Guided tours for groups

Guided Tours for Groups

Key information

Guided tours can be booked for after June 2021 only. Depending on the evolution of the pandemic, they may be subject to cancellation - More information
Free entrance Our guided tours are free of charge
Opening times From Monday to Saturday
Exceptional closures
3 hours long Tours last about 3 hours
It is not possible to leave a tour before the end
Less than 11 visitors For non-school groups of 12 to 48 visitors
Click here for school/university groups
Mandatory Registration Mandatory registration
Registration available 9 months in advance
Recommended from 12 years old Recommended for ages 12+
Minors must be accompanied by at least one adult
Groups of minors must be accompanied by at least 2 adults
Bus needed Most tours will require the use of a coach
CERN has a limited number of coaches available
Having your own coach for the tour increases your chance of getting a place
Language Up to 30 languages (depending on guide availability)
French and English always available
Tour Operators Forbidden Requests from tour operators will be systematically rejected


  • Tours consist of a video introduction to CERN, followed by a visit of two areas on the site, such as control rooms, research facilities, engineering facilities, etc.
  • Tours take place both indoors and outdoors.
  • The final tour programme is decided at the last minute in order to take operational and safety constraints into account. Therefore, the exact programme cannot be guaranteed.
  • Please note that the vast majority of our tours do not include underground visits and that the LHC tunnel cannot be visited.

In addition to your tour, you can explore our permanent exhibitions: Microcosm, situated next to the Reception and the Universe of Particles, located on the ground floor of the Globe of Science and Innovation.

Procedure to book a guided tour for groups

  • Requesting a guided tour requires an account.
  • You can use your CERN, Facebook, Google, Live, Yahoo or Orange account.
  • Alternatively, click here to create a CERN lightweight account.
  • Once your account has been created, click on the button below and submit the form.
  • Your request will be approved or rejected by the Visits Service within five working days.
    The Visits Service will take into account: your group size, the requested languages, your country of origin (to guarantee a fair balance between countries), whether or not you have your own coach, the requested dates, etc.
  • Wait for your guided tour to be approved before making firm travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • Once your guided tour has been approved, you will be requested to provide details of all the members of your party (last name, first name, date of birth, place of birth, country of birth and nationality), 21 days before your tour is due to take place at the latest.
  • Failure to do so may lead to the cancellation of your guided tour.
    More information on what we do with visitors’ personal data.
Request for a guided tour for groups