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ABOVE: Railroad workers give directions at the Lausanne-Flon station of LEB, a railway that serves commuters from towns north of Lausanne.


Arriving by plane. Geneva International Airport (GVA) is the closest major airport to Lausanne. Trains depart from a railroad station in the airport at frequent intervals, reaching Lausanne in 48 to 62 minutes.

Arriving by train. International and domestic trains arrive at Lausanne CFF (the main railroad station), which is uphill from Ouchy at the lower end of the Haute Ville or city center. For schedules, see the Swiss Federal Railways electronic journey planner.

Arriving by boat. Vintage steamers and modern sightseeing boats of the Compagnie Générale de Navigation sur le lac Léman (CGN) serve Lausanne-Ouchy's Place du Port from Geneva, Montreux, Vevey, Evian-les-Bains (France), the Lavaux vineyards, and other points along the lake.

Arriving by car. Lausanne is on the northern shore of Lac Léman, at the junction of the A1 and A9 autoroutes. Plan your driving trip with ViaMichelin.

Lausanne public transportation. Tranports publics de la région lausannoisse, or "TL," operates a network of buses, trains, and trams in and around Lausanne. Its Web site is in French, but the maps and timetables don't require translation. (Also see the Lausanne Metro Map at

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