R301 Travel from Geneva Airport to Towns in France

Direct Buses & Trains to Genève Aéroport (GVA) from Lyon, Grenoble, etc

Cheap buses, transfer services, and trains from Geneva Airport (GVA) in Switzerland go to French towns such as Lyon, Grenoble, Chamonix, and Alpine ski resorts.

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Geneva International Airport (GVA) is on the Swiss-French border. Genève Cointrin Aéroport is used by travelers not only to Geneva but also to French towns such as Lyon, Grenoble, Chamonix, Chambéry, Annecy, and many Alpine ski resorts. Direct buses run from the airport to many French destinations while transfer services to Alpine ski resorts are popular and best reserved in advance, Train journeys from Geneva Airport to French destinations including Lyon almost always requires a transfer at Genève Cornavin station.

All public transportation, except taxis, from Geneva Airport depart from the Swiss side of the airport. Passengers go through the same (Schengen) immigration whether traveling to France or Switzerland but as Switzerland is not part of the EU, passengers using public transportation have to pass through Swiss customs whether traveling directly to France or not (and repeat the procedure at the train station or when the bus pass the border again).

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Trains from Lyon to Geneva Airport (GVA)

Geneva Airport (GVA) is an alternative to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS) when traveling to France’s third largest city. The total train traveling time from Lyon SNCF stations to Geneva Airport range from 2 to 2h30 and always require a transfer at Geneva Cornavin Station.

Around 11 trains are available between Genève and Lyon per day. TER trains are only marginally slower than TGV trains on this route and in addition to being cheaper do not require advance reservations.

Trains and Aerocar Buses from Grenoble to Geneva Airport (GVA)

Grenoble and Genève Cornavin station are connected by direct trains a few times per day in just over two hours. Many further options are available but require several transfers in France and can take well over three hours.

Aerocar shuttle buses are a great option when arrival or departure times coincide with the bus times. Aerocar buses go a few times per day directly from Geneva Airport to Grenoble – some stop briefly at Geneva Cornavin station and in Chambéry. Trains are generally the cheaper option but the Aerocar service is convenient as no transfers are required.

Trains or Buses from Chamonix / Mont Blanc to Geneva Airport (GVA)

Trains from the Mt Blanc / Chamonix area to Geneva Airport generally require multiple transfers. Total traveling time range from three to four hours.

Not surprisingly many travelers prefer to use buses which can be as fast as 90 minutes and rarely more than two hours. Skiers commonly reserve minibus transfer services as these are not only fast but relatively cheap for small groups if reserved in advance.

Trains and Buses from Annemass & Bellegard to Geneva Airport (GVA)

Hotel prices in French border towns are usually cheaper than in Geneva and significantly so when a major conference or exhibition is being held in Genève. Trains and buses bring these towns within easy reach of Geneva Airport.

  • Annemasse can be reached up to twice per hour by Regional Express train in just less than an hour while trams and buses also go to the Swiss-French border.
  • Bellegard is a half-hour train ride from Geneva Station on very frequent trains. TGV trains on this route offer no time advantage but still require seat reservations.

Aeroski Bus Transfer Services to Ski Resorts from Geneva Airport

The Aeroski Bus offers direct transfer services from Geneva Airport to virtually all Alpine ski resorts in France. Reservations for this ski shuttle service are usually require and mostly essential for the return journey to the airport. Private and minibus transfer services are also available to all parts of France and are best booked in advance.

Cheap flights to Geneva Airport on budget, low-cost airlines are especially popular during the winter sport ski season when skiers arrive from all over Europe. Flights from the UK and London are particularly popular with EasyJet offering cheap flights to Geneva year round to many European destinations. Transportation to Geneva Airport from Genève and other Swiss towns are cheap and simple too.

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