The Young Researchers Event will take place at the Campus Biotech, right next to Lake Geneva. The venue has multiple event halls and a restaurant. With its unique design and architecture, the Campus Biotech is one of the top addresses for events in Geneva.
The closest tram/bus stops are called "France" (tram stop) and "Mines" (bus stop). There are two ways of getting to the Center from Cornavin train station:
- Take bus 25 or 1 and get off at the "Mines" stop . The bus stops right in front of the main entrance.
- Take tram 15 and get off at the "France" stop, walk downhill for about 100 meters (2minutes), towards the lake, then turn left on "Avenue Blanc". At the end of the street (about 300 meters), you will reach the main entrance of the building at 9 chemin des Mines.
If you stay in a hotel or youth hostel, the fee of your stay includes the "Geneva Transport Card" which allows you to travel free all day on the public transports network. Otherwise, you can take a single ticket (3.50 CHF) which allows you to travel on public transports for 60 minutes. To buy this ticket, press "Tout Genève" on the machine located at each bus / tram stop.
For more information on public transports: see www.tpg.ch
For participants who will attend both the YRE and the CodeJam, we recommend booking accommodation in Lausanne. Further information about public transport can be found at www.tpg.ch.
9 Chemin des Mines
Please note that the information provided on this site has been obtained from several different sources and therefore the organizers cannot accept any responsibility for errors therein.
In Geneva, we recommend to book a room with the Accor Hotel Group.
Alternatively, there is also the option to stay in the French town of Annemasse, located only 4 kilometers east of Geneva. It merges with Geneva city and borders are practically non-existent.
Visit Geneva.info to find out more about transportation from Annemasse to Geneva.
For participants who will attend both the Young Researchers Event and the CodeJam, we recommend to book accommodation in Lausanne, where the CodeJam will take place.
Geneva is easily accessible by air, train or car.
Geneva by plane
The Genève Aéroport is located 5 kms from the center of Geneva. Geneva is accessible by plane from most major European Hubs and is well served by a number of discount airlines.
It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva city centre by train (every 12 minutes at rush hours). The airport railway station has direct access to the airport check-in and arrival levels. All trains stop at Geneva-Cornavin station (city centre).
Geneva by train
Geneva Gare Cornavin train station, often simply called Cornavin, is Geneva's central railway station, located in the north-western part of the city, only 5 minutes walking to the city center. Gare Cornavin Railway station was recently renewed and looks very modern, clean and tidy.
It is connected to many Swiss and European cities.
Geneva by car
Geneva is located at the crossroads of the European motorway network. A perfect city for a perfect city break - or a weekend – on the way from north to south.
The N1 motorway alongside Lake Geneva circles the city and also leads straight into the centre. At the French border in Bardonnex, it joins the A40 towards Lyon and Paris, or Chamonix and Italy.
Access to the Swiss motorways requires a motorway tax sticker (40 CHF), available at post offices, at the border or at garages.
- In town : 50 km/h (some zones 30 km/h)
- Outside built-up areas (national roads) : 80 km/h
- Motorways : 120 km/h
- Public transport: The airport offers free public transport to town (80 minutes tickets to anywhere in the Canton of Geneva by bus or train). Ticket machines are located in the baggage hall, just before going through Swiss Customs. Do not miss the machines, as you are not allowed to re-enter the baggage hall after you have passed through customs.
- Taxi: If you decide to take a taxi, expect a fee between CHF 35.00 and 50.00 depending where you are going in the city centre.
The official language of this part of Switzerland is French. Foreign languages – in particular English – are widely spoken.
Currency, credit cards, banking
The official currency is the Swiss Franc (Fr., SFr. or CHF). The exchange rate is around: 1 EUR = 1,10 CHF. Switzerland is not a member of the euro zone, so you should bring some local currency with you. Most international credit cards (Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, American Express) are also widely accepted. ATMs are available in many locations around the city.
Switzerland is in the temperate climate zone. The weather in September is quite variable. The daily temperature highs range between 15°C to 20°C and lows between 5°C to 10°C. There is always a chance for some precipitation, typically in the form of moderate rain in September. For local weather report and forecast, visit the Weather Channel.
Geneva is in the Central European Time Zone. In the winter months clocks are set at GMT + 1 hour, and in the summer (March to the end of October) GMT + 2 hours.
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. Two-pin electric outlets (220 V, 50 Hz, Type-J) are used. Adapters may be needed.
Please note that the information provided on this site has been obtained from several different sources and therefore the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for errors therein.