Stuck on a Geneva layover at the Geneva Cointrin International Airport (GVA) in Switzerland? The airport is located less that 3 miles from Geneva’s city center which makes it an accessible destination for those on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Geneva layover, click here for useful tips.
For those stuck in the Geneva airport during your layover, you’ll find there’s plenty to do. The airport has duty free and regular shopping (broken down by category here), restaurants and bars, and a numbers of services including bank and money exchange (listed here by location), a post office in arrivals, dry cleaning, Internet access including Wi-Fi, and business facilities. There is also a kid’s play room and prayer room.
The airport offers a number of lounges for first class and business passengers including Swiss Air, Lufthansa, British Airways, AirFrance, Swissport and Dnata.
In addition, the airport offers a number of wellness facilities including showers in the transit area and arrivals level for CHF 15 (click here for more info), Jet Express manicure and massage services, and a Les Bronzes self tanning location.
For those looking to ditch their luggage and explore, the airport offers a Left Luggage facility at CFF Baggage Arcades located at the Railway Station Level. There are also automatic baggage lockers for a maximum of three days – for more information, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport, taxis can be found outside the airport, and generally cost CHF 30-35 into the city center (drivers may charge extra for luggage). There are separate taxis for the Swiss side and French sector – click here for more information. There is also car rental available, and bus service. The airport railway station links directly to the city and it only takes six minutes to travel to the Geneva-Cornavin station (city center).
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Geneva Layover:
There’s a multitude of tours you can take around Geneva, depending on the time of day you arrive and your area of interest. Tours include bus and walking tours, cultural and historic tours, food tours, night tours and much more. For a list of tours you can take from Geneva, or into the surrounding areas, click here.
A nice relaxing way to spend your layover is to hang out along Lake Geneva. You can take a 1-2 hour boat cruise along Lake Geneva, stroll along the lake,or stop at a café.
Cathedral de St-Pierre
Located in the cobblestone streets of Old Town Geneva, Saint Peter’s Cathedral is a historic church with a climb of 156 steps up the tower to a terrific lookout. Here in Old Town you can also find colorful boutiques, the Art and History Museum and the Maison Tavel, the oldest house in the city.
One of Geneva’s main attractions and photo ops, Jet d’Eau is the iconic fountain dating back to 1886. The fountain jet reaches 140m and the fountain is lit up at night too.
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