The Festival is situated in Nyon, Switzerland, between Geneva and Lausanne, near the magnificent Léman Lake.
All public transport timetables and fares available on this page in July !
Good to know
- Most regions in west Switzerland will have a rail or coach service, at a special Paléo fare..
- Nyon's six district buses and the NStCM train even offer free of charge service!
- Special night trains during the night in direction of Lausanne, Geneva, Montreux and Fribourg
- TL and TPG buses will be covering the cities of Lausanne and Geneva on arrival of the special night trains.
- A boat ships back to Yvoire.
If you are near the Festival, biking or walking are probably your best bets. The Route de St-Cergue, linking the Festival to the center and train station of Nyon is illuminated the whole way. You’ll only need 30 minutes by foot (maybe a bit more on your way back, hum).
Ecological and practical, the bike is really one of the best ways of getting to and from the Festival. It is also possible to get to the Festival by motorcycle or by scooter.
Four parking areas have been designated for two-wheelers:
- Near the main Festival entrance, behind the box-office, a parking area with stands enabling you to lock your bikes securely (for bicycles only).
- at the Parc Chevalin (coming from the west or by the Route Blanche)
- at the Parc Chevalin (coming from the west or by the Route Blanche)
- at the Parc Chevalin (coming from the west or by the Route Blanche)
Please Note! Parking two-wheelers outside these designated parking areas may disrupt traffic flow or cause obstructions. Badly parked two-wheelers run the risk of being towed away at their owners' expense, just like cars!
Getting to the Festival
In order to guarantee the flow of traffic, please follow the special road signs and any instructions issued by traffic wardens..
- For people coming from Lausanne, it is recommended to get off the motorway at the Gland junction. The Nyon junction is too often saturated.
- For people coming from Geneva it is recommended to get off the motorway at the Nyon junction (junction 12).
Leaving the Festival
At the end of the last concert on the Grande Scène, many people leave the festival site at once, sometimes creating a long wait in the car parks. One solution to avoid this: don’t leave the festival immediately and enjoy the concerts that are still on, or take advantage of the (syrup) bars still open.
Free parking areas for are provided for you. They are situated close to the Festival site. These car parks may be subject to closure in the event of heavy rain. Replacement parking will be provided in the town of Nyon and in surrounding areas and a special shuttle bus service will operate to and from the Festival site.
Please note: any vehicle parked outside the designated areas will be removed at the owner's expense. Tents and caravans are not tolerated in the car parks.
Parking in the town of Nyon
To those people who prefer parking their cars in the town centre, there are several possibilities, as the Perdtemps open-air car park or the main railway station car park. From there, you can reach Paléo Festival free of charge by the Nyon-St-Cergue train.
Six parking spaces situated at the chemin de la Vuarpillière 1 will be equipped with charging terminals for electric cars and made available free of charge to festivalgoers. A dedicated sticker will be needed in order to access this facility. To find out more
We recommend that you use public transport or carsharing. It is not too late to save the planet!
Paléo invites people coming by car to do some car-sharing. There are several solutions available to get users in contact with each other, especially e-covoiturage.
From or to Switzerland:
From or to France:
From or to Germany:
From or to Italy:
Less cars means less traffic jams and less risks!
The Paléo Campsite is open from midday on Monday 17 July until midday on Monday 24 July. Access is limited to Festival ticket and pass holders. On presentation of your valid ticket or pass, you will receive a bracelet from the “Contremarques” window (at the “Accueil” area and at the Robinson) giving you access to the Campsite for the whole week. The bracelet for the 6-day passes is also valid as an access pass to the Camping. Children and young people under the age of 16 who are not accompanied by an adult are not admitted to the campsite.
Please note that all camping material must be installed in the campsite only. Tents and caravans are not tolerated outside the campsite (car parks for example).
Reception, information and left-luggage office
The reception centre at the Campsite is open day and night, 24h/24h. It provides all useful information for life on the campsite, has a lost and found service and can be used as a left-luggage counter for your luggage or valuables (CHF 3.- per object). Smartphones can be charged up with your own charger for CHF 1.-. Shower vouchers are available for CHF 4.- or CHF 16.- for 5 vouchers.
The campsite offers you all essential services during your stay. A bar, a bakery, a grocery store, a bar serving non-alcoholic drinks open 24h/24h, a play area for young and old and a massage and wellness area (“Espace Evasion”) are at your disposal. Firewood is distributed free of charge near the three communal fires, every day from 10.30 a.m. to midday.
Showers and toilets
You have access to paying hot showers for CHF 4.- per shower (CHF16.- for 5 showers). The showers are accessible from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 (noon to 8 p.m. on Monday 17). Vouchers for hot showers are available at the reception centre. Cold showers (free of charge) are located next door.
A number of toilets facilities are at your disposal all over the campsite. Toilets for the disabled, situated at the rear of the campsite, are available on request. Please ask at the reception area.
Assistance, security and safety
In the event of theft or other security problem, please go to the campsite reception. In the event of serious problems or emergencies, the reception centre at the campsite and the first aid unit are there to help you 24h/24h. Assistance and someone to talk are also available at the “Autour de Minuit” stall.
The emergency phone number of the Festival's central security office is: +41 22 365 11 11.
Prevention and restrictions
The installation of makeshift camping structures measuring more than 3 metres in height, of couches and other living-room furniture is forbidden.
Drugs, animals and pyrotechnic objects are prohibited on either the Festival site or the campsite for health and safety reasons. You’ll find more information on the "Health & Safety" page.
An area is reserved for camper vans and caravans, no tents allowed.
Opening hours for camper vans zone: 9 a.m. – 9.p.m. (except for Monday 17 July: noon - 9 p.m.)
Only dormer vehicles will be allowed into this area. Cars, station wagons, commercial vans and any other vehicles not intended for use as accommodation, will not be admitted. Vehicles that are considered to present a risk in terms of safety or hygiene will also be excluded. Cars pulling caravans must leave once they have deposited the caravan. At the checkpoint, situated at the entrance to this area, a sticker will be issued to those vehicles qualifying for access to the zone, in order to make it easier to manage this area of the campsite and also to improve your comfort.
Rubbish and environment
The Festival has adopted a policy based on individual responsibility in the area of environmental protection. Please play your part by sorting glass, PET bottles and cans. The Ecopoint on the campsite can provide you with bags/bin-liners for sorting, and will also be the point where you can bring back your waste. When leaving the campsite, we kindly ask all campers to leave their space free of all litter in order to help our volunteers for the final clean-up. Thank You!
Halfway house between the Festival proper and the campsite, la Pl’Asse is a festive area open to the public every day. In addition to craft and food stalls, it offers a variety of forms of entertainment. It is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. the following morning.
The area close to the Festival possess a small hotel infrastructure, often overbooked during the Festival. Privilege the Festival's free camp site or a hotel in Geneva, Morges or Lausanne. There are also campings in Rolle, Morges and Lausanne. Public transports are always available for all of these locations.
For information on hotels of the area and discover their tourist offers, visit the following websites:
How to pay
Payments in bars, restaurants, and all other stalls are in cash only (swiss francs). Payments with credit cards are only possible in the Paléo Boutiques, at the restaurants and in some specified bars (logo with credit cards).
BCV cash dispensers (in use until doors close) are available outside (near the "Caisse" - cash desk) and on the Festival site (just after the main entrance, on your right, near the Information counter).
Change Euros in Swiss francs
Euros are no longer accepted on the Festival site. Change is possible at the box office, in front of the main entrance.
The Information counter (on the right after the main entrance) and the campsite reception provide a fee-paying left luggage service.
Information counter: CHF 3.- per item and per day.
Campsite reception: CHF 3.- per item.
Exemption from payment
Children under the age of 12 are admitted free to the Festival, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Children from the age of 12: student prices apply. Children under compulsory school leaving age are not admitted to the Festival site after 22:00 in accordance with local laws and police regulations, unless accompanied by a parent or under the supervision of an adult. Moreover, access to the campsite will be refused to young people under the age of 16 who are not accompanied by a parent staying in the campsite.
Situated in the "Entre Deux Mondes", next to the "Info environnement" stall, the stand Esprit Sage-femme "Bar à Bébés" (Midwife Spirit “Baby Bar”) is available to mothers and their young children (0 to 4 years). For example, they will be able to:
- Breast-feed or express their milk in a calm and tranquil setting
- Use the nappy-changing table and receive free nappies/diapers (sizes mini to maxi), as well as organic care products.
- Borrow ESF baby carrier scarves against a deposit or a pushchair.
In addition, the stall includes a protected area in order to provide an emergency obstetrics service, should the need arise.
NB. We would remind you that, in spite of the availability of this service, an open-air festival is not a suitable environment for very young children and would strongly recommend parents not to bring them to the event.
Day nursery "La Luciole" (until 8 years old)
Parents can leave their children, as soon as they are clean, at a nursery maintained by competent staff. Situated in the shade, away from the crowd, this protected area offers games and entertainment to children up to 8 years old. This is a free of charge service! The nursery is open every day until 23:00 (22:00 on Sunday).
Children’s play area "Mielimélo" (6 to 12 years old)
Intended for children aged 6 to 12 years old, this play area is situated in La Ruche, with which it shares the entrance. Imaginative, colourful and brought to life by a team of juniors aged 14 to 18, it will be offering games, workshops and all sorts of shows. Children will be welcome from the moment the festival site opens its doors and until 22:00.
La Plage (12 to 18 years old)
Situated on the upper side of the Festival next to the HES-SO area, "La Plage" (The Beach) is a warm and welcoming area dedicated to teenagers from 12 to 18 years old. They will be welcomed from the opening of the doors until 2:00 in the morning in a pleasant environment with sand, palm trees, deckchairs and a decoration made by a team of young teenagers. Everything is done to create a privileged space, a place to breathe between concerts. This area also offers animations and games. And to quench your thirst without spending too much, a bar offers a number of very affordable non-alcoholic drinks at small prices.
During the Festival until Sunday 23 July
- On the day until closing time: at the Information point
- From the day after, at the Paléo Festival Nyon ticket office (ph. +41 (0) 22 365 10 58)
Opening hours: 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
- For the campsite, at all times, at the Camping Reception (ph. +41 (0) 22 990 40 22)
Opening hours: 24 hours a day
From Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 July at midday
At the Paléo Festival Nyon lost property office (ph. +41 (0) 22 365 11 05)
Opening hours: 10 am – noon and 2 pm – 5 pm (except for Friday 28 July: closing at noon)
From Friday 28 July at midday to Friday 4 August
Service suspended - property transferred to Police NyonRégion for sorting and identification.
From Monday 7 August
Police NyonRégion, place du Château (ph. +41 (0) 22 799 17 17)
Normal office hours.
Paléo offers visitors a free Wi-Fi network. You will be able to access the Wi-Fi for up to 30 minutes.
Recharging your mobile phone
If your mobile phone battery is flat, you'll be able to recharge it at a special recharging counter for free at the Romande Energie stall, located behind La Terrasse. Charging stations are available at the stall. Also, mobile chargers (powerbanks) are on sale in the Paléo Boutiques. For campers, a charging point is available at the Campsite reception point (CHF 1.- / charge).
Are you ready to satisfy your taste buds? The Festival invites you on a gastronomic trip around the world. About 130 food stalls are located in the different quartiers around the Festival and La Pl’Asse according to the type of cuisine on offer.
- Quartier de l'Orient: Middle Eastern and Far Eastern specialities
- Quartier Latin: European and South American specialities
- Quartier des Alpes: local specialities and food from our mountain regions
- Quartier de la Terrasse, des Arches and du Midi: food from around the world
- The "Village du Monde": specialities from Central America
- La Pl'Asse: a wide choice of the various specialties on offer around the Festival site
The Festival delegates the running of bars to local sports and cultural associations form the Nyon area. The bars propose a wide range of drinks: minerals, tea, coffee, fruit juices, beer, wine, champagne and cocktails. This year, we invite you to one of the Pubs of the Village du Monde to taste a wide range of original beers, ciders and wines.
Want to eat in a calm atmosphere, in a charmingly original setting and be served at table? The Festival's six restaurants propose menus reflecting a wide variety of dishes.
The Festival is a place where tens of thousands of people gather each day. By respecting a few rules of caution, all members of the public can contribute to the success of each evening. Should you encounter any problems, do not hesitate to contact a member of the security staff, (easily recognisable by their jerkins).
Emergency phone number of the Festival's central security office: +41 22 365 11 11
An infirmary, covering two main areas of the Festival - the main site (during opening hours) and the campsite (24h/24) - is at your service to deal with any health related problems. The infirmary staff is composed of about a hundred volunteers, all of whom are healthcare professionals. They dispose of appropriate modern healthcare material.
For health and safety and animal welfare reasons it is prohibited to take dogs or any other animals on to either the Festival site or the campsite.
Swiss legislation strictly prohibits the selling, consuming and possession of narcotics, including cannabis. The cantonal drugs squad maintains a presence on the Festival site and on the campsite and prosecutes offenders.
In order to reduce the risk of accidents and fire, the use of pyrotechnic objects (fireworks, smoke flares…) is forbidden on the Festival site, on the campsite and on the car parksIn
The Festival’s prevention policy is based on a global process, which is founded on a strategy of care in the broadest sense. The organisation endeavours to guarantee a visible, attentive and reassuring presence for the public, as well as the capacity to intervene rapidly, effectively and appropriately in the event of any health or safety problem.
The sale of any alcohol to persons under the age of 16 years is prohibited.
The Festival exerts itself to respect all the norms for the hearing protection of the spectators. The cantonal authorities do check of all the concerts. During some concerts, and depending where you are situated, the sound waves can reach 100 decibels. A prolonged exposure to this power can injure your ear drums. It is suggested to use ear plugs. Ear plugs are available for free at all the Information stands, the Camping reception centre and the Festival's shops.
Hearing protections for children are sold at the Festival’s merchandising shops as well as at the “Esprit Sage-Femme” stall.
In case of a sudden crowd movement during a concert, try to move away from the people in the audience who are pushing forward. Pressure in the first few rows of the audience can be very strong. Please don't stand there with small children.
To avoid losing or getting personnal belongins stolen, either near the concert areas or at the camp site, avoid bringing valuable goods to the Festival.
People with disabilities are welcome at Paléo Festival, which provides a certain number of dedicated services and forms of assistance.
A disabled person must be in possession of a ticket. Their helper is admitted free of charge. There’s no need to ask for an invitation, both people enter with the same ticket. In the event of a non-definitive exit from the site, both must obtain a pass-out mark.
Any disabled person is allowed to park their vehicle in the car park HANDICAPÉS (part of the PARKING JURA), near to the main Festival entrance. The car park is on flat ground but not tarmacked. Access is limited to vehicles displaying an official disabled sticker (HANDICAPÉ) or the special permit obtainable from the Festival organisation.
Disabled people enter the Festival via the main entrance (right-hand turnstile, marked ABONNEMENT/HANDICAPÉS). For safety reasons, the service entrance via the level crossing on the NStCM railway line is no longer permitted. Two connected tarmac roads run across the site from East to West, as far as Grande Scène.
Viewing platforms reserved for disabled festivalgoers have been installed opposite the Grande Scène (near the stage production console), In front of the Arches stage, under the Dôme, the Détour and under the Club Tent.
Toilets with special disabled access have been installed in three locations:
- At the side of the road that links the Terrasse and the Balcon (a slightly different location from last year),
- To the right of the Club Tent,
- At the Village du Monde.
All are equipped with a EURO-CLÉ.
The Campsite has toilets and a shower cabin in the zone off-limits to the public. Please ask at the Campsite info desk.
Proposed by Insieme Vaud, the Fondation Echaud and the Fondation Dr Combe, in collaboration with Paléo Festival Nyon.
Situated near the infirmary, L’Entracte is a space dedicated to disabled visitors and their helpers wishing have a rest, enjoy a meal or a drink away from the agitation of the Festival, find a bit of peace and quiet or receive treatment in calm and tranquil conditions. Specialised equipment and professional care are permanently available so that you can be well looked after and fully enjoy your time at Paléo Festival.
Most sponsors at the Festival have installed dedicated disabled access to their spaces.