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Lausanne, the Olympic capital

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Getting there You can get to Lausanne from Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Best price and travel duration below.

From Paris 03:49 ₹ 4,809
From Venice 06:10 ₹ 3,366
From Milan 03:17 ₹ 5,450
From Zurich 02:08 ₹ 5,290
From Geneva 00:33 ₹ 1,282
From Basel 02:12 ₹ 4,488
From Lucerne 02:10 ₹ 4,007
From Verona 05:10 ₹ 3,366
From Bern 01:06 ₹ 2,084
From Dijon 02:09 ₹ 3,286
From Stresa 02:21 ₹ 2,565
From Aigle 00:29 ₹ 962
From Bex 00:39 ₹ 1,202
From Gallarate 02:44 ₹ 5,290
From Neuchatel (loc) 00:41 ₹ 1,683
From Nyon 00:25 ₹ 962
From Vevey 00:14 ₹ 481
From Montreux 00:18 ₹ 641
From Yverdon 00:22 ₹ 962
From St Gallen 03:27 ₹ 7,213
From Olten 01:35 ₹ 4,168
From Dole 01:34 ₹ 3,046
From Sion 00:52 ₹ 1,924
From Payerne 00:57 ₹ 1,363
From Frasne 00:51 ₹ 2,244
From Martigny 00:46 ₹ 1,523
From St Maurice 00:44 ₹ 1,202
From Biel 00:59 ₹ 2,885
From Morges 00:10 ₹ 401
From Visp 01:31 ₹ 2,725
From Leuk 01:21 ₹ 2,404
From Brig 01:19 ₹ 2,805
From Sierre/siders 01:12 ₹ 2,244
From Fribourg 00:44 ₹ 1,523

Getting around From Lausanne, you can travel to nearby cities and towns. Best price and travel duration below.

To Morges 00:16 ₹ 401
To Vevey 00:21 ₹ 481
To Montreux 00:30 ₹ 641
To Nyon 00:34 ₹ 962
To Romont 00:42 ₹ 962
To Yverdon 00:44 ₹ 962
To Fribourg 00:46 ₹ 1,523
To Neuchatel (loc) 00:50 ₹ 1,683
To Geneva 00:51 ₹ 1,282
To Aigle 00:54 ₹ 962
To Martigny 00:54 ₹ 1,523
To Bex 01:00 ₹ 1,202
To Sion 01:07 ₹ 1,924
To Bern 01:09 ₹ 2,084
To St Maurice 01:10 ₹ 1,202
To Sierre/siders 01:18 ₹ 2,244
To Dole 01:34 ₹ 3,046
To Visp 01:36 ₹ 2,725
To Brig 01:45 ₹ 2,805
To Leuk 01:46 ₹ 2,404
To Biel 01:53 ₹ 2,164
To Payerne 01:55 ₹ 1,363
To Basel 02:08 ₹ 4,488
To Olten 02:11 ₹ 3,446
To Zurich 02:13 ₹ 4,568
To Lucerne 02:13 ₹ 4,007
To Stresa 02:21 ₹ 2,565
To Interlaken 02:37 ₹ 3,847
To Frasne 02:51 ₹ 1,843
To Mouchard 02:54 ₹ 3,286
To Milan 03:18 ₹ 2,565
To St Gallen 04:08 ₹ 7,213
To Dijon 04:13 ₹ 3,286
To Zermatt 04:58 ₹ 4,969
To Paris 07:00 ₹ 4,809
To Brescia 07:31 ₹ 4,168
To Venice 08:22 ₹ 3,366
To Bologna 12:00 ₹ 5,771
To Florence 13:58 ₹ 6,572
To Rome 17:02 ₹ 9,458

Lausanne city guide

Lausanne, the Olympic capital

Lausanne, the Olympic capital and the second largest city in Switzerland, is located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Sport and culture are an integral part of this Olympic capital making it a preferred tourist destination. A visit to the Lausanne will allow you to discover the exceptional setting of Lake Geneva and the surrounding Alps. Lausanne is also a centre for studies and research, and home to a large number of international companies. Discover its magnificent gothic cathedral dating from the 13th century and its city hall. Have a shopping splurge in the pedestrian city centre before relaxing on the lakeshore promenades at Ouchy.

Start by discovering the town centre of Lausanne where you will find a delightful group of medieval buildings huddled together and housing shops, art galleries and friendly bars. The city centre has also a shopping area packed with high-end fashion and trendy fashion as well as watches and chocolates. Visit the lovely Mon-Repos park and the 13th century Gothic cathedral which dominates the centre of the city. The Cathedral is the biggest in Switzerland! Don’t miss the covered flight of steps leading from the Place de la Palud to the Cathedral. It stands as one of the most picturesque spots in the town centre.

Taste the Fondue fromage which consists of Emmentaler and/or Gruyère cheeses melted with white wine and spices and served with bread for dipping. Anther tasty dishe is the Rösti which consists of grated potatoes served in a round pancake form.

In Lausanne, you will find everything from food, fashion, clocks and watches, galleries and bookshops. Just head to the city centre and you’ll find a wide choice of shops.

Lausanne Tourisme and Convention bureau
Avenue de Rhodanie 2. 491000 Lausanne
Tel: +41 21 613 73 73

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Lausanne station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Lausanne.

Lausanne railway station(s)

Lausanne Train Station

Lausanne Train Station

Address: Lausanne station 1003 Lausanne

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 12am to 11:59pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12am to 11:59pm

Trains operating in and from this station:
High speed trains, Intercity trains
Tourist Office, Assistance for disabled persons, Wheelchair access, Lost and found, Places to eat in the station, Rental Services, Toilets, Luggage storage, Bank & Currency Exchange, Wi-Fi Internet, ATM and Phone cabins.

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Customer reviews

  • "Comfortable trip"    
    It will be much better if have free wifi on the train.  
  • "Comfortable train travel"    
    We travelled from Paris to Laussane it was on time, very comfortable, the lunch was of a high standard and the staff offered a high standard of service.  
  • "Travel from Paris to Lausanne"    
    The trip was good and the train was comfortable. The only issue we faced was at Gare De Lyon station (Paris) as the train arrived a few minutes late and the escalator was not working. So, it was difficult to lift all my baggage's and board the train. Also, the there was no marking on the coach (ours was coach 6). I had to get hold of an official on the platform (who was not speaking English)to let us know which is coach 6.  
  • "Gare Lyon-Lausanne"    
    My trip for the above is very good. Ground staff were helpful this time, seats were comfortable, convenient and price was reasonable. The cabins however were not clean. Lots of rubbish fell in between and quite dusty, rather unsightly. Regards, Lyn  
  • "poor service"    
    We were among the first to walk up to the train, and almost the last to board. We'd printed out tickets from home, and somehow the electronic format made the train number (turned out to be 11) unreadable. We were sent by one attendee down to speak to another ("he should be right outside"), that we had to wait 15 minutes for him to try scanning our document. Turned out we were all the way back at the front, and that the door there was broken. We ended up having to walk through two sections of first class to reach our second class seats, lugging large luggage with us the whole way. On arriving at our seating, we discovered that my wife and I weren't even seated next to each other, even though we bought the tickets 2 months before!  
  • "Nice rail system"    
    I think the quality of Rail Europe is very good. But I still have to suggest the "Toilet Flush" indication need to be clearly. When I used the toilet, me and my friends take a few time to find the flush button. Thx  
  • "5 -Day Trip"    
    It was the second time that we had taken a Swiss Rail Pass. It turned out to be quite convenient as we had to travel between Geneva, Lusanne, and Zurich, for the 5 days that we spent in Switzerland. What makes ths Pass even better is that it is valid for any mode of public transport, with the only exception being the Metro in Lusanne.  
  • "Super TGV fron Lausanne to Par"    
    We had a wonderful trip from Lausanne to Paris in TGV. Bang on Time every time. Wonderful crew. Smooth reservations thru web. Seats allotted together for family. Surprisingly the fare was higher from Paris to Lausanne than from Lausanne to Paris. The fare is the only thing which is on the higher side i thought. Other wise a great travel. Would travel in TGV Lyria again.  
  • "Good "    
    The trains were good .  
  • "First class travel"    
    It has been an absolute joy travelling in this trip. 4-hour journey ended quickly with no disruption. One of the best travelling experiences i have had.  
  • "Could be better"    
    Notwithstanding the delay of more than 20 minutes to Lausanne, the trip was generally comfortable. The staff are professional and quite helpful.  
  • "Not Bad"    
    Trip was nice, Trains were punctual and clean - this is the only trans-europ trip I have taken so I don't have much to compare it to, but if I was going from country to country again I would definately consider using the TGV service again  
  • "Not perfect - but cheap!"    
    The trip didn't start well - after walking the length of the train to our allocated coach at the rear, we were then ordered off (in French, no translation) and told that the rear half of the train wasn't being used. Having then found unreserved seats after hauling our heavy luggage into the front of the train, half way through the journey, we were once again removed from our seats and told to sit in ones that corresponded to the seat numbers in our original carriage. On top of that, the train left 15 minutes late. But to be fair, the driver did make up a few minutes in the course of the journey, so we didn't arrive too late in Paris. Overall impression - confirms the usual attitude and performance of French railways.  
  • "GOOD"    
  • "Within EXpectations"    
    Preferred mode to air travel between Lausanne and Paris. Breakfast on-board was a nice surprise and it was good. No Wi-Fi, though read somewhere it was available. Seats were really comfy and the ride was quiet. All in, satisfaction for the price paid.  
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