Geneva Cointrin International Airport is one of few airports in the world that’s located in 2 countries at once - its position on the Swiss-France border means that part of the airport resides in Switzerland, whilst the other is in France. Therefore, proper documentation is required before travellers can cross the border within the airport.
Despite this oddity, Geneva Airport is still considered one of the best air facilities in Europe and handles over 10 million travellers annually. The airport consists of 2 passenger terminals, though only 1 is in use most of the time - the newer Terminal 1, also known as the main terminal. Terminal 2 is only operational during winter.
Geneva Airport is the hub base of Swiss flag carrier Swiss International Air Lines, but is also served by more than 30 airlines and offers direct air connections to dozens of destinations worldwide. Airlines that can be found include Qatar Airways, British Airways, KLM, easyJet and Turkish Airlines. From Geneva Airport, direct flights to major cities within Europe like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Porto, and Lisbon are most popular.
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Geneva Cointrin International Airport is located only about 5km from the city centre of Geneva, making transportation to and fro very easy. All travellers flying into Geneva are offered a free Unireso ticket for 80 minutes of complimentary public transportation, which can be redeemed on the airport train to the city as well. After collecting your Unireso ticket from the ticket machine in the baggage reclaim hall, head to the Geneva Airport Train for a 7-minute ride to the centrally located Gare de Cornavin Train Station.
Otherwise, taxis are also readily available outside the airport. A cab ride to the city centre should take less than half an hour, and cost about SGD 98 (USD 70).
What to see and do
Geneva is best known for housing the bases of some of the world’s most important organisations, like agencies of the United Nations and the headquarters of the Red Cross Society. Understandably, the city has since been nicknamed the world’s ‘Peace Capital’, and today also boasts one of the highest quality of life measures in the world.
Don’t miss a visit to the mighty Jet d’Eau - an icon of Geneva, the Jet d’Eau is so powerful a fountain that it manages to spray dozens of litres of water 140 metres up into the sky. Also be sure to visit the European headquarters of the UN, the Palais des Nations, as well as the tranquil Lake Geneva.
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