Venue


CONFERENCE VENUE

The conference is hybrid: it will be held simultaneously in Paris and online. Both physical conference and workshops take place in the building Halle aux Farines located in the heart of the site “Grands Moulins” of the Université de Paris.
Entrance : 10 Rue Françoise Dolto, 75013 Paris


ARRIVING IN PARIS

Train stations
Paris has a number of main train stations located inside the city and is very well connected to many other cities in Europe, mostly by fast train (TGV or its international affiliates).

Examples of travel times to/from Paris are approximately: 2 hours 15 min. for London, 1 hour 15 min. for Brussels, 3 hours 15 min. for Amsterdam, 4 hours for Frankfurt, 4 hours for Zurich. See the French train website for train schedules.

Airports
Paris has three airports and is well connected with direct flights from/to many cities. Reaching Paris itself from its airports can be done using RER (suburban metro), bus, or taxi, as detailed below. Some further information on travel from and to the airports can be found on the relevant RATP (Paris transportation authority) page.

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG):

  • RER B reaches central Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport in about 40 minutes, and has a number of stations within Paris, where one can change to various metro lines. The ticket costs 10.30 € and serves until the final metro station inside Paris.
  • The Roissybus goes to the Opera area in Paris in 60-75 minutes and costs 12 €.
  • There is also an airport shuttle to a number of points in Paris. See the airport shuttle webpage.
  • Taxi to Paris costs between 50 and 55 € depending on the destination (flat rates).
  • For further information you may consult also the airport website.

We recommend using from Charles de Gaulle airport either the RER or a taxi.

Orly Airport (ORY):

  • RER B (reached from the terminal by a 6 minute monorail shuttle) leads to central Paris in less than 30 minutes, with various stations inside the city. The ticket costs 12.05 € and serves until the final metro station inside Paris.
  • The Orlybus goes from the Orly airport to Denfert Rochereau in Paris in some 25 minutes and costs 8.30 €. There, various metro and RER lines can be taken.
  • There is also an airport shuttle to a number of points in Paris. See the airport shuttle webpage.
  • Taxi to Paris costs between 30 and 35 € depending on the destination (flat rates).
  • For further information you may consult also the airport website.

We recommend using from Orly airport either the RER, the Orlybus, or a taxi.

Beauvais Airport (BVA):

The Beauvais airport serves a number of low-cost airlines and is further away from the city.

A shuttle bus connects the airport to Porte Maillot in Paris, takes some 75 minutes and costs 17 €. Its schedule from and to the airport is coordinated with flight arrival and departure times. Check with your airline and see the airport webpage.

TRANSPORTATION INSIDE PARIS

Main conference venue and workshops venue: The Halle aux Farines can be reached by the following means of transportation.

Vélib

The Vélib’ Métropole service aims to further the development of new forms of travel across the Île-de-France region that operate alongside existing transport options. Moving around is made much easier thanks to a fleet of bicycles which is 30% electric. With a range of 50km and a top speed of 25km/hour, the electric Vélib’ bicycles represent a genuine alternative to the use of private cars that pollute the atmosphere.
We recommend 1 & 7 Day Passes for occasional users :

  • V-DÉCOUVERTE: A pass valid for 24 hours that allows you to take up to 5 Vélib’ at one time.
    Costs for classic Vélib’ bicycles: 0-30 min = 0€ ; 30-60 min = +1€ ; +60 min = 1€/30 min
    Costs for electric bicycles: 0-30 min = 1€ ; 30-60 min = +2€ ; +60 min = 2€/30 min
  • V-SÉJOUR: A pass valid for 7 days that allows you to take up to 5 Vélib’ at one time.
    Costs for classic Vélib’ bicycles: 0-30 min = 0€ ; 30-60 min = +1€ ; +60 min = 1€/30 min
    Costs for electric bicycles: 0-30 min = 1€ ; 30-60 min = +2€ ; +60 min = 2€/30 min
    Find a docking point here.

Metro

  • Line 14: station Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (5 minutes walk)

RER

  • RER C: station Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (5 minutes walk)

Bus

  • 25, 325: bus stop Watt (less than 5 minutes walk)
  • 89,62: bus stop Porte de France (5 minutes walk)

Public Transportation Tickets

The Ticket t+ is the main one-way ticket for all public transportation within Paris (but not for travel outside Paris such as to/from the airports). It is good for one trip and can be used to transfer from a Metro/RER line to another Metro/RER line or to transfer from a Bus/Tramway line to another Bus/Tramway line, but not to transfer between Metro/RER and Bus/Tramway. It costs 1.90 € and a book of 10 costs 14.90 €.

Tickets can be purchased at automated ticket machines available at most Metro, RER and Tramway stations. Single tickets (which do not allow transfer) can also be purchased directly from bus drivers for a cost of 2 €.

There are also daily and multi-day tickets available, as well as a weekly (Monday to Sunday) card (photo required). For trips outside of Paris (e.g., to and from the airport, to and from Versailles), one needs a special ticket. For more information, see the RATP website. 

To plan your trip you may use (among other tools) the RATP tool or the CityMapper app.

Taxi

Taxi service is of course available in Paris, although it might be sometimes difficult to hail a taxi, especially at rush hours. Better order by phone or internet. Fares inside the city start at 2.60 € (with a minimum per trip of 7 €), with additional charge for a phone or internet order. Some central taxi companies are listed below:

RESTAURANTS

General information

There are many lunch (and dinner) options in the area near the conference venue, ranging from a sandwich or a salad, to a full 3-course meal. At lunchtime on weekdays, many restaurants offer a set menu which includes an appetizer (entrée) and a main course (plat) or a main course and a desert. The choices on the set menu are usually more limited than ordering à la carte, but in addition to the lower price, the service time is often shorter if you order from the set menu options or the day’s dish (plat du jour).

If you choose to eat in a brasserie or a restaurant, expect your meal to take around an hour. If you require a quick lunch, we recommend that you pick up a sandwich or a salad in any boulangerie or in any of the self-service budget options listed below. Note that salads in Parisian brasseries are rather large plates with generous toppings and are popular lunch options.

The local clientele usually eats at around 1PM, and restaurants and brasseries are typically packed at this time. In order to get a table in a restaurant, it would be advisable to make sure to be seated by 12:45. Many restaurants are quite small and may have difficulty to accomodate on the same table groups of more than 4-6 people. If you are eating with a larger group, we recommend that you consider one of the larger restaurants (as indicated below).

You do not need to tip in French restaurants but a small 5% tip is appreciated when waiters take time to translate menus and help with meal preferences.

We list below a number of options in a few areas around the conference venue, with mostly lunch in mind. 

Next to the conference venue (5 minutes walk)

On Avenue de France (10-15 minutes walk)

ACCOMMODATION

We recommend that you book your hotel early, as October is a rather busy period for Paris.
The main conference venue is located in the centre of the 13th arrondissement of Paris, near metro line 14 and RER C. See the Transportation section for more details on transportation to the conference venue.

Hotels in Paris: what to expect

Paris has over 1500 hotels, with an average of 50 rooms per hotel (most have far fewer rooms). 
Below we give some general information about hotels in Paris, as well as a short guide to some neighborhoods and their hotels.

Hotel rooms in Paris are generally small. The official star rating regulates amenities and room size. Double rooms in 4 and 5 star hotels are required to be at least 16 square metres and rooms in 2 and 3 star hotels are at least 9 and 13 square metres. 3 star hotels must have televisions, 4 star hotels must have air conditioning and internet access, 5 star hotels must have room service. Some 2-star hotels can meet most of the 3- or 4-star requirements (such as internet access and television) and can be just as welcoming and pleasant. Hotel pricing depend on the location, and hotels in the central arrondissements (1-8) will typically be more expensive thaN hotels a bit further off the tourist radar. If you require a particular amenity, ask the hotel before making a reservation. Book early if you have a specific hotel in mind.

Even if you have paid in full before arriving, you may be required to pay the “taxe de séjour” (occupancy tax) upon arrival, varying between 1 and 5 Euros per day and per person, depending on the star rating of your hotel.

The (€) signs below indicate approximate rate levels for single rooms: (€) indicates up to 100 €, (€€) indicates 100-150 €, (€€€) indicates 150-200 €, and (€€€€) indicates over 200 €.

Other options

You can find numerous rentals on AirBnB and other sites. Bed and breakfast options can be found on “Gites de France”.

CONTACT US
icalp2022@irif.fr
@ICALPconf