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Emergency call numbers

  • Police: 117
  • Fire department: 118
  • Ambulance: 144
 

CURRENCY

Please note that Switzerland remains with the Swiss franc, usually indicated as CHF. While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices. Merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will most likely be in Swiss francs.

Opening hours

Most banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 12.15 and from 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Credit cards

The safest and easiest form of money are traveler's checks and credit cards. The cards most used are Visa, MasterCard and American Express, but all usual cards are accepted. Many banks in Switzerland have equipped their ATM machines with the CIRRUS or MAESTRO system. Many other Swiss banks offer ATM machines for cash advances with your credit card. It is recommended to have a small amount of cash on hand upon arrival in Switzerland for immediate expenses, i.e. taxies, city transportation etc.

VAT

8 % included in all prices displayed

Tips

Included in all prices

Exchange

By the banks, at the window and by means of ATMs, at railway station and airport exchange offices and in some hotels.

Post offices

Lausanne has numerous post offices. Precise and comprehensive information, particularly about the opening hours of each post office, can be obtained using the dedicated search facility on the official website of La Poste.

Healthcare

For three centuries, Lausanne is renowned world-wide as a town that values its top-class health care services, the excellence of its specialist doctors and state-of-the-art technological equipment. This reputation continues to this day as this welcoming city has made itself a solid reputation as a centre for health care and well-being, as well as being a pole of medical engineering.

Shop opening hours

Monday-Friday

08:00-08:45 to 18:30-19:00

Saturday

08:00-08:45 to 18:00

Sunday and public holidays

Closed, apart from exceptions listed below.

List of public holidays :

    New Year's Day

    01.01.2017

    January 2

    02.01.2017

    Good Friday

    14.04.2017

    Easter Monday

    17.04.2017

    Ascencion Day

    25.05.2017

    Whit Monday

    5.06.2017

    Swiss National Holiday

    01.08.2017

    Bettagsmontag

    18.09.2017

   Christmas

   25.12.2017


Sunday and evening opening times

During the high season from April to October, some general food stores and a pharmacy in the lakeside district of Ouchy are open until 21:45 during the week and on Sundays.

Culture

Museums are closed on Mondays. The entry is free every first saturday of the month.

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