Information & Facts
Taxis can be found outside of the arrival terminal and costs
about Sfr35 to the city centre (a bit extra for luggage). The trip
is three miles (5km) and commute times vary according to traffic.
Taxis are metered and there are around 60 registered taxi ranks in
Long and short-term parking, and valet parking is available.
Eurocard, American Express or Visa cards can be used to pay for
parking in parking lots.
Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar,
Hertz and National. Travellers should ensure they hire their car on
the French side of the border if they are going to France, and
vice-versa. It is only about three miles (5km) into town.
Uniresco public buses leave for the city centre every few
minutes from the departures and arrivals levels. Passengers can
pick up a free ticket for public transport from the machine in the
baggage collection area at the Arrival level, information is
available at the Unireso information counter in the Arrivals hall.
A free hotel shuttle transports passengers to major hotels. A
Uniresco train leaves for Cornavin RR Station in the city centre
every 10 minutes, from where connections can be made to
destinations throughout Europe. Taxis are available outside the
Arrivals Hall and cost about Sfr35 to the centre of Geneva. Car
rental is also available. It is only about three miles (5km) into
Luggage lockers can be found in the Train Station Mall and on
the arrivals level. A Skycom Airport Business Centre and Business
Corner offer a range of business facilities. Other amenities
include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, bars and restaurants,
tourist information, a hotel reservation desk, post office and
shops, including duty-free. Facilities for disabled passengers are
good; those with special needs should contact their airline in
The three official languages are Swiss German, French and
Italian. A few people speak Romansch, but this is confined to the
southeastern corner of the country. Most people know at least three
languages, including English.
The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100
rappen (German) or centimes (French). Although not part of the EU
many prices are nonetheless indicated in Euros and some merchants
may accept Euros. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely
accepted and ATMs are widespread; many are equipped with the Cirrus
or Maestro system. Banks offer the best exchange rates for
travellers cheques and foreign currency, but it is also possible to
exchange money at major hotels, main train stations and airports.
Banks are open Monday to Friday.
Local time in Switzerland is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and