Venue to Compiègne
Compiègne is a nice small city in northern France, situated about 75km north of Paris. One of the most prominent towns in the historical region of Picardie, it has been a royal and imperial residence for centuries. In the recent history, the castle was notably a favourite residence of Emperor Napoleon III; and the forest, one of the most famous and largest in France, still hosts famous archaeological and historical remains, such as the Glade of the Armistice where World War I was formally brought to an end.
How to get there
The closest airport to Compiègne is the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle international airport (aka Roissy-CDG, Paris-CDG, or Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle). Compiègne can then be reached by train or taxi (we do not recommend using the bus due to the amount of time required). Train will require reaching Paris first (via the RER B: Roissy-CDG to Paris Gare-du-Nord railway station, about 25mn, shuttle every 10 or 15mn in the week, fare around 9€), and then taking a train to Compiègne. Alternatively, Compiègne can be reached directly by taxi (likely the quickest option, depending on the traffic).
Landing at the Orly airport will require taking the Orlyval shuttle to Antony (around 10mn, 10,50€), then taking the RER B to the Paris-Gare-du-Nord railway station (around 30mn), and then reaching Compiègne by train (see below). From Orly airport you can also take a taxi (requires about 1 hour and half without traffic — which there always is).
It is also possible to land at the Beauvais airport, but reaching Compiègne from Beauvais can then be troublesome due to the lack of public transport.
Basically, northerners will directly arrive at the Paris-Gare-du-Nord railway station; easterners will arrive at Paris-Gare-de-l’Est, and southerners at Paris-Gare-de-Lyon, both of which being connected to Paris-Gare-du-Nord via subway or RER.
Compiègne can then be reached by train from the Paris-Gare-du-Nord railway station.
From Paris (or Lille) to Compiègne
From Paris, by train
Take a train from the Paris-Gare-du-Nord train station bound for for Compiègne or for Saint-Quentin, which stops at Compiègne (40mn to 55mn depending on the train). The fares are around 13,50€.
From Paris, by taxi
There are a number of taxi services operating between Roissy-CDG and Compiègne; we warmly recommend those proposed by Mr Lepoint:
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The main axis is the A1 highway, which can either be taken from the south (i.e. Paris : head towards Lille, exit 9 “Compiègne sud”) or the north (i.e. Lille : head towards Paris, exit 11 “Compiègne north”).
Reaching the conference location
The conference takes place in the Innovation Center of the Université de Technologie de Compiègne.
About the UTC
The Université de Technologie de Compiègne was founded in 1972 on several sites in Compiègne. Basically, the Benjamin Franklin site, situated in the town center, hosts the main teaching rooms and amphitheaters, as well as some administrative services.
The Centre de Recherches, Pierre Guillaumat, Innovation Center, and Transfer Center are further away from the town center: they host the main research facilities, some administrative services, and a few teaching facilities.
How to get to the conference site
A number of bus lines make it possible to travel through Compiègne in a convenient way. Buses are free of charge (except on sundays). The main lines reaching the Centre d’Innovation are lines 5 and 3 (the latter generally takes a little longer).
The bus times and lines can be found on the page maintained by the town hall’s departments (in french).
Alternatively, an application developed by a former student at the UTC makes it possible to get the bus times; the website also provides a map of the bus lines in Compiègne. A mobile version of the app (in french, for Android) can be downloaded there.
If you’re a strider, you can also get to the conference site by walking, for instance along the Oise river: a public footpath and cycle route connects the town center and the Centre d’Innovation (see map).