Lausanne doesn't have a major airport (just a small airport reserved just for private aircraft), so most visitors fly to Cointrin Airport in Geneva and then travel on to Lausanne. The train from Geneva leaves for Lausanne every 20 minutes and the trip takes between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the individual train. Call tel. 0900/300-300 or visit for train schedules.

In addition, between late May and late September, a lake steamer cruises several times a day in both directions between Geneva and Saint-Gingolph, Lausanne, Vevey, Montreux, and Nyon. Sailing time from Geneva is about 3 1/2 hours. Round-trip transit from Geneva costs 91F in first class and 67F in second class, with 50% discounts for children 16 and under. For information, contact the Compagnie Générale de Navigation (CGN), 17, av. de Rhodanie (tel. 0848/811-848;

If you're driving, Lausanne is connected by freeway (N1) to Geneva. The Great Saint Bernard tunnel is 113km (70 miles) to the southeast, reached along E2, which becomes E21 during your final approach. The speed limit on most of the highways leading into Lausanne, and throughout the rest of Switzerland as well, is 120kmph (75 mph).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.