The Rugby Groud Guide

Travel & the Stadium

 

 

How to get to the city:  


Air:      There are two main airports that serve Paris.

Roissey Charles de Gaulle is situated to the north of the capital and Orly to the south. The majority of airlines fly to Charles de Gaulle from Britain.

           There are three main ways to get from Charles de Gaulle's two terminals into central Paris:

Line B of the RER train goes right into the heart of the capital via the Gare de Nord railway station.

The airport runs a shuttle bus service called Roissy Bus  which links Terminal 2 with Metro station Opera (on lines 3,7 and 8) The service operates 6am-11pm

Air France also operates a bus service that goes to multiple destinations in the city. They have an English information line: (+33) 1 41568 900

                Paris airports:

                www.adp.fr

                Charles de Gaulle airport:

                (+33) 1 4622280

 

Rail: The easiest way to travel to Paris from the south of England is by Eurostar from London, St. Pancras or Ashford in Kent.

The service takes you to the Gare du Nord, in the heart of the city, where you can pick up the Metro, RER, taxi and bus services.

                www.eurostar.com

               

Road      If you want to hire a car in France you can start on the Eurostar or take a ferry.   There are a handful of ferry operators running between Portsmouth and Caen/Cherbourg/Le Havre, Poole and Cherbourg; Dover-Calais is the quickest crossing and for the travelling sports fan, time can be of the essence.

Eurotunnel takes cars through the Channel Tunnel.

Bear in mind that prices are seasonal, but are for the car, so the more people there are in your vehicle the cheaper per person.

                www.eurotunnel.com

 

Bus:       Eurolines operates coaches from London Victoria coach station to Paris, ending at the coach station on Avenue General de Gaule, Bagnolet.

The journey is not for the faint-hearted as it can take up to nine hours, but it is the cheapest

                www.eurolines.co.uk

 

Road:    Autoroute A1, A3, A86

Those travelling by car are advised to use public car parks in the city and then go to the stadium by public transport.

 

Parking: For those who have reserved parking the car park entrance is near Gate H.

               

How to reach the Stadium

Stade de France is located in Saint-Denis, about six miles north of the centre of Paris, and is probably the best stadium in Europe to get to by public transport.

The stadium is best served by the two RER railway stations,: Stade de France-St Denis on RER D (in the direction of Orry-la-Ville) and La Plaine-Stade de France on RER B  (in the direction of Charles de Gaulle.

Both lines go through the Gare Du Nord for fans arriving by Eurostar while the RER  B also serves Charles de Gaulle airport.

Directions from Stations:

                Both stations are a short walk from the stadium.

Stade de France is also serviced by four metro stations. From each station there is a shuttle bus that takes fans to the stadium, except from St Denis-Porte de Paris, from where the ground is a short walk.

                These metro lines are 4, 12 and 13.

               

The Stadium      Resembling a flying saucer and found 51/2 miles north of Paris in Saint-Denis, Stade de France was built for football's 1998 World Cup. It staged the Final and in 2007 staged the Rugby World Cup Final.                

With its space-age appearance, it is the fifth largest stadium in Europe, holding nearly 82,000 people, although it lacks the bear-pit atmosphere of Parc des Princes where the French national team played most of their matches in Paris from the mid-1970's until 1997.

The distance fans are from the action on the pitch-the stadium was also the venue for the 2003 World Athletics championship-probably does not help in this respect. The stadium has a movable stand that is shifted to uncover part of the athletics track.

The Stade de France hosted the all-French 2010 Heineken Cup Final, when Toulouse edged out Biarritz 21-19, it hosts the annual French Championship Final, and has staged occasional Stade Francais regular season home games , when dancing girls and reduced ticket prices draw near capacity crowds.

 

Stadium Name  Stade de France

Stadium Address:

                Rue Henri Delaunay

                93200 Saint-Denis

                Paris

 

Phone   (33) 892 700 900 (info line) or (33) 1 55 93 00 00

Website               www.stadedefrance.com

Capacity               81,338

               

 

Stadium Tours   Hourly from 10.00 - 18.00

                Tours in English 10.30 and 14.30, apart from event days.

                Adult: 12euros; Concessions and under 12's: 8 euros; under sixes: Free

                Tel: (33) 892 700

 

 

       

 

 

Last Updated April 2014

 

 

 

Copyright Miles & Miles Publishing 2014

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