Jun 9, 2017 - 9:47 AM
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I assume you have your reasons for deciding to rent the cars from the French sector at Genève Cointrin rather than from the Swiss sector. Access by road to and from the airport is much easier and much better serviced on the Swiss side, and that includes car rentals.
In the French sector access to and from the airport is via the narrow Route Douanière, a road isolated from Switzerland that begins near the French border post and terminates in a car park at the terminal entrance. I have not used a rented car from the French sector, but the car rental companies on this side seem to operate from a few parking bays inside that car park, rather from desks inside the terminal. You are right not to assume that the cars provided on this side of the airport will have vignettes for Switzerland as they could have come from anywhere in France.
On a side note, terminal access via the French sector is narrow and limited and it can be extremely busy with long, slow queues for security screening, especially at peak times such as Friday afternoons.
You can travel across Geneva from Route Douanière to Annecy without paying any tolls, but the journey will be slow and winding. I don't know if I can enter the URL for the route here, but you can find it yourself on Google maps:
- Enter Route Douanière, Le Grand-Saconnex as your point of origin and Annecy as your destination and select the option to avoid tolls.
- Follow Route Douanière to the border post and then make a U-turn to travel across Geneva via Grand-Saconnex, Vernier and Lancy to Collonges-sous-Salève on the border, and then follow the D18 and the D1201 to Annecy.
The attached screen shot might help.
Or else, once you cross the border into France you can join the A40 and then A41 but then you face paying what is probably the most expensive toll in the country: €7.60 for around 5 km of motorway to Annecy Nord.