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vignette-affiche-salon-2015-EStarting Thursday, March 5, Geneva’s 85th International Motor Show opens its doors to the public for ten days of exhibitions and events. The annual show features more than 900 cars from 200+ automakers on display.

Whether you’re an auto aficionado or not, there’s plenty to see and do at this year’s show. Here are a few reasons to attend:

  • If you’re interested in green technology, approximately 10% of the cars on display will be designated “green” (i.e., cars powered by alternative technologies or with less than 100 g/km CO2 emissions). See a list of green cars by clicking here.
  • Plenty of models will be making their debut at the motor show.
  • The Geneva motor show is recognized as neutral territory for automakers because, unlike motor shows in cities like Frankfurt (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), and Detroit (United States), Geneva does not have an auto industry of its own.
  • Crowds at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

    Crowds at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

    Premiers and concept cars from carmakers like McLaren, Ferrari, and Lamborghini are always a big draw at the motor show, but if you’re looking to purchase a new car, you can also explore the newest models from manufacturers that cater to any budget.

  • Looking for a family-friendly activity? The show is open on two Sundays (March 8 and 15), days when there is typically little else open in Geneva. Child care is provided on site, too (see below).
  • Looking for a unique date night activity? Doors stay open until 20:00 on weekdays and 19:00 on weekends, plus tickets purchased at the door after 16:00 are half price.
Main exhibit hall at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

Main exhibit hall at the Geneva Auto Show (photo from 2013)

Getting to the International Motor Show

The International Motor Show is held at Palexpo, Geneva’s 108,000m² convention center located next to the airport. View an access map of the area by clicking here.

Traffic jams in and around Geneva are notorious during the motor show, especially late in the day and on weekends. People traveling to Palexpo from Geneva’s city center are strongly encouraged to take public transportation, such as a bus (several run every 6-10 minutes) or one of the many trains to the Geneva Airport. Click here for general access information, including public transportation links and offers.

Admission: Tickets & Tips

Doors open Monday through Friday, 10:00-20:00 and weekends, 9:00-19:00. Admission costs 16 CHF for adults, 9 CHF for children aged 6 to 16, and CHF 11 per person for groups of more than 20 people. TIP: Half-price same-day tickets are sold on site after 4 p.m.

Tickets are sold on site at Palexpo, online, FNAC Switzerland, FNAC France, or through Unireso and SBB CFF FFS. Click here for ticket information.

Combined transport + admission tickets are available through SBB CFF FFS (Switzerland’s train system). Click here for more information on combined tickets through SBB.

Other Resources

Childcare: An on-site nursery is available for children aged 3 months to 7 years; there is no charge for the first hour. Each additional hour costs 6 CHF.

Food and drink: Provided by Palexpo Restaurants, there are six à la carte restaurants on site as well as many bars and snacks available throughout the facility.

Home page of the International Motor Show in English: http://www.salon-auto.ch/en/

Tell us! Are you planning to attend this year’s auto show? Do you have any tips on how to get the most out of your auto show experience?

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