Guided tours for individuals

Guided Tours for Individuals

Key information

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Free entrance Our guided tours are free of charge
Opening times From Monday to Saturday
Exceptional closures
2 hours long Tours last about 2 hours
It is not possible to leave a tour before the end
Less than 11 visitors Reservation possible for up to 11 visitors
Tours are organised in groups of 24, in a single language
Mandatory Registration Mandatory reservation
Places are released 15 days and 3 days before the tour, at 8.30 a.m. (Geneva time)
Recommended from 12 years old

Recommended for ages 12+
Minors must be accompanied by at least one adult

On Foot Tours are on foot
You will walk approximately 1 km
Language English and French only


  • Tours consist of a video introduction to CERN, followed by a visit to the first accelerator built at CERN and to the operations centre of one of the experiments (this is currently replaced by a guided tour of Microcosm due to works).
  • Immersive audiovisual presentations complement the information provided by the tour guide.
  • Tours take place both indoors and outdoors.
  • Please note that these tours do not include any underground visits.

In addition to your tour, you can explore our two 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 for booking a guided tour for individuals

  • An account is required in order to request a guided tour. You can use your CERN, Facebook, Google, Live, Yahoo or Orange account. Alternatively, click here to create a CERN lightweight account.
  • Click on the button below and submit the form.
  • Half of the places on the tour (12 places) are released for booking 15 days in advance, at 8.30 a.m. (Geneva time).
  • The remaining places (12 places) are released for booking three days in advance, at 8.30 a.m. (Geneva time).
  • The system is based on a first-come-first-served philosophy; please be aware that these tours are in very high demand.
  • Once your booking has been accepted, you will be requested to provide the details of all the members of your party (last name, first name, date of birth, place of birth, country of birth and nationality) within 48 hours. Failure to do so may lead to the cancellation of your guided tour. 
    More information on what we do with visitors’ personal data.
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