Things to know about Geneva
Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland behind Zurich and is the most multicultural city in Europe with nearly half the population coming from outside of Switzerland. Situated at the southwestern corner of Switzerland it's a good starting point for exploring the country and with good Geneva car rental one can embark on many interesting day trips to neighbouring France even.
Whilst Switzerland is bordered entirely by European countries, it is not a member of the European Union. It does have a free trade deal with Europe and is a member of the EFTA (European Free Trade Association).
Geneva is on the Swiss border and you can get from Geneva airport to France in minutes. The closest major French city is Lyon which is 150 Kilometres.
The offical language in Geneva is French, with English 2nd popular. Across Switzerland the main languages are French and German as you head towards Zurich. Italian is also more common as you head south.
The most significant feature of Geneva is a world famous lake with its symbolic water jet and endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation throughout the year. One can't get bored in the ancient Old Town either.The Roman marketplace, the Bourg-de-Four is the oldest public square in Geneva, the 15th century Hotel De Ville still serves as the seat of government in Geneva and is known to host the founding of the League of Nations in 1920. Don't miss the Old Arsenal a former battery either. Geneva is proud of being one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in Europe and also the World. With a combination of nature and historical architecture it really is a great place to visit.
Geneva is a major gateway to the Alps and is visited by outdoor enthusiasts all year around with offering of great winter sports including skiing and snowboarding.
Driving in Geneva
The speed limit across Switzerland including Geneva is 120 KM/H (75 MPH) on the motorways and 100 KM/H (62 MPH) on the main roads. In reduces to 80 KM/H (50 MPH) in the main roads closer to built up areas and 50 KM/H (31 MPH) in built up areas.
Geneva boasts a very modern and well maintained road system as does the whole of Switzerland. The city is home to a population of over 200,000 inhabitants and the city can get very busy during the rush hour. It is also known for being less than ideal for parking and expensive generally.
Car Rental Geneva Airport
Many people opt for airport car rental in Geneva. You’ll find it hassle free and efficient - our payment and pick up procedure is quick, and all liabilities are explained upfront e.g. insurance excesses, additional charges. When booked in advance your car will be waiting for you when you arrive ready for you to drive to your accommodation, making airport car hire in Geneva a great option. You’ll find popular car hire companies such as Europcar, Alamo, Dollar and Enterprise in the airport and available to book online through Enjoy.
Geneva Airport is a major Swiss airport with 17.5 million annual passengers. The largest airline is easyJet as well as Swiss Airlines, the flag carrier for Switzerland. Its also a popular destination for travellers to the Swiss Alps.
How far is it from Geneva Airport to the most popular Swiss Alp locations?
You can drive from Geneva airport to the Alps by car in 1 – 3 hours. The Alps are famous for skiing and some of the popular Swiss Alp ski locations include;
- Grindelwald, Wengen is 220 KM from GVA airport and approximately 2 hours 20 minutes drive
- Valais is 198 KM from Geneva airport via the a9 and A1 and roughly a 2 hour 30 minute drive
- Bernese Oberland is 223 KM from the airport via the A1 motorway and a 2 hour 36 minute drive
- Champex-Lac is relatively close at 150 KM via the A9 and A1 and takes 1 hour 50 minutes approx.
- Les Portes du Soleil, Champery is one of the closer locations to GVA airport at 123 KM and takes 1 hour 30 minutes via the A9 and A1.
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