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How To Reach Lausanne

Planning A Trip To Lausanne? Here are some guidelines on how to reach Lausanne

Lausanne is located towards the south-west of Switzerland, close to Geneva. It is the 4th largest city in Switzerland and the capital city of the canton of Vaud. The best way to reach Lausanne is by road or rail as it has no direct flight connection. There is a water route from nearby cities that are also situated on the shore of Lake Geneva. The city is quite tourist-friendly and provides enough and more public transport options for you to be able to make your way to, from and within Lausanne.

By Air

By Air:  How To Reach Lausanne
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Laussane Airport is not commercially used, so the next option is to fly into Geneva which is about 60km away. There are daily trains at an interval of 15 minutes that will take you to Laussane directly from Geneva airport. The duration of the train ride is about 45 minutes.


Another option is to fly to Zurich Airport, which is 230km away and then drive down or take the train to Laussane.


While travelling from India, multiple airlines will take you to Zurich or Geneva including Swiss Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Etihad, Emirates, Saudia, Qatar Airways etc.

By Rail

By Rail:  How To Reach Lausanne
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Trains are a very convenient mode of transport in Switzerland. All Swiss cities are very well connected domestically as well as internationally to neighbouring European countries. There are daily trains to Laussane from cities like Zurich, Neuchatel, Geneva, Bern, St. Gallen and Brig. Laussane train station is a moderately busy one with a train coming in every 30 minutes. International connections directly to Laussane include Milan, Paris and Venice. The train station is located within the city centre.

By Boat

By Boat:  How To Reach Lausanne
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Laussane can also be accessed from the water as it is located on the shores of Lake Geneva. There are daily ferries from Geneva, Montreux, Evian and other Swiss & French cities that share the same shoreline as Laussane. So if you plan on visiting neighbouring cities and countries, this could be a fun way to explore the beautiful lake as well as enter the city of Laussane.

By Road

By Road:  How To Reach Lausanne
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The roads in Switzerland are a dream to drive on - so renting your own vehicle and going on a road trip here is a great way to explore the countryside while visiting different cities. Some popular routes are Zurich to Laussane (230 km), Bern to Laussane (100 km), Geneva to Laussane (60 km). You just may need to pay for parking (which can get expensive) so make proper arrangements.


Instead of driving, you can also use buses to travel around. Laussane is well connected to all cities within Switzerland through its world-class bus transport system. There are some international routes as well from Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands and other closeby European countries.

Getting Around

Getting Around:  How To Reach Lausanne
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Laussane is a moderately big city and the best way to explore its iconic sights is by using its public transport systems like the metro or bus. Both have conveniently placed stations and are easy to understand and use. Most hotels provide a Transport Card which allows for unlimited free travel making your life much easier. So check in with your hotel before stepping out.


The old quarters of Laussane can easily be explored on foot. The rest of the city, you will need a vehicle, or you might tire yourself out. You can also rent a bicycle and ride to closeby areas. Taxis are available in plenty but this can get expensive.

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