Travel Tips

Congress Venue: Aquatis Hotel

ECI XVI will be held at Aquatis Hotel. Aquatis Hotel opened recently and is connected to Aquatis Aquarium. The aquarium is the largest freshwater aquarium-vivarium in Europe. On 3500 m2 Aquatis presents freshwater ecosystems, their flora and their fauna.​​

How to get there

By Plane

The nearest international airport is Genève (Geneva), about 60 km from congress venue. The Genève Airport offers connections to the Swiss and European rail network. The SBB/CFF airport railway station has direct access to the airport Check-in and Arrival levels. All trains stop at Geneva-Cornavin station (city center). Tickets can be purchased at the distributors in the train station (Swiss francs, euros or credit cards), at the station ticket wickets, at Ticket Shop CFF or – on landing in Geneva – in the baggage claim area (Arrivals level). If you continue by metro in Lausanne, buy a ticket until "Lausanne-Vennes", it will include train and metro (approx. CHF 15.00, one way). Note that tickets cannot be bought on the train and fines for traveling without a ticket are very high. Discounted tickets are valid only for a specific train at a specific time, and are not advisable when arriving by plane.

The two other international airports of Switzerland are Zurich and Basel, both about 2h30 away from Lausanne. At Zurich Airport, the train station is located under the airport. A number of trains run directly to 
Lausanne; others will require to change train in Bern (approx. CHF 41.00). Basel Airport is connected to Basel main train station (Basel SBB) by frequent bus shuttles; change train in Biel/Bienne (approx. CHF 39.00).

Geneva and Basel airports have two exists (Switzerland and France). Use the Swiss exit. 





By Train

If you arrive by train, stop at Lausanne station. 





By metro: 

From Lausanne station, take the underground passage to exit "Centre Ville" and the metro M2 to Croisettes and stop at Vennes. The trip takes approximately 10 minutes.




By Bus

Transports lausannois - tl - offers you other alternatives.





By Car

Motorway A9 - Exit 10 Lausanne - Vennes.
Take the Route de Berne towards Moudon/Epalinges then follow signs "P+R Vennes" and "Aquatis".
The entrance to the underground car park is to your right. Parking fee CHF 12.00 per 24 hours.



Switzerland is not part of European Union but is part of Schengen Area. Participants are responsible for obtaining travel documents, including visas, if required. 



Aquatis Hotel is a modern congress center with comfortable, great looking and highly equipped facilities. Besides congress facilities, the hotel complex has 143 rooms, a restaurant with a terrace, parking, a gym and a spa. It has direct access to the M2 metro station, with direct connections to the city center, main train station, and lake shore. Furthermore, it is located at an exit of one of the main motorways of the country. Accommodation for registered congress participants will be available at special rates at Aquatis hotel. NOTE: A number of rooms are blocked for congress participants until 30 April 2019. After that date, room availability cannot be guaranteed.


  • CHF 140.00 per night and per room for single occupancy, breakfast included.

  • CHF 160.00 per night and per room for double occupancy, breakfast included.


The hotel booking form will be sent with the confirmation of Congress registration. Hotel rooms are entirely and exclusively managed by Aquatis Hotel. The organizers have no responsibility in case of any question or problem related to rooms and booking. The cancellation policy is that of the hotel.

We have not negotiated arrangements with other hotels. Other accommodation in Lausanne (hotel, guest rooms, etc) can be found on the link and on numerous internet platforms.



A camping is located a few minutes away on the same metro line as Aquatis Hotel. 

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City Tax CHF 3.10 per person and night. Participants paying the city tax at a hotel in Lausanne receive a free transport card for the whole stay, which allows the use of public transport and access to several museums for free or at a reduced rate.

Special Assistance

A participant who needs special accommodation should indicate her/his needs at the time of registration.  All meeting rooms are equipped and accessible to people with reduced mobility. Early notification is requested. Special dietary requirements will be forwarded to the restaurant but we cannot guarantee that they will be able to satisfy every type of requirements. 

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