Meeting Your Trip in La Cure, 2012
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When and Where:
Where: at the La Cure, Switzerland, train station, 3 k from our night’s stop in Les Rousses (on the French side of the border).
When: between 3 and 5p (we wait for the train that reaches La Cure at 16h53 (4:53p). The bike ride to Les Rousses takes 20 minutes, and we use it mostly as a way to size and tune the cycles.
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“Open” train tickets (good on any train) from Geneva to La Cure. Trains run every hour, from both the downtown Geneva rail station and from the Airport rail station, but you must make a connection, in a town called Nyon, on the lake.
Alternate tickets are available from Paris, Zurich, Milan, Frankfurt tickets from outside of Switzerland will be train- specific, valid for travel on the train you requested, and not on any other train. Tickets from Zurich are “open,” and can be used on any train.
The schedule of all available trains can be consulted on line:
If you are arriving via Paris, your ticket(s) will be available to you in our Paris office (see here for opening hours), unless you requested that they be sent to you in advance. Rental items, such as paniers and handlebar bags, can also be picked up in the office (should you not be stopping there, be sure to request that anything you need be brought to you in Switzerland).
If you are arriving via other than Paris (or by special request), your tickets will have been sent to you at home. These may take the form of a regular ol’ paper train ticket, an electronic ticket which you print out on your home computer, or a railpass with accompanying explanation regarding its use.
Travelling to the La Cure
All travel to the La Cure begins with a trip to a railway junction: Nyon.
In Nyon, you catch a little train up into the mountains, operated by a private railway. Here are hints for riding this little train.
Hints for reaching the little mountain train in Nyon follow in separate sections, city by city.
The train that runs up to the La Cure is a 2-car shuttle. It generally runs every hour, though there are rare exceptions. Its route it always the same: it originates in Nyon (connections from Geneva or Zurich), and then climbs to La Cure. The views are spectacular.
To find it in Nyon, leave the platform of your arriving train via the stair or ramp that takes you into the underpass beneath the tracks. You wish to follow the underpass in the direction that leads away from the main station building. Signs may indicate the NStCM, which is the name of the private railway that operates the train to La Cure.
As you exit the underpass, the NStCM station is to your right, down some stairs / escalators, in an underground building. All trains from this station follow the same track, though not all go all the way to La Cure.
But if you mistakenly join a train that does not run the whole line, you have only to get off at its final stop, and await the next one.
La Cure is the final stop for those trains that go there: the railway line goes no further.
Below are instructions on reaching Vallorbe / Le Day from Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Milan....
Travelling from Paris to Nyon, for the mountain train to La Cure
You take a first train to Geneva, and connect there for a second to Nyon.
Either of these sets of instructions may be of help to you:
1. Paris airports to our office.
2. Paris airports to Gare de Lyon.
If you are spending a night in Paris before setting out, and booked it through us, you should also have received instructions on reaching that hotel.
Travel time on the TGV to Geneva is about 3 hours. Geneva is the final stop for all trains which go there, so there is no ambiguity about where to get off. Trains on to Nyon operate every 20 minutes or so (any train headed for Lausanne, Brig, Zurich, Basel....
Travelling from Geneva to Nyon, for the mountain train to La Cure
Service is every 20 minutes or so, from either the Airport rail station, or from the downtown “Cornavin” station (the hotels we usually use in Geneva are across the street from the station). Nyon is not the final stop: journey time is 13 - 20 minutes, depending on whether you are on an express or a local.
Exact schedules can be consulted here: http://www.sbb.ch/en/index.htm.
Travelling from Lausanne / Zurich / Milan...
Zurich or Zurich Airport
Trains run to Nyon every hour, from both the Zurich Airport rail station, and from Zurich Hbf (the main station, downtown). You must read the departure information carefully: none of these trains ends its run in Nyon. The “destination” will be Geneva (“Genf” in German, or “Genève” in French).
Journey time is two-and-a-half hours from downtown, 20 minutes longer from the airport. All trains are equipped with pleasant dining cars for a nice meal (credit cards accepted). Prices are reasonable for Switzerland, though you may find them high.
A frequent bus service runs from Linate airport to the Centrale train station (the last stop for the bus). From Malpensa airport (intercontinental flights), you may either take the hourly train into Centrale, or a bus to Stresa, where the Milan - Lausanne - Geneva trains stop on their way to Switzerland.
From Milano Centrale, trains bound for Geneva depart roughly every 2 hours. You ride one of these as far as Lausanne (±3 hours after leaving Milan) where you connect for a local train to Nyon (another 30 minutes).
If no train for Geneva is proximately scheduled, you may look for a train bound for Basel, Basilea in Italian, and take this as far as Brig, about 1h45 from Milan. Connect there for Nyon.
If you must change trains in Brig, here are instructions to help you get off there: the last stop before Brig is Domodossola. A short while after Domodossola, the train enters a 15-minute-long tunnel under the Simplon pass. When it resurfaces, Brig is 2 minutes away.
To help you get off in Lausanne: the stop prior to Lausanne is Montreux, 15 minutes before you reach Lausanne. Start paying attention when you see a huge lake (Lake Geneva) out the left-hand windows.
There is either a restaurant car, or a sandwich / drink cart on the train. Seat reservations are required to ride all trains on this line.
Finding Your Coordinator in La Cure
He will be the only person at the station.
In an emergency, Les Rousses is 3 k away, across the fields. A long walk with baggage, but you wanted an athletic trip, right?