General information

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General information

This page offers practical information for your stay in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Time Zone
Central European Summer Time (CEST) / +2 GMT

The language spoken in Lausanne is French. Switzerland has four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romanche. English is often used as a lingua-franca between the different language communities of the country. The official conference language is English and no translation/interpretation services will be offered.

Call 0844 814 814 or ask at the reception of your hotel.

In emergency situations, you can contact :

  • Ambulance/Emergency: 144
  • Police: 117
  • Fire department: 118
  • Emergency number on the UNIL campus: 115 (landline) or 021 692 20 00 (from a cell phone)

Medical services
Should you need to see a doctor or a dentist, we recommend contacting your hotel’s reception desk who will direct you to the medical professionals assigned to the hotel. If immediate medical attention is required, call the emergency services at 117 (144 ambulance). Emergency medical services (including transportation by ambulance) are not free and you will be billed for any services rendered. Emergency pharmacy – Avenue de Montchoisi 3 (7/7, 07:00 – 23:00), 0041 21 613 12 24.

Telephones international dialing codes
Switzerland: +41

The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz.
Switzerland uses type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.)

Most power sockets are designed for three-pin round plugs. The standard continental type plug with two round pins, applied for many electrical travel products, can be used without a problem. Adaptors are available in most hotels.

Drinking water
The water distributed in Switzerland meets very high-quality standards. Eighty percent of the water comes from underground sources, the rest is taken from the lakes.

Temperatures in Switzerland in May are on the colder side with temperatures between 10°C and 19°C degrees. We recommend bringing a warm coat, and please note rain is common around this time of year.

Distances in Lausanne are given in kilometers.
1.62 kilometers = 1 mile

The currency in Lausanne is CHF. In most areas EUR will be accepted as well.

ATMs & Credit cards
ATMs are common in Lausanne. You can use global ATM locators for Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, and Visa to find your preferred ATMs in Lausanne.

Credit cards
Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are the most commonly accepted credit cards in Lausanne. You should not have a problem using any of these major cards, especially in larger cities or tourist destinations. It is always a good idea to carry some cash on you as well, but do not carry around more than you plan to spend on any given day.

Tipping: Service is included in all prices. However, if the service is great (restaurant or taxi), it is customary to leave a 10% tip.

Health and immunizations
The following vaccinations are recommended for travelers to Switzerland:


  • None


  • Please read the COVID-19 information here.

We also recommend you check this with your local embassy as requirements may change.

LT/Laurent Kaczor
LT/Laurent Kaczor
LT/Laurent Kaczor
LT/Laurent Kaczor