Coming to Paris
Paris has 2 main international airports, 7 main lines train stations, and is very well connected to neighboring countries by highways.
The two main airports are “Paris Charles de Gaulle” (code CDG, sometimes also referred to as “Roissy”), and “Paris Orly” (code ORY).
Both have frequent public transportations to the city center (from roughly 5 am to midnight by suburban train – “RER”, and by bus during the night), and it should take you less than an hour to be in the very center of Paris.
If you come from nearby European countries, you may want to use the train. We have only one train company in France, which is the “SNCF”.
Their website in English is here!
Note: you can book Eurostar and Thalys ticket on their website.
The train station you will arrive at depends on where you come from, but they are all in the city center, and well connected to each others through the metro lines.
Paris has very efficient public transportation, the company running it is the “RATP”.
Since you’ll be staying there sometimes, we suggest you to bookmark their website.
They also have an app for iOS and Android.
Here are some general information that could be useful:
- One ticket is 1.9€ (inside the city center)
- One ticket is valid for one journey in the metro, you can have as many connections as you want.
- However if you take the bus, the ticket is only valid for this bus’ ride!
- If you want to travel to (or from) outside the city center (eg: from the airport), you will need a specific fare.
- If you plan on travelling a lot during one or multiple consecutive days, we advise you to take a look to ParisVisite unlimited tickets (valid for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days).
- Metro and Buses run everyday, from 5 am to 1 am.
All the tickets can be purchased from either an automatic vending machine or from a ticket booth (there is some at nearly all metro stops, including of course the airport).
If you are not travelling only in the city center, you can simply select your destination on the vending machine and it will give you a ticket with the correct fare.
Staying in Paris
Being a major tourist destination, the city of Paris offers hundreds of hotel choices ranging from budget to luxury.
Paris is divided in 20 arrondissements (districts) arranged in spiral with the 1st district being at the center. Now the rule of thumb is, the closer you are to the center the more expensive is the accommodation.
Novotel Suites Paris Porte de la Chapelle
Located less than 10 minutes to the Docks de Paris, this hotel is perfect for those who prefer to be very close to the Venue.
We have a coupon for this hotel that offers 10% on the regular rate, breakfast, and option for cancellation.
The code is “RUBIKS”, and you can go directly here to see the rate for a 4 nights stay for WC!
Some rooms can be shared up to 4 people.
Hotel Factory is a booking website with a selection of more than a thousand hotels with preferential prices.
This makes it a good alternative for those willing to enjoy both Paris and the WC, as you will very probably find what you need!
You can book here.
We made a partnership with a selection of hotels that belongs to the Maranatha Hotels Group located around the very touristic Montmartre neighborhood, and close to the metro line 12 which also services the World Championship venue.
Our exclusive discount for the event is 10% off on your reservation (excluding extras); valid on all rates from 12th to 16th July 2017 inclusive.
Please use the following promotional code when booking: RUBIK2017.
The venue of the World Championship will be the Dock Pullman at “Les Docks de Paris”.
It is just a 5-minutes walk from the closest Metro 12 line station “Front Populaire” and around 15 minutes from the Tramway T3b line station “Porte d’Aubervilliers”.
Leisure, Fun and Discovery
What is great about Paris is that almost all tourist attractions can be found in the city itself and all are conveniently accessible by the French subway the “Metropolitan” or more commonly known as the Metro.
Another practical and efficient way to visit the city is by river cruise. A 30 minute to an hour boat ride where you can see famous monuments from the Seine’s river bank.
You can also take a stroll along the right side of the River bank where a long stretch has been opened to pedestrians or get lost into the Bohemian streets of Paris.
And, you may not want to miss what the City of Lights can offer at night like bars, clubs, popular show venues or simply enjoy the sight of lighted monuments. Some museums and art galleries are open until late in the evening.
Here is a schematic map of popular sightseeing places in Paris: