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 a McDonalds, a Starbucks, Il Forno (who provides a very good pizza), a bar, a tea room, Thai food and a fresh kebab counter.
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 experience is easy. Passengers are not deliberately directed through a duty free shop once through security, like many airports.
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 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's departure area is separated into different 'hubs'. Each departure lounge manages 4 flights at a time, making the whole departure process quick and efficient.
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 dropped off at the corresponding hub so there are no long passport control queues. You are likely to be through to baggage collection in under 15 minutes.
Ski and snowboard equipment will arrive on a separate belt at the rear of the baggage room, where larger equipment is delivered.
There is a duty free shop before you go through customs, so if you've forgotten to buy your duty free this is your last chance at Geneva airport arrivals. Go through into the main arrivals lounge to meet your Whiterides driver.
Once through, you will find a selection of shops, cafés and restaurants for use before getting into your minibus and setting off to your ski resort. If you have a long time to wait here, we recommend the Montreux Jazz café.