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Geneva on the Go: A Business Traveller's Guide to Car Hire


There can be more to travelling to Geneva for business than simply attending your meeting or event. Hiring a car in Geneva is a great option for business travellers, providing the flexibility to stick to a strict schedule while also making time to gain a flavour of the Swiss city’s culture, sites and landscapes. 

Situated by stunning Lake Geneva and bordered by the Alps and Jura mountains, there are plenty of opportunities to add some leisure time into your trip, whether it’s a drive through the beautiful countryside, exploring the renowned watch boutiques for which Switzerland is celebrated, or strolling through the ancient Old Town of Geneva.

In this blog, we explore the top car hire considerations and FAQs so you can enjoy Geneva on the go.

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Recognising the business travel scene in Geneva 

With the Red Cross and the United Nations among its many international agencies, Geneva serves as a centre for international trade and diplomacy. Due to its cultural significance and natural beauty, as well as its economic significance, it draws visitors from all over the world, with 80% of visitors arriving for business reasons according to the Geneva Convention Bureau. The city is small in size but big on opportunities for business travellers.

Why hire a car in Geneva?  

In the corporate world, time is of the essence. Hiring a car allows you to precisely plan your schedule - something that public transportation sometimes cannot provide. Having a rental car gives you control over your schedule, whether it's a morning meeting in the financial district or a late-night networking event.

But time savings isn't the only benefit. Having a car can allow you to dictate your own timings, and enjoy travel around Geneva in private as you relax or get ready for meetings. Because it offers both privacy and efficiency, renting a car is a popular choice for business travellers.

What are the local driving laws in Geneva? 

While renting a car is straightforward, it’s important to consider how different driving in Geneva may be from your home country. Learn about the carefully enforced speed limits and other driving restrictions in Switzerland. Keep in mind that you must drive on the right side of the road in Geneva. A motorway vignette, or sticker, which is often supplied by your car rental company, is also required to drive on Swiss motorways.

Can you drive to France from Switzerland if you rent a car? 

Yes, it is quite possible and typical for business travellers. But be sure you understand any extra conditions there may be for cross-border travel. Our business travel experts can advise you if this is part of your itinerary.

What are the weather conditions usually like in Geneva? 

The weather in Geneva can be erratic, with snowy winters and wet springs. Always check that the tyres on your rental car are suitable for the season and be prepared to drive in all weather conditions, particularly if you intend to visit the nearby mountains and countryside. 

Selecting the ideal car for your requirements 

Choosing the right vehicle for your trip can be difficult – do you choose a luxury car for ultimate comfort or a compact car that is well-suited to nippy navigation? Or perhaps you are looking for an eco-conscious choice in the form of an electric car?

Through our car hire services, business travellers have access to a wide range of car groups including economy, executive, electric and more. Our offline team can also arrange delivery or collection services if renting a car does not suit your travel plans, but you would still like the benefits of a private car. 

How do I get the best rates on rental cars? 

Finding the best rental car rates can be a minefield when trying to self-source business travel car hire. CT Business Travel has long-standing partnerships with established providers such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Sixt as well as local car hire providers, and our long-term relationships with these companies allow us to negotiate discounted corporate rates, securing the best possible prices for our clients.

Choosing payment options and insurance cover   

When hiring a car through CT Business Travel, we offer easy pre-payment options, so travellers don’t need to worry about picking up the bill. We pre-pay all known charges including road tax, collision damage waiver, and basic insurance cover, so the business traveller simply needs to collect and go! When collecting your car, we always recommend reading the fine print carefully to be sure you know what's covered before you sign the contract.

Whether it’s to gain more control over your timings or to take in the sights during your trip, hiring a car is well worth considering during your next business trip to Geneva. For more advice on car rentals or to find out about our tailored door-to-door travel services, speak to our team at CT Business Travel or call 01892 673 422.


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