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How to reach Lausanne
The EPFL is located near Lausanne (Switzerland). Depending where you are coming from, you can reach the EPFL by plane, by train, or by car. Once you have reached Lausanne station, follow the indications given below to find the EPFL.
Assuming that your plane lands at one of the Swiss international airports (Geneva, Zurich, or Basel), the most convenient way to go to Lausanne is to take a train from the railway station located at the airport.
- From Geneva airport (Cointrin)
The train takes about 45 minutes to go to Lausanne. There are 3 departures every hour and most trains require no changes. You can check the timetable by filling out the form with Geneve Aeroport and Lausanne.
- From Zurich airport (Kloten)
The train takes about 3 hours to go to Lausanne. There are 2 departures every hour and some trains require to change in Bern or in Zurich main station. You can check the timetable by filling out the form with Zurich Flughafen and Lausanne.
- From Basel airport (EuroAirport)
There is a bus connecting the airport to Basel main station in 20 minutes. The train from Basel main station takes about 2 hours and half to go to Lausanne. There are 2 trains every hour and most trains require to change in Bern or in Biel/Bienne. You can check the timetable by filling out the form with Basel Flughafen and Lausanne.
There are good train connections from Paris, Lyon, and Milano.
- From Paris
A TGV connects Paris “Gare de Lyon” with Lausanne. The trip takes about 4 hours and require no changes. There are 4 departures a day. You can check the timetable by filling out the form with Paris and Lausanne.
- From Lyon
From “Lyon Part-Dieu” station, the trip to Lausanne takes about 2 hours and half. There is one train every two hours and it is always necessary to change in Geneva main station. You can check the timetable by filling out the form with Lyon Part-Dieu and Lausanne.
- From Milano
From Milano main station, the trip to Lausanne takes roughly 4 hours (3 hours with Cisalpino). There is one departure every two hours and it is usually not necessary to change. You can check the timetableby filling out the form with Milano and Lausanne.
- From Geneva
Take the highway from Geneva and follow the direction of Lausanne. The trip takes about 30 minutes. Once you pass Morges and arrive in the vicinity of Lausanne, follow “Lausanne Sud” and exit at “UNIL-EPFL”. You then should be on the “route cantonale”, heading west.
- From Bern
Take the highway and follow the direction of Lausanne, until you arrive near Lausanne. Stay on the highway and follow the direction “Genève” until you find a sign indicating “Lausanne Sud”. Then proceed as above.
However, note that parking at the EPFL is usually a problem. The best solution is to use public transportation. If you have to come by car, you should use the white spaces.
How to reach EPFL
Assuming that you could manage to reach Lausanne's railway station, you are about twenty to thirty minutes far from us. You can go to the EPFL by taxi (quite expensive) but we would suggest that you use public transportations.
- Public transportation
A metro station is located just in front of the railway station (main street, opposite side), beside a McDonald's. Buy a ticket (CHF 2.40, this ticket is valid for one hour for an unlimited number of changes) from one of the vending machines or from the ticket counter. Take the metro M2 uphill, in the direction of “Croisettes”. Go out two minutes later at “Lausanne-Flon” (you cannot miss it since it is the first stop in that direction).
In “Lausanne-Flon”, transfer to the Metro M1 (the other line). There is one departure every 10 minutes (you can take a look at the timetable of the TL, http://www.t-l.ch) and only one possible direction. Go out after 13 minutes at the stop “EPFL” (from Lausanne-Flon, this is the 9th stop).
- By taxi
Tell the taxi driver that you want to go to the “EPFL in Ecublens”. The trip should take between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the traffic and it would cost about CHF 20.-.
Where to stay
- Hotels and accommodation
Look at this web page (part of Lausanne Tourism) : http://www.lausanne-tourisme.ch/en/hebergement.html
- EPFL Hotel partnership
The EPFL has specific agreements with some hotels. Here is the list : http://www.hotel.info/EPFL