Conference Venue:

The conference will take place at the Collège de France in the heart of the Latin Quarter. The Collège is situated on the corner of rue des Écoles and rue St Jacques, accross from La Sorbonne. Stairs lead from rue des Écoles (facing rue Thenard) to the main entrance. The Collège de France address is 11 place Marcellin Berthelot 75005 Paris. See the map (courtesy mappy). or a very large one.

Public transportation:

Paris offers a very efficient public transportation system, including Metro (subway), RER (fast urban train), buses and of course taxicabs.

A standard subway ticket costs 1.30 € (Euros) ; a booklet of 10 (un carnet) costs 10 €. You will need one ticket for a single bus ride or for each access to the subway system (métro and RER section urbaine) with unlimited connections. If you travel outside Paris central area, in particular to and from the airports, you will need a different ticket at a higher price. You may find it worthwhile to buy a Carte Orange Hebdomadaire ( 14.50 Euros), which allows unlimited travel from Monday through Sunday in Paris central area.

Single tickets can be purchased aboard buses, carnets at Tabacs and the entire range of tickets, carnets, day and week passes at subway stations.

For your convenience, here are maps of the transportation system, courtesy of RATP: Metro, RER.

Detailed directions:

Besides the following summary, you can consult the RATP interactive map of the area. The Collège de France is marked by a little book at the address of Place Marcellin Berthelot). Just above the map, the icon , will open a window where you can just type your departure address or metro station and a complete itinerary with schedule will be displayed. A nice example will tell you how to get to the conference on time from the airport.
Directions from Transportation means Directions Estimated duration Estimated cost
Inner Paris Metro line 10, Station Cluny Sorbonne variable 1.30 Euro
RER line B, Stations Saint-Michel or Luxembourg variable 1.30 Euro
Buses Lines 63,86, 87 to College de France
Lines 21,27,38,85 to Les Ecoles
variable 1.30 Euro
Charles-de-Gaulle airport: RER Take the airport shuttle to the RER train station, then any line B train south to Stations Saint-Michel or Luxembourg 60 mins 7.50 Euro
Bus and subway Take the RoissyBus to Opera, then connect to Metro line 7 southbound (dir. Mairie d'Ivry) to Jussieu, then change to Line 10 westbound (dir. Boulogne) 45 to 60 mins 8.20 Euro
Taxi 30 mins 30 Euros
Orly airport: Orlyval and RER Take the Orlyval automatic train to Antony, then change to RER 30 mins 8.80 Euro
Bus and subway Take the OrlyBus to Denfert-Rochereau, then connect to Metro 30 mins 5.70 + 1.30 Euro
Taxi 30 mins 30 Euros
Beauvais airport: Train and metro Train to Gare Saint-Lazare, then change to subway. 30 mins 30 Euros
Taxi 30 mins 30 Euros
Gare du Nord train station RER Line B to Saint Michel 30 mins 1.30 Euros
Taxi 30 mins 15 Euros