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New transfer bus fees at Geneva airport?

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I was in Chamonix for a couple of days last week, catching up with friends. At one point I was chatting to a transfer driver, who was looking over some documents re. new fees for transfer buses running to and from Geneva airport.

Apparently new barriers are being installed on the way in to the area where transfer buses stop – and I saw the barriers, though they’re not operational at the moment. Every bus wanting to access this area, from 1st November (I think) will apparently need to have a pass – starting at @600EUR per year (I think there are some ‘PAYG’ options for buses using the area less frequently), but rapidly increasing to 1200EUR upwards for most mini-buses.

Anyone else head anything about this? The person I was speaking to was concerned about the financial impact on the firms with multiple vehicles frequently going to and from GVA – certainly in Chamonix there is already a lot of competition between firms, and I’d expect fairly tight margins for most of the operators.

I’ve heard a couple of the largest ones are planning on getting together to appeal en masse.

So, as someone who frequently uses transfers – anyone know anything? Ultimately this would likely end up as higher fares for passengers like me… (though quick calculations suggest small increases only).
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Doesn't surprise me - probably a result of taxi driver lobbying for greater "taxation" on their competition.

Even more of a ballache if firms decide to minimise fees by having a "local shuttle" that transfers you to/from your destination bus at a nearby service station.
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In one fail swoop they remove the only redeeming feature of Geneva airport.
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The major "redeeming feature" of Geneva airport is flights from a wide range of UK destinations - all year round, not just in the ski season - and fast access to a wide range of ski resorts.
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@pam w, maybe, but I avoid it when I can. OTOH as for my last ski trip, next time I'll wind up at Grenoble, which is not exactly a paragon of airports.
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Geneva is a splendid airport compared to Grenoble - in the middle of nowhere.
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@pam w, I'll let Hells Bells know that Serre Chevalier is nowhere - likewise easiski and Les Deux Alpes. Fans of Alpe D'Huez and La Grave may also be distressed.
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Grenoble is basic but the main problem is the lack of weekday flights to the provinces. So it has to be Geneva for me at the moment. If Grenoble upped its game on processing pax at passport control and through security it could be a winner as its the same time/distance to Tignes (and all resorts beyond Moutoers) as both Lyon and Geneva.
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Is this really that new or that much of an increase?

I seem to remember in previous years that every bus needed a pass costing €4/500.

If so then it just seems as though they're putting the barriers up to enforce it.
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8 passengers x 5 returns x 7 days = 560 passenger trips ... at around €40 per trip (?)

CHF 1,200 to operate that service over a season?

A problem?
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I have a minibus and drop people off and pick up from Geneva fairly often. Being able to just go down where the vans/coaches stop and wander into the terminal to meet people was a huge bonus.
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@doddsie, blimey you scare easily. Wait until you hear what we've done with EU membership, you'll completely lose your mind.
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Dr John, more the refreshing change of going to Geneva airport, compared to the ball ache of doing the same thing at Luton.
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@doddsie, got all your paperwork in place?
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pam w wrote:
The major "redeeming feature" of Geneva airport is flights from a wide range of destinations - all year round, not just in the ski season - and fast access to a wide range of ski resorts.


Fixed for you... no charge

Not everyone comes from the UK Cool
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Fuss about nothing.
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@achilles, thanks, for some of us Geneva is out of the way, and a lot further. I must admit if I fly, I would prefer Turin to Grenoble although from Newcastle, I can't fly to any of those unless I book a holiday with Crystal. There are going to be public coach services operating to Serre Chevalier, La Grave, Montgenevre, and other resorts at this end of the Alps at a very reasonable cost from Turin, Grenoble and Lyon airports next winter. probably just on Saturdays and Sundays, but it is a start. We do tend to pick up a hire car if we ever fly into Geneva.
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Grenoble airport IS in the middle of nowhere and with few public transport services. I've driven to it several times, one time dropping passengers who only found out when we got to the airport that French ATC strikes had closed it (the email from easyJet arrived after we'd left). It was a considerable hike into a station for them to get a train (two changes) to Geneva. At least Chambery has a socking great supermarket very nearby. Of course Grenoble is more convenient for some southerly resorts - but it's over two hours drive from Serre Chevalier. Hardly "la porte a coté". And 40 minutes drive from Grenoble! And you pay extra for snow tyres on a hire car - should they be available.

I use Geneva a lot, year round. The proper bit, not the charter hub. I find very little to complain about and can even while away any waiting time by buying myself a pair of chic knickers for $300. wink Most airports are rubbish (Los Angeles, anyone?) but Geneva is probably one of the better ones. And car parking is considerably cheaper than Gatwick.
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Hi

If it's the barrier I think you mean it's for access to the gare routiers so only for 9+ passenger seat vehicles anyway. At all other times we can use P33 for 25 CHF 20 hours. Not sure how they are going to work weekend big bus pickups as they usually use the gare Routieres.

Andy
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