Geneva Airport Guide
Located 4km northwest of the city centre, Geneva International airport serves as major gateway to the numerous surrounding ski resorts. With a location which runs along the Swiss-French border and has terminals that can be accessed from both countries, Geneva is perfect for mountain access in either country.
Originally known as Cointrin – the airport started in 1919 as simply a field where planes could land if they risked it. Almost 100 years on and Geneva is rated as one of the top airports in Europe where one plane takes off or lands every minute and over 15 million passengers arrive every year.
Passenger numbers have grown consistently for almost thirty years, and look set to continue in the future as more airlines offer services to this clean and efficient airport. One large single runway serves two passenger terminals – Terminal 1 where the majority of flights land, and Terminal 2 which is predominantly kept for charter flights during the winter.
Incoming and outgoing flights are mainly from within the European area, but Geneve does serve some long-haul destinations such as North America and China. Major airlines using Geneva airport for scheduled and charter flights include; British Airways, Easyjet, Flybe, Jet2, TUI, Aer Lingus and many others.
Ski Resort Transfers from Geneva Airport
There are a multitude of companies serving passengers landing at Geneva airport and looking to get to the mountains. Whether it is a cheap shared transfer on a bus, a private minibus taxi, or an executive limousine; there are options available for tourists. Trips by helicopter are even possible if you want to avoid the pesky traffic and are feeling particularly flush with cash.
Geneva airport has a great location for travelling to a number of ski resorts, and easy access to the local motorways means vehicles can get under way very quickly. Although it sits within Switzerland, Geneva airport actually serves as more of a base for the resorts of France than of its own country. There are fantastic French resorts such as Chamonix, Morzine, and Avoriaz that all offer quick transfer times of around 1 – 1.5 hours. Slightly further afield are Meribel and Courchevel – while there is a 3 hour journey time to the bigger resorts of Val d’Isere, Tignes and Val Thorens.
Geneva also benefits from great railway connections and a station connected directly to the airport. The SCNF train system allows access to scores of ski resorts – although some planning may be need to get up the mountain in most cases.