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2020 Geneva International Motor Show – what you need to know

| By Andrea Auer |
Source: iStock / VanderWolf-Images

The long-established Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. On 5 to 15 March, numerous manufacturers are set to showcase the latest automotive innovations in the Palexpo exhibition and conference centre, right next to Geneva airport. Visitors can also expect an insight into the mobility solutions of the future.

Here’s an overview of what you need to know:

When does the GIMS take place?

5-15 March, 2020

Where does the GIMS take place?

Palexpo exhibition and conference centre
Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex

In which halls can I find the different brands?

As in previous years, over 900 vehicles will be exhibited in seven exhibition halls at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show. Below is a list of the major manufacturers and where you can find them. As in recent years, some manufacturers are conspicuous by their absence. The PSA Group, for example, which includes manufacturers of the Peugeot, Citroën and Opel brands, decided to skip this year's motor show. Ford also declined to attend the prestigious event.

Brand Hall Social media
ALFA ROMEO Hall 5 Facebook / Instagram
AMG Hall 6 Facebook / Instagram
ASTON MARTIN Hall 2 Facebook / Instagram
AUDI Hall 1 Facebook / Instagram
BENTLEY Hall 1 Facebook / Instagram
BMW Hall 6 Facebook / Instagram
BUGATTI Hall 1 Facebook / Instagram
DACIA Hall 4 Facebook / Instagram
FERRARI Hall 5 Facebook / Instagram
FIAT Hall 5 Facebook / Instagram
HONDA Hall 5 Facebook / Instagram
JEEP Hall 5 Facebook / Instagram
KIA Hall 6 Facebook / Instagram
LEXUS Hall 4 Facebook / Instagram
MAZDA Hall 6 Facebook / Instagram
MERCEDES-BENZ Hall 6 Facebook / Instagram
POLESTAR Hall 5 Facebook / Instagram
PORSCHE Hall 1 Facebook / Instagram
RENAULT Hall 4 Facebook / Instagram
ROLLS-ROYCE Hall 6 Facebook / Instagram
SEAT Hall 2 Facebook / Instagram
SKODA Hall 2 Facebook / Instagram
SMART Hall 6 Facebook / Instagram
SUZUKI Hall 4 Facebook / Instagram
TOYOTA Hall 4 Facebook / Instagram
VOLKSWAGEN Hall 2 Facebook / Instagram

What are the opening hours of the GIMS?

Monday to Friday 10 am till 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9 am till 7 pm

What's new at the GIMS? 

The GIMS app 

A new app has been launched for the anniversary year. It is available free of charge from the App Store or Google Play. The app provides all the information you need on this prestigious motor show, including exhibitors and highlights. You can also use the app to buy your tickets quickly and easily.


If you don’t want to wait until the GIMS official opening, you can visit one day earlier by attending the GIMS VIP Day on 4 March, 2020. An additional pre-opening day, which so far has mainly been reserved for media representatives, will be also open to the public this year. This allows car enthusiasts to admire the world and European premieres from the various manufacturers at close proximity.

The tickets don't come cheap, however. VIP admission will set you back 250 francs.

GIMS Discovery

New to this year's show is the GIMS Discovery experience. In Hall 7, you can test drive various alternative propulsion cars, such as hybrid, electric, natural gas and hydrogen vehicles. The test drive will take place on a specially prepared indoor circuit and will last around ten minutes. The following brands are available: Aiways, Audi, BMW, DS Automobiles, Honda, Hyundai, KIA, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Toyota and Volkswagen.

The Discovery experience can be won on the GIMS app.

Ticket prices for GIMS 2020

Adults (from 16 years of age) CHF 16
Children (from 6 years of age): CHF 9
Pensioners (OASI/AHV/AVS) CHF 9
Groups of min. 20 people (per person) CHF 11

From 4 pm, a 50% discount is available to all visitors purchasing tickets on the door. This offer is not cumulative with any other offer. You can purchase tickets on the GIMS website, from Ticketcorner, using the new GIMS app or at the entrance to the show.

Note: if you decide to buy your ticket on the door, you will be charged an extra 5 francs on top of the standard prices. So it's worth getting your ticket in advance.

What’s the best way to get there?

By train: The easiest way is to travel to Geneva by train. The exhibition centre (Hall 7) is just a three-minute walk from the Geneva Airport railway station. A combined offer is available on public transport and admission: if you buy a day ticket, you get a 30% discount on your admission to the GIMS. SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) is making plenty of extra trains available. At the weekend, consider reserving a seat, which will cost you 5 francs. For more information, visit

By car: Do you want to travel by car? Parking is available in 12 car parks within a radius of five kilometres of the exhibition centre. The standard price for one day is CHF 25. Free shuttle buses run between the car parks and the exhibition centre. Disabled parking is available in the Palexpo indoor car park P12 and the outdoor car park P47, but there is a limited number of spaces.

By regional public transport: Do you live nearby? If you are using the Geneva public transport network, your outward and return journeys within the Unireso area are included in your admission to the GIMS.

Comparis at GIMS 2019

Comparis visited the GIMS last year and was able to put the automotive knowledge of well-known guests Damian Lynn, SEVEN and Eliane to the test (video in German):

You can find out more about the GIMS at