Swiss sector – hire cars should be returned to the long-stay P51 car park. In the French sector, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt are the represented car hire companies – cars should be returned to the car park adjacent to the main terminal.
Public transport and taxisBus: Buses 5, 10, 23, 28 and Y serve neighbourhoods in and around Geneva. For those travelling into the city centre it is probably quicker and easier to get a train.
Shuttle: Free shuttle services depart regularly from outside Arrivals for the following hotels in Geneva: Crown Plaza Geneve, Express Holiday Inn, Ibis, Povenpick Geneve, Nash Airport Hotel, NH Geneva Airport Hotel and Starling Geneva Hotel and Conference Centre.
Taxis: Taxis can be hailed outside Arrivals. Typically a fare into the city centre will cost CHF30.    
Rail: Passengers arriving at Geneva Airport are entitled to complimentary use of public transport within the canton of Geneva for up to 80 minutes. The free Unireso tickets are dispensed from a machine in the baggage collection area at Arrivals. Alternatively, The Swiss Pass offers unlimited travel on the Swiss Travel System network for either 4, 8, 15 or 22 consecutive days or an entire month. More information can be found at www.railaway.com.There is a railway station opposite the entrance to Geneva Airport and regular trains departing from there to the city centre (journey time: 6 minutes). There are also direct trains to destinations throughout Switzerland and other European countries. For more information, contact SBB (tel: 0900 300 300; www.sbb.ch).
Car parkingThere are 265 short-term and around 4,700 long-term parking spaces, plus an additional 220 parking spaces in a dedicated French-sector car park, all with easy access to the main terminal. An economy car park is also available for long-term parking. For further information, call the airport's parking office (tel: 022 717 7099).
Information and help desksInformation desks (tel: 022 717 7105) are located on the arrivals level and transit area of the main terminal. The French sector of the terminal has additional services. There are various tourist information offices for both Swiss and French regions, located in the arrivals areas of each sector.
Airport FacilitiesMoney: Banks, bureaux de change and ATMs are situated in the main terminal. A tax refund service is also available for passengers leaving Switzerland.
Food: There is a range of bars, cafés and restaurants at Geneva International Airport. A good choice of sit-down eateries, fast-food outlets and cafés can be found in the food court on the departures level, while a restaurant serving Swiss specialities is located in the arrivals area.
Shopping: Shopping options include duty-free outlets selling cigarettes, alcohol and perfumes. Other shops at Geneva International Airport include confectioners, watch retailers and gift boutiques.
Luggage: A porter service (tel: 079 290 2023) is available for a small fee. There are lost property offices on the public concourse (tel: 0900 775 775) and at the train station (tel: 0900 300 300). Left-luggage facilities and lockers are also available at the train station.
Other facilities: There are showers, hairdressers and a solarium within the main terminal. A pharmacy and a medical centre are on hand to deal with any health-related issues. Young children can be looked after at the on-suite nursery and play area.
Conference and business facilitiesA small business centre offering copying and internet facilities can be found in Arrivals. Meeting facilities are available at the NH Geneva Airport Hotel (tel: 022 989 9000; www.nh-hotels.com) and the Mövenpick Hotel and Casino hotel (tel: 022 717 1111; www.moevenpick-hotels.com). Additionally, the Palexpo Congress Centre (tel: 022 761 1111; www.palexpo.ch) is located nearby.
Disabled facilitiesThe public terminal areas and car parks are fully accessible for wheelchair users. Assistance is available for passengers with disabilities – passengers should request any special assistance when booking their ticket and notify the airport of their requirements 48 hours before their arrival.
Airport hotelsThere are a number of hotels near Geneva International Airport, many of which operate shuttle services to/from the airport. Hotel reservations can be made via Geneva Tourism and AMDACO, who are represented in the arrivals area.

NH Geneva Airport Hotel
Just a short walk (or shuttle ride) from Geneva International Airport, NH Geneva Airport Hotel has a restaurant, bar and fitness centre. Its business offering is also bolstered by its proximity to the Palexpo Congress Centre.
1217 Geneva-Meyrin 1, 21 Avenue De Mategnin
Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: 022 989 9000.
Web: www.nh-hotels.com

Mövenpick Hotel and Casino
Mövenpick Hotel and Casino is five minutes by free shuttle from Geneva Airport. This 5-star hotel has a gym and a range of dining options, along with extensive meeting facilities.
20 Route de Pré-Bois
1215 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: 022 717 1111.
Web: www.moevenpick-hotels.com

Crowne Plaza Geneva
Currently being redeveloped with the addition of two new floors, the Crowne Plaza is linked to the nearby Geneva Airport by a free shuttle bus. The hotel, which is located in the business district, has two restaurants, extensive business services and a health club.
75-77 Avenue Louis Casai
1216 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: 022 710 3000.
Web: www.ichotelsgroup.com

Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport
Boasting a bar and meeting space, the Holiday Inn Express is a good budget option near the airport. Complimentary shuttle services and breakfast is available to guests. The hotel is located next to the Palexpo Congress Centre.
16 Route de Pre-Bois
1215 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: 022 939 3939.
Web: www.hiexpress.com

Novotel Genève Aéroport France
A good budget option on the French side of the border, the Novotel is just 10 minutes from the airport. A shuttle service is available and the hotel offers a number of meeting rooms as well as a restaurant, outdoor pool and fitness centre.
Chemin des Trois Noyers
0210 Ferney Voltaire, Switzerland
Tel: +33 04 5040 8523.
Web: www.accorhotels.com
Full airport nameGeneva International Airport
CityGeneva
State or provinceSwitzerland
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