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While a car isn’t necessary to see Geneva itself, having your own wheels is the best way to access the various spa towns, ski resorts and magnificent lakeside scenes nearby. With Geneva car hire, the vistas of both Switzerland and France are yours to explore.

Language: French | Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF) | Avg. Flight time: 1 hr 50m

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Geneva?

You need to be at least 20 years old to hire a car in Geneva – that's the minimum legal age for car rental in Switzerland. You must also have a full driving licence that you've held for at least a year.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Geneva?

You need a full driving licence that you've had for at least a year, and a payment card. Some car hire companies in Geneva may also ask for additional ID, such as your passport. An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Geneva?

It's not a legal requirement to have car hire excess insurance in Geneva, but it is worth considering. If your car is damaged or stolen, you'll generally be liable for an excess before basic insurance covers any other charges. Car hire excess insurance covers you for that excess, so it can give you peace of mind. Compare deals online – you can usually save money by buying a third-party policy instead of the one your car hire provider offers.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Geneva?

There are car hire companies that accept debit card in Geneva. Some only accept credit card, and you might have to pay a cash deposit if you want to use a debit card. Check with the provider or pay in advance online to be sure.

Which rental companies are available at Geneva Airport?

The car rental companies at Geneva Airport are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Geneva?

It's generally more convenient to pick up your car at the airport, which can make it more expensive than picking up off-site, though you can still get a good deal wherever you pick up. Try comparing prices for different pickup locations.

Can you rent a car in Geneva and drop it off in another city?

Yes, it's possible to rent a car in Geneva and drop it off in another city in Switzerland. You'll usually pay extra for this, and you may not be able to drop off in another country.

Can you rent a car the same day in Geneva?

Yes, it's possible to rent a car the same day in Geneva – though it obviously depends on availability, so you may have less choice at peak times. Compare different providers online first to get the best deal.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Geneva?

Yes, the minimum age for car hire in Switzerland is 20. You do need to have had a full driving licence for at least a year though, and most car hire companies will class you as a 'young driver' and apply a surcharge.

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