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Geneva airport - reminder if huge security queues

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@mr. mike, an easier way of doing it would be to use carrentals.co.uk - they let you choose between french side or swiss side (and you can switch to USD, and set your country as US still on there...). There might still be a bit of a mix, but shouldn't be too bad.

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thanks, but bizarre that that site only shows me premium offerings for 7 january to 14 january? 4x4, suv, etc.?

Edit to add: oops, showing my provincialism, I listed pickup time as 2:30 rather than 14:30, so I guess that kicked in some sort of filter that limited me to premium options only. With that correction made, the list of options expanded dramatically and in a much more economical manner.
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Have you looked at the Geneva Airport website? This links to the '.ch' sites of the incumbent car rental companies - one way or another, you're renting from them in the end, anyway. However, sometimes, these local .ch (Swiss) landing pages have cars/rates not shown on the '.com' site.

http://www.gva.ch/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-72/

Intermediary comparison sites can be fine, but I always think it's also worth looking at the rental companies Swiss sites directly as well, just as a baseline. The website above also has useful maps for both the Swiss (Cointrin) and French (Ferney) car rental zones.

I'm going to court contradiction by saying that if you're unfamiliar with Geneva Airport's environs, I wouldn't hire from the French (Ferney Voltaire) side, unless the price difference is substantial. On the basis that it's much more difficult to navigate back to. As ever with car rentals, make sure you normalise the comparison - French rentals sometimes don't include winterization etc. Also on both sides, the very cheapest cars may only be meant for driving around town or locally (e.g. Smart cars are really small).

The GVA Airport App ('GVApp' - white plane taking off against a blue background with control tower) would also be useful to download before you arrive as well. It'll track your flight status and send airport alerts if you enter the requisite details.

Tip for Swiss Rental pickup/return: When you collect your car, just turn around and make a note of the entrance arrangements: On return the signage isn't helpful - you turn right, back into the car park by the shuttle bus stop, and you want the right hand barrier (the left barrier is an up-ramp to normal parking); you reach out and take a ticket from the machine; drive only another 20 yds or so, and there's another barrier where you insert the ticket (go figure); on the other side are the car rental return bays. First time you return a car, the process is so counter-intuitive (why two barriers?) that you think you must be doing something wrong.
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@mr.mike - Addendum: If you're going to some of the Swiss resorts, it might be worth looking at taking the train/bus/télépherique. The viability will depend on when you're travelling, and which resort. See https://www.sbb.ch/en making the start location 'Geneva Airport' - some locations are well-connected and with a station at the airport, can actually be easier than driving.
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LaForet, thanks--rented in GVA last year. I don't remember the rental car return, but I guess I managed because they didn't charge me for a stolen vehicle.

We got the rental car set up the old fashioned way (actually just got someone on the phone), so they verified (repeatedly) that we were renting from Swiss side.

As for public transport, I would much prefer and investigated. However, we are doing a "2 stop" trip (one of my tricks to keep my wife, who only tolerates rather than loves, skiing intrigued), and could not work that out with transit. Plus, having the car allows us to go from stop 1 to stop 2 without doing so during valuable ski hours, so I can ski each day.
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@mr. mike, for future reference, if Swiss1-Swiss2, often easier and faster by public transport than driving.
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@under a new name, but, alas, stop 2 is in France. Don't be misled by the fact that I'm in the US. I actually appreciate public transport and seek to use it for a variety of reasons. I have investigated for this trip, and it's not going to work for the itinerary I have planned.

Here you go: GVA to St. Luc, SU on a Sunday afternoon for 2 days and 3 nights, then from St. Luc to Les Gets, FR Wednesday a.m. for 4 days/nights, and then Le Gets back to GVA Sunday for afternoon flight out.

If you can work that out for me better with transit than a car, I'm all ears. Valid to point out that I could have put together a plan that would work better with transit, but, for this plan, I have concluded I need a car.
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@loatie, Thanks for posting this, I can confirm the French security was open for business at 06:00 on Thursday, there was no queue at all - much quicker and less pressured than the main security queues.
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@boredsurfin, glad it was of use to you
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I am going back to London next Saturday for the final of the Masters.
Last time I flew back was Friday evening Dec 1st, and it took 1hr to clear security (Swiss side), I had to run to make the flight, and was the last pax to board. Thank you to BA for waiting btw Smile
I read you cannot check in for international flights on the French side, but if I have already checked in online, and have only hand luggage, and am travelling on a Saturday, then what are the chances that I can use the Ferney Foxtrot to my advantage?
Or is there some curve-ball waiting to scupper me like the French security have their lunch break on Sat from 12-2 so I need to go on the Swiss side ?
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BobinCH wrote:
We’ve paid 8chfs each to use the fast track expecting it to be chaos today
http://www.gva.ch/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-478/
Any estimates on Easyjet bag drop queue at 15:00 today?


We'll be coming back through Geneva on the 20th and this looks worth the money. I don't want to have to suffer a repeat of the queues on the way home from the PSB. I'll also do the Easyjet Express bag drop thing, if I can find it on their website. (edit: I see it's part of Speedy boarding which you only get with an extra legroom seat).
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Just to clarify, can you use the French side security if you have an international flight, or only if you're flying within France?

I was at GVA on the 23rd Dec and it was chaos! Luckily I had loads of time thanks to my 4am transfer pick up...

Cheers
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@WindOfChange, Since you only have hand luggage, and have checked in online, you're the perfect candidate for the "Ferney Foxtrot" as you put it. The only curve ball will be if there are no domestic French flights expected to arrive or take off, then it's likely to be closed but you will know this once you've had a peek from the Swiss side. Or just look up at the big departure boards for the French side flights on the Check-In level.
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@jangab73, Thanks for that.
It looks like there is a Paris CDG flight landing at 12:15, and one from Orly at 13:20 on Saturday, and departures to Paris CDG and Nantes at 12:05, 12:50 & 13:00, so I could be in luck.
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@Tom Doc, it's definitely worth the money IMO. I get it free but usually have to pay for the kids, and I do it almost every time. Totally reliable, never waited more than 3 mins.
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pam w wrote:
Have just ascertained you cannot check in for international flights in the French sector.


So; what, is OP wrong? Is it French domestic flights only?
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James the Last wrote:
pam w wrote:
Have just ascertained you cannot check in for international flights in the French sector.


So; what, is OP wrong? Is it French domestic flights only?


Nope, OP is referring to hand baggage only and online checkin. If you've got your boarding pass already you can go through french security. You could checkin and get boarding pass on Swiss side then go via french. What you can't do to my knowledge is check bags on french side for a Swiss departing flight.
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@snowdave, Agreed
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We have friends who have done just that. They checked their hold luggage in on Swiss side and got their boarding passes then saw the big queue for security Swiss side so went through security on the French side with no queues there.
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can somebody advise me about the priority lane booking. if i book up for 2 people at the same time via the online forms, do i get 2 barcodes to print out or just 1 barcode for 2 people.
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@compostcorner, never done it but must be one each...
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