Travelling to Orléans
To Paris by air:
Most international flights land at Roissy-CDG airport north
of Paris. The simplest and cheapest transport from
there is the RER
(suburban train, not to be confused with the
underground "metro", or with the TGV or other inter-city trains).
Find the RER station at CDG and reach the Austerlitz ("SNCF")
train station in Paris. Instructions for reaching Orléans
from Austerlitz are below.
If your flight arrives at Orly airport (south of Paris) you will
also have to take a bus or RER to central Paris and reach the
There is no public transport from Orly direct to Orléans.
Practical information about Paris airports can be found on the
Aéroports de Paris web page.
To Paris by train:
Times and fares of all trains to Paris can be found on the
SNCF web page.
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To Orléans by train:
Express trains run from Paris Gare d'Austerlitz to Orléans.
Gare D'Austerlitz can be reached on
and the RER
from all Paris rail stations and from Charles de Gaulle Airport.
(From Gare du Nord or Gare de l'Est take the
metro line 5, direction Place d'Italie -- you will reach
Austerlitz in about 10 minutes.)
There is normally at least one train to Orléans
every hour except in mid-afternoon,
and the journey takes just over an hour. Timetables for the
trains between Paris and Orléans (or "Les Aubrais", the station
on the main line, cf. below) can be found from the
SNCF web page.
There are two stations in Orléans -- a central one called
Orléans and a suburban one called Les Aubrais.
Check the departure board at the Gare d'Austerlitz station; if it lists
Les Aubrais but not Orléans, get off at Les Aubrais and wait
for the (free) shuttle train which will take you to the
central station. The shuttle takes about four minutes and does
not require a separate ticket.
A return fare costs about 30 Euros. Tickets are valid on any train, but you
must punch your ticket in one of the orange boxes in the station before
boarding the train.
map of central Orléans below. The "Gare SNCF" is near the top.
To the workshop venue:
The workshop is being held on the campus of
the Université d'Orléans, which is south of the city.
A tram line connects central Orléans to the University -- trams run
every 5-10 minutes and the trip takes about half an hour from downtown.
See the blue line on the map below; the stop near the LIFO building is
called "Université Parc Floral".
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