Cool Info for Parents in Lausanne, Switzerland

Thursday January 29th, 2015

This & That Week #5 – January 2015

The weather forecast doesn’t look good for the next few days including the weekend. It seems that we will have lots of rain and snow.

  • You may want to take a look at this post for some indoor activities to do with your little ones
  • For the older children, what about movies? I took a look at Pathé Lausanne’s program and it seems that they have a number of children movies playing, including the Madagascar’s pinguins, Paddington, a couple of Japanese animations and the Moomins

Some more interesting info:

  • The Carte Journalière Duo from Coop is back! CHF69 for 2x day-tickets, valid in all public transport systems in CH. On sale until 14 February (while stocks last) and can be used until 1 March 2015. I think they are prefect for day-trips during the February school holidays! Note that at least one of the ticket users must have a valid half-fare card.
  • Disney’s Violetta Live! Three concerts at the Geneva Arena on 21-22 March 2014. Tickets via Ticketcorner or fnac.
  • WWF’s Panda Club has published their new activities for January-May. For 6-12yo. Programs look very interesting and perfect for nature lovers. (Thanks Marcella for info)
  • Similarly, the new programs of ProNature Vaud (Thanks again Marcella)
  • Have you heard: EPFL is the on top of “The 100 most international universities in the world 2015“. UNIGE is #2 and ETH Zurich is #3. The top three are Swiss universities! So awesome!

Finally, and very importantly:

Next Wednesday is the first Wednesday in February.

Those of you who were already in Switzerland last year, do you remember what it means?

It’s the SIRENS TESTING DAY!

It means that at 1:30pm on Wednesday 4 February 2015 you should hear VERY LOUD sound – the sound of the emergency sirens. But don’t freak out, as if the sound was heard on this special day and time, usually between 1:30-2pm, it means everything is OK. Read more about it here.

So yes, you may want to avoid your baby napping during that time, or be ready to cover their ears.

And as a general information, if you hear the sound of these sirens at any other time, you should do these.

OK, that’s it for now. I will be back tomorrow with another post. Take care! x

Thursday January 29th, 2015

Baking Tins Rental: bringBACKform

This was an old post from 2009 that I updated this morning. Enjoy!


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Love baking? Then this is something for you.

bring-BACK-form in Kirchberg, offers baking tin rental by post. This is how it works: you order it online, by email, or by phone. They’ll send you the baking tin within 24h (or later if you wish so). The rent term is 10 days. After you finished your cake, you just send it back to them. The fee is CHF9/baking tin, and add another CHF9 for shipping – a total of CHF18.

I don’t bake much, but seeing their vast baking tin collection (several hundreds different forms!) really made me feel that I should bake more. My little boy would looooooove a Lightning McQueen cake for sure :)

Since 2009 there are more things added in the business. Now there is a physical rental store in Kirchberg (with freshly baked cupcakes) and they also have more baking supplies for sale.

The website only comes in German, but I blasted the URL it in Google translate and while not error-free, the translation was not bad. Otherwise you can always try to send them an email in English or French.

Happy baking!

 

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Solothurnstrasse 4
3422 Kirchberg/BE
Hours: Mo, Tu Wed, Th 13.30-15.30 and Fr 09.00-11.00

*Photograph courtesy of RiRi Trautmann (used under Creative Common License)

Wednesday January 28th, 2015

Snow Fun at Chalet-à-Gobet

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If you still don’t have any plan for this Wednesday school-free afternoon, consider heading to Chalet-à-Gobet. This is the most popular place for snow activities for Lausanne families. Its location at the altitude of 872m guarantees more and longer-lasting snow vs inside the city.

To make it even more fun, a few years ago Le service des sports de la Ville de Lausanne installed a ski lift for (beginner) skiers and snowboarders as well as sled fans. The ski lift operates on Wednesday afternoons, weekends and during the school holidays, when the snow condition is favorable.

Take a look at these photos readers had sent me from last weekend.

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As you can see from the photos, on a beautiful day, you can expect a lot of people there. On the snow there should be enough space for everyone. Parking, however, could be a problem. If you live in Lausanne, consider taking the métro m2 until Croisettes and then a short bus ride to Chalet-à-Gobet.

Warm clothes are a must. In my opinion children must be in snow suit and wear snow gloves/mittens, otherwise they will be too wet and cold too soon. I usually went with snow suit and gloves myself as I love sledding with the kids. Helmet is always a good idea, especially for those who can already ski, snowboard and sled at high speed. Don’t forget to pack some drinks and snacks!

Finally, I leave you with a funny video of a super hero on the ski lift here.

Have fun and stay active this winter!

 

*Many thanks to Kaori and Claire who provided the wonderful photos above

Tuesday January 27th, 2015

Family-friendly cafés & Restaurants (Updated)

This post is originally one of my very first on the blog. Started in 2009, updated several times until the last one in 2011. Four years on, it desperately needed an update!

Lausanne has changed so much since I moved to Switzerland in 2005. Flon was a dark area, invested with warehouses and even worse, prostitution *gasp* at night. But look at it now – bright with lights and booming with family friendliness – great shops, restaurants, cineplex, even ice-skarting rink. And recently we have the Rôtillon area back after complete renovation, and along with it, came many new cafés and restaurants. Still, one of the best moves was the indoor smoking ban in Vaud that took place in 2010 – that alone instantly created many children-friendly restaurants and cafes.

To be honest, we haven’t dined much in restaurants after I quit my job 3 years ago. Now that our babies have grown into ever-hungry mini people, it became too expensive to pay regular restaurant price for 4 mouths with single salary. Thankfully there are many restaurants that are truly family-friendly, offering affordable children’s menu, many are of good quality.

Below are my picks for family friendly cafés and resturants in Lausanne. I try my best to list the pros and cons of each, however it’s what I feel and not necessarily be what you will find. The best thing about updating this post was to find that there are really many more cafés and restaurants that are family-friendly, and this post doesn’t even cover all of them.

Finally, please note that everywhere is breastfeeding-friendly. No one will stare at you for feeding a nutritious food to your baby (at least the Swiss won’t).

BUDGET

Migros Restaurant

Centre Comercial Metropole, Rue des Terreaux, 1002 Lausanne

Pros: Good selections of food, Fruit-salad-dessert bar (pay by the weight), Outdoor terrace (however NOT smoking-free), Coffee, Changing table, Plenty of high chairs, Easy to park stroller, Lots of other parents with babies and children, Wi-Fi, Microwave, Lillibiggs children menu (day-menu + drink + toy/ice cream for chf6.50)

Cons: Changing table in restaurant restrooms is not stroller friendly as you have to go through some stairs. But there is another changing table (at the same level) of the Metropole center. Closed for dinner and on Sundays.

Manora at Manor Department Store (7th floor)

Rue Saint-Laurent 3, 1003 Lausanne

Pros: Good selection of food, cakes and good coffee, Children corner (with plastic playhouse and TV), Changing table (in both female and male restrooms!), High chairs, Outdoor terrace, Lots of other parents with babies and children, Microwave,  Children menu

Cons: The restrooms are small, not so easy to bring a stroller inside if need to change diapers. Wait times for elevator could be long on Saturdays.

Restaurant at Coop City (5th floor) St. Laurent and Coop City St. Francois

Rue Saint-Laurent 24-30, 1003 Lausanne
Av. du Théâtre 4, 1002 Lausanne

Pros: Inexpensive, Asian wok food corner (I’m biased here!), Play area, Changing table, Plenty of high chairs, Terrace, WiFi, Microwave, JaMaDu children menu (up to 9y, chf6.50 + fidelity passport)

Cuppin’s

20, rue du Petit-Chêne, 1003 Lausanne (078 705 13 12)

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Pros: Yummy cupcakes (including gluten-free), Spacious, Healthy food for lunch (organic soup and salad, bagels), High chairs, Changing tablem WiFi, Toys and a Play Kitchen.

Cons: Limited number of tables

The boutique café also offers a shopping area for home and kitchen wares, toys and jewellery – all worth checking!

Bubble Café

Route de Bél-Air 1, 1004 Lausanne (021 311 36 55)

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Pros: Really good selection of home-made cakes, Organic food, Vegetarian available, Environmentally-conscious food, Cozy atmosphere, Outdoor terrace

Cons: Very popular and can be crowded


MID-RANGE

Holy Cow! Gourmet Burger Bar

Rue des Terreaux 10, 1003 Lausanne
Rue Cheneau-de-Bourg 17, 1003 Lausanne

Pros: Two of the best places for burgers in Lausanne. Children menu. High chair and changing table.

Cons: Can be very crowded during meal time (but the service is quick).

See these related post here and here.

Vapiano

Place de la Gare 4, 1003 Lausanne (021 320 48 48)

Pros: Spacious and has lots of tables, good food and coffee.

Cons: Can be very crowded during meal time

Stroller entry through escalator on Place de la Gare or street level entrance on Rue de Petit-Chêne

Crêperie la Chandeleur

Rue Mercerie 9, 1003 Lausanne (021 312 84 19)

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Pros: Very good crêpes; Cute, cozy atmosphere; High chair, Changing table, Toys and books, Crepes are served throughout the day

Cons: Closed on Monday

Reservation is highly recommended for lunchtime.

Les Brasseurs

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Pros: Lovely atmosphere, High chair, Wheelchair accessible, Good food, Mostly known for its artisanal beeer and Flammenkueche, Children’s menu.

Cons: Stairs on entrance and it’s a crowded pub in the evenings so I say bring the children only for lunch :)

This place is rather tight, but we brought our stroller on a Saturday lunch and the waiter kindly found a place to park it – in the section that is closed during lunchtime (see middle photo).

Café de Grancy

Av. du Rond-Point 1, 1006 Lausanne (021 616 86 66)

Pros: Nice, young atmosphere (many students), Free wi-fi, Children’s books and toys, Changing table, Brunch on weekends

Cons: Not so easy to accommodate strollers during meal time (they’re usually packed), but is not a problem at any other time.

Reservation for mealtime (brunch, lunch, dinner) is highly recommended.

Starbucks

Rue Saint-Laurent 19, 1003 Lausanne (021 311 61 51)
Place Saint-François 2, Lausanne (021 320 70 20)
Place de la Gare 2, 1003 Lausanne (021 312 07 02)

Pros: Indoor is smoking-free, Good cakes and coffee/tea, Changing table, Easy to park stroller, Other parents with babies and children, One can practically sit there forever (fantastic for nursing or passing time with a sleeping baby and a good book or laptop), Free Wi-Fi with any purchase.

Cons: Outdoor area is usually packed with smokers

La Nonna

Rue du Maupas 17, 1004 Lausanne (021 646 54 1)

Pros: Inexpensive Italian pasta and pizza. Children menu and high chairs available. They also have many books, toys, crayons and coloring pages. Open on Sundays.


POSH

Restaurant Le Jardin at the Mövenpick Hotel

Avenue de Rhodanie 4 (Ouchy), 1006 Lausanne (021 612 76 12)

Pros: Good fusion food and amazing ice cream, Children’s menu, Crayons and coloring page, Play corner, High chair, Family restroom with changing table and small children’s height toilet.

Cons: Dining can be pricey

Read this post for more.

The Olympic Museum (TOM) Café

1, quai d’Ouchy, 1006 Lausanne (021 621 67 08)

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Pros: Children’s menu, High chair, Changing table, View to the lake and the Alps, Brunch on weekends

Cons: Dining can be pricey, No dinner

Reservation for mealtime (brunch and lunch) is highly recommended.


For even more places, check this post by the Lausanne Guide.

Would you like to suggest other cafés or restaurant for us to try and add to the list? Let me know by leaving a comment!

 

 *I don’t get anything for listing these cafés and restaurants on this post. All opinions are my own.

**I always try to avoid people on my photos, so that most of the photos above may give the impressions of empty cafés and restaurants. They never were, I just photographed the emptier areas :)

Monday January 26th, 2015

Top 10 Reasons Why Swiss Trains are Family-friendly

It may come as a surprise to many that we don’t have a car. Being a family of four and living outside urban areas, some people may find it unimaginable. But we have adapted our lifestyle to it and the excellent public transport in Switzerland has been spoiling us. Here are the reasons why we love and stick with it:

1. The Family Coach and Family Zone

I have blogged about the family coach before. This coach is especially good for going to the airports as these trains passed Geneva as well as Zurich airports. On the lower deck you can leave your stroller and on the upper deck the kids can roam around and play.

On some trains that do not have the space for family coach – the InterCity and InterCity tilting trains, there are family zones, complete with board games. More info here.

2.The GA and Half-Fare Cards, Junior and Grandchildren Cards, Voie7, etc.

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Taking trains in Switzerland can be expensive. Thank goodness there are many options to travel cheaper on the train. In general baby and young children younger than 6 travel for free, while older kids 6-16y pay 50%. The adults can use a General Abonnement or Half-Fare Cards to reduce the fare. Then there are the 1-Day travelpass (from chf16), Junior and Grandchildren cards (chf30/year), which allow the children (age 6-16) to travel at no extra cost with an adult, parent or grandparent who holds valid tickets (more info).

There is also Voie7 for the young adults (age 16-25), which I think may be something worth to get even when they don’t travel much with trains. This card offers them free or cheap travel during the night (7pm-5am). That means they can always go home by themselves, in case they find themselves in a difficult situation such as when the driving friend gets drunk during a night out (and they are too proud to call you to pick them up.)

4. The Cheap Tickets

Perhaps you don’t use public transport often enough for all those cards mentioned above. Or you have grandparents from abroad who would like to take the trains during their short visit in Switzerland. There are cheaper options for them too. Swiss Travel Pass System offers different schemes that may fit your needs. You can add a Swiss Family Card to it (free!) and your children (<16y) travel with you for free. If you have a specific journey in mind, Supersaver ticket is a good option. And finally, my personal favorite: the Carte Journalière Commune sold by the municipals (photo above).

5. The App

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The SBB App is FAN-TAS-TIC! I have it installed on my iPhone years ago and it has made life so much easier. With my WiFi/3G on I can buy tickets anywhere anytime, including tickets for those traveling with me. No more searching for coins or queuing in front of ticket machine. Nor to remember where I put the ticket as it’s in the phone. I only had to register my information and credit card on the website in the very beginning and voilà, the journey could commence! I also use it to check for schedule, as well as info when there were problems or delays. It kept me calm and thus very helpful when traveling with children. The SuperSaver tickets can also be purchased on this app, which is available for iOS, Android, and Windows phones.

6. The space on the trains

The Swiss Trains SBB CFF FFS has modernized many of their commuter trains the last few years and to our benefit, they are more spacious than ever before. I rarely had to fold my umbrella stroller.

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In some trains that don’t have such space, you can use the wheelchair area (usually at one end of the coach. There is a wheelchair sign at the door.) If there was no wheelchair there, you can fold the seat upward and use the space for stroller (as in photo above). We did it many times, and sometimes we asked the person sitting there to kindly move to another seat. It always worked. Of course, if there was a wheelchair, you can’t use it.

7. The baggage service

It has been a life saver for us. There was no way we could handle 4 large suitcases, 4 cabin bags, a stroller and 2 kids on the train to/from the airport without this service. More about it here.

8. The Ticki Park play ticket

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As you can see from the photo above, we have many of these play tickets. My children received them all the time from the ticket inspectors and they adore them. The play tickets are free and can be stamped on the validation machines at the station, or (as my children prefer) can be handed to the inspector to be stamped.

9. The Magic Ticket Club and RailAway offers

Magic Ticket Club is a free online club for kids (<12y) that is run by the Swiss Train. I found it very good, they have interesting educational materials and activities. To be honest though we haven’t used the online platform much as my daughter who is registered in the club hasn’t spent much time yet online. They also send information by post, which is useful as they list the upcoming events in the area, as well as special discount for train travel and visits to certain attractions (museums, zoos, etc).

RailAway is one step further to enjoy the Swiss trains. There you can find combined offers at discounted price – for both public transport AND the entry fee for certain attractions. Their search function can go very specific, so that you can very easily find all family-fun offers closest to you.

10. The punctuality

The trains are usually punctual. So punctual that most time we noticed that they start to roll on the exact 60/0 second. The punctuality does make life easier when traveling with kids as we can plan the journey to the exact minute. Though for trips to the airport we usually take earlier trains, just to be on the safe side.

While there are so many things that we love about the Swiss Trains, there is one particular thing that we hate: the smoking on the platforms. I have been taking trains in Switzerland since 2003, when passengers could still smoke inside(!) the train in the designated coaches. It was then banned in Dec 2005, and the restriction went further into the train stations starting in 2007.  And now while it is forbidden to smoke inside the station building, people can still smoke on the “outdoor” platforms.

It drives me nuts, and sick. I can’t stand smoke and easily get headache from it. And the kids! It’s so annoying that they have no choice but to inhale second-hand smoke. When we travel during rush hours, especially with kids, we have to arrive early on the platform. The platform gets packed with people and there is no way to escape the smoke. I try to avoid rush hours whenever we can, but I really think there should be a smoking ban throughout the station, inside the building as well as on the platforms.

I really reallly hope that the SBB CFF FFS will finally address this problem, soon.

Hope you’ll find this post useful! Do you have anything to add? Please leave a comment!

 

*I received nothing from the Swiss Train for this post. All opinions are my own.

Friday January 23rd, 2015

The Nursery and Playroom in Geneva Airport

Update on 23 January 2015:

The post below was written in December 2011. The nursery and playroom have since undergone a make over. It now has a modern look like in the photo below (kindly sent to me by a reader, Johanna). However they stay at the same location and I believe the overall fun factor remains.

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The nursery and playroom are located at the Mezzanine level in transit/departure area. Look for the baby/bottle sign to find it.


Original post from 2011:

After being so impressed by the nursery and playroom in Zurich airport, I couldn’t pass the similar facility in Geneva Airport. The opportunity came last Christmas Day, when we flew to Budapest for a 10-day holiday.

Although it was smaller than the one in Zurich airport, I was still impressed with the facility. Many different types of toys were available, from the climbing jumping ones, to cooking set, to books.

Here’s an area with playpens and baby gym for the very little ones.

And here’s li’l me in front of one of the bookshelves.

The facility also offered a closed room for changing diapers, complete with wet wipes, a baby bath tub and a mini toilet. If I remember correctly (I’m pregnant, I easily forget nowadays! *grin*), there was also a breastfeeding room.

Better than in Zurich Airport, this nursery and play room was located after the final security check, and in our case just above our gate. That was really great as we could stay there until the last minutes before boarding time.

So, next time you fly with the little ones and still have time to kill at the airports, don’t pass this facility. It’s great!

Nursery hours: every day from 08:00 am to 08:00 pm.
Phone: +41 22 717 71 92

Thursday January 22nd, 2015

Favorite Corners: My Shoes in Flon

I bet many of you agree that shoes belong into the items on your shopping list that just eat the budget. Shoes can be very expensive to buy in Switzerland and with kids having growth spurts all the time, I’m always after good deals. Second-hands is an option but it’s quite difficult to find gently worn shoes for young kids considering how active they always are!

Exactly the reason I am thankful to ever bump into My Shoes in downtown Flon. This shoe store is spacious, and have shoes for everyone – babies, young children, teenagers to adult. All in one level! No need to wait for and squeeze your stroller in an elevator to go to another section.

Another reason why I love this store is that they stock a lot of Elefanten shoes, my all-time favorite brand for my children’s shoes, especially for winter boots. This brand offers very good quality for reasonable price.

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And in this store, they seem to always have some Elefanten shoes on sale. Like this one:

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I’m sure there are even more great deals during sale period. They also have many other brands, such as Geox, Adidas, Nike, Ecco, Timberland etc – the newest models at regular price as well as last years models on sale.

As a perk, they recently started a fidelity card. For each pair of children shoes you buy, you’ll get a stamp. After 6 pairs, your 7th pair will receive a 50% discount. With 2 kids in tow, I’m sure we’ll reach 7th pair soon.

The children’s corner has a TV that seems to play DVDs non-stop. So yes, you can leave your kids in front of it and try some shoes for you too! As I said, it’s all on the same level so it’s easy to keep an eye on them.

Another bonus point: the sales person there was always friendly and helpful. This store is part of Ochsner group so that in case they don’t have the size you’re looking for, they can check the inventory of other Ochsner branch.

 

I hope this tip is helpful and wish you a happy shoe shopping!

*I don’t receive anything for this post. Simply a happy costumer.

Wednesday January 21st, 2015

This & That Week #4 – January 2015

Wow, how is it already the 4th week into the new year??? Anyone already ditching their resolution(s)? ;) No worries, I’m not judging, just asking ;)

I wanted to post this yesterday but got too busy shoveling the snow on our entryway (don’t want the postman to fall on our stairs!) then had a headache (there went my morning). Later in the afternoon meeting my daughter’s teacher’s for her 2nd year assessment (hooray she’s thriving at school!)

So I keep this list short:

  • Little Pastry Chef at Hotel d’Angleterre – Sunday 25 January 2015. You get the chocolate and tea while  they teach your kids to make you dessert. Life’s sweet – literally.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, by HEMU 28 January 2015 at BCV Convert Hall
  • SnowUp Interjurassien. 1 February 2015. A family event around and in the snow. And you can take your time as it’s not a competition!
  • Dance courses offered by Prix de Lausanne(!) 3 February 2015. Classical and contemporary dances for school students in the region. Age 15-18y. Free but limited space. Register until 29 January.
  • TEDx Lausanne will come on 9 February 2015 at Amphimax UNIL. Unfortunately I found tickets really pricey (chf100 for regular public). Can an organizer invite me please? :)
  • Doing your own tax? VaudTax2014 is available for download. Excited, eh? Me neither.

Finally, don’t forget that the ever popular Hot-Air Balloon Festival starts this weekend. And there are more events already listed on the Event page.

Have a lovely snowy rest of the week!

 

Monday January 19th, 2015

You saved the blog!

Good morning readers,

I have a wonderful news to begin the new week with! I received enough donations in my campaign!

Thanks to a kind reader who pointed out that I didn’t need a couple of add-ons in my web hosting subscription AND the sudden rise of CHF value vs US$ on Thursday, at the end I didn’t need chf540 anymore. I only needed chf326.73. And the campaign had raised a total chf340 in 2 days! Hooray!

Here is a list of the donations I received from 16 of you. I removed the names but left the initials to protect their/your privacy.

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You have been most generous and I thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. Blogging can be a lonely job at times but you have shown me that I am not alone as you are there to stand by me. This huge thanks also go to those who had sent me encouraging words, helped spread the words about this blog, “liked” and/or commented on the updates on facebook so that facebook’s algorithm will spread the updates to more followers.

Even more wonderful is that I started getting inquiries about advertisement schemes. Crossing fingers that there will be plenty of ads and other revenues in the future to pay for the blog as well as to give me a much appreciated financial boost :)

Again, thank you! You are fabulous!

bises,

meta.

Friday January 16th, 2015

Transport Lausanne: The Taxibus Matin & Nuit

My husband and I don’t own a car and when we lived in Epalinges (until 2011), we relied heavily on TL and CFF to commute. We are happy with their service and still use public transport to commute until today. So here I’m sharing some of the special services from TL that we have tried and tested, and may not known by some of you who don’t use TL that much. This time I’ll tell you about the Taxibus Matin & Nuit.

Taxibus Matin & Nuit is a special service for commuters who have to travel early in the morning (before the buses and métros begin) and late at night (when they have stopped). As the name indicates, it’s a regular taxi that will pick you up at a TL stop (these taxis have Taxibus signs).

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Taxibus Matin

The taxibus picks you up at any TL bus stop inside the zones 11 and 12.

Pick up hours are:

  • 03h30
  • 04h00
  • 04h30
  • 04h50
  • 05h10
  • 05h30

Drop off in one of these stops:

  • Chauderon
  • Bel-Air
  • St-François
  • Georgette
  • Lausanne-CFF
  • Croisettes
  • Pully-Gare
  • Lutry-Gare
  • Galicien
  • Renens-Gare sud

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Taxibus Nuit

Operating hours:

  • 0h20
  • 0h30
  • 0h40
  • 0h50
  • 1h00
  • 1h30

Pick-up points:

  • Lausanne-Gare (bus stop #1 direction Blécherette)
  • St-François (bus stop church side, in front of kiosk)
  • Bel-Air (stop lines #1, 2, 7 and 8, North side)
  • Chauderon (bus stop North-East side)
  • Georgette (bus stop lines #1, 2, 4, 8, 17 that goes up)
  • Croisettes (on bus area)
  • Pully-Gare (bus stop la place de la gare)
  • Lutry-Gare (bus stop la place de la gare)
  • Galicien (bus stop lines #32, 33 South side)
  • Renens-Gare sud (bus stop lines #31, 32, 33 station side)

Your destination should lie within the network zone 11 and 12.

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These Taxibus Matin & Nuit services are offered everyday. To book, call the hotline 0800 805 805 at least 30 minute in advance. Don’t forget to let the operator know how many people will travel with you. You will need regular ticket covering the zones you’ll be travelling (or a Mobilis subscription) plus a CHF4/person, payable to the Taxibus driver. We found this service a very good value when we had to catch very early train to go to the airport. When we still lived in Epalinges, we used to pay around CHF27 to go to the train station (2010 price). With this service, we only had to pay CHF8 for two (fyi, we both had Mobilis subscriptions). We still had to go to the pick-up point, so that it was less convenient than being picked-up at home, but as the bus stop was only 2 minutes on foot, it was never a big deal.

The links to Taxibus Matin & Nuit are here and here.

For more info and other services, check out TL website.

*Logo courtesy of Transport Lausanne

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