from COINTRIN, GENEVA AIRPORT to CERN
A free CERN shuttle service operates from the airport to CERN (except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays). More information, including the times that the shuttle leaves the airport, can be found at the following link:
* Please note that to get to the CERN shuttle stop you walk out of the arrivals area and walk straight to the exit in front of you. Once outside you cross the road where the taxis are and also past the lifts of the exterior car park. The shuttle stop is beyond this, either on the left or right depending where the driver can find a space to stop.
As any person must be in possession of a card issued by CERN certifying that he is authorised to enter the site, the drivers will ask the passengers at the airport to show their CERN access card. In case they do not have it, they will be dropped off at the CERN reception (building 33) to pick up the access card as mentioned below.
If you take the public transport, remember that you can get a free pass from the machine located in the baggage collection area, just in front of the doors near the customs declaration.
Bus 23/28/57 until Blandonnet then Tram 18
More details on the schedule available at Geneva Public Transportation Service
A taxi from the airport will cost approximately 35 CHF
from CORNAVIN TRAIN STATION (downtown Geneva) to CERN
From Cornavin (the stop is to the right of the station as you walk out, on a covered road), you can take the 18 tram, direction CERN. Ticket "Tout Geneve" costs 3chf and allows you to ride the transportation services (including changes) during 1h. The tickets can be purchased at the machine at the tram and bus stops. Credit cards are accepted.
Taxi from the train station to CERN will cost approximately 45chf
TRAVELLING BY CAR
Cern main entrance address : 385 route de Meyrin
GPS location Reception: Lat: 46.233058, Long: 6.055692
FROM THE AIRPORT TO GENEVA
To get to Geneva from the airport you can take the train from the airport to Geneva Cornavin station. The trip takes some 10 minutes.
Please check the Geneva Public Transportation Service for more details.
In Geneva, hotels must provide free weekly tickets for the Geneva transportation system to their clients. Do not forget to ask for it at the hotel reception.
ONCE AT CERN
Arrival formalities (for those without valid CERN access card)
When you come to CERN, please enter through the Main Reception (building 33).
The reception is open from 08:30 to 17:30 from Monday to Friday. You should mention to the guard at the desk there, that you are a participant of the TH institute "LHC and the Standard Model", they will then let you pass through. You should come to the TH secretariat in 4/2-004 in order to register to be able to go to building 55 to get your access card for the duration of the remainder of your stay.
Outside of the opening times of the Main Reception; if you arrive during the evening or at the weekend in order to stay at the CERN hostel, for example, the guard at the Main Entrance B should have your name on a list and then let you through. Before 01:00a.m. they will let you through to the Hostel Reception in building 39 to pick up your room key. After 01:00 they will have your room key with them and will give it to you directly.
Afterwards, during the working hours of the following day, you can come to the secretariat for your registration.
For more detailed maps of CERN, you may introduce building numbers in the field 'CERN Buildings' on the left on the CERN webpage at the following link:
Further information on internet connection and directions to CERN from Geneva airport and train station, can be found on the webpages of the institute.