Switzerland Airports

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Geneva Airport (GVA)

Location: The airport is situated three miles (5km) north of Geneva.
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Contacts: (022) 717 7111
Transfer between terminals: Terminal 2 is only used for charter flights in the winter months and is usually closed.
Getting to the city: Public buses leave for the city centre every few minutes from the departures and arrivals levels. Passengers can pick up tickets for public transport from the machines in the baggage collection area on the arrivals level; information is available at the Unireso information counter in the arrivals hall. A free hotel shuttle transports passengers to major hotels. A Unireso train leaves for Cornavin RR Station in the city centre roughly every 10 minutes, from where connections can be made to destinations throughout Europe.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. Travellers should ensure they hire their car on the French side of the border if they are going to France, and vice-versa. It is only about three miles (5km) into town.
Airport Taxis: Taxis can be found outside of the arrival terminal. The trip is three miles (5km) and commute times vary according to traffic. Taxis are metered and there are around 60 registered taxi ranks in Geneva.
Facilities: Luggage lockers can be found in the Train Station Mall and on the arrivals level. A Skycom Airport Business Centre and Business Corner offer a range of business facilities. Other amenities include banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, bars and restaurants, tourist information, a hotel reservation desk, post office and shops, including duty-free. Facilities for disabled passengers are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Parking: Parking at Geneva Airport ranges upwards from about CHF 3 an hour for short-term parking, to CHF 29 daily and CHF 101 weekly in long-term parking. Note that tariffs vary dramatically depending on the parking lot. P51 is the cheapest long-term option. Eurocard, American Express or Visa cards can be used to pay for parking in parking lots.
Website: www.gva.ch

Zurich Airport (ZRH)

Location: The airport is situated eight miles (12km) north of Zurich.
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).
Contacts: (043) 816 2211
Transfer between terminals: The three terminals are connected.
Getting to the city: Swiss Rail (SBB) provides fast and efficient transport to the city centre. The station is located below the Arrivals Hall and trains leave roughly every 10 minutes for Zurich and other destinations; travel time is ten minutes and fares are determined on the type of pass and the number of city zones crossed. The Glattalbahn tram line services other nearby cities and the outskirts of Zurich. Hotel shuttle buses and a variety of public bus services extend across various routes. The airport is very well serviced by public transport.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt and Hertz.
Airport Taxis: Metered taxis are available outside Arrivals 1 and 2. The 15-minute taxi journey to Zurich costs around CHF 70.
Facilities: Facilities include banks, bureaux de change, bars and restaurants, postal services, shops including duty-free, business facilities and a crèche. Facilities for disabled passengers are excellent.
Parking: There are extensive parking facilities at Zurich International Airport, with more distant parking lots (which tend to be cheaper) connected to the terminal building by free shuttles. Prices range depending on the parking lot. Pick-up and drop-off zones are situated along the access road in front of the arrivals and departures sections, but there is a small charge for using even these areas. Parking can be reserved in advance online.
Website: www.zurich-airport.com

Bern Airport (BRN)

Location: The airport is situated six miles (9km) southeast of Berne.
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and October).
Contacts: (031) 960 2111
Getting to the city: Trains travel regularly between the city and the airport. The white airport buses stop outside the terminal, a single ticket is CHF 15 and the journey to Bern's central train station is 20 minutes. Taxis are also available.
Car rental: Car rental companies include Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz.
Facilities: Facilities include banks, bureaux de change, bars and restaurants, tourist information and hotel reservations, duty-free shopping and business facilities. Facilities for disabled passengers are excellent; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Parking: Short and long term parking options are available.
Departure Tax: None.
Website: http://www.flughafenbern.ch/en

EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg (BSL)

Location: The airport is located nearly four miles (6km) northwest of Basel, Switzerland.
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October).
Getting to the city: There is regular bus service from the airport to a number of local towns, including Basel, Strasbourg, Saint Louis, Mulhouse and Freiburg. There is no direct rail service to the airport, but there are train stations in Basel.
Car rental: Avis, Europcar and Sixt are among the car rental companies operating at Basel Airport.
Airport Taxis: There are taxis available on both the Swiss and French sides of the airport. The average fares to nearby towns are as follows: Mulhouse €50, Freiburg €125, and Basel CHF 50. Fares will be higher at night.
Facilities: The terminal contains an information desk, restaurants and cafés, duty-free shopping, currency exchange facilities, a comprehensive business centre and ATMs.
Parking: There is plenty of short and long-term parking available, but prices vary between the French and Swiss sides.
Website: www.euroairport.com
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