Travel to Paris for RDP'07
Caveat: all information is given to the best of our knowledge at
the time of this writing (March 2007). Travel details and prices are
subject to change.
You should be aware of the different airports of the Paris region when
buying your air ticket. The main commercial airlines mostly connect to
either Charles-de-Gaulle or Orly
airport both of which are well connected by public transport to the
city center. Low-cost carriers may, as well to to the above airports,
sometimes alight at Beauvais airport which has a less
convenient connection to Paris.
for a list of low-cost carriers serving French airports
Also known as Roissy airport.
Most intercontinental and many inter-European flights to Paris arrive
here. Connections to the city:
This airport is mostly used for domestic flights but also for some
international connections, as well as some low-cost carriers (notably
Easyjet). The most important connections to the city are:
This airport is served by some low-cost carriers, notably Ryanair. The
only public transport to Paris is a shuttle bus to Porte
Maillot at the west end of Paris where you have access to the
Paris RER and metro network.
There are high-speed train connections to major cities in France and some
of the neighboring countries. The french name for the high-speed train is
TGV, but sometimes other commercial names are used for international
lines. Notable international direct high speed connections include:
- The recommended means of transport is the commuter train
RER. The ride to Paris takes around 30 minutes, trains leave at
least every 15 minutes. Operates between 5 a.m. and midnight.
Price: 8.10 euros one way.
The first stop in Paris will be
Gare du Nord, from where the train continues southward through
here for a map of the Paris Metro, CDG airport is on the upper
Train stations for RER are Charles-de-Gaulle 1 (for terminals 1 and
3), and Charles-de-Gaulle 2 (for terminal 2). You have to take a free
shuttle bus (line 2) between the train station to terminal 1, the other
terminals are in walking distance from their respective train stations
(but you also can use a free shuttle bus if you prefer).
Note: there seems to exist a brand new shuttle train which replaces the shuttle bus, but I haven't tried it yet.
- The Roissybus bus services serves all three terminal and
goes to Paris Opera from where you have further RER and metro
connections. Busses leave every 15 minutes in the day and every 20
minutes in the evening hours, the ride takes between 45 and 60
minutes. (Price: 8.50 euros one way).
- Taxi: about 50 euros to the city center at daytime, more at night.
Taxis might be stuck in the traffic during rush hours.
There are night train connections (sleeper/couchette) to Rome and various north
Italian cities called Artesia.
- CAV 2007, Berlin, Germany, July 3-7.
- The train ride from Paris to Berlin takes about 9 hours, so it is
probably best to choose one of the low-cost air carriers (see
a list of low-cost airlines serving French airports)
- International School on Rewriting
(ISR 2007), Nancy, France, 2nd-6th July 2007.
- The new
Est high-speed train service, which is scheduled to start on June
10, will connect Paris to Nancy in 90 minutes
- TABLEAUX 2007,
Aix en Provence, France, 3rd-6th July 2007.
- The TGV high-speed train connects Paris to the Aix en Provence TGV
station (which is outside of the town) in 3 hours.
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