Posted 22 November 2002 - 08:40 AM
Next week I have a flight from the States ultimately arriving in Geneva at 0910, to take the next train for Lausanne.
Does anyone know the Geneva airport well enough to estimate how much time to allow for transfer from the arrival gate to the train station located within the airport complex? Here I want to move quickly. What kind of passport control on flights from Paris to Geneva exists these days? I will take a carry-on bag so I won't have to wait for luggage.
It strikes me that someone could make some money writing a guide to getting around airports. Since a lot of information can be garnered from web-sites, the research should not be too onerous.
Posted 22 November 2002 - 09:47 AM
Enjoy your stay in Switzerland!
Posted 23 November 2002 - 12:38 AM
Posted 23 November 2002 - 05:38 AM
Airport layovers I have enjoyed:
Browsing at Lush - a foodesque “body shop” (lotions and potions like no other) in Heathrow
Sausage from German airport (I think it was Frankfort but don't recall)
Sampling jerking, looking at deerskin and Native American crafts in Alaska
Watching native dance in Papua New Guinea and then shopping at “native” kiosks at 2am in the morning!
Great crafts and interesting wallets in Seoul (right after the Asian stock market crash so things were extremely cheap).
Beats trying to sleep on those shaped chairs that us discount fliers are relegated to...(alas, no first class or business lounge for this traveler...)
Posted 23 November 2002 - 07:31 AM
The only potential hang-up at Cointrin is waiting on line to buy your ticket into town. There are credit card machines, but they can be unreliable. If you want to chance it, go on board without a ticket. The ride into town is quick. You can always play dumb or tell the conductor the ticket line wasn't moving. The last time no one collected tickets both coming and going. Turn left after exiting Customs for the train station.
Posted 23 November 2002 - 11:40 AM
One time I was in CDG the only bank network ATM in my terminal was in the passenger arrival area and that was out of order because of a strike by armored car drivers. All the other terminals were for credit cards alone.
My recollection that the Geneva airport is much smaller and better organized, but any details there would be appreciated.
As for favorite airport stories. Back in the 60s I got hijacked to Cuba. In addition to strong Cuban coffee and stronger Havana cigars, the lounge at Jose Marti airport was dotted with Cuban women, sketching the clothing of the American women so they could bring the latest US fashions to the island.
Posted 23 November 2002 - 12:28 PM
Posted 23 November 2002 - 02:29 PM
Posted 24 November 2002 - 06:04 AM
I am intrigued by the French sector/Swiss sector organization of the airport. Does that mean that since I am flying from Paris to Geneva, it is regarded as an internal French flight and in effect I don't cross the border when I land, but only when I move from one sector to another within the airport? Duty-free shops aren't what they used to be and they are generally more a convenience than a bargain, but I am curious as to whether they can even exist in such a setting.
Posted 24 November 2002 - 01:28 PM
Black Label is not going to be that cheap.
Re-reading your post - I would presume that you'll get your CDG-GVA boarding pass here in the US, since you are only transiting @ CDG - Pick your duty free (if it is standard fare) on board your US-CDG segment. Your description suggests transit in CDG, so you are non-EU visiting another non-EU country, plain and simple. You should also search Frequent Flyer hangout site for more information.
Edited by anil, 24 November 2002 - 01:54 PM.
Posted 25 November 2002 - 09:03 AM