Place and Housing

The Son et Lumiere school will take place at the “École de Physique des Houches” in Les Houches, France.

How to access the school:

By plane

  • Landing in Paris – Charles de Gaulle Airport:

– First, you will need to take a high speed train (TGV) to Lyon.

– Then from Lyon you can take a direct train to St Gervais or take a train to Bellegarde followed by another train to St Gervais.

– Finally from St Gervais, you will need to take a bus to reach Les Houches.

– Final step, a taxi for the last 5 kms from the Les Houches village to the school:

  • Taxi Persault : (+33/0)6-07-27-71-61
  • Cham Taxi: (+33/0)6-07-26-36-62
  • Taxi Carrier : (+33/0)6-22-75-19-37
  • Taxi Plus: (+33/0)6-12-35-30-72

A typical example of this kind of trip can be found here

Alternatively, you can:

– Reach Paris – Gare de Lyon using RER B then RER A (see here for details)

– From Gare de Lyon, you should take a TGV Lyria to reach Geneva

– Then join Geneva Airport with Unireso Train : It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva-Cornavin  by train (every 12 minutes at rush hours).

– Finally, you can reach Les Houches by using one of the shuttle service.

 

  • Landing in Paris – Orly airport:

– Take the Orlyval train to reach Antony,

– Then take RER B to reach Chatelet les Halles, followed by RER A to Gare de Lyon (see here)

– From Gare de Lyon, you should take a TGV Lyria to reach Geneva

– Then join Geneva Airport with Unireso Train : It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva-Cornavin  by train (every 12 minutes at rush hours).

– Finally, you can reach Les Houches by using one of the shuttle service.

 

  • Landing in Geneva

– For traveling between Geneva Airport and Les Houches, you need to take the shuttle service.

– The simplest way is to use a shuttle service (approximately 40 euros up to the school, book at least three days in advance). If you already have your return date, we would recommend to book a return trip.  Click here for a complete view of the different companies. Beware: We do not recommend the Alpybus company (they do not reach the school). Price discounts are available with Mountain Drop-Offs by clicking on this link: MDO discount. Find Mountain Drop-Offs’ meeting point easily in the Geneva Airport please click here.

– There is also a regular bus service between Geneva and Les Houches (only once or twice a day): http://www.coach-station.com. One should then take a taxi for the last 5 kms from the Les Houches village to the school (the total cost is similar to that of the limousine).

By train

  • From Paris:

– From Gare de Lyon, you should take a TGV Lyria to reach Geneva

– Then join Geneva Airport with Unireso Train : It takes only 6 minutes from/to Geneva-Cornavin  by train (every 12 minutes at rush hours).

– Finally, you can reach Les Houches by using one of the shuttle service.