What you should know before hiring a car in Geneva
Car hires in Geneva: practical information
Where to rent a car in Geneva
Gearing up for holidays in Geneva? This gorgeous Swiss city is ready to welcome you. Once you arrive off your flights, it's best to pick up Geneva economy car rentals from the airport and start your trip off on the right foot …or wheel! There are quite a few Geneva car hire companies to choose from at the airport, in both the Swiss and the French sectors. On the Swiss side: Advantage, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. On the French side: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. Good to note, if you rent a car in Geneva from the Swiss side but return it on the French side, you can expect your car rental company to charge you a fee.
Looking for a car hire Geneva city? You'll find the most car hire companies in Geneva located within easy walking distance of the central train station. Europcar and Avis are right on Rue de Lausanne just a few doors down from each other while Sixt is located in Mont-Blac, right on the quay. Whether you choose a Geneva rent a car from the airport or city, always compare car hire prices before committing.
Driving in Geneva: parking and other tips
Geneva's public transportation network runs, like in most Swiss cities, like clockwork. It's safe, reliable and very efficient. Services include bus, tram, boat and train which means that a rental car in Geneva isn't that necessary unless you're taking day trips outside the city to explore the mountains or go skiing. While in the city, find a hotel with complimentary parking. There is a ton of car parks around the city, but expect to dish out up to 50CHF per day.
Remember if you're leaving the city in Geneva car rentals, you'll need a motorway sticker (40CHF) which can be bought at the customs office. It is mandatory to have one to drive on Swiss motorways.
Road trips from Geneva: what to do, what to see
Lovely Lausanne sits right at the northern tip of Lake Geneva and is home to the International Olympic Committee. With two universities, there is a huge student vibe to this city. The arts and nightlife scene is explosive, check out the Flon District if you're interested. For museums, the Olympic Museum is a must and for something a little more alternative, the Collection de l'Art Brut is recommended. Lausanne is French-speaking.
Affluent skiers won't need an introduction to Chamonix, one of the most popular ski destinations in Europe. But for those who don't hit the slopes every winter, don't underestimate this Swiss city because once the snow melts, there is some pretty killer hiking and mountaineering to do here. Get your footing by taking the telepherique to the top and then hiking down. There is a great view from the top of the Berevent telepherique.
This medieval town knows a thing or two about cheese. After all that's where the tasty cheese bearing its name comes from! Get your taste buds in gear as you head to La Maison du Gruyere… a cheese factory (can you believe it?). Get an up close and personal look at how this town's famous cheese is made and sample some while you're at it. Admission costs 9.50CHF but it's worth it. Film buffs won't want to miss the HR Giger Museum, the guy who created the creepy creatures in the films Alien and Species.