GVA (LSGG)

Geneva Cointrin International Airport
Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

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Very good children's play area

This airport has a small but very nice play-area for your kids, there is also a kitchenette, beds and diaper changing stations. Well worth a visit with your restless kids :-)

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re: Arrive early for your flight

Reply to @david:

Hi, Zurich LSZH is not far away by train and its super efficient!

Cheers,

Leo

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Broken WiFi

There were only two open WiFi signals showing up in my departure area (the B gates), and both of them redirected to the same server error on 2010-03-14. Unless you have your own 3G stick, don't count on working online while waiting for your flight.

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Arrive early for your flight

GVA is a only medium-sized hub, but it's slower than a lot of big airports like LAX or CDG.

When I arrived for an Air Canada flight on a Sunday morning, there were already hundreds of people in several confused long lines for the AC checkin counter more than two hours before the departure time, and service was very slow (most of them had skis in huge bags to check). The security line was also long and slow, and I heard loud British passengers complaining they were late for their flights. After security, you have to line up a third time to show your passport for exit control (that wasn't a long line), then you line up a fourth time to show your passport and boarding card at the gate about 30 minutes before boarding, then you line up the fifth (and final) time to board the plane.

The moral is not to cut it close: at least on the weekend, 2 hours early for an international flight from Geneva should be a minimum, not a maximum. Or if you can, pick an airport like Paris CDG or Frankfurt FRA that's a bit better organized.

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Ground transportation from GVA

Taxis are expensive in Geneva, even for the short distance from the airport to the PΓ’quis or downtown (CHF 34, more than EUR 20, for a few kilometers).

The good news is that you can take the train to the main station in the PΓ’quis in 10 minutes (there's a train every 10 minutes or so), or the 5 bus in about 20 minutes (it passes the exposition hall and the United Nations on the way). If you're staying at a Geneva hotel, when you check in you'll get a card for free Geneva public transit β€” including the tram, bus and train β€” for the duration of your stay, so the ride back to the airport will be free.


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