Travelling to and in Paris


Information about VISA for travelling to France

You do NOT need a visa for France for business, personal visits or tourism if you are:

  • a citizen of an EU country
  • a citizen of Norway, Switzerland, Iceland
  • from a country listed on the Foreign Ministry list
  • not staying more than 90 days

In this case, a passport or ID Card valid for the duration of your stay is sufficient.

For detailed information, read more here

If you should need a visa, please apply early enough to allow sufficient handling time to the authorities.

You may ask the EULAR Organising Secretariat for an official letter of invitation (proof of registration required).

Travelling to Paris

Because of its geographical location, Paris - the gateway to Europe - guarantees optimal accessibility thanks to its consistently reliable network of transport infrastructures (air, rail and road).

By air

With 14'000 flights a week, Paris air transport hub is the largest in mainland Europe, serving more than 557 cities in 132 countries. Low-cost airline companies have developed widely in just a few years. 78 cities in more than 30 countries are linked to Paris by these companies. Paris has 4 airports, including 2 international airports, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly.


By train

At the heart of the European rail network Paris can be reached by means of an excellent rail network, which takes travellers to one of the six railway stations situated right in the heart of the city and offering smooth connections with the public transport network.

The principal Paris rail stations broadly serve the following international cities and regions:

  • Gare de Lyon: TGV to South of France and Italy, Lyria to East of France and Switzerland
  • Gare de l'Est: TGV East to Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart or Munich
  • Gare du Nord: Thalys to Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eurostar to London


Individual transfers

From/to both airports as well as from/to the principal train stations, individual transfers can be arranged (on personal expense). Please do not hesitate to contact our local partner


MCI France - Ovation

24, rue Chauchat
75009 Paris, France
Phone : + 33 (0) 1 53 85 82 82
Fax :     + 33 (0) 1 53 85 82 83

From the airports to the city center

Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport/CDG

23 km North of Paris by the A1 motorway (estimated journey time  all means of transport: 45-60 min.)

By shuttle bus

  • Air France coaches Line 2 (CDG to Porte Maillot): every day from 05:45 to 23:00, every 30 minutes
  • Air France coaches Line 4 (CDG/Gare de Lyon/Gare Montparnasse): every day from 06:00 to 23:00, every 30 minutes
  • Roissybus (CDG to Paris-Opéra): Every day from 05:45 to 23:00, every 15 to 20 minutes (every 30 minutes from 22:00 to 23:00)

By train (airport shuttle & RER B)

  • Free airport shuttles departures every day, every 5 to 8 minutes, to RER stations
  • RER B departures, every day from 04:56 to 23:56, every 4 to 15 minutes

By taxi
between EUR 40 and EUR 60.

Paris Orly

14 km South of Paris by the A6 motorway (estimated journey time  all means of transport: 30-35 min.)

By shuttle bus

  • Air France coaches: Line 1 (Orly/Gare Montparnasse/Invalides/ Etoile): every day from 06:00 to 23:30, every 20-30 minutes
  • Orlybus (Orly to Denfert-Rochereau): every day from 06:00 to 23:30, every 15 to 20 minutes

By train (Orlyval (airport shuttle & RER B)

  • Orlyval departures, every day from 06:00 to 23:00, every 4 to 8 minutes
  • RER B departures, every day from 05:08 to 0012, every 4 to 15 minutes

By taxi

between EUR 35 and EUR 50.

Getting around in Paris

Paris' compactness makes walking around it a pleasure, though cyclists can be hampered by heavy city centre traffic. Public transport, run by RATP (Régie Autonome de Transports Parisiens), is cost effective and efficient and includes Métro trains, buses, trams, RER trains and Vélib (Paris bikes).

An advice from the Police

Want to travel safe in Paris? The Paris City Police is assisting you with a couple of advices and guidance in case of  problems.

read more

The Paris Pass


A free transport "Paris Pass" will be given to each registered participant at the congress upon registration, available for the 4 days of the congress. To reach the congress centre take the metro line 1 and get off at the stop "Porte Maillot".

More on the Paris Pass


Fast and inexpensive; travel on the Métro is one of the best ways to get around Paris. Trains on the 15 lines run from 05:30 to midnight. A Paris métro map plus a journey planner tool is available.

RER trains

There are four RER suburban train lines which are best used for longer distance journeys across Paris.


Many of the 60 bus routes go through the tourist areas of Paris. Buses operate from Monday to Saturday from 07:00 to around 20:30. Stamp your ticket onboard. Night buses ('Noctambus') operate across 18 lines from 01:00 to 05:30, running into the suburbs. The Balabus circuits along major Paris tourist attractions including the Bastille, Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Champs-Elysées and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile on Sundays and national holidays through summer months.


Taxis can be hailed in the street, though there are plentiful taxi ranks. Rates are measured in the city centre by kilometre, with higher rates after 19:00 and on Sundays. A fee is charged for each

piece of baggage.


With limited parking spaces and a high volume of traffic, driving a car in Paris is challenging, though useful for visiting the charming, quieter outlying regions and towns near the capital.

The Paris Métro

The Paris Metro

Paris boasts one of the world's safest and most efficient public transportation systems. Trains usually arrive on time; buses are well-appointed and clean, and commuter express ("RER") trains service the city's most important stops in record time.

How to use the Métro, Bus, RER

Online Métro map

Download a Métro map (PDF)

Wikipedia on the Métro

iOS Paris Métro App

How to use the Paris Métro

Métro Ride - Front Cab View

Also see Congress Information