Transportation

From Geneva Airport (GVA) to Lausanne train station

You will need to take the train to Lausanne (approx. 1h00). The SBB/CFF/FFS airport railway station has direct access to the airport Check-in and Arrival levels.

Tickets can be purchased at the distributors in the train station (Swiss francs, euros or credit cards) or at https://www.sbb.ch/en (online booking). To reach your hotel, you can:

  • buy a train ticket from Genève-Aéroport to Lausanne-Gare (station) – 28 CHF single journey; then buy a Metro ticket in Lausanne, if required.
  • buy a train ticket by choosing the nearest Lausanne Metro station as the final destination.

In any case you must get off the train at Lausanne station (Lausanne-Gare).

Train timetables are available at https://www.sbb.ch/en

 

From Zurich Airport (ZRH) to Lausanne train station

You will need to take the train to Lausanne (approx. 2h30). The SBB/CFF/FFS airport railway station (Zurich Flughafen SBB station) has direct access to the airport Check-in and Arrival levels.

Tickets can be purchased at the distributors in the train station (Swiss francs, euros or credit cards) or at https://www.sbb.ch/en (online booking). To reach your hotel, you can:

  • buy a ticket from Zurich Airport to Lausanne-Gare (station) – 79 CHF single journey; then buy a Metro ticket in Lausanne, if required.
  • buy a train ticket by choosing the nearest Lausanne Metro station as the final destination.

In any case you must get off the train at Lausanne station (Lausanne-Gare).

Train timetables are available at https://www.sbb.ch/en

 

By car

Lausanne can be reached by car from the A1/E25 or the A9/E27. The University campus can also be reached by car by taking the E23 from the A1 and leaving at Exit n°2 “St-Sulpice / Ecublens / UNIL – EPFL”. Please note that it is highly recommended to take public transportation to reach the University campus, since there is no free parking zones. If you decide to come with your car, relevant information about parking facilities (white zones) and hourly rates can be found here: Parking (UNIL) [white zone fares: 1 CHF per hour (first hour), then 2 CHF per hour]

 

Inside Lausanne

There are two main Metro lines in Lausanne (M1 and M2), as well as a bus network. The M1 line is the one to take to reach the University campus (UNIL-Sorge); the M2 line is the one you take when you start from the Lausanne train station (Lausanne-Gare). Both lines cross at Lausanne-Flon. There are metros every 5 to 10 minutes. Metro timetables are available here.

Useful links:
Lausanne transportation – Map (PDF file – 1.5Mo)
Lausanne transportation – Interactive map


Note: the organizers want to thank Dr Luc BESSON and Stéfane COMMENT (Fire and Explosion Investigation WG) for sharing the documentation linked to transportation, access, and life in Switzerland.