Preparing your CERN visit


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

Opening Times

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

Special CERN Closures in 2020
  • From Friday 10 April 2020 to Monday 13 April 2020 inclusive (Easter week-end)
  • Friday 1 May 2020 (1st May)
  • Thursday 21 May 2020 (Ascension day)
  • Monday 1 June 2020 (Whit Monday)
  • Thursday 10 September 2020 ("Jeûne genevois")
Yearly CERN closure December 2020/ January 2021
  • CERN and permanent exhibitions will be closed from Saturday 19 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021 inclusive
  • On Friday 18 December, exhibitions will be closed as from 16.30 and CERN Shop will be closed as from 12.00

Getting Here

1, Esplanade des particules
1217 Meyrin

Google Maps

Click on image below to download printable direction

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.


  • 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.
By train / public transport

From Geneva Cornavin train stationTram - 2 to 3 CHF - 20 minutes ride

  • Take tram 18 to "CERN" which is the final stop between CERN Globe and Reception.
  • Purchase a "Tout Genève" ticket (3 CHF full-fare / 2 CHF reduced-fare) BEFORE entering the vehicle at vending machines (cash and credit card)
  • Note that most Geneva hotels deliver free public transport passes. Don't forget to ask for yours if you stay in a Geneva hotel.

From France - Bus

  • Take bus 68 to "CERN"

See the public transport web site for full details.

By plane

From Geneva International Airport (GVA - Cointrin)

Taxi - approximately 35CHF - 15 minutes ride

Public transport - Free - about 30 minutes ride

  • Take a one hour free public transport ticket from the machine you will find at the exit to the baggage reclaim hall, just before customs control.
  • Take bus 23 (to ZIPLO), 28 (to Parfumerie) or 57 (to ZIMEYSA Gare), get off at Blandonnet, then catch Tram number 18 to CERN.
    Final stop CERN is located between the Globe and Reception.
    See the public transport web site for full details.