Preparing for your CERN visit

COVID-19

Public tours of CERN are cancelled until further notice - More information

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 8.00 - 18.00
Exhibitions open: 8.30 - 17.30

Exceptional CERN Closures in 2020

 

  • From Friday 10 April to Monday 13 April inclusive (Easter weekend)
  • Friday 1 May
  • Thursday 21 May (Ascension)
  • Monday 1 June (Whitsun)
  • Thursday 10 September (Jeûne genevois)
Annual CERN closure December 2020 / January 2021

 

  • CERN and the permanent exhibitions will be closed from Saturday, 19 December 2020 to Sunday, 3 January 2021 inclusive
  • On Friday, 18 December, exhibitions will close at 16.30 and the CERN shop will close at 12.00

Getting Here

1, Esplanade des Particules
1217 Meyrin
Switzerland

Google Maps
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How to get to CERN

By car / by private bus
 

GPS coordinates: 

  • Latitude: 46.2330 N or 46° 13' 59"
  • Longitude: 6.0556 E or  6° 3' 20"

From Switzerland

  • From Geneva, follow signs for Aéroport then Meyrin.
  • From A1 highway, take Exit 5 Meyrin, direction Meyrin.
  • Once in Meyrin Village, follow signs for St. Genis and take the tunnel.
  • 800m after the tunnel, at the roundabout before the Globe, park on the right-hand side car park.

From France (département of Ain)

  • Follow signs for St. Genis then Genève.
  • Once you have passed the border, at the roundabout after the Globe, park on the left-hand side car park.

Parking

  • Visitors can park freely at the car park located next to the Globe of Science and Innovation.
  • Gate will open automatically after car plate reading (valid only for one day).
  • In case of problem, call the guards with the "CSA" button on intercom.
  • Bus drivers should park at the bus park at the end and get an "official visit" sign from the reception to be placed behind windscreen.

From Switzerland:

  • From Geneva, follow signs for Aéroport then Meyrin.
  • From A1 motorway, take Exit 5 Meyrin, follow the signs for Meyrin.
  • Once in Meyrin Village, follow signs for St. Genis and take the tunnel.
  • 800m after the tunnel, at the roundabout before the Globe, turn right into the car park.

From France (Ain):

  • Follow signs for St. Genis, then Genève.
  • Once you have crossed the border, continue to the roundabout after the Globe, then park in the car park on the left.

Parking:

  • Visitors can park free of charge in the car park located next to the Globe of Science and Innovation.
  • The gate will open automatically after reading the car registration plate (valid for one day only).
  • In the event of a problem, call security using the "CSA" button on the intercom.
  • Coach/minibus drivers should park in the coach park at the far end and obtain an "Official Visit" document from the Reception, to be placed behind the windscreen.
By train / public transport
 

From Geneva Cornavin train station: Tram - 2 to 3 CHF – 20-minute ride

  • Take tram 18 to "CERN", which is the terminus. The stop is located between the Globe and the CERN Reception.
  • Purchase a "Tout Genève" ticket (3 CHF full fare / 2 CHF reduced fare) at a ticket machine (cash and credit cards accepted) before entering the tram 
  • Note that most Geneva hotels offer free public transport passes. Don't forget to ask for one if you stay in a hotel in Geneva.

From France: Bus

  • Take bus 68 (direction ‘Blandonnet’) to the “CERN” stop

See the public transport web site for full details.

By plane
 

From Geneva International Airport (GVA - Cointrin)

Taxi - approximately 35 CHF – 15-minute ride

Public transport - free – approx. 30-minute ride

  • Collect a free one-hour public transport ticket from the machine located near the exit of the baggage hall, just before the customs control.
  • Take bus 23 (to ‘ZIPLO’), bus 28 (to ‘Parfumerie’) or bus 57 (to ‘Zimeysa Gare’), get off at ‘Blandonnet’, then catch tram 18 to ‘CERN’.
    The final stop, ‘CERN’, is located between the Globe and the CERN Reception.
    See the public transport website for full details.