COMING TO THE OECD
Registration and identification badges
All delegates and visitors are requested to register with the OECD Security Section and to obtain ID badges at the Reception Centre, located at 2, rue André Pascal on arrival. It is advisable to arrive there no later than 09.00 am; queues often build up just prior to 09:30 am because of the number of meetings which start at that time.
For identification and security reasons, you are requested to wear your security badge at all times while inside the OECD complex.
Delegates travelling on European Union member country passports do not require visas to enter France. All other participants should check with the relevant French diplomatic or consular mission on visa requirements. If a visa is required, it is your responsibility to obtain it before travelling to France. If you need a formal invitation to support your visa application please contact us well before coming to France.
You may bring into France unrestricted sums of foreign currency in the form of traveller's cheques, drafts, letters of credit or other banking instruments which may be exchanged for euros.
Arrival - air
The two main airports serving Paris are Charles de Gaulle (CDG), which is about 30 kilometres or so north of the city, and Orly (about 20 kilometres south). Taxis all have meters and they charge on the basis of the distance travelled plus surcharges for the amount of baggage carried. Fares are more expensive on Sundays and during the night. During the day, it will cost roughly 40 euros from CDG to the middle of Paris and about 30 euro from Orly (please note that these are rough indications only and fares may vary significantly depending on where you go to, traffic, etc.).
Both airports are also serviced by airport buses and trains. An Air France bus runs every 12 minutes from CDG to Porte Maillot and Etoile (Arc de Triomphe) which are both on the western side of Paris. The trip takes about half an hour in good traffic conditions. The Air France bus leaves from outside Exit 34 at CDG Terminal 1 and from the front of each of Terminals 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D and 2F, about half way along the terminal in each case. The Paris Transit Authority (RATP) also runs a service (the “Roissybus”) every 15 minutes from CDG to the middle of Paris. It leaves from outside Exit 30 at CDG Terminal 1. It has several departure points at Terminal 2. They are between Terminal 2A and 2C (Porte 10), between Terminal 2B and 2D (Porte 12), and outside Porte H at Terminal 2F. The terminus in Paris is in rue Scribe, which is close to the Place de l’Opéra and a couple of hundred metres from the Opéra métro station. There is also an RATP service from Orly (the “Orlybus”). It leaves from the front of each of the two terminals at Orly airport (Orly Sud and Orly Ouest) every 15 minutes and its terminus is close to the métro and RER lines at Denfert Rochereau, which is on the southern side of Paris.
The rail system which serves the airports is known as the “RER” and line B runs from both airports through several stations in the middle of Paris. From CDG2, it is a short walk through the terminal area to the RER station, but a shuttle bus (“navette”) is required from CDG1 and from both Orly terminals to the RER station. It is not straightforward to find the navette at CDG1, because it is poorly sign posted. You must go down in the lift between gates 34 and 36 to the lowest level (it is marked “aeroshop”). Go outside the building via the glass doors and you will see the bus stop just over the road. The bus to catch has a sign next to it saying “Train to Paris” in both English and French. The shuttle bus is free and it goes about every 7 minutes. The trip to the train station takes about 5 minutes. All the trains stop at every station within central Paris.
Paris Airports flight schedules and transport connections (Click on "Welcome" at the bottom of the airports home page)
Arrival - train
If you are arriving by train you should be coming into one of the mainline stations which serve Paris. They are all within a few kilometres of the centre and are well served by the métro (subway system) and by taxis. There is a surcharge for taking a taxi from railway stations.
Travel within Paris
The métro (subway system) is a convenient way of travelling around Paris and it is inexpensive to use. Tickets are the same price no matter how far you travel on the métro. They cost 1.40 € each if bought individually, but a cheaper way is to purchase the tickets in books of 10 (“un carnet” - pronounced as “carnay”) for 11.10 €. (Prices are of course subject to change). These tickets are also valid for travelling on the Paris buses. You can change from one métro line to another at the interchanges (“correspondances”) without leaving the system and without needing to use another ticket. However, a separate ticket is required if you change from one bus to another.
Getting to the OECD
The closest métro station to the OECD is “La Muette”, on line 9. As you exit from the station, come up the stairs on the left-hand side rather than the escalator on the right-hand side. At the top of the stairs, avenue Mozart will be on your right and Chaussée de la Muette a couple of metres away on your left. Turn left and cross over Chaussée de la Muette at the traffic lights near the front of the taxi rank. After crossing the street, turn left and walk past the bakery and restaurants until you come to a set of traffic lights next to “Restaurant La Rotonde”. Cross the street and go into rue d’Andigné. Walk to the end of this street, turn right into rue Albéric Magnard and then take the first street on your left (rue Franqueville). Rue André Pascal is the second street on your left.
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