Access, transport and accommodation

The Festival takes place in Lausanne’s centrally located Cité quarter.


Being in the Cité quarter means being at the Festival. All you need do when coming to the Festival is head for Lausanne cathedral – and there you are at the heart of the action.


The tl_live smartphone app lets you purchase tickets, check real time timetables and find the quickest way to the Cité quarter.
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From Lausanne railway station (around 20 minutes’ walk): M2 to Croisettes, alight at Riponne-Maurice Béjart or Bessières.
Approx. every 6 minutes.

From St-François: bus 6 to Sallaz, alight at Bessières. Approx. every 10 minutes.
From Lausanne-Flon: bus 22 to Clochatte, alight at Bessières. Approx. every 10 minutes.

Night Taxibus
Perimeter of TL zones 11 and 12, i.e. Epalinges-Renens-Lutry-Ecublens-EPFL. Board at St-François, Georgette, Chauderon, Bel-Air, railway station.
Every 20 minutes between midnight and 1.20 a.m.
Book by calling 0800 805 805 no later than 30 minutes ahead. Supplement of CHF 4 payable to the driver.
More information on Night Taxibus

Pyjama Bus
Travels between Flon and more than 80 neighbouring municipalities on Friday and Saturday nights between 1 and 4 a.m.
More information on Pyjama Bus

Last mainline trains from Lausanne Sun-Thu:

• Yverdon-Neuchâtel-Bienne: 0.15 a.m.
• Vevey-Montreux-Sion: 11.20 p.m.
• Fribourg-Berne: 11.47 p.m.
• Morges-Nyon-Geneva: 0.51 a.m.

Last mainline trains from Lausanne, Fri & Sat:

• Yverdon-Neuchâtel-Bienne: 0.15 a.m.
• Vevey-Montreux-Sion: 3.12 a.m.
• Fribourg-Berne: 1.30 a.m.
• Morges-Allaman-Nyon-Geneva: all night

Check the Swiss Federal Railways (CFF) timetables for further information:


Need a taxi for an emergency or to save your breath?
Call Taxi Services 24/7 on 0844 814 814.


Consider the environment: offer a lift to other festivalgoers. The Festival de la Cité encourages car sharing.
E-car sharing

Festivalgoers coming by car can use the following central underground parking facilities: Riponne, Valentin and Rôtillon.

Underground parking: Riponne  – open 24/7.

• Parking de la Riponne, Place de la Riponne, 1190 bays
• Parking du Valentin, Rue du Valentin 13, 89 bays
• Parking du Rôtillon, Rue Centrale 28, 180 bays


Lausanne offers a wide variety of accommodation during the Festival, ranging from 5***** hotels to B&B, rural tourism and camping. 

Lausanne Tourism looks forward to being of service. For further information, call 021 613 73 73 or visit Lausanne Tourism