Guided tours for schools / universities

Guided Tours for Schools/Universities

Key information

Guided tours can only be booked for 2021, but depending on pandemic evolution, cancellations are possible - More information
Free entrance Our guided tours are free of charge
Opening times From Monday to Saturday
Check special closure days
3 hours long Visits last about 3 hours
It is not possible to leave visit before it is over
Less than 11 visitors For school groups of 12 to 48 visitors
Click here for non-school groups
Mandatory Registration Mandatory registration
Registration available 9 months in advance
Recommended from 12 years old Recommended as from 12 years old
Minors MUST be accompanied by at least one adult
Groups of minors should be accompanied by at least 2 adults
Bus needed Most tours will require the use of a bus
CERN has a limited fleet and capacity
Having your own bus during the tour increases your chances to get a tour
Language Up to 30 languages (dependent on guide availability)
French or English as backup language
Tour Operators Forbidden Requests from Tour Operators will be systematically rejected
Requests for school groups must come from an official school e-mail


  • The tour offers a movie introduction to CERN, followed by a visit of two on-site areas: control rooms, research facilites, engineering facilities etc.
  • The tour takes place both in and outdoors.
  • Final programme of the tour is decided at the last minute to take into account operational and safety constraints and cannot be guaranteed
  • Please note that the vast majority of our tours do not include underground visits (usually not allowed for less than 16 years old) and that the LHC tunnel cannot be visited

In addition to your tour, you can explore our permanent exhibitions: Microcosm and Universe of Particles.

Procedure to book a guided tour for school/university 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.
  • Click on the button below and submit the form.
  • Your request will be approved or rejected by theVisits Service within 5 business days.
    The Visits Service will take into account: your group size, the requested languages, the country of origin (to guarantee a fair balance between countries), if you have your own bus, the requested dates etc
  • Wait for your tour to be approved before making firm arrangements for travel and hotels.
  • Once your guided tour is approved, you are requested to provide the identity of all visitors (last name, first name, date of birth, place of birth, country of birth and nationality) at the latest 21 days before your tour takes place.
    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 schools / universities