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Geneva car hire (Swiss side)

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Hi all

Heading to Grand Massif in January and travelling with Swiss air from London to Geneva and arriving on Swiss side of GVA. Any recommendations (either to go with, or avoid!) for car hire in Geneva Airport swiss side?

We've had a decent quote from Europcar but didn't know whether anyone had any recent hands on experience?

Cheers

Ol
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Have used Dollar - cheap but fine.
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@maidstone98, I used Europcar and they were fine. All usual car rental advice about small print, damage inspection, insurance, fuel, etc, etc apply!
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Used europcar a lot last season, always very straightforward and easy to deal with
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Last season we used; europcar, dollar, avis and sixt........ Pretty much nothing to choose between them, all had chains and vignette. Pick up and drop off from the same place etc etc etc.
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Never had an issue with any of the rental places at GVA - even the discount brands (Firefly, Dollar etc) are just fronts for Europcar, Hertz and Avis.
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just realised you are heading back from grand massif, we fill up to the brim at the shell at bonneville and then straight thru to geneva and car always still full when we get there so no stress about filling up nearer the airport
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I use rentalcars.com and they seem to get good deals on the hire companies based in GVA.


In regards filling up petrol - check how many kms you get with the guage needle remaining pointed at Full in the outbound leg to figure out optimal petrol station to fill up on the way back. The self service station by the airport is often not working or always busy and a slow process.
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I recommend getting some baseline prices using the GVA Car Hire pages as a starter. Most of these use the '.ch' sites which sometimes have offers that you don't see from .co.uk or .com sites (not always, but worth a try). I've also found that for a group, if you're considering two cars, the .ch pages sometimes have reasonable prices on minivan hire that aren't available on the .com site. See http://access.gva.ch/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-72/usetemplate-ACCESS_GVA_Interne/

The above page also has links to airport and access maps for the Swiss and French sides.

It might be worth signing-up with Hertz Gold (doesn't cost anything) and checking that you're not a member of any affiliated organisation. I'm a member of the Institute of Directors, and got a 30% discount (special offer - it's usually 10%) on Hertz for our hire when we go over at the start of December. Your employer may have some sort of tie-in to a preferred company. As long as you make it clear it's a private, not a corporate rental. Having a Hertz Gold card means you can go straight to the Hertz Gold desk which can be extremely useful if it's very busy.

It's also worth downloading the GVA App ahead of using the airport as this seems to post flight updates/gates etc ahead of the airline.

The car will need a Vignette. Just make sure it has a valid one - the 2017 vignette is valid through January 2018. If you're doing a Jan pickup and Feb return make sure it has the 2018 vignette fitted - they sometimes miss putting the new one on if they're very busy.


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In regards filling up petrol - check how many kms you get with the guage needle remaining pointed at Full in the outbound leg to figure out optimal petrol station to fill up on the way back.

So what if the person before you did exactly the same thing?
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For fill-ups when you don't have the nerve for @2020rules method and the self service is busy or out of order it is one minute (I really do mean one minute) to the nearest petrol station on Avenue Louis Cassai. Do a lap round the outside of the multi-storey car park and head for Geneva centre and the nearest one is on your left after about 500m. Returning to the airport is less than 5 minutes and you can drop passengers and bags near check-in on the way and then go ditch the hire car.
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There is also a petrol station immediately before the entrance to the hire car car-park. Easiest of all. I've run out of luck previously, filling up at Bonneville services - been charged silly money for a few ml of fuel.
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There is also a petrol station immediately before the entrance to the hire car car-park
This. It I really not a problem using it.

And if you miss the shuttle bus it really isn't that far to walk to the pick up areas. Actually I don't normally bother with the shuttle bus.
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we usually pop round to the Super U at Fernie so we can fill up in France and not get charged for using our bank card abroad!
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I never bother with the shuttle bus, it's invariably quicker to walk. Always book through holidayautos and can get any of the operators, but I'm been very happy with Enterprise (who upgraded me to a BMW on my last trip)
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Managed to get a good deal through www.avisba.com for our pre Christmas trip that was cheaper that the usual autoeurope deal.
No charge for a second driver when a member of the BA Exec club.
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I'm hiring from the swiss side for the first time at the end of Jan (31st) so the heads up re the vignette is really useful thanks. We have always hired from the French side as we go a lot in Summer too but I think I'll appreciate the winterised car after once getting stuck in Les Carroz with a French car! What's the situation with the no Swiss rentals allowed over the border rule? Has that died a death now?
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Avis still ask you to notify in advance that you're going to cross the border. My experience last year was that this invariably resulted in being given a German-plated car, and also a free upgrade if you'd gone for a small car since all the German cars were at least a compact estate vehicle.

Hertz seemed totally unconcerned. Avis did tell me it didn't really matter, but gave me the German car anyway, and are still operating on this basis as of a few weeks ago when I spoke to them.
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Great stuff thanks! Now after years of hiring from the French side I'm going to have to learn to ignore the Ferny signs and head for the actual airport, weird!
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@AllyK, I took the Swiss side at Easter last year and missed the motorway to France while leaving the airport!. I bet no one else has ever managed that. And be careful returning, the roads near the airport are a little confusing with poor signs to the car hire and fast traffic on the service roads.
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Do you still come through Geneva to the Jet D'Eau and the Mont Blanc bridge? I drove back to the French side in October in the pitch black and nearly missed the left turn after the tunnel!
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I drove back to the French side in October in the pitch black and nearly missed the left turn after the tunnel!

Due to the road barriers and the need to fill up I always go around the roundabout and return to the access road that way, but it clearly less well signposted than it used to be.
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