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    Car hire at Geneva Airport made easy

    Did you know that Auto Europe allows you to book a car hire at Geneva Airport on both the French and the Swiss side of the airport?

    The side better suited to you will depend on many factors. Here are some things to consider:

    Car hire from Geneva Airport is a gateway to the winter playground of the rich and famous. Pick up your vehicle at Geneva Airport from Auto Europe and ensure a smooth beginning to your winter holidays. This page will guide you through the pros and cons of picking up a car on both sides of the Geneva Airport - the Swiss and the French one.

    If you are planning to drive in Switzerland, particularly in the winter, we highly recommend you pick up your car hire on the Swiss side of the airport, for two main reasons. Firstly, because cars on the Swiss side are supplied with winter tyres during the winter months; second, because they are more likely to include the necessary Swiss highway vignette.

    If you're driving in France, you can safely pick up your car on the French side. However, if you're headed for the French Alps, you may still want to pick up your car in the Swiss section of the airport, in order to ensure the vehicle is equipped with winter tyres.

    Winter Tyres

    Depending on where you're headed, you may find it necessary to have the vehicle equipped with winter tyres. As mentioned above, suppliers in the Swiss section always supply their vehicles with winter tyres during the winter months, to ensure that vehicles comply with Swiss legislation.

    Take advantage of our "Winter Tyres Included" car hire option and save on your rental! Our winter package ensures you do not have to pay for the winter tyres at the pick-up time, as this is already included in your booking. While browsing car rental options on our booking engine, you will find "Winter Tyres Included" displayed.

    In the French sector, vehicles are not supplied with winter tyres, as this is not mandatory in France. If you wish, you can still request snow chains locally, for an extra fee. Alternatively, you may bring your own snow chains and fit them to the rental vehicle.

    Highway Vignette

    As previously mentioned, if you're driving on the Swiss motorway system, you're better off hiring on the Swiss side, as there's a higher likelihood the vehicle will already be provided with the necessary highway vignette. Otherwise, the vignette can be purchased at petrol stations along the motorways.


    If you're going to be driving mainly in France, please note that French law requires vehicles to carry a breathalyzer. Car rental suppliers in France provide their vehicles with this device, so if you hire a car in the French section of Geneva Airport, the car will include a breathalyzer. However, if you book your car in the Swiss section, this is unlikely.

    You can use the booking engine on the left to check out our offers for car hire at Geneva Airport. Happy travels!