CSLP 2012 will take place at LIFO, the Computer Science laboratory of the University of Orléans, France. Orléans is located in the northern bend of the Loire river, it belongs to the Vallee de la Loire sector, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Orléans is located 120 kilometers south-west of Paris, it is bordered to the north by the Beauce region and the national forest of Orléans (500 km²), and by the Sologne region to the south.
LIFO (Orléans Fundamental Computing Science Laboratory) University of Orléans - Bâtiment 3IA 6, Rue Léonard De Vinci - BP 6759 - F-45 067 Orléans Cedex 2 France
Most visitors reach Orléans via Paris, except if travelling from the south-west (Toulouse, Bordeaux). Travelling from Paris to Orléans is easy using one of the many direct trains leaving Austerlitz station.
Paris is accessible from main European cities by high-speed train (TGV) and from remote cities by plane via one of the following airports: Roissy-Charles De Gaulle (CDG), Orly (ORY) and Paris-Beauvais (BVA) (for lowcost flights).
Arriving at LIFO by train (French national railways = SNCF, train station = "gare SNCF")
There are two train stations in Orléans. The first one is "Les Aubrais" a few kilometers to the north of the city centre. The second is the central train station "gare d'Orléans". All trains from Paris stop at Les Aubrais but not always at the gare d'Orléans. But for the few trains not coming to gare d'Orléans there is a tramway line from Les Aubrais to Orléans. Passengers should check their tickets regarding the final destination and alight at Les Aubrais in case of doubt. The Paris-Orléans trip lasts a little more than an hour.
The "La Source" campus and LIFO can be reached by tramway (see below) or taxi from both train stations.
Arriving at LIFO by car
The city is connected by national route 20 (N20) and highways (autoroutes) 71 and 10 (A71, A10).
From Paris or Roissy (CDG airport), take the A10 direction Bordeaux/Nantes. After 100kms, i.e. after the "Orléans nord" exit, take the A71 towards Bourges (NOT Bordeaux). A few kms further, take the Orléans-sud exit signed "Olivet, Orléans la Source" and marked as exit number 2 on this A71. After the toll station go straight east towards Orléans La Source. Go through the commercial area and the two traffic lights. At the third traffic light you will have reached the lower-left corner of the campus (see the map below). LIFO is at the opposite, upper-right, corner about 1km away at the angle of rue de Chartres and rue Léonard de Vinci.
If you arrive by car from the South or South-East there are two possibilities: either follow the A6 in direction of Paris, exit at Montargis and reach Orléans by national roads, or pass through Clermont-Ferrand and exit the A71 at the "Orléans-Sud" exit (see the above description).
Arriving at LIFO by tramway
From any of the train stations (Les Aubrais or Orléans Centre), take the tram A towards “Hôpital de la Source”.
Alight from the tram at the stop “Université-Parc Floral” (Tram tickets are sold at each stop via a ticket machine, a single ticket costs 1,40 €).
LIFO is 50 meters away from the tram stop “Université-Parc Floral”, as indicated on the map below.
You have two options concerning the accomodation: to stay in the city center, or to stay in La Source, close to the campus.
CITY CENTER (Orléans)
CAMPUS (La Source)
HOSTEL (very few rooms available)
The main hotels are listed below. You can also have a look at the list of hotels compiled by the tourism information desk.
The local organizing committee of CSLP 2012 made a deal with the Quality Hotel Orléans Centre:
To get this reservation rate, please mention that you attend CSLP 2012. Please also note that this offer depends on available rooms at the time of booking.
As mentioned above, Orléans is located in the northern bend of the Loire river, it belongs to the Vallee de la Loire sector, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Orléans is located 120 kilometers south-west of Paris, it is bordered to the north by the Beauce region and the national forest of Orléans (500 km²), and by the Sologne region to the south.
Article "36 Hours in Orléans, France" by the NY Times, slideshow available here.