Renting a car
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Car rental in
International reservations
You can book a vehicle in advance on the Internet or by telephone. This is highly recommended if you are arriving late to Geneva: rental agencies close at 7 p.m. in the city, although you can obtain a car on reservation up until 11:30 p.m. at the Geneva airport. Major hotels will gladly take care of this for you.
Bear in mind, however, that it may be hard to find a rental vehicle in Geneva during the summer season or when international trade fairs are taking place.

Rentals are allocated by 24-hour day with unlimited kilometers. Starting the second day, prices lower progressively (with advantageous rates for one to three weeks and for one month). Each agency offers a "weekend special" (from Friday to Monday, 1,500 km included). Some agencies offer better rates at night (6 p.m. - 8 a.m.) or with a limited number of kilometers (Europcar).

Vehicle categories and prices
Although each agency offers different models, vehicles are always categorized by their engine capacity. The table below gives an overall view of the different categories and the corresponding prices in Switzerland.


Engine capacity

Model Doors Seats Price/day
1.2-1.4 cu.cm Opel Corsa 3 4 100-150 CHF
1.4-2.0 cu.cm Opel Vectra 5 5 150-250 CHF
2.0-3.0 cu.cm Opel Sintra 5 5 250-400 CHF
Station Wagon VW Sharan 5 7 250-300 CHF

Rental prices include theft insurance as well as third-party liability insurance (with a 1,000-CHF deductible). You can, however, reduce the deductible to 300 CHF by taking out an additional insurance for 20 or so francs. Some agencies also offer to cover passengers and baggage (Avis). In the event of a breakdown, you automatically benefit from roadside assistance anywhere in Switzerland (Touring Club Suisse).

Payment and rental conditions
You must have a driving license and a credit card. A deposit will be held up until you return the vehicle, at which point the payment is directly debited from your credit card. You are responsible for the cost of fuel.
You do not require an international license.



Luxury vehicles and chauffeurs
You'd like to rent a luxury car (Jaguar, Ferrari, Porsche, etc.) or a chauffeured limousine? The ELITE rental agency has just what you need in Geneva, Zurich and Montreux. You need two credit cards to rent a Lamborghini VT Roadster at 4,540 Swiss francs a day (Tel.: +41 (0)22 909 87 87 - 51, rue des Pâquis - 1201 Geneva).

Rental agencies located at the Geneva and Zurich airports


44, rue de Lausanne
1201 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 731 90 00

Geneva Airport
Tel. +41 (0)22 929 03 30


36, rue de Zurich
1201 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 900 24 00

Geneva Airport
Tel. +41 (0)22 798 03 22


37, rue de Lausanne
1201 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 909 69 00

Geneva Airport
Tel. +41 (0)22 798 03 11


1, Place de la Navigation
1201 Geneva
Tel.: +41 (0)22 732 90 00

Geneva Airport
Tel. +41 (0)22 717 03 84



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