Preparing for your CERN visit

Opening Times

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

During second semester of 2023, with the opening of the Science Gateway, new opening times and days will be published. Check back later on this site.

Exceptional CERN Closures in 2023

 

  • From Friday 7 April to Monday 10 April inclusive (Easter weekend)
  • Monday 1 May (Labor Day)
  • Thursday 18 May (Ascension)
  • Monday 29 May (Whitsun)

Getting Here

1, Esplanade des Particules
1217 Meyrin
Switzerland

Google Maps
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How to get to CERN

Car/bus park is reserved to CERN visitors, parking during the night is forbidden and access to car/bus park during the night is not guaranteed.

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.

Parking:

  • 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.