Practical Information about Les Houches


The total fee covering the  duration of the meeting (26 May to 6 June)  amounts to 850 Euros (for one week, it is 425 Euros) per participant and should be payable to the Secretariat in Les Houches upon arrival (see here).

How to contact the Centre des Houches?

Postal Address:
Ecole de Physique des Houches
La Côte des Chavants
F-74310 Les Houches

+33 -4-50 54 40 69 (from Monday to Friday at office hours)

+33 -4-50 55 53 25


You may contact participants at meals hours (12h30-13h30) (19h30-20h30) by calling the Restaurant at +33 -4-50 54 41 24


The School has the following facilities:

  • a small library with the main scientific journals and some reference books,
  • three working rooms with blackboards and an auditorium for 70 people
  • projectors for standard slides and for transparencies,
  •  a video-tape recorder VHS + monitor multi-system (NTSC, PAL, SECAM),
  • a photocopy machine,
  • a fax,

  • For the Workshop Physics at TeV Colliders  special arrangements have been made as concerns the computing facilities (details will be posted later).


    Your Stay

    Meals are taken at the school dining room. Drinks are not included.

    Coffee, tea (free!) and liqueurs are available at the cafeteria.
    Breakfast : 8:00 am to 8:45 am ; Lunch : 12:30 am ; Dinner : 7:30 pm

    Participants are housed in "chalets". All the buildings have now been renovated. Most rooms are single occupancy (read our warning).

    The cafeteria has a piano, baby-foots and table tennis. A few montain bikes are available.

    Pictures of the Housing and Conference complex at Les Houches.



    Weather is unpredictable (altitude 1150 m), temperature may range from -15 to 5°C in winter and from 5 to 25°C in summer. Sport clothes are preferable. Warm sweater(s), rain gear, good walking shoes and home shoes are necessary.

    Weather in Les Houches and Chamonix (8kms away in the valley...)



    A flashlight is handy at night ; the school chalets are scattered on the mountainside and outside lights may be poor (power failures, storms, star parties).

    Electricity: AC, 50Hz, 220V.



    For those who need a visa, please note that if you intend to come to  Les Houches from Switzerland you need both a Swiss and French visa. A Schengen visa is not valid for Switzerland.

    By Conference Bus:

    Departure from CERN (CH)  :   Monday  26 May at 16.00    Main Entrance B.  Click to view.
    Departure from Les Houches :   Friday 6 June  after Lunch. Arrival at CERN : 17.00 pm.

    By Local  Buses from Geneva:

    From Geneva centre (main bus station) to the Les Houches Village.

          Dep. GVA  8.30  Arr. Les Houches 9.50 (daily)

          Dep. GVA 16.15 Arr. Les Houches 17.45 (does not run on Sunday!)
    Note that because of the G8 summit in Evian the journey may take longer.

    Note however that the service is not convenient. First  it is not frequent. Second, the bus stops in the village which is still 4kms away from the School. If you do not want to climb on foot, we advise you to take a taxi. Fare: about 12 Euros.
    You need to reserve a taxi by phoning: [33] (0) 450 54 41 76 or  450 54 41 09.

    To go from Geneva train station to the bus station

    For a map of Geneva and general information.

    By plane:

    Geneva Airport is 1 hour drive from les Houches. There is a regular bus service between Geneva Centre and Les Houches (see section Local Buses from Geneva).

    It is possible to use a private  limousine service but you need to inform the secretary by e-mail   ten days before with the following informations :
    Flight number, origin, date  and time of arrival.
    Fare:  about 40 Euros

    For further updated information on Geneva Airport see the site of the Airport.

    By train:

    Arrival at Les Houches station, with one change at Saint-Gervais (from France). There is about 10 trains per day between St Gervais and Les Houches. The train Station is about 5 kms from the Centre de Physique (the latter being uphill!!)

    We strongly advise you to take a taxi. You need to reserve a taxi by phoning: [33] (0) 450 54 41 76 or  450 54 41 09.

    Fare: about 12 euros.

    Summer Schedule will be posted here

    For other fares you can consult the French Railways Site for timetable and reservations.

    By road:

    Please note that the G8 summit is being held in Evian. A few crossing points between CH<->F have been closed. The ones that are open all day may be crowded. Please allow for more time if you are driving from Switzerland.

    Les Houches are easily accessible from France (A41 highway), from Switzerland (Martigny and Col des Montets).

    From Geneva and Le Fayet: 8km before Chamonix, 300 m after passing under a tunnel, bear right by the first road out for "Les Houches Les Trabets". When arriving at the cable car station "Bellevue", turn right and continue upwards (roughly 2 km starting from the teleferic). 500m after the cable car station "Prarion", turn left and follow small arrows at crossroads. Continue up to the end of Route de la Côte des Chavants. There you are!

    Click for detailed road maps

    From Chamonix: bear right for "Les Houches-Chef-Lieu", turn right in Les Houches, go ahead at the cable car station "Bellevue". Then proceed as above.

    Cars may be rented from Geneva and from Chamonix, but it is useful to make reservations.

    Beware that the Mont-Blanc Tunnel is closed. Direct access from Aosta to Chamonix is not possible.


    What to do in Les Houches?

    Astronomy: Sky conditions are quite good at the School (when the sky is clear...) despites the lights of les Houches and Chamonix. As an example, here are photos of Sagittarius and of the Hale-Bopp comet taken from the School.
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    The Astronomy Club of Chamonix has good instruments and organizes very nice star parties in the mountains (col de Balme, 2200 m) during summer. Contact Observatoire du Mont-Blanc, 67 Lacets du Belvédère, 74400 Chamonix (Tel: 04 50 53 45 16).

    Ideal for hiking, climbing, .....
    For more see here

    Consult the Les Houches Tourism web page