Category: Geneva Airport

Geneva Airport Swiss Side Car Hire

Posted on January 9, 2012 by . 0 comments

Geneva Airport is unique in that it sits on the border for France and Switzerland and can be accessed (and exited) to/from either country.

As passengers have access to both countries when arriving in the airport car hire desks are available on the Swiss and French sides. At Car Hire Search we list which side of the terminal the car hire depot is on when you hire your vehicle. The Swiss side tends to be more popular for car hire pickups.

You will usually be allowed to take a hire car from Switzerland into France free of charge (as opposed to being charged a cross border fee). However, it is worth checking the terms and conditions before rental to ensure that this is the case.

The car rental desks within the Swiss side of Geneva Airport are located to the right as you exit arrivals just past the Montreux Jazz Cafe. Car hire services are provided by Hertz, Avis, Europcar, National and Sixt.

What is a Winterisation Fee?

Posted on December 17, 2011 by . 0 comments

In locations where there is a high chance of snow and ice (for example Chambery and Geneva Airports) many car hire companies will stipulate the inclusion of a winterisation fee.

This fee covers the cost of the vehicle being fitted with (typically) winter tyres and snow chains. In many European countries it is the law that winter tyres must be worn in snowy conditions:

Germany: Winter tyres mandatory in winter conditions
Austria: Winter tyres mandatory in winter conditions
Switzerland: Winter tyres mandatory in winter conditions
France: No laws regarding winter tyres but many car hire companies in ski locations will not release a vehicle without them.