Rent a car in Geneva with Europcar
Geneva is situated in the south of Switzerland, less than 300 kilometres from the capital Zurich. A glamorous city, with its buildings set against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Geneva, it is home to several international organisations, bringing a multicultural element to life here. Marvel at the Old Town, break the bank in the luxury shops along the Rue du Rhone, and discover the surrounding Jura countryside.
Tour the city and the surrounding mountainous region with car hire in Geneva. Choose from our extensive range of economy or luxury models to tour Geneva in style.
The Europcar car rental experience in Geneva
There are six Europcar stations in Geneva. If you are flying in, collect your car hire at Geneva Cointrin Airport, while there are other conveniently located stations at the Hotel Ramada Encore in Carouge and Balexert to the north west of the city.
Europcar Geneva offers a huge fleet of economy and larger car rentals. From the Volkswagen Golf to the Seat Ibiza, there are plenty of options for navigating the city in small groups. Families and bigger parties can choose from models including the Skoda Octavia and the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan.
If you are moving larger loads around Geneva, van hire is also available; take a look at our fleet of van rental vehicles today. With Europcar Geneva, both car hire and van hire is available for short and long term periods to suit you.
Driving in Geneva
In Switzerland, the speed limit is 120 km/h for cars on motorways, 100 km/h on dual carriageways, and 80 km/h on other road types. In Geneva city itself, and other urban areas, the speed limit is 50 km/h but varies according to signposting. In residential areas, the speed limit is 30 km/h or lower.
Parking in Geneva is divided into different zones. The white zone is for paid and limited parking which is enforced Mon-Fri (9am-2pm and 5pm-8pm) and the maximum stay is 90 minutes. In the blue zone parking is free but limited to a maximum of one hour (Mon-Sat, 8am-11.30am and 1.30pm-7pm). There is free parking outside of the city centre.
Discover Geneva and the surrounding area by car
The location of Geneva, close to the borders of France and Italy, makes it ideal for exploring the wider area by car. In under an hour you can be in Annecy, a beautiful medieval town with a maze of streets and canals. Referred to as the Venice of the Alps, make sure you photograph the picturesque town from one of the canal bridges.
Enthusiastic skiers will be pleased to hear that top skiing destinations such as Morzine and Chamonix are just an hour away by car. Hire skis for a day and take to the slopes, embracing the clean mountain air, and be back to Geneva in time for dinner.
For wine buffs, Lavaux is the largest wine region in Switzerland, spanning 830 hectares alongside Lake Geneva. The vineyards are UNESCO protected due to their cultural significance, plus most of the wine you will find here is rarely exported so you will be in for a rare treat.
No trip to Switzerland is complete without passing through Gruyères (121 kilometres away), the home of Gruyère cheese and with stunning views from the valley.
The best views of Geneva and the surrounding area are found at the top of Mount Salève, around 40 minutes from the city. Despite its impressive size, it is only a two hour hike to the top, or there is a cable car for a more relaxed option. The cable car is open every day from 9.30am to 6pm but closes once a year (usually towards the end) for annual repairs, so be sure to check it is open before you visit. However you choose to reach the top, travel to Salève with your hire car and park on-site in the sizable car park. Don’t forget your passport - Salève is over the border in France.
Around 10 kilometres west of Geneva is CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Housing the most complex tools dedicated to scientific research, including the Large Hadron Collider, the biggest machine in the world, it is safe to say there is plenty to marvel at. If your visit is well timed, you may get to step inside the Large Hadron Collider and see where the magic happens. If not, there is lots more to see in the permanent exhibitions which explain its work. The guided tours are very popular, so be sure to book and bring photo ID.
Things to see in Geneva
From a winding maze of streets in the Old Town, to the flashy parade of high end boutiques along Rue du Rhone, Geneva is a shopping haven. Make a visit to the iconic Jet d’Eau, firing water 140 metres in the air from Lake Geneva.
It might be the headquarters of the World Trade Organization, and the Red Cross, as well as branches of the UN (take a tour around Palais des Nations to learn about its history) and several large banking firms, but Geneva has a playful side too. The melting pot of industry has brought many great cuisines to the city, from Swiss classics such as fondue and raclette, to Italian and Peruvian dishes, to name just a few.