you've got an interest in cars and the inclination to spend a few days in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the Geneva International Motor Show could be your next mini-break! As a Geneva airport taxi driver, I'm lucky enough to have attended a number of these shows over the past few years, and each time it just seems to get better and better. This year is its 87th edition and by all accounts it will continue the tradition. |
The Geneva International Motor Show
This is one of the most anticipated motor shows in the world and is attended by representatives from all the major manufacturers. It's a dazzling showcase of engineering, technology, innovation and, in fact, everything auto related you could imagine – including the announcement of the European Car of the Year.
If you want the full immersion you'd ideally be around for the entire programme of events, but not everyone has 11 days to spend on their car obsession! However, even if you've only got a couple of days, the different sections are extremely well laid out so if you make a plan you can get around to everything you want to see.
The sections for 2017 are: • Attractions and animations • Cars and chassis with 3+ wheels, alternative powered cars and electric cars • Accessories and parts • Bodywork and concept cars • Automotive supply industry products from manufacturers • Workshop installations for maintenance, repair and storage • Miscellaneous car industry products and services Top Tips
If you've never been before it's hard to know what to focus on, but if you're looking for some tips, my highlights from last year's show were these two below. The revealing of the 2017 McLaren 570GT: well, we knew it was coming but, oh, be still my heart! This super car was the most luxurious I've seen. Not that it's ever going to be in my budget, but I can dream. Infatuation doesn’t cover it – true love just may. Seeing the hydrogen Pininfarina H2 Speed Supercar. Does anyone do supercars better than the Italians? Well, that's a matter of debate, but this one pushed all my buttons with its sleek, sexy body – not to mention its two (yes two) motors being powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. I'll probably never feel its top speed of 186mph with the wind whipping through what's left of my hair, but you just never know… Details
The show runs from the 9th to the 19th March at the Geneva Palexpo convention centre. Opening hours are from 10am to 8pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are CHF 16 for one day entry for adults, although if you're going with a group you can get a discount on 20 people of CHF 11. By the way if you're spending a day sightseeing around Geneva, you can get 50% off tickets for any day after 4pm. The Early Bird Gets the Best Accommodation
If you're planning on staying a few days to check out the show in-depth, you really need to get in early to book accommodation. The show is extremely popular with visiting international motoring enthusiasts, so the best hotels close to the venue fill up pretty quickly. Don’t get caught on the hop – if you don't want to be stuck in a four-walled box miles from the city, book early! How to Get There
Whether you're flying in just for the Motor Show for a day or combining the trip with a few days' holiday, take the stress out of getting there by pre-booking a private Geneva airport taxi before you leave home. Shuttle Direct operates a fixed Geneva airport taxi service that can meet you at the airport and transport you directly the short distance to the venue or via your accommodation to check-in and drop off your luggage. See you there!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for an affordable Geneva airport taxi, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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