Currently there is a train strike ongoing in France. It will probably last until the ISCEV meeting, however the days on which the strike takes place are known in advance: June 17th, 18th, 22nd and 23rd.
Here are some recommendations for your transfers to Reims if you arrive at CDG or Orly Airport (indicative timetable which is subject to changes).
- Transfer to Reims Center (click on this link to download an Excel sheet with some suggested transfers, be aware that they may be subject to changes)
Whether by bus or train, all transfers go through Reims Champagne Ardenne train station. From there you take either a train shuttle (included in your train ticket price), or a tram to Reims Centre (Central train station) from where you can comfortably reach almost every hotel by foot. If you arrive with a very late bus (see timetable) you should then make an Email reservation in advance for a taxi (www.lestaxisdereims.com).
For the CDG Airport transfers there are four different solutions
The bus is the cheapest but also the slowest way to reach Reims (in some cases with 2 changes). https://www.goeuro.co.uk
The train is the fastest but on June 17th, 18th, 22nd and 23rd a train strike is expected. However, the bus companies have increased the number of buses travelling. On these days, do not book a train, the risk of the ticket being cancelled is very high.
A car can be hired, the drive to Reims is only about 90 minutes and the car can be parked at the convention center.
A private limousine service can be booked through the Convention center. It can be booked online but it may be expensive (190 euros one way per car with up to 3 passengers, 220 for 4 passengers) http://www.shuttle-paris-airports.com. You can also book Routair (cheaper) but you may have to send an Email (firstname.lastname@example.org), the website (routair.fr/reims) is only in French.
For the Orly Airport transfers it is more complicated
There are only a few bus connections.
There is no direct train connection, it is necessary to reach the Gare de l’Est by local train or bus, not recommended.
The best way is to hire a car or get a private limousine service.
If you arrive in the Centre of Paris, there is no problem to reach Reims by train when there is no strike
However on June 17th, 18th, 22nd and 23rd, there is a bus service from Paris Bercy train station. https://www.goeuro.co.uk
Transfer from Reims to Paris (click on this link to download an Excel sheet with some suggested transfers, be aware that they may be subject to changes)
Visa & Passport
Where to apply ?
To obtain a visa for France, you must contact the visa office of the French embassy or consulate in your country of origin. Depending on the services, it is sometimes necessary to make an appointment beforehand.
List of pieces
When submitting your application, your file must necessarily include all the elements contained in the information notice specific to each type of application, since the list of documents to be provided may vary from one country to another. This notice is most often available on the website of the embassy or consulate to which you are addressing. It should be followed closely because an incomplete file entails a de facto refusal of visa. It should also be noted that application fees must be paid at the time the application is filed.
Among the documents to be provided must be attached a form which must be duly completed and signed by the applicant before it is presented at the counter. For France the form requested is the following:
- The form for applying for a Schengen visa when the intended stay is for a period of 3 months or less. The holder of this visa can then freely move around the countries of the Schengen area during this period.
Most often 60 euros for a short stay visa application. However, in some cases it is possible to benefit from an exemption or reduction of the application fee.
Count 15 days waiting for an answer when applying for a short stay visa. This period may, however, be extended to 2 months in special cases.
Reims is situated in the middle of Eastern France. The city is distant from 130 km from Paris. The climate of Reims " is moderated oceanic wet ". The atmosphere is thus soft and wet.
The average temperature in June is between 11°– 20°Celsius. Visitors should wear summer clothes, a raincoat and an umbrella may also be useful in the rare event of rainfall.
The local currency is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are generally accepted, including American Express, MasterCard, Visa, JCB and Diners Card at restaurants, supermarkets, and shopping centers, but a minimum purchase of 15 € often applies. Taxis charge a 10% administration fee for payment by credit card.
Tipping is common but not mandatory. In restaurants and bars, a 15% service charge is automatically added to the bill. Taxi drivers don't expect tips either.
The electric current in France is 220-240V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs used in France are two pins.
Malls are usually open from 9 am till 7 pm throughout the week. All shopping malls are highly accessible by bus and tram.
Smoking is forbidden in most public areas, governmental buildings & shopping malls. The conference site is a non-smoking ground.
Most hotels have WiFi Access which may be free of charge in some cases.
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