University of Paris

Directions, Transport and Travel To and From Paris University
(Paris, France)

Paris is a compact city, which is why many travellers prefer to explore it on foot. A well-supported public transport system is also available for those heading across town. Taxis, trains, and buses are available at almost any time of the day.

Travel by Air

Two main airports serve Paris. The Charles de Gaulle International Airport is the largest airport and is located 23 kilometres to the north of Paris. It handles over 200,000 passengers everyday. The Orly Airport is also one of Europe's busy airports. Both Orly and Charles de Gaulle have very good airport facilities such as duty-free shops, restaurants, car rentals, post offices, hotels, and convenient ground transport support into the city center.

Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) Information - Useful information about Paris (CDG) Airport

Paris Orly Airport (ORY) Information - Useful information about Paris (ORY) Airport

Car Parking

Not surprisingly, parking in Paris is in short supply and expensive. Most students make use of public transport as allocated parking on campus is very limited and is not free. Since the main campuses are located in the heart of the city, parking cannot be adequately provided for and public parking nearby is only practical on a short time basis for those making a visit the colleges, rather than attending classes.

Car Hire

Hiring a car in Paris is only really practical if you are staying in outlying areas and intending on leaving the capital. Parking is in short supply and expensive and only offered by some hotels. The metropolitan transport system, which includes the Metro and local buses, serves the city well and provides access to the campuses from all parts of Paris. Those visiting the university and planning on exploring other parts of France might wish to hire a car, but using it in the city itself is impractical.

Book your Paris CDG Car Rental here.

Book your Paris ORY Car Rental here.

Travel by Trains and Rail

The RER runs the Paris train network, serving both bullet trains and normal trains. The RER also links to the underground Metro rails in the city. The Paris metro has about 300 stations. To estimate your journey time, permit about two minutes per station and add around 5 minutes for each connection.

Travel by Buses and Coach

The Syndicat des transports d'le-de-France or STIF (roughly translated as the 'public transportation authority of Paris') operates 7,400 buses on 1,254 lines in the city and its suburbs. Buses are available from Monday to Saturday starting at 7am to around 8:30pm, but some buses that serve main metro and RER links also operate from until 0.30am. There are fewer buses during public holidays and Sundays.

Travel by Taxi

More than 500,00 people use the more than 15,000 taxis and more than 450 taxi ranks that serve the city of Paris everyday. There are plenty of taxis in the airport, near train stations, and hotels. Visitors can simply hail one on the streets, but it is always better to call ahead and arrange for a taxi by phone. The starting charge is 2. If service is good, it is customary to tip the cab driver around 10 percent of the fare. Credit cards and checks are hardly ever accepted.

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