ESF School in High Energy Physics and Astrophysics
Les Houches - Session 87
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Getting to Les Houches

Updated : 02/05/2007
The arrival day is Monday July the 2nd in the afternoon preferably after 4pm.
The school will start on Tuesday July the 3rd in the morning and end on Friday July the 27th at lunch time.
Departure from Les Houches is expected on Friday the 27th after the lunch.


The school site is situated about 5 km from Les-Houches railway and bus station.
If you did not arrange for someone to meet you at the Les Houches train or bus station please take a taxi giving for direction "Le Centre de Physique des Houches". This is a well known place by the local taxi drivers.
You can always call the Les Houches secretariat: +33 [0] 450544069

For a local map, please look on Web site:
If you have problems establishing your travel plans in spite of the travel instructions given below, please contact the organizers at
Travelling by Plane:
The nearest airport to Les-Houches is GENEVA

It is encouraged to use a private Limousine service ATS, Andy Cleaver Transport or the Chamonix Shuttles. The Limousine can be booked 3 days in advance or just the previous day. You should book the limousine yourself using their web page and ask for a shared transfer, you will be ask your credit card number and your flight reference. Select for destination Chamonix Valley or Les Houches but when the ask for the address of you hotel put the adress of the physics center

Ecole de Physique des Houches Cote des Chavants F-74310 Les Houches FRANCE

The Limousine will fetch you at the Airport and drive you to the school.
Travelling by Train:
There is a night train from Paris leaving from Gare d'Austerlitz at 22:25 arriving at Les Houches at 9:05 with a change at St-Gervais-les-Bains-le-Fayet at 8h28
For all trains and some regular buses timetable, please consult:
  • the French train SNCF WEB site: SNCF.
  • the Swiss train CFF WEB site.
In both cases use for departure city Geneve and arrival city Les Houches.

From Geneva airport you have two options (see the CFF site) but the quicker by one hour is to go a city bus till Gare des Eaux-Vives (take the trolley-bus 10 from the Airport until the Bel-Air--the stop on the bridge over the Rhone-- and change to the trolley-bus 16), then train to Annemasse - (La Roche s/Foron) - (St-Gervais-Les-Bains) - Les Houches. Train very pleasant, quite a few, but slow. The other possibility (more expensive) is city bus (or taxi) to Geneva Cornavin, then train on the Swiss side: GVA-Lausanne-Martigny-Chamonix-Les Houches. Extraordinary line from Martigny, well worth taking during day-time.

These two options are given by the Swiss train web site entrering for departure city Geneva and arrival city Les Houches. Geneva bus informations are availaible from the site
Travelling by car:
Driving directions from Geneva to the School of Les Houches are detailled on this google map service.

See as well the Les Houches WEB site under the rubrick "How to come to Les-Houches":
Complementary informations:

please consult the Les Houches WEB site:

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