The City of Paris
Paris, France's famously cosmopolitan capital city, is one of the world's best-loved and romanticised cities, and one of the largest in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, many observers consider Paris an ideal of modern, urban living - progressive, stylish, arty and bohemian. More densely populated than Manhattan, with two million occupying its compact city centre, Paris nonetheless yields plenty of places where one can relax and reflect - in its suburban parklands, quiet neighbourhoods and vast array of museums. Lovers of food, wine, art, music and fashion flock to experience the exquisite flavours of the city that justifiably holds the title of 'The Capital of Style'. It is adored by the romantics who stroll along the quays of the Seine, explore the delightful boutiques and markets, pass the time in its elegant parks and leafy squares, absorb the abundance of culture or linger over a coffee or candlelit dinner.
Paris city facts
1200 square kilometers
Euro (€, EUR)
GMT +1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October)
French. English is understood in the larger cities, but not in the more remote parts of the country.
Paris city code is 1; to call France from abroad, dial +33. For calls to Parisian numbers from within Paris, dial 01. City/area codes are in use, e.g. 06 for Paris.
220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin or three-pin plugs are standard.
Average temperatures in June vary from 11.6oC (52.9oF) to 22.8oC (73oF).
Paris - Airports
Paris is served by three major international airports, including long-haul and low-cost operators:
- Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), located 23 kilometres (14
miles) north-east of Paris, is the city's largest airport and was one of
the first airports in Europe to have an integrated train system serving
it. One of Europe's most famous airports, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle is
used by a huge number of international and domestic airlines.
The airport has three terminals connected by free shuttle buses and
handle over 200,000 passengers and more than 6000 tons of baggage and
freight daily. Terminal 1 handles international flights, excluding Air
France. Terminal 2 handles Air France and other airlines flying to
European destinations and Terminal T9 handles charter flights
exclusively. Terminal 2 currently has five separate halls and is being
further expanded to an eventual capacity for 50 million people by 2010.
Most major car rental companies, including Avis, Budget,
Citer-Eurodollar, Europcar, Hertz and Eurorent, have facilities at
Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Long-and short-term parking is
available at all three terminals. Disabled passengers also use the same
car parking lots but at a reduced rate.
- Paris Orly Airport (ORY)
Paris’ second airport mostly handles domestic and charter flights,
serving around 30 airlines at its two terminals, South and West. Around
35 million passengers use Orly each year. Orly airport is best accessed
by train on RER Lines B and C – parking at the airport is plentiful
though the 15 kilometre road journey into Paris can be take longer than
expected. Facilities and services at Orly airport include a range of
food and retail outlets, business services and a notable art collection,
and a choice of car rental providers.
- Beauvais Airport (BVA)
Beauvais Airport offers flights to major Central European, Italian and Scandanavian cities with budget airlines including Ryanair and Wizzair. Also flies to Casablanca and Rabat.
Transportation from the Airport to the Congress Hotels
Transportation from Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
The RER B metro line provides four services an hour from CDG to Paris between 5am and 12pm, a journey of around 25 minutes to Gare du Nord train station. Fares from €10.
1. Roissybus offer regular services to Paris Place de l'Opéra – a journey time of around 45 minutes. Fares from around €8.
2. Bus lines 350 (for Gare de l'Est) and 351 (Nation) link Paris to airport terminals 1 and 2, operating every day (note: no nighttime services).
By taxi (upon request):
Transportation by taxi costs 90 EUR per way (maximum 3 persons per taxi) with a journey time of around 30-40 minutes Return transfers can be arranged onsite, directly at the Congress Secretariat.
Transportation from Paris Orly Airport (ORY)
The regular Orlyval light rail service connects passengers via the RER/metro station Antony to Châtelet Les Halles, Charles de Gaulle airport and La Défense – a journey times between 35 and 50 minutes.
Orlybus services connect passengers to the city’s Denfert-Rochereau Métro/RER stop every 15 minutes, taking around 30 minutes to Paris. Regular Jetbus services link Orly airport to Villejuif-Louis Aragon Metro station (line 7). Nightbuses (Noctambus) are also provided.
By taxi (upon request):
Transportation by taxi costs 90 EUR per way (maximum 3 persons per taxi) with a journey time of around 20-30 minutes Return transfers can be arranged onsite, directly at the Congress Secretariat.
Transportation from Paris Beauvais Airport (BVA)
Taxis operate to Beauvais train station (fares from €10) – from there trains run to Paris Gare du Nord, a journey time of around an hour.
Departures every 20 minutes to Paris Porte Maillot metro station – a journey of around one hour. Tickets must
be purchased in advance from the bus ticket point outside the airport.
Passport & VISA Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need visas to enter France for short visits of up to 90 days.
European Union members do not require visas to enter France, and may stay in France without limitation.
All other nationalities can find visa information on the French consulate page