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Historical sights, lakefront hotels, and an intellectual atmosphere make Geneva one of the most desirable destinations in Switzerland. To pack in all of its museums and landmarks, rent a car with the help of Orbitz. Having your own set of wheels also opens up the surrounding region along the banks of the glistening lake.
Switzerland often does things differently to the rest of Europe, and that can extend to car rental. We’ve covered some of the big topics below to make renting a car in Geneva a much simpler process.
Geneva is a cosmopolitan, global city with a wide range of car rental companies competing for your custom. Companies such as Thrifty, Budget, Dollar, Sixt, Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo and more all operate in the city.
Many of the big name car rental companies have outlets both in Geneva Airport and in the city center. If you aren’t picking up your rental car in the airport, look for your car rental point near the train station in the northern part of the city.
An IDP is not a legal requirement in Switzerland, but it is recommended for ease of travel between countries. You do, however, need your valid driving license and a credit card to pick up your rental car.
Yes – you have to be at least 20 to rent a car in Switzerland, although some providers require you to be older, and include younger driver surcharges for renters under 25.
Unfortunately, a 2016 EU regulation means that you can no longer drive a rental car with a Swiss license plate into one of the surrounding countries. Some rental agencies have circumvented this with EU-registered vehicles, so ask your provider if you wish to visit France.
Renting a car in Geneva allows you to explore both this delightful city and the surrounding region. We’ve chosen three places in the area that you won’t want to miss.
Geneva’s Old Town is an essential stop for history buffs and travelers seeking a cultural city break. Keep your eyes out for St. Peter’s Cathedral as you wander through the winding, cobbled streets. This neoclassical church was where famous theologian John Calvin did most of his preaching. Find out more in the district’s fascinating International Museum of the Reformation.
The ‘living waters’ neighborhood of Geneva, on the southern side of the lake, is where you’ll find the magnificent, 460-foot fountain known as Jet d’Eau. Wander down to the lakefront to gape at this gigantic, iconic water feature. The neighborhood is also known for its spacious green park, Natural History Museum, and early 20th-century architecture.
Drive your rental car out of Geneva along the northern banks of the lake to reach the stunning city of Lausanne. The historic center here is Gothic grandeur and marvelous museums, while modern Lausanne is known for its Olympics committee, technical prowess, and boundary-pushing art. Sports fans should head straight for the Olympic Museum, one of the finest attractions in the city.