Lausanne is the capital of the canton of Vaud in French-speaking Switzerland. It has around 150,000 inhabitants. People of over 100 nationalities live in the heart of this multicultural city.
The city has many faces: it is the Olympic capital, a place of excellence in research and education, a green city full of parks and gardens. Lausanne is set alongside the shores of Lake Geneva and surrounded by the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Lausanne is close to numerous popular tourist destinations, including Montreux and the Château de Chillon, Zermatt, the Jungfrau, Lucerne, the historic city of Gruyères, the Glacier des Diablerets and the Alps.
What to discover in Lausanne
Access to Lausanne
Lausanne is easily accessible: by road (A1/E25 and A9/E27 motorways), by rail (CFF network, EC Direct and TGV from Paris and Milan), by air (60 km from Geneva International Airport, in 45 minutes by car or by train) and even by water, thanks to the boats operated by the Compagnie Générale de Navigation on Lake Geneva.
Getting around Lausanne
Lausanne has an extensive public transport network. It allows you to move easily and quickly around the city and to the campus of the University of Lausanne.
Coming to Lausanne
More information on the airports’ websites near Lausanne
More information on the Swiss Federal Railways website (CFF)
More information on the General Navigation Company (CGN)