13-17 January 2020
CERN
Europe/Zurich timezone
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How to get to CERN

Public transport in Geneva is frequent and easy to navigate.  All tickets must be bought before getting onto the bus, train or tram.  In Switzerland, ticket machines are widely available, can accept cash or card and the language can be switched from French to English, German or Italian.  In France, ticket machines are only available on the buses and these machines will only accept contactless cards.  The cash only ticket machines are being phased out.  

If you plan to explore Geneva further then the easiest way to navigate the city is to download the SBB app.  This app allows you to check times, routes and buy tickets on your mobile for all public transport in Switzerland.

Arriving By Train (journey time ~ 20 mins)

  1. After arriving at Geneva's main station (Gare Cornavin), follow the signs for tram 18.
  2. Paper tickets for the tram can be purchased at the tram stop with card or cash.  Buy a 'Tout Genève' ticket for 3 CHF.
  3. Board tram 18 towards CERN.  
  4. Ride the tram to the last stop which is directly outside CERN's main reception.

Arriving By Plane (journey time ~ 30 mins)

  1. In the baggage area of the airport (before passing through customs) you will find a public transport ticket machine (machine 'B' in the link).
  2. Take a FREE 'Tout Genève' ticket.
  3. After passing through customs follow the signs to the left for the bus stops.
  4. Go up one set of escalators and walk out the door to your left.
  5. If you forgot to collect your free ticket you can buy a ticket from the machines here.
  6. Take either bus 23 (direction: Carouge-Tours), 28 (direction: Les Esserts) or 57.  Map available here.
  7. Get off the bus at Blandonnet and go up the stairs (there is also a lift) to the tram stop.
  8. Board the 18 tram to CERN.
  9. Ride the tram to the last stop which is directly outside CERN's main reception.