Geneva International Airport, known officially as Genève Aéroport, is the main aviation gateway to Geneva, Switzerland. Located just 5km from the city centre, it is one of the top-rated airports in Europe and processes a large traffic of international and domestic flights. Its destinations cover major countries in the European region, including France and Germany, and large cities in America and around the globe.
The Airport is well connected to surrounding destinations by several modes of transport. Via train, the ride from the city’s Geneva-Cornavin Station is only about 10 minutes, and the airport railway station leads directly to the departure and arrival terminals. Urban buses also travel from around Geneva and stop at the check-in level near the Airport’s train station. Taxis can also take you to the Airport, and fares differ as shown on the taximeter.
Bicycle routes linking from the city are also a convenient way to reach the Airport. If you’re travelling here from elsewhere in Switzerland, you may take the Swiss rail network. France is also connected here by buses, coaches, and trains.
Within the Airport, the entire passenger terminal (Terminal 1) is accessible by foot. Terminal 2 is open only for charter flights during winter; this can be reached via TPG bus or by foot.
What to see and do
Just 10 minutes away from Geneva Airport lies the city centre, where visitors can spend a whole day or two exploring its many peaceful historic sites. One of the most famous attractions is the Jet d’Eau, one of the largest fountains in the world. Constructed early in 1886, this impressive and elegant water jet is visible throughout the city and in the air, even from an altitude of 10km!
The water shoots at a speed of 200km/h, and unsuspecting visitors may find themselves drenched after a slight change in wind direction. The fountain can be reached via a stone jetty on the left bank of Lake Geneva.
Geneva City is also home to many charmingly rustic buildings, which seem to transport visitors back in time. The St. Pierre Cathedral, the Palace of Nations, and Place du Bourg-de-Four are just some of the landmarks that may catch your eye when you wander down the streets of the city. Look out for the Reformation Wall, a 100-metre monument with figures and documents etched and carved into it in honour of the Protestant Reformation.
The Airport has a number of transportation services that can whisk you away to one of the winter-wonderland ski resorts in the region. All Swiss stations can be reached by train from Geneva Airport, with the nearest ski resort, Leysin, located 100km away. French ski stations can also be accessed from here, with the Aeroski-buses taking travellers to many of them. Note that these routes into France pass across Swiss territory, so you will need your passport and perhaps a visa for this trip.