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How to Fly to Switzerland???

Hey guys,
I'll be studying at University of Lausanne from August on.
Is there an airport for Lausanne? I can't seem to find it in any of the flight websites. Seems like the closest I can get by plane is to Geneva. Would I then have to take the train into Lausanne?

Also, the plane tickets I looked at were for the end of July. The tickets were insanely expensive!! Almost $3000 CDN. I do not have money for this. The weird part was that the plane tickets departing right NOW in June is only ~$800 CDN. How is this even possible?

If anyone knows where to snag good flight deals (I've tried expedia and cheapflights and flightnetwork), please let me know. Or am I making a mistake? $3000 for a single one way flight is way too much.

Thank you for your time.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

Definitely not 3000 CDN. Around 1400 CDN for flight.Return. You fly to Geneva. Train to Lausanne. July is holiday time here therefore expensive

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Hey guys,
I'll be studying at University of Lausanne from August on.
Is there an airport for Lausanne? I can't seem to find it in any of the flight websites. Seems like the closest I can get by plane is to Geneva. Would I then have to take the train into Lausanne?

Also, the plane tickets I looked at were for the end of July. The tickets were insanely expensive!! Almost $3000 CDN. I do not have money for this. The weird part was that the plane tickets departing right NOW in June is only ~$800 CDN. How is this even possible?

If anyone knows where to snag good flight deals (I've tried expedia and cheapflights and flightnetwork), please let me know. Or am I making a mistake? $3000 for a single one way flight is way too much.

Thank you for your time.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

You might also want to look at flights to Zürich. The train takes longer (2 hours and 30 minutes compared to the 50 minutes for the Geneva-Lausanne connection) and is more expensive (72 vs 25 francs), but you might still get a better deal overall.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

The University of Lausanne website does have information about how to get to the university... here

They suggest you could fly to Zurich or Bâle. It might be worth seeing if you could get a cheaper flight to one of those destinations, and then getting the train to Lausanne.

If you do do that, you might want to consider getting a half fare card. You can buy one online and you will save money on your train fare.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

We have two major airports in Switzerland, Geneva and Zurich. Geneva is about 60 km away from Lausanne. Zurich is further away.

July is the middle of the summer holidays, so obviously the plane tickets are much more expensive. If you can wait until September it will be cheaper.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

One way is always over-priced. Book a return ticket as far ahead as you can, with an option of changing the date, or throw away the return part.

www.swiss.com

Eg. Friday 20th July to Zurich from Vancouver. CAD 870 return portion CAD 839.

Check your university calendar to see what might be realistic for taking a short holiday back home...

Try a student travel company in your home country.
eg. http://www.statravel.com/ - they should have an office in canada.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

Here you go...

http://www.skyscanner.ca/flights/yvr...gust-2012.html
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

From the airport, you'll need to take the train to Lausanne. Geneva is closer and the train journey will be cheaper and quicker. To avoid any further surprises, start using sbb.ch to plan all your train journeys within Switzerland.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

Don't use ebookers.ch as they tend to post flights, which are unavailable and jiff you off with taxes.
Don't use Swiss as they are overpriced.


Go to expedia.ca search for suitable flights. Then go to the website of airline, google same flight (you'll notice, that it's cheaper).

I suggest you fly into Zurich and then take the train to Lausanne.

Also, check out the Frankfurt option via www.ltur.ch as they offer discounted trainfares to Switzerland.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

There is an airport in Lausanne. It's in Blecherette, so right above the city. Here's the link: http://www.lausanne-airport.ch/aerop...daffaires.html

But as you can see, it's a tiny airport that doesn't fly commercial flights. Mainly just for private planes or corporate jets.

Your best bet is to fly through zurich or Geneva. I live in lausanne and frequently fly through Geneva and then take the train to lausanne. As said before the tickets are expensive, sorry, its switzerland.

I would def. do a round trip - they're always significantly cheaper. Also i would look into a half price card (demi tariff - go to the railway website Cff.ch) because in the long run, you will save money on all the transportation that you will do.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

buying a one way ticket is nearly always more expensive than buying a return, why not look at buying a return ticket with a changeable return leg, either that or pick a return date when you might be going home, like around thanksgiving or christmas?
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

Hello, welcome in Lausannegeles , that's my hometown!!! haha

Lausanne have a small airplane but it's only for privatjet and helicopter.

True, the tickets are always expensive for come in Switzerland, if you want cheap tickets, you have to make some stop, take a flight from vancouver until Barcelona or London Heatrow or Paris then take a flight with www.easyjet.com until geneva. it's a cheaper way like that!!

Or Try britishairways.com they are good too!!! book ur flight for wednesday like 25july or a thursday it's always the cheapest price!!

After makin the booking agent and takin ur flight, take the train from Geneva-airport to Lausanne it's 45min max!!

I think if you are student you want to save your money so go in http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html maybe u can find sometimes tickets 50% off for travel from geneva airport until Lausanne for the day u arrive!!

Good luck and have a safe trip!!
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

Another option may be for you to fly to Basel (Euroairport Basel-Mullhouse) and take the train from Basel to Lausanne.

If you are flying over from Canada, I would suggest looking to Air France/KLM or British Airways flights. You'll have to change planes in one of the hub cities (Paris / Amsterdam / London-Heathrow), but flights into Basel tend to be chapter than flights into Zürich.

From EAP, there is a bus that takes you from the airport to the Basel SBB train station, then the train ride from Basel via Berne to Lausanne will take about 2.5 hours.
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

Possible, but after 12h flight with stop i prefer to arrive in Geneva and not Basel-Muhlouse for takin 1 bus and after 1 train and arrive in 3h in Lausanne... he will be very tired lol
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

The lowest one-way fare from Toronto to Zurich in July (25th) is currently with Air Berlin (www.airberlin.com) and is approx $900 CAD.
I think this is the best you can get for summertime on a single ticket.

Most airlines discourage buying one way tickets, so try to plan in advance and get a return leg as well (perhaps for Christmas?). You'll save money this way.
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Possible, but after 12h flight with stop i prefer to arrive in Geneva and not Basel-Muhlouse for takin 1 bus and after 1 train and arrive in 3h in Lausanne... he will be very tired lol
The Basel flight suggestion is a lot more sensible than your ridiculous stop halfways and take easyJet" idea. EasyJet won't care if you don't make the connection because your flight is late, and won't care if your bag gets lost.

Not to mention you'll have to get your bag, clear immigration and check in again 40 mins at the latest before your connection departs.

Have you ever ACTUALLY traveled?!
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Re: How to Fly to Switzerland???

The cheapest I found (with seats still available) is CAD 855 from Vancouver to Geneva via Frankfurt with the German airline Condor.

It looks like a fair deal to me and would avoid changing airports, taking long bus rides and who knows what else.

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The Basel flight suggestion is a lot more sensible than your ridiculous stop halfways and take easyJet" idea. EasyJet won't care if you don't make the connection because your flight is late, and won't care if your bag gets lost.

Not to mention you'll have to get your bag, clear immigration and check in again 40 mins at the latest before your connection departs.

Have you ever ACTUALLY traveled?!

come on it's not a drama...

Sorry but Basel it's like Geneva, he gonna have the same or almost the same price for comming here....of course it's better to do without the "ridiculous stop" but he's a student i think that he gonna take the cheapest way for comming here and for that u have more chance to have somthin cheaper when u do stop in an other country with the flight or go in another city and then take easyjet...

ok sometimes they don't have the best service but they have the best price for short flight....personnaly 3years ago, i did geneva-paris with easyjet and paris-miami with AmericainAirlines i paid 570.- for go and 620.- for the return, it was long but i have no regrets
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Have you ever ACTUALLY traveled?!
I have, and the idea is not as ridiculous as you suggest. Especially if the price difference can be a substantial amount not only for a student.

Intercontinental flights are statistically much less likely to be delayed, as the pilot has the capacity to make up a part of the delay on the long haul flight.

Nobody forces the OP to plan a tight connection schedule. One should always account for sufficient time to pass immigration, collect bagage and check in for your next flight and a bit of margin on top of that. This margin could as well be 2.5 hours, so as long as it takes to get from Basel to Lausanne by train.
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I have, and the idea is not as ridiculous as you suggest. Especially if the price difference can be a substantial amount not only for a student.

Intercontinental flights are statistically much less likely to be delayed, as the pilot has the capacity to make up a part of the delay on the long haul flight.

Nobody forces the OP to plan a tight connection schedule. One should always account for sufficient time to pass immigration, collect bagage and check in for your next flight and a bit of margin on top of that. This margin could as well be 2.5 hours, so as long as it takes to get from Basel to Lausanne by train.
i totally agree with you!!! mmh he has now to choose the best way for him...the suggestion of snoopy don't looks bad too :-)
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