The first thing to do in order to visit the Large Hadron Collider CERN is to book a place on the free guided tour. These book out weeks in advance so be sure to do this at least 6 to 8 weeks before you intend to visit.
The domed exhibition building, LHC at CERN.
The guided tours of the LHC is conducted in groups of just 7 persons:
Go to the CERN site for the calendar of available tours then complete the tour request form.
CERN does close for a few weeks in winter and even in the low season in January, still requires advance booking to secure a place on the LHC tour.
We booked well before we even left on our trip to Chamonix to secure a place. If visiting during the European school term, you'll find it even more difficult. Tours are limited and you can imagine the numbers of school visiting the LHC.
It is easy to get to the Large Hadron Collider as the tram from Geneva stops right outside the reception building. Getting there by car is also straightforward and there's loads of parking in the car park.
By Tram from Geneva:
From the Geneva Railway Station at Cornavin, get the No 18 Tram to CERN. The last stop is at the reception at CERN. The ticket costs about 3.50 CHF (Swiss Francs)
From Geneva Airport:
From the International Airport at Cointrin, look for the bus line Y to CERN
or, catch the buses 23 28 or 57 to Blandonnet, then hop on Tram no 18 to CERN.
Google Maps showing the location of the Domed Exhibition building. Reception at Building 33, is directly opposite the road.
Car From the direction of Switzerland:
Head towards the village of Meyrin, on the eastern outskirts of Geneva, towards the French border. At Meyrin, go along the Route de Meyrin towards St Denis which is just on the other side of the border. But before you get to St Denis, you'll see the Large Hadron Collider CERN facility. The entrance to the LHC reception is in Building 33 on the left hand side, just after the round about. The dome is directly opposite on the right.
There's loads of car parking available close to reception at Building 33, LHC.
If driving from Chamonix, this is the route to follow to get to the LHC.
If not driving from Chamonix, the most efficient way by public transport to the LHC, is the bus or shuttle from Chamonix to Geneva airport. Then follow the instructions as above.
Car From France:
Travel towards St Denis on the border with Switzerland. Just after crossing the border on the Route de' Meyrin, you'll see the CERN facility, with the LHC Reception in Building 33 on the Right. The dome is to your left.