Transports publics de la région lausannoise (TL) [the local public transport network] is well-served, with two metro lines and many bus routes.
TL is part of the MOBILIS payment network, which operates pricing by zones. Depending on how frequently you travel, it may be better for you to purchase a single ticket, a one-day travel card or a monthly or annual season ticket.
Chemins de Fer Fédéraux (CFF) are the main railway company in Switzerland (they operate trains, buses and ferries). You should consult their offers or go directly to their ticket offices for more information.
The “CFF mobile” application enables you to check timetables and buy tickets.
To get the best prices, go to the reduced price tickets website. The half-fare travelcard also offers good value.
Compagnie Générale de Navigation (CGN) is the region’s main shipping company. In addition to day-to-day transport, it offers cruises on Lake Geneva, in Switzerland and France.
Lausanne’s topography offers a real challenge to cycling enthusiasts: the edge of the lake is 555 metres lower than the highest parts of the city!
Nevertheless, the 60 km of cycle routes and the particularly agreeable areas near the lake make cycling an ideal form of transport for short and medium-length journeys in the city and its surrounding area.
Cycles are available free on campus for those registered (PubliBike).
A number of companies have cycles available to rent, including in particular Rent a bike (CFF) or, for long-term rentals ReCycloBike.
Consult these websites for information on the use of motor vehicles:
- Parking rules, speed restrictions, the motorway toll sticker and car hire: Lausanne Tourisme website.
- Administrative and legal information (including on bringing a car into Switzerland and driving licences)
- Car-sharing service Mobility
- Parking on campus (in French)
Switzerland has three international airports: Zurich, Basel-Mulhouse and Geneva. All three are less than three hours from Lausanne by car or train. The closest to Lausanne is Geneva Airport.