Visa information

VISA: If you need a visa to travel to Switzerland, we can provide you with the invitation letter you will need to request a visa at the local Swiss embassy or consulate. Note that obtaining a visa can take up to two months. Please send to  cecam50@cecam.org the following information necessary to prepare the invitation.

Please do not make your request at the last minute since it may take us a few days to process it due to high demand.

  • Full first Name and Surname (as written in the passport)
  • Title (Mr Mrs Ms Dr Prof or other)
  • CECAM Workshop/Tutorial name and dates
  • Date of birth dd/mm/year Town and Country of birth
  • Passport Nr. (Country of passport if different from birth)
  • Full name and address of your affiliation
  • Email or fax N° of local Swiss Embassy or consulate to send copy of the invitation letter: (not always needed)




Travel to Lausanne

Lausanne from the Geneva/Cointrin International Airport (GVA)

Lausanne is 60km away from the airport. The Geneva CFF Airport railway station has direct access to the airport check-in and arrival levels and there are direct rail links to Lausanne. The single fare is about 27CHF (app. 25€)

Check online the timetable to/from Geneva airport – Lausanne:


EPFL from Lausanne CFF railway station

The metro is very close to the Lausanne train station, across the main exit.

  • Take the metro M2 towards Croisettes and then exit at “Lausanne Flon” (the first stop after “Lausanne Gare”).
  • From ‘Lausanne Flon’, take the metro M1 towards ‘Renens CFF’ and exit at stop ‘EPFL’ 

Metro M1 : Timetable
Metro M2 : Timetable


EPFL from Renens CFF railway station

You may choose to stop at Renens CFF station. From there, take the metro towards ‘Lausanne Flon’ and exit at stop ‘ EPFL’ 

Metro M1: Timetable