Preparing for your CERN visit

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 8.00 - 18.00
Exhibition opens: 8.30 - 17.30

As from 2 October 2023: change of opening times

Tuesday to Sunday: 8.00 - 18.00
Exhibitions and other activities open: 9.00 - 17.00

Exceptional CERN closures to visitors in 2023


  • Saturday 7 October
  • Sunday 24 December (and Monday 25 December)
  • Sunday 31 December (and Monday 1st January 2024)

Getting Here

1, Esplanade des Particules
1217 Meyrin

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How to get to CERN


By car / coach

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 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, exit on the right and follow signage to reach the car park located behind the Globe.

From France (Ain):

  • Follow signs for St. Genis, then Genève.
  • Once you have crossed the border, continue to the roundabout after the Globe, exit on the left and follow signage to reach the car park located behind the Globe.


  • Visitors can park free of charge in the car park located behind the Globe of Science and Innovation.
  • Parking is allowed only for the duration of the visit.
  • No parking is allowed at night.
  • Violating vehicles may be towed at the car owner's expense.
  • In case CERN visitors car park is full, an alternative pay car park is available next to French customs at Centre sportif de Maisonnex
By train / public transport

From Geneva Cornavin train station: Tram - 2 to 3 CHF – 21-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 - 3 CHF - approx. 30-minute ride

  • You can already buy your public transport ticket at the automatic machine in the baggage reclaim area before passing the customs control
  • Take bus 23 (to ‘Carouge Tours’), bus 28 (to ‘Les Esserts’), but 56 (to 'Hôpital de La Tour') 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.