Since there are numerous airlines and flights from different cities across the globe to Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) or Orly airport, we have not arranged with a particular travel agency for flights to Paris. Good deals can be found online or through different airlines (e.g., Delta, Air France, British Air, Virgin, etc.). Arrival in Paris CDG Airport and Continuing to the
Gare de l'Est Train Station in Paris.
When you arrive in Paris, CDG airport, there are buses, taxis and metro (RER) to Gare de l'Est (east side train station) in Paris to continue your trip to Nancy.
If you catch the metro/train (RER) from CDG, you get off at the north station (Gare du Nord), which is walking distance to Gare de l'Est. RER takes about 30 minutes to reach Gare du Nord. You can buy your RER ticket at the RER station at the CDG airport for less than 10 euros. However, there are several stairs when you arrive in Gare du Nord to get to the street level, and there are no elevators or escalators.
You can take the Gare de l'Est bus from CDG airport at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2 to Gare de l'Est train station in Paris. If you travel by bus from CDG airport to Gare de l'Est train station, give yourself at least three hours between the arrival time in Paris and the train departure time. The Information desks at the airport can provide you with direction and information regarding the bus stop. You pay cash to the bus driver and the fare is below 10 euros.
- Shared and Private Shuttle Vans
As an affordable alternative to the high cost of taxis and other private transportation, Airport Connection offers a fleet of air-conditioned, non-smoking, 8-passenger minivans. The drivers will assist you with your luggage and drive you from any CDG terminal directly to your address in Paris.
You can also travel by taxi to the Gare de l'Est train station. If you arrive at the airport early and can beat the Paris traffic, the taxi ride is about 25 minutes and costs around 38-40 euros (including the charge for one suitcase). Sharing a taxi would be a great idea. There is no need for a tip. One euro will be more than enough.
Services at Charles de Gaulle and Orly
The same services exist at either Paris airport.
Roissy/CDG Airport Information by telephone: +33 (0)1 48 62 22 80
Website for both airports: aeroportsdeparis.fr
Gare de l'Est train station in Paris
The new express train, TGV, from Paris to Nancy takes about 1:30 hours. There are more than 20 trains each day from Paris to Nancy. The train web site for purchasing a ticket is voyages-sncf.com or sncf.com On the sncf.com site, near the top right, there are different flags designating the desired language.
Also, on the sncf.com web site, please designate PARIS EST as the departure city and NANCY 54 as the arrival city. The train tickets start around 40 euros, depending upon the time of the purchase, the travel date and first or second class. There is a discount based on age, below 26 and above 59. Click the desired age group at the lower end on the left side of the first page of reservations. The second class compartments are nice and recommanded.
There are non-express trains from Paris to Nancy, too. Make sure you buy the express train (TGV) tickets. The trip duration of travel is indicated on the train web site. You can purchase the train tickets as early as 3 months in advance.
When the train arrives in Nancy, the announcement is given a short time before arrival, and usually the train stops for only three minutes at the station in Nancy. Please be by the door ready to jump out!
Some of the conference hotels are walking distance from the train station and some are a bit farther. There are taxis right outside the train station. The entire city is serviced by buses and trams.
Nancy is close to Luxemburg, Frankfurt, Brussels, Strasburg and Amsterdam, and your trip can be continued to Nancy via train: 3 hours from Brussels, 1 hour fifteen minutes from German border, 3 hours from Frankfurt, and fifty minutes from Strasbourg. From these cities you can drive to Nancy. For example Luxembourg is about a one half hour drive to Nancy.
Nancy is a multilingual city: French, German, and English.
The weather at the end of June varies from 70-80 F or 21-27 C.
Euro is the official currency. There are major banks, ATM machines, and change bureaus scattered across the city. Change bureaus and banks charge a hefty currency conversation fee. The best rate is obtained by using a debit card at the ATM.
The European Union and Switzerland citizens do not need a visa. U.S. passport holders do not need a visa for a short stay (3 months). For other countries please visit the site: http://www.france.diplomatie.fr/en/ or their web page on Do You Need a Visa
There are numerous restaurants and music clubs in Nancy. Busses and trams run until 1:00 am. The ICN and the conference center (Palais de Congès) are walking distance to major attractions. Nancy is a safe city.
There are numerous web sites for getting information and maps of Paris or Nancy and transportation systems. On the Nancy, France, Office of Tourisme website, just below the logo, there are links to an interactive map, which can be used to locate attractions and sites, and a link to download brochures, with travel instructions. There is also a link under "Practical Information" for "Coming to Nancy" showing incoming motorways.