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Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

Hi All... thanks for all of the previous help.
I've got a few transport questions that I couldn't find any current info on.

We finally will arrive in Geneva from Japan on 1 October - it doesn't seem real but it is. Very excited.

We will be arriving in the morning and likely shattered, with about six to eight large suitcases, several smaller ones, two adults and a (likely exhausted) nine year old. We've always previously taken public transport into the city from the airport, but we've never had so much luggage, and I can't see us lugging it through the Parquais to our temporary apartment on the other side.

So the questions:
1. Are there van style taxis available at the airport for this sort of transport? Or is there a company that someone can recommend that might be able to accommodate this transport? I would assume that there are companies that move skiers and the like from the airport to resorts, so this request isn't too strange.

2. Any idea of what the rough cost would be? Airport, three people, many large bags. Airport into central Geneva.

3. Will my nine year old (135 cm tall) need a booster/child seat to ride in a taxi/van? Like I said, previously, we've only used public transport.

Thanks!
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Old 27.09.2021, 16:05
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

The Swiss Federal Railways (called "SBB" in German and "CFF" in French) offers luggage delivery. There are several different options outlined here; perhaps one would suit you:
https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-servic...e/luggage.html

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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

There are several websites for taxis from the airport, try googling "geneva airport, taxi".
Here's one example with a wide range of vehicle sizes just to get you started;
https://www.taxigenevaairport.com/
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

Under 140cm kids cannot sit in front if other seats are available, not 100% sure about booster seat, but i think you need one still


Most taxis have booster seats


Take a taxi/van forget anything with public transprt with so much luggage, plus kid plus being tired, plus not knowing anything about Geneva.


Cost no idea, probably Chf 100 ++ maybe try UBER ?


You in Paquis area This is where a lot of ladies of the night hang out, it's fairly clean and fun but be warned, a lot of crusing goes on in the evenings.
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Under 140cm kids cannot sit in front if other seats are available, not 100% sure about booster seat, but i think you need one still


Most taxis have booster seats


Take a taxi/van forget anything with public transprt with so much luggage, plus kid plus being tired, plus not knowing anything about Geneva.


Cost no idea, probably Chf 100 ++ maybe try UBER ?


You in Paquis area This is where a lot of ladies of the night hang out, it's fairly clean and fun but be warned, a lot of crusing goes on in the evenings.
Thanks!!! I got a quote for a 16 pax van at CHF 250... which is overkill.

Thanks for the other info!

Regarding Paquais... we are past there... I knew to avoid the neighborhood, as we'd stayed nearby previously. No judgments, I just don't feel like answering every question my nine year old might have about it just yet!
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There are several websites for taxis from the airport, try googling "geneva airport, taxi".
Here's one example with a wide range of vehicle sizes just to get you started;
https://www.taxigenevaairport.com/
Helpful! I tried another site and they only gave me the option of a sixteen pax van, which is probably way too much!
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

Given the number of bags you have a taxi van is going to be cheaper than paying a baggage relocation service (e.g. the SBB service is 12.- CHF per bag), and a taxi will also certainly be less hassle. In Geneva the taxi stand is literally metres from arrivals, the only challenge I see is that you are probably going to need three or four luggage trolleys but you will only be two adults. Maybe grow some extra arms?

We moved to CH in a similar fashion when we realized that extra baggage fees were significantly less expensive than shipping our stuff. If you max out the weight limit on each bag it's actually a pretty reasonable price to pay per kilo. Good luck with the move, hope all your bags arrive at the same time you do!
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Given the number of bags you have a taxi van is going to be cheaper than paying a baggage relocation service (e.g. the SBB service is 12.- CHF per bag), and a taxi will also certainly be less hassle. In Geneva the taxi stand is literally metres from arrivals, the only challenge I see is that you are probably going to need three or four luggage trolleys but you will only be two adults. Maybe grow some extra arms?

We moved to CH in a similar fashion when we realized that extra baggage fees were significantly less expensive than shipping our stuff. If you max out the weight limit on each bag it's actually a pretty reasonable price to pay per kilo. Good luck with the move, hope all your bags arrive at the same time you do!
yes, a quick check of the CFF site showed me this! Thanks! I'm actually in better shape this time... I did an infant, and six suitcases from NYC to Jakarta and vice versa years ago! Thanks for the info and the support.
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

Did you ever look at this site?
https://www.cleverjourney.com/hooking-luggage-together/
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Cheers! I've done some of that before!
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

You're probably looking at airport limo transfer service. They offer more range than just a taxi. I can order mine online in advance by indicating # people and amount of luggage, but am in VD. I'm sure there is something similar for GE/Paquis.
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

https://www.taxi-geneva.ch/

https://www.geneva-airport-taxi.ch/en

Both offer advance reservation of mini vans
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

You will need a booster seat until child is 150 cm. Companies you will choose should have available, then you can pick up one at do it yourself stores in case you rent cars etc as it tends to be quite expensive.
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You will need a booster seat until child is 150 cm. Companies you will choose should have available, then you can pick up one at do it yourself stores in case you rent cars etc as it tends to be quite expensive.

It's 140 cm
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

Every site I’ve seen is 150/age 12.
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

My mistake, it is 150cm, for some reason i had 140cm in my head, maybe an old regulation ?
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My mistake, it is 150cm, for some reason i had 140cm in my head, maybe an old regulation ?
Maybe! My kid has "outgrown" the legal requirement here in Japan, but likes using the booster well enough, so I'm not too worried!
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

What we do when we arrive with children and lots of bags:
* leave luggage at airport/Bahnhof
* go home with kids
* after they go to sleep, I go with car to retrieve the luggage

Same for leaving, I take the luggage the evening before.
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Re: Geneva Airport Transportation - Many Large Bags

Just get an UBER, price estimate (you can check here: https://www.uber.com/global/en/price-estimate/) from GVA airport to Pâquis Centre, Genève is at the moment 29chf.

If you won't fit into a car with your bags... get second one and split into 2 rides (still a LOT less than 250chf).
As for kids, kid below 150cm needs a booster seat (we have mifold as travel option and it works perfect as such)
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My mistake, it is 150cm, for some reason i had 140cm in my head, maybe an old regulation ?
It used to be 135cm but it was changed a long time ago, not long after we moved to Switzerland so it must be around 10 years ago already.
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