High-performance infrastructures

The canton of Vaud is situated at the heart of a modern network which efficiently links the main cities in Europe by rail and by air. It also has a vast array of land and premises that are easily accessible for entrepreneurs looking to set up business.


With its location at the heart of Europe, its small size, and the performance levels of its infrastructure, Switzerland is close to everything and everywhere. The country benefits from an high-performance public transport network as well as road infrastructure that is just as impressive. More than 10,000 trains run each day on tracks covering 5,000 kilometers, making the Swiss the champions of rail travel. Punctuality is achieved in almost 90% of journeys. The three international airports connect the country with all four corners of the globe, while around 10% of imports come via the River Rhine, from the North Sea down to Basel. The road network in Switzerland is one of the densest in the world, while the postal service is renowned for its efficiency.

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The canton of Vaud can of course take full advantage of these infrastructures:

  • 40 minutes by car or train from the canton’s capital, Lausanne, to Geneva International airport.
  • The latter has direct flights to over 100 destinations and connections to the world’s main hubs.
  • 2 regional airports in Vaud (Payerne and Lausanne-Blécherette) for business jets and freight.
  • 1–2 hours by train from Lausanne to Bern and Zurich; less than 4 hours to Paris or Milan.

Energy and telecommunication sectors

Energy supply is as reliable as it is diversified. The telecommunications network is one of the most developed on the planet: by 2021, each and every one of Switzerland’s 2,202 communities will have access to high-speed Internet with bandwidths of at least 80 Mbit/s.

An excellent health system

In terms of health, the excellence of the Vaud University Hospital Center (CHUV) is world renowned and among the 10 best hospitals globally accord- ing to Newsweek, while the private clinics in the Lake Geneva region have long attracted patients from far beyond the borders of Switzerland.

Strategic economic sites

Businesses are particularly well looked-after, since the canton operates a development policy of strategic economic sites spread across its entire territory, which offer premises that are approved, equipped with facilities, and easily accessible for companies looking to establish themselves there.