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Car rental offers in Geneva

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Geneva.
  • For example: Opel Corsa
    Mini class
    For example: Opel Corsa
  • Popular category
    For example: Citroen C3
    Economy class
    For example: Citroen C3
  • For example: Citroen C3 Aircross
    Compact class
    For example: Citroen C3 Aircross
  • For example: Peugeot 5008
    Intermediate class
    For example: Peugeot 5008
  • For example: Opel Insignia
    Standard class
    For example: Opel Insignia
  • For example: Peugeot 5008
    Full-size class
    For example: Peugeot 5008
  • For example: Volvo V90
    Luxury class
    For example: Volvo V90
  • For example: Peugeot 308 Estate
    Station wagon class
    For example: Peugeot 308 Estate

Car rental companies in Geneva

Below are the car rental companies in Geneva with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.
  • Unirent Car Rental
    8.2 (254)
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  • National Car Rental
    7.9 (360)
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  • Alamo
    7.9 (7253)
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  • Europcar
    7.9 (6414)
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  • Dollar Rent a Car
    7.8 (3554)
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  • Budget
    7.6 (8272)
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  • Thrifty
    7.4 (4385)
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  • Avis
    7.4 (4784)
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  • Hertz
    7.4 (5578)
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  • Sixt
    7.4 (2355)
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  • Keddy By Europcar
    7.3 (2703)
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  • Enterprise
    6.9 (1576)
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Car rental companies in and around Geneva

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Geneva

Available locations in Geneva

Rue de Lausanne 37
Rue de Lausanne 44
Rue des Pâquis 51

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Geneva Guide

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Geneva’s fame as a city is centred on its crucial role in international diplomacy, mostly focused in the United Nations and its many sister organisations. However, its spectacular setting on Lake Geneva, its historic Old Town, landmark St Peter’s Cathedral, quaint Quartier des Grottes and many museums and parks make the city a fine destinations for history buffs and those who love exploring the fascinating back-streets of famous conurbations. Switzerland’s obsessive efficiency makes getting about by public transport a joy but, if freedom to roam when and where you please is your obsession, car rental is the answer.

Who to Book With
A wide choice of car hire options can be found at Geneva’s international airport and in the city itself, with trusted international companies such as Advantage, Hertz, Avis, Sixt, National, Europcar and Budget all represented. Obviously, the city is a major visitor hub, with booking well in advance online the best way to make sure of a suitable vehicle at a price which suits your pocket.

Best Time to Go
Mild winters, warm summers and Geneva’s proximity to favourite Alpine ski resorts ensure all-year round enthusiasm for the city as a holiday destination. Summer swims in the lake from its public beaches are refreshing, and the world-renowned Crans-Montana and Verbier ski resorts are two hour’s drive away. Spring on the high pastures is a dream of a season, and autumn, although wetter than the rest of the year, is bracing and crisp.

Need to Know Essentials
The following documents must be shown when collecting your vehicle:

- A valid UK or EU photo driving license or International Driving Permit
- Your passport or other alternative photo ID
- The credit card used for the online booking
- A printed rental confirmation and receipt if available

For more information, please see our FAQ's.

Driving
Roads in Switzerland are beautifully maintained, clean and give great driving, but most of Geneva’s cobbled Old Town streets are off limits for cars. In the rest of the city, street and car park parking is well signposted, reasonably priced and not over-used. Switzerland drives on the right, front and rear seat belts are obligatory and drink-driving levels are below those in the UK – so just don’t drink if you’re driving. Radar traps are everywhere, with motorway speed limits set at 120kph, open roads at 80kph and urban roads at 50kph. On-the-spot fines are common. Garages and post offices sell the vignette stickers required for motorway driving here, with fines for those who forget. Snow chains must be carried in winter and warning triangles are also compulsory, with winter tyres strongly advised.

Please visit our guide to Switzerland for more information on driving in Geneva.

Transport

The Swiss are known for their rigid efficiency and transportation options in and around Geneva run as and when they should as well as being comfortable and clean. Public transport options include buses, trams, trolleybuses, rail services, taxis and boat travel between lakeside towns.

Trains
Swiss Federal Railways runs local routes and international trains linked to the European high-speed routes as well as a direct airport link, all centred on Geneva Rail Station. Major Swiss and French cities are covered, and local services are frequent. Tickets for most routes can be purchased online, but train travel is expensive here.

Buses
TPG buses, trams and trolleybuses are the cheapest forms of public transport, with short journeys costing around €1 and trips of one hour costing €3. €8 gets you a day pass valid on all Geneva’s public transport networks and the city’s public transport is free to use for visitors staying in Geneva hotels.

Taxis
Finding a taxi in Geneva shouldn’t be a problem as there are 60 taxi ranks around the downtown district, but the popularity of the service is such that booking ahead by phone is recommended. Registered taxi drivers are legally required to speak English, and the main service provider here, Taxi Phone, gives a 24/7 service with cabs able to be booked online in advance. Taxis, like most other conveniences in Geneva, are expensive.

Exploring

Surrounded by the Swiss Alps and with Mont Blanc’s high peak visible from the city, almost every drive you take will be scenic in the extreme. From the roads winding around the borders of the huge lake itself to the steep climbs to the high pastures, everywhere you turn there are glorious views.

Recommended Drives

Geneva to Montreux - This takes you along the lakeshore and through rolling hills towards the French border, with a stop in Lausanne, the cultural heart of Switzerland. This city, nestling below the Swiss Alps, boasts traditional heritage buildings, a lovely lakeside harbour and quaint cobbled streets. From Lausanne, the road winds past Vevey and on to Montreux with its lakeside Chateau de Chillon, one of Switzerland’s best-known landmarks.

Lake Geneva’s south shore - For a mini grand tour taking in Switzerland, France and Italy, this is the best route to France and head for the D902 running south to Thonon les Bains and the steep climb to Chamonix at the foot of soaring Mont Blanc. Take the 11kms Mont Blanc tunnel under the mountain, emerging into Italy’s fabulously lovely Aosta valley. If time isn’t a problem, the beauty and cultural heritage of northern Italy is spread out before you, with the Mediterranean coastline and Genoa just four hours’ drive away.

Annecy - For a short car journey and a great day exploring a breathtakingly pretty French border town, drive for around 45 minutes from Geneva on the A41 fast road and you’ll arrive in Annecy. Set on crystal-clear Annecy Lake, the town’s charming old buildings will delight you and, if you are visiting early in October, you’ll catch the ancient, annual festival celebrating the bringing down of the cattle from the high Alpine pastures for wintering outside the town. The herds are dressed with flowers, traditional dress is worn by the townspeople, and the festival has been celebrated for centuries.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Swiss franc, Euro
  • Driving direction
    Right
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    80 km/h
  • Language
    German, French, Italian
  • Popular car category
    compact
  • Popular rental companies
    Unirent Car Rental

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
  • Unirent Car Rental
  • National Car Rental
  • Alamo
  • Europcar
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Budget
  • Thrifty
  • Avis
  • Hertz
  • Sixt
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Enterprise