TRAVEL INFORMATION

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Bordeaux is located in the south-west of France and it is easily reached by air, rail and road.

By air: Bordeaux is connected by international airlines to major cities in Europe, and there over 20 flights to/from Paris each day. There are also several low cost airlines that fly to Bordeaux (EasyJet, RyanAir, Vueling,…), as well as chartered flights from international destinations during the summer months. A direct shuttle bus to/from the city center departs every 30 min, and the airport is also served by public transportation. A taxi ride to the city center is about 20 €. Please visit the Airport web site for more information and a list of airlines with destinations that are connected to Bordeaux. (click here)

By Train: The high-speed train (TGV) takes just over 3 hrs to reach Bordeaux from downtown Paris (Gare Montparnasse) with trains departing roughly every 45 – 60 min. There is another train line (also TGV) that directly connects Bordeaux to the Roissy – Charles de Gaulle international airport in Paris in 4 hr. For specific departure times and other destinations, please visit the SNCF web site. (click here)

By Car: Bordeaux is ca. 6 hrs from Paris along motorway A10 that crosses the famous Loire valley and its Châteaux. It is also about 6 hrs from Lyon and 5 hrs from Madrid.

In Bordeaux: The medieval hyper center is easily covered on foot, and it is bustling with restaurants, bars, and small shops. The riverside (quais) and the Place des Quinconces are the sites for special attractions and will be very active during the World Cup Final (Sunday) and the French National Holiday (Bastille Day, July 14th). Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display on the Garonne River Monday evening!

The Bordeaux Convention Center is located North of the city center, about 15 min by public transport. A direct tram line to the Convention Center from the city center is under construction, but will probably not be completed in time for the Symposium. We will have additional specific information on local transport as the conference date nears.

If you have not already done so, please book your hotel as EARLY as possible: July is a very busy tourist time in Bordeaux, and it may be hard to find accommodations at the last moment. The hotels listed on the web site have agreed to extend holding rooms for symposium participants for another week or two, but then they will them up for reservation.

All participants will receive a free bus and tram card (TBC) for the duration of the event. You can use this on any bus or tram in the city. Please visit the TBC web site to plan your itinerary (http://www.infotbc.com)

Many of you have asked wether it is better to choose a hotel downtown or near the conference center. Each option has advantages and inconveniences: If you enjoy night life and staying out late, a hotel downtown is probably the better choice. However, you will need to get up earlier to make the first lecture the next day! Please count on 25 - 30 min journey by public transport from place des Quinconces downtown to the congres site.

We are currently planning to open registration on Sunday (4 PM) at the site of the Welcome reception (Place de la Bourse, downtown). To avoid burdening you for the evening, we will just provide you with the badge and event tickets. You can pick up the conference bag the next day at the congress center. The welcome reception is currently planned at 5 PM and should finish at ca. 7 PM (to be confirmed). This will give you enough time to find a place where to watch the soccer final (kick-off at 9 PM), or somewhere quiet if you’re not interested. Please note that there may be crowds downtown after the game.

Monday is Bastille Day in France, which is a public holiday. Most stores downtown will be open. Trams and busses will run, but at less frequent intervals (Sunday schedule). There will be a firework display on the Garonne river that evening!