Geneva Cointrin International Airport

Geneva, CH


Getting around the airport


Geneva Airport lies 4km north-west of the city centre, and straddles the border between France and Switzerland.

There are two terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. However, it's likely you'll travel through Terminal 1, as Terminal 2 is only used for winter charter flights.

Terminal 1 has 5 piers, A, B, C, D, F and five levels:

  • Level -1 (underground), Railway Station
  • Level 0, Arrivals
  • Level 1, Check-in 
  • Level 2, Departures and Transit
  • Level 3, Mezzanine, with lounges, smoking area and meditation rooms 

Gates at Pier A and some at Pier D are Schengen gates and not subject to passport checks. Pier F (the far right of the check-in level) is known as the French sector and is technically within France but requires no passport or immigration control due to the Schengen Treaty.

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Healthy food to mix yourself

Goodie Organic Food & Bar

Come here to customize your food: green salad, fruit salad and bircher muesli in the morning. Or go for a freshly squeezed juice with a jummy croissant. Nice soups, sandwiches, wraps, quiches, and cakes. 

Relaxed seating area with high bar stools. Dishes are light, so don't expect to last on your meal for too long. Prices: CHF 9.00-10.00 for a wrap.

Before security, departure area D, left hand side
Hours: 04:30-22:00                                     

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Getting into Geneva

Free public transport ticket

Lucky travellers arriving in Geneva are entitled to a free train ticket to get into the city. The Unireso ticket, offered by the airport, allows you to use the public transport system in the France-Vaud-Geneva canton (area) for up to 80 minutes. It's valid on the train, tram, bus or boat.


The train is the most convenient way into the city. Trains run every 12 minutes from 04:48-00:31 and stop at central Geneva-Cornavin station. Journey time is six minutes.

Cost: Free with a valid boarding pass
Buying tickets: Machines in the baggage collection area, Arrivals level, labelled 'Public transport to Geneva "FREE TICKET"'
Location: Arrivals level, turn left after Customs and walk to the exit. The train station is in the adjacent building. 


Bus number 10 runs from 05:00-01:00 every 10 minutes. Arrivals, Entrance nr. 4.


It's a short but expensive taxi ride to the city, and rides are metred. 

Cost: CHF 35-45 (around EUR 30-40)

Arriving at night?

Use the night-time Noctambus bus service, also included in your free transport ticket.

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Save time at security

Priority lane vouchers online

You can buy vouchers for a security fast lane online to save time when flying at peak times. The Priority Lane voucher costs CHF 8.00 per passenger and must be booked online before midnight of the day before your flight. Priority Lane is not available in Terminal 2 but can be used for flights from the French sector.

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

Travellers have noted that hiring a car from the French side of Geneva airport is less expensive than the Swiss side, even when booking with the same agency. Keep in mind that in order to use Swiss motorways, vehicles must display the annual tax vignette sticker on the windscreen, which won’t be supplied on a French hire car. The sticker costs CHF 40 (EUR 37) and can be purchased on petrol stations along the motorway.

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Luggage check in over 50 railway stations

One day before your flight

If you’re flying with Swiss, Lufthansa and other selected airlines you can check your luggage in at over 50 Swiss railway stations one day before your flight. Check here for available stations.  

Your bags will be delivered to the airport and you will receive your boarding card and seat assignment. The service costs CHF 22 (about EUR 20).

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After security

  • Dnata Skyview Lounge, Main Terminal, after security, mezzanine. Hours: 06:00-21:30, 06:00-20:30 Sat. 
  • Horizon Business Lounge, Main Terminal, after security, mezzanine. Hours: 06:00-21:30.
  • Swiss Business Class Lounge, Main Terminal, after security. Hours: 05:30-21:30.
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Children getting restless?

Two play areas in the airport

Have the little ones burn off some energy. Facilities are for children five and under include a play kitchen, slides, books and cots for napping. There's a baby-changing corner and nursing area available, too.

Transit zone, after security, mezzanine level
Hours: 08:00-20:00

There is also a small play area with three educational games between Gates A5 and A8 on the Departures floor.

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Available in three locations

There are showers available in three locations: two on the Arrivals floor (landside, across from the Montreux Jazz Café and baggage carousel 6) and one in Departures (airside, Transit zone, near the business lounges).

Tokens cost CHF 15 (EUR 14) and can be purchased from the Welcome Desk Swissport (near baggage carousels 2-3; 06:30/07:00/08:00 – 23:00), Geneva Airport Information Desk (public area of Arrivals; 07:00 – 23:00), and from the Nursery (Transit zone; 08:00 – 20:00).

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Smoking areas

Designated location

A designated smoking area is located in the transit area of Terminal 1. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art ventilation system and smoke extraction technology in a relaxing and stylish environment. Access is free.

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Save 20% at Greens

Before security, Food Court

Boost your day with Greens! We offer you a pleasant break with our assortment of pita, salads, quiches and smoothies prepared by the minute.

Desserts such as "chia with coconut, mango and pomegranate" are to be enjoyed without delay! Greens adapts to new consumption patterns and helps you in your choice thanks to the presence of smartpoints: Vegan, organic, gluten-free, lactose-free, low-fat etc. 

Have a nice time with us!

Opening hours: 05:00AM - 22:00PM 

Location: Before security, Food Court

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