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With car hire from Geneva International Airport (French side) you have easy access to the most international city in the world. Be dazzled by Europe's biggest Alpine lake, soak up the multicultural sophistication, or head off for some of the most spectacular Alpine skiing and scenery anywhere.

About Nova Car Hire

When you choose to rent a car through Nova Car Hire, you are availing of the experience and expertise of an online car hire broker that has been negotiating exceptional value for its customers since 1997. We have forged relationships with more than 500 of the world's most respected car hire providers, from big names like Budget to smaller, local suppliers. The buying power of 1.5 million customers allows us to negotiate incredible volume discounts, which we pass onto you.

Choose from the widest range of vehicles, with the best availability at more than 26,000 locations worldwide. With no complex paperwork to complete, you can book online immediately or contact us to complete the process by phone.

About Car Hire at Geneva International Airport

Geneva International Airport lies 4 km northwest of Geneva city centre and is easily accessible from both Switzerland and France. The car hire desks are located in the arrivals hall, just before the exit. Remember that Geneva airport has two main exits - one on the French side and one on the Swiss side - so make sure you go to the appropriate side for your booking. Refer to your Nova Car Hire reservation document for details of the opening hours, collection, and drop-off details for your car hire provider. A member of staff at the car rental desk will direct you to your vehicle.

Note: When returning your rental car to the French side of Geneva Airport, remember that the correct motorway exit is the one marked “Ferney.” Follow signs to Ferney and ignore the signs for the airport, otherwise you will end up in the Swiss sector.


Tips for Car Hire Excursions around Geneva


Evian Les Bains

Celebrated for the therapeutic qualities of its thermal spas, Evian is a great place to sit back, relax, and see how the other half holidays. Gawp at the clothes and cars, and then move on before you get too jealous.


For a small city, Switzerland’s Montreux punches far above its weight. Among its attractions is the famous Montreux Jazz Festival, which has been attracting the cream of jazz talent every July since 1967.


Vevey is a charming town with a delightful waterfront and a town square where you can drink great coffee and stroll around the wonderful photo museum and market.


The second-largest city on the shores of Lake Geneva, Lausanne is a beautiful place that hugs three hills.

Mini Travel Guide to Geneva

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Best deals on the market. As a frequent visitor to France, Nova will always be my rental company of choice.

Ben Oakley, Aug-2012

Just hired in France and I must say it was by far the best rental experience ever. Will be back very soon.

Ron Murray, Jul-2012

Fast and efficient service from Nova for our family trip to France..will certainly use you guys again..many thanks

Aidan Campbell, Jul-2012

Surprisingly easy to book with plenty of options. Found a suitable car at a great rate. Great experience and will certainly recommend.

Sam Mathers, Feb-2012

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Mini Travel Guide to Geneva

Hi! My name is Joanna and I'm the Head of Car Hire at Nova. I love travelling, dogs, classical music, reading, and making sure all our customers have the best car rental experience!

One of the world's most truly cosmopolitan cities, Geneva is a gem glistening on the shores of Europe's largest Alpine lake. The city is also the nerve centre for international administration, with more than 200 prominent world organisations based here. As a result, there's no shortage of luxury hotels, fine restaurants, and sumptuous sophistication. Here are just some of the attractions you can take in (when you're not working on a mission of great international significance, of course):

United Nations HQ

The epicentre of international affairs, the United Nations has its the European headquarters in Geneva. Once the main HQ of the League of Nations, the Palais des Nations is situated in the middle of leafy Ariana Park, on the banks of Lake Geneva. Now it's home to the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. A monument to the best of 20th-century architecture, it commands exceptional views of the Alps and Mont Blanc.

Old Town

Many of Geneva's main attractions are contained within Old Town (Vieille Ville), a charming home to the Cathédrale St-Pierre, Barbier-Mueller Museum, and the Maison Tavel. To get an idea of how important Geneva was in the great religious turmoils of the 16th century, visit the International Museum of the Reformation, where you can learn about French theologian and Geneva transplant John Calvin. Take a stroll through the winding pedestrian streets and savour an early evening drink at the magical Place du Bourg-de-Four in the historic heart of the Old Town.

The Reformation Wall

Constructed in the early 20th century to mark the city's significance in the religious unrest of the 16th century, Geneva's Reformation Wall, in the Parc des Bastions, is a remarkable monument to the city nicknamed the "Protestant Rome." The wall itself is an enormous 325 feet long and 30 feet high and features 15-foot-tall statues of Guillaume Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox.

Lake Geneva

You really cannot miss Lake Geneva. Spread out in front of the city like a sparkling mirror, Western Europe's biggest lake extends east of Geneva, from French-speaking Canton de Vaud in the north to France in the south. Do more than just look at it: You can cycle or golf along its shores and enjoy watersports such as swimming and parasailing on its crystalline waters. Keep an eye out for Jet d'Eau, a 140m-high fountain of water that shoots up from the lake with enormous power.

Mont Saléve Cable Car

Nicknamed 'Geneva's Mountain', the Saléve is in French territory. From Geneva, drive 6km to the valley station of the aerial cable car in Veyrier, and you could be at the top of the mountain within 5 minutes of your arrival. The views from the summit are breathtaking: Geneva gleams below you, set against the Jura Mountains, with the Alps and Mont Blanc towering in the distance. This is also a great site for hiking, climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, and cross-country skiing.