Car hire gives you flexibility to go where you want, when you want without being reliant on local train and bus timetables.
All of the main car rental companies operate out of Geneva airport – you can find links to their online booking services here
Geneva airport has 2 different sectors – the French side and the Swiss side. Please read the information on the right concerning car rental and EU regulations.
Although your final destination is France, it is easier to hire your car from the Swiss side but check before doing so whether you will be affected by the laws regarding crossing the border in Swiss registered vehicles. By exiting the airport from the French side you will have to navigate Geneva city centre, whereas if you exit the airport from the Swiss side you can easily hop straight onto the motorway to Chamonix.
There is a 40 Swiss Franc toll for using the Swiss auto-route; if you hire your car from the Swiss side this is already paid and there will be a sticker, or “vignette”, in the corner of the windscreen. However, if you hire your car on the French side you will have to pay this toll yourself at the border.
Handy hints from Mountain Base
- Don't forget to print your directions, the route from the airport to Chamonix is pretty straightforward but once you're in resort not all of the roads show up on GPS or sat nav systems.
- In Winter make sure that your hire car comes with snow tyres, essential in winter resorts! There should also be a set of snow chains in the boot, look on Youtube for videos that show you how to use them – worth knowing in case you find yourself stuck in snow.
- If you are thinking of adding a roof box for transporting skis and snowboards or luggage, check with Mountain Lifestyle first in case your accommodation comes with underground parking – the extra height may not fit through the entrance.