UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
2-4 May 2016 | SwissTech Convention Centre | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Travelling: To Lausanne | Within Lausanne | To EPFL
Geneva-Cointrin is the nearest airport (45′ by train), but there are also good connections to Zurich Unique Airport (2h30) and a direct fast train connection from Paris (TGV, approx. 4h). Visit the Swiss Rail website for trip planning (including local transport lines).
Visitors staying in most hotels in Lausanne receive free travel cards for Lausanne buses and metro. The city centre of Lausanne is a short distance from the train station: 2 minutes by metro, or 10-15 minutes (uphill) by foot. The main metro stop for the city center is Lausanne-Flon, where the m1 and m2 metro lines intersect. Lausanne lakeside (Ouchy) can be reached from the railway station by metro m1 direction “Ouchy” in 5 minutes.
Public transport (line map): If you come directly from the railway station, take the metro line m2 to Lausanne-Flon (direction Croisettes), then change to metro line m1 (direction Renens). The ride on the m1 metro line from Lausanne-Flon to stop EPFL takes 12 minutes (direction: Renens or Renens-Gare).
NB: Tickets for the bus and metro lines in Lausanne should be purchased prior to boarding, from machines located at each bus/metro stop (make sure to have coins, as bills or credit cards are often not accepted). A single ticket costs CHF 3.60 for zones 11-12 (to reach EPFL from the city) and will be valid for 1 hour (from the time of purchase) of unlimited travel on any method of transport (bus, metro, local train) within the zone. Note, however, that most hotels provide day passes to their guests.
By car: On Motorway N1, follow the directions for Lausanne, then for Lausanne-Sud, and finally exist at “Sortie UNIL-EPFL“. The lake will be on your left. At the second roundabout, after a few hundred meters, enter the EPFL campus on your right.
NB: Parking on campus is payable and as there are very few spaces available, we strongly recommend that you use public transport.