7. Other practical informations

7.1. Swiss Mobile Phone Apps

Here is a list of phone apps that are useful to have:

  • SBB App (Swiss Railway): To look up transport timetables, buy tickets and more!
  • Swisstopo: To plan your hike on the swiss maps, and know your GPS location.
  • Rega: Swiss helicopter rescue service in the mountains - become a member for 30.- CHF / year to be saved for free in the mountains (only in case of serious accident!)
  • Too good to go: Order cheap food that is leftover (from bakeries, restaurants, etc.) 
  • Meteoswiss: official weather app of Switzerland
  • Meteoblue: another useful weather forecast app
  • Swiss Postcard App: to create a postcard from your phone picture(s) and send it to someone for free
  • SchweizMobil: to plan hiking trips
  • SwissMap: another map application for orientation and navigation
  • SLF: to learn about snow- and avalanche conditions



For administrative purposes, you may need to take passport photos in your first few weeks in Lausanne.

You can find photo booths in most train stations where you can do this for around CHF 10.