The city of Lausanne lies in the western part of Switzerland, in very close proximity to France and Italy, in the heart of Central Europe. Located just 40 min by road or rail from Geneva, Lausanne is easy to reach by air through Geneva International Airport (50 minutes). The train from Zurich International Airport takes approximately 2h30 min to Lausanne.
How to reach the Swiss Tech Convention Center?
By plane, train and public transport
Lausanne can be reached by direct trains from Geneva airport (about 1 h) or from Zurich airport (2:30 h). The long-distance railway stations are located directly at both airports. You can buy tickets online (www.cff.ch), through the CFF app, or from ticket machines at the stations (you can switch the language to English on the touch screen); however, you cannot buy tickets on the train. Seat reservation is not required although might be advisable at peak hours (7-9 am, 4-6 pm). Lausanne can also be reached in a few hours by high speed trains from many European cities, e.g.
Grenoble: 2 hours 50 minutes
Milan: 2 hours 30 minutes
Paris: 3 hours 40 minutes
Your hotel in Lausanne should provide you with a free pass for Lausanne public transport – ask for it at check-in. The Swiss Tech Convention Center is located at the ‘EPFL’ station of the M1 metro line. It can be reached from Lausanne railway station and downtown Lausanne in about 25 min. First you need to get to Lausanne Flon (from Lausanne railway station take metro M2 direction Croisettes or Sallaz). From Flon take metro line M1 direction Renens Gare (every 7-8 min). An alternative route from Lausanne station to the venue that takes about the same amount of time but has fewer connections is to take a local train to Renens, and take metro M1 from there direction Lausanne Flon. The number of EDRC participants exceeds the capacity of the metro train, so congestion could be reduced by avoiding to take the very last train before the beginning of the program. Timetable of local transport can likewise be found at www.cff.ch or via the CFF app.
By car, on the motorway, follow direction "Lausanne-Sud", exit "EPFL".
Car parks: parking places (paying) for visitors are available under l'Esplanade, and along the Avenue Piccard. Car parks indicated by the green "P" symbol are reserved for holders of a special card.
Any questions : edrc2019@epfl.