Villars-sur-Ollon, Canton of Vaud
An idyllic location for the Micronarc Alpine Meeting, located on a natural balcony with southern exposure in the heart of the Vaud Alps, Villars offers its guests, sports, relaxation and a wonderful panoramic view. At an altitude of 1,300 metres, Villars provides a relaxed setting featuring a spectacular view extending from Lake Geneva to Mont-Blanc.
mAm 2021 will take place at the Hotel Viu, a completely renovated hotel in the heart of the Vaud Alps. Comfortable rooms, modern conference facilities and excellent dining will insure that conference participants will have a enjoyable and convenient stay.
» For information concerning room reservation, please refer to our Accommodation page.
Getting to Villars
» In addition to the information provided below you may also wish to consult the information at the official site for Villars Tourism.
Arrival by plane
For international arrivals, Geneva International Airport (GVA Cointrin) is the closest airport. The total travel time from Geneva airport to Villars by direct train is 2.5 hours, including one short transfer stop (see transfer info below).
Getting the train
Arriving in Geneva and getting to the train is quite easy. Follow the signs in the arrival area to the train station located in the basement of the airport (5 min walk). Direct trains for the Alps leave each hour.
If the weather cooperates you will enjoy a fabulous lakeside ride with a majestic view of the Savoy Alps (F) for almost the entire voyage.
Transfer in Aigle … or Bex
You may take either a mountain train or bus to arrive in the village of Villars.
Important: although the direct intercity trains run every hour, the bus and mountain train run alternately every two hours. Please check in advance for the option which coincides with the train you take from Geneva Airport.
- Transfer in Aigle : Take the bus located just outside the train station in Aigle.
- Transfer in Bex : Take the mountain train in the Bex station.
Train Station to the Congress Hotel
Both the train from Bex and the bus from Aigle arrive at the main train station in Villars.
The Hotel Viu is located just across the street from the train station.
Advance Ticket Purchase
You may purchase (and print) advance train tickets and check the timetable here (use Geneva Airport as your departure station and Villars-sur-Ollon for the arrival station). Please note that directions are similar for arrivals from Zurich airport (ZRH), but the travel time by train to Bex is approximately 3 hours. There are also smaller airports in Bern and Basel as well.
iPhone and iPod touch users may wish to take advanage of the free Swiss Railway app (SBB mobile) which is an excellent way of keeping track of all departure and arrival times (real time data). For users of other mobile devices, you may use the CFF mobile site at www.rail.ch. These applications are free to use, but remember that you may incur roaming data charges depending on your telecom plan in your home country.
Canton de Vaud – Tourism smartphone app.
» A tourism guide smartphone App (iPhone & Android) is available here.