Getting to CERN

Getting to CERN


Upon arrival at CERN, please go to CERN main entrance gate B. Once there, please let the guard know that you have a room booked at the CERN hostel by showing them your booking confirmation.

Should you have any problems please call: +41 (0)75 411 66 49.


An interactive map of Geneva and a detailed map of the buildings at CERN can help you find your way.

By Plane

Coming from the Geneva International Airport at Cointrin

Taxi - approximately 35 CHF.

Bus - First take a free public transport ticket from the machine you will find at the exit to the baggage collection hall, just before customs control.

Option 1: Take bus direction CERN and get off at the CERN stop opposite the large Globe and the CERN site.

Option 2: take bus 232857, and get off at the stop "Blandonnet" and then catch the Tram number 18, final stop "CERN".

See the TPG web site for full details.

By Train

Coming from the Geneva railway station at Cornavin

Tram - Take the number 18 tram to "CERN" which is the final stop at the CERN entrance. Ticket costs 3.00 CHF (Ticket "Tout Genève" on the ticket machine). See the TPG web site for full details.

By Car

From Switzerland: Follow signs for "Aéroport", "Lyon" and "Meyrin". Once you are in Meyrin, follow signs for "St Genis" (which is just beyond the border, in France). Before reaching St Genis, the CERN reception is on your left on "Route de Meyrin", just before you reach the border.

From France (département of Ain): Follow signs for "Gex" or "St. Genis". When you reach the border, CERN is on your right immediately after passing through customs.

If you come to CERN by car, you will need to collect a car sticker giving you access to the site with your car. We ask you to send us the license plate number of your car before the meeting so we can prepare the sticker, which you can then pick up from the CERN reception.

Before entering the site, you can park your car in the parking lot next to the Globe across the road from CERN. Please note, however, that you are permitted to enter and leave the car park only once by default. When you have obtained your sticker you can enter and leave the CERN site throughout the meeting.

If you have a rental car and do not know the license plate number in advance, go to the CERN reception when you arrive and they can issue you a sticker. If you arrive outside of opening hours, please contact us at the number above.