Guided tours for individuals (fewer than 12 people)

Every year, CERN welcomes almost 100 000 visitors from all over the world, who come to learn about its installations from our official guides.
Guided tours of CERN are free of charge.

A tour is considered to be a tour for individuals when up to seven people take part.
For larger groups, please see the Guided tours for groups page.
For school trips, please see the Guided tours for schools page.

A tour for individuals offers an introduction to CERN, allowing visitors to discover the Laboratory’s history as well as the latest scientific developments. The tour consists of a visit to a historic area of CERN and to the operational centre of one of the experiments. Immersive audio-visual presentations supplement the information provided by the tour guide. Tours are given in either English or French and last around two hours. You will be put grouped with other visitors who have requested the same language, up to a maximum of 24 people per guide.

Please note that the visits to the underground installations are extremely limited and that some site, underground in particular, are not accessible to visitors below 16.

CERN can be reached using the TPG public transport system (Bus Y or Tram 18 – ‘CERN' stop).

Additional information can be found on the Visits Service website.


Monday to Saturday (at different times, depending on the language).


2 hours.

Minimum age



English and French


The meeting point for tours, once confirmed, is the CERN Reception.

How to sign up

It is advisable to book tours as early as possible (up to 15 days in advance) using the online form.
Don’t forget to check the
FAQ page to prepare for your visit.


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