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GENEVA AIRPORT

Geneva Airport Switzerland, originally Cointrin Airport, is a sleek and well designed airport just 4km from the city of Geneva. 

Servicing over 15 million people a year with a wide range of Geneva airport airlines (mainly through terminal 1) flights cover most of Europe and a selection of long-haul destinations. 

Geneva airport has the longest runway in Switzerland allowing any size plane to take off or land. 

In the winter months, when passengers are travelling to the many local ski resorts in France and Switzerland terminal 2 is often used for charter flights. Terminal 2 is small and has just one restaurant, so our tip is to take a bite to eat with you.

Geneva Airport in Switzerland

Geneva airport departures & arrivals

Terminal 1 - Geneva airport departures

In terminal 1, once you have checked in your luggage, security control is on the floor above.  In this public area you will find a small collection of shops and restaurants such as McDonalds and a Starbucks. 

Security is quick and efficient with multiple terminals flowing continuously, but what else would you expect from a Swiss airport?

Once you are through the whole shopping experience at Geneva airport is easy and not pushy. You are not deliberately directed through duty free, like many airports, but can choose to visit the area once through security. 

There is a small selection of high end brands and watch shops, with Swiss chocolate and souvenir shops sprinkled between. Note that if you have children you can't buy specific kids or baby food easily as there is no pharmacy such as "Boots" so take what you need with you. If you are happy for them to eat chocolate and cheese there is more than enough to choose from.

A selection of restaurants are available, as shown below, and a large seating area. 

Geneva airport departures are separated into different hubs. Each departure lounge manages 4 flights at a time, making the whole departure process efficient and quick. There is a passport control at each hub so you wont wait in any long queues.

Terminal 1 - Geneva airport arrivals

When your flight arrives at Geneva airport you are also dropped off at the corresponding hub so again there are no long passport control queues and you are likely to be through to baggage collection in under 15 minutes. 

Your skiing and snowboarding equipment will arrive on a separate belt where larger equipment is delivered. 

If you have forgotten to buy your duty free this is your last chance at Geneva airport arrivals to buy a few items from the new duty free shop before you go through customs and into the main Geneva arrivals lounge to meet your Whiterides driver. 

Once through you will find a selection of shops, restaurants and toilets for use before getting into your minibus and setting off to your ski resort.

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French airports

There are 4 primary airports that our clients have been flying too over the past 10 years. After taking the time to talk with them about their trip and also traveling from all of the alpine airports we have put together detailed pages about the reaming 3 airports:

Geneva airport services

Lounges & VIP services

The following collection of lounge and VIP services are available at Geneva Airport:
  • Premium Geneva offers VIP services, from access to the luxury lounge to limo driver services, for both arrivals and departures from Geneva Airport.
  • First Class and Business Lounges are available for passengers flying with: Air France, British Airways, dnata, SWISS Air and Swissport.

Children & kids at the airport

In the departures transit area you will find a private play room with toys, books and play areas for children up to the age of 5. In here there is also a baby change corner, nursing and feed area, as well as kitchen and rest area for tired travelers!

The room is free of charge and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

As well as this room there is a small children's area between gates A5 and A8 with a few large games and chairs for little ones to sit, eat and play.

Spritual & wellness

Geneva Airport have provided a meditation room in the departures transit area, giving access to all that need peace and calm before flying.

Again in the departures transit area showers are available for those wishing to freshen up, priced at CHF 15.

It is still possible to smoke in a designated area within the departures transit area.

Assistance

GVAssisstance provides help and support to all passengers, regardless of booking class or flight, that need it at the airport. It is free of charge and should be arranged prior to your flight.

Finance

You will find a collection of banks, ATM's, money exchanges and a post office once you are through into the arrivals hall.

Geneva flight departures

Geneva airport restaurants & bars

Restaurants in Geneva airport arrivals

The following restaurants are available to the public in the arrivals hall, of terminal 1 at Geneva Airport:

  • Snack Swiss Chalet
  • Tekoe Tea Shop
  • The Hub'n Co
  • Montreaux Jazz Cafe
  • Tea-room Martel

You can also access the train station easily from arrivals where another set of restaurants, shops and a pharmacy is available as well as a Megros small food shop.

Restaurants before security

Before moving through security the following collection of restaurants and snack bars are available to the public:
  • The Food Court
  • Le Chef
  • Goodie Organic Food & Bar
  • Starbucks
  • McDonalds
  • Le Pret-a-Manger

Restaurants in Geneva airport departures

Once you have gone through security into the main departures area you have the following restaurants and snack bars available to use before your flight in the main transit area.
  • Le Bistro Geneve Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar
  • Cafe
  • Moleskine Cafe
  • All You Need
  • Piaggio
  • Streetfood

You will also find a small cafe and shop available at each hub selling souvenirs, magazines, water, coffees and snacks.

Geneva flight arrivals

Tips for Geneva airport

You will find free wifi throughout the airport. 

A good quick coffee is available from a little stand in arrivals outside the shop, priced at only 2 euros this is by far the best coffee in the airport.

The GVA app, developed last year, is an excellent companion for your smart phone (IO's or android) as it provides up to date information on flights, the airport and parking etc. You can get this in English, French and German.

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Meeting your Whitrides Driver

Your Whiterides driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall holding a sign board with your name on it ready to greet you, then it just a short walk to the minibus car park, and on route back will drop you right at the departures door, making your travelling as seamless and efficient as possible. Geneva Airport is an easy airport to navigate and we can highly recommend it for your ski trip this year.

If you are flying to Geneva and need more information take a closer look at their FAQ's to help answer those annoying travel questions.

Geneva Airport FAQ's