How to reach the location of the conference
Nearest international airport is Nice-Côte d’Azur (20km)
Regular shuttles from the airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to Sophia Antipolis by bus: Lignes d’azur Line 230 – bus stop “Inria”
GPS 43.61619N (43°36’58”) 7.06786E (07°04’04”) Access map
- From Marseille-Aix by the A8 motorway, take the exit Antibes-Grasse-Sophia Antipolis, direction Sophia Antipolis.
- From Nice by the A8 motorway, take the exit Antibes-Sophia Antipolis, direction Sophia Antipolis (the road on the right just after the toll).
The closest railway station is located in Antibes.
Regular shuttles from Antibes SNCF railway station to Sophia Antipolis by bus with Envibus:
Lines 1 – 12 – Bus stop “Inria”
Express line: 100 – Bus stop “Templiers” (5mn walking distance from Inria)
Fare ticket: 1,5€
By public transport (Fare ticket: 1,5€)
- From Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport and Nice city: Lignes d’Azur Line 230 – Bus stop “Inria”
- From Cannes SNCF railway station (with transfer): Lignes d’Azur Line 630 – Stop “Gare routiere Sophia Antipolis” then take Lines 1, 9, 12 or 100 – Bus stop “Inria” (1,12), “IUT” (9) or “Templiers” (5mn walking distance from Inria) (100)
- From Antibes: Envibus Lines 1 – 9 – 12 Bus stop “Inria” (1, 12) or “IUT” (9)
Express line 100 – Bus stop “Templiers” (5mn walking distance from Inria)
- From CIV: Envibus Lines 22 or 1
You can also find your route at this web page: www.pacamobilite.fr
Arriving on Sunday in Sophia Antipolis
The bus Line 230 does not operate on Saturdays and Sundays. However, you can take line 250 to Antibes/Golfe Juan. Depending on your day schedule, take Envibus Line 1 or 9 (bus stop “Bermond” for CIV, bus stop “Bouillides” for Ibis and Mercure Hotels, bus stop “Eganaude” for B&B and Beachcomber hotel, Bus stop “Beethoven or Einstein” for Novotel Hotel).
About 20 minutes, depending on traffic jam (appr. 55€)
Transfert Service (English spoken) – special rates for Inria +33 (0) 6 09 50 92 53
Taxi Sophia +33 (0) 6 27 51 01 51
Centrale Orange Taxi +33 (0) 820 906 960
Motorbike transport: +33 (0) 6 58 79 81 31
see also: http://www.cote-azur.com.fr
Nice Cote d’Azur Airport offers a choice of several car rental companies (Terminal 2).
Nice to know!
Opening/closing hours, public holidays, currency, areas codes for France, Emergency phone numbers, advice for a trouble-free stay…
The French Riviera benefits from a Mediterranean-type climate, characterised by exceptional sunshine almost 300 days a year and mild temperatures for most of the year.
It rains heavily but infrequently mostly in March/April and October/November. In winter, freezing temperatures are rare, but sweaters are advised.
Shops are usually open from 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Department stores may stay open until 9 pm. Banks are open from 8.30 to 12 noon and 2 to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, with some branches opening on Saturday mornings.
The 1st of January, Easter Monday, May 1st (May Day), May 8th (VE Day), Ascension Day (Thursday), Whit Monday, July 14th (Bastille Day), August 15th, November 1st (All Saints), November 11th (Armistice Day) and December 25th (Christmas).
On legal holidays, banks, government offices, shops, the majority of businesses and also many museums and tourist attractions are closed.
Credit cards are accepted in many shops, hotels and restaurants (there is usually a minimum amount of between €7 and €15). For cash, you will find cash-points on just about every street corner (24 hours a day).
Bank branches, exchange bureaux and some post offices handle currency exchange transactions and traveller’s cheques. Whatever you are buying, listed prices include all taxes. A gratuity is however the custom in restaurants and for certain specific services (taxi cabs.).
Emergency phone numbers
Dial the following numbers (toll-free)
SAMU (medical emergencies): 15
Police emergency: 17
European emergency call: 112
To call France in France: 0 + area number + number
To call France from abroad: 00 + 33 + number
To call abroad: 00 + country exchange number + number
220 Volts – 380 Volts / 50 Hertz
A few tips for a pleasant trouble-free holiday
– You are strongly recommended to respect smoking/no smoking signs in public places.
– It is always useful to have a little cash on you at all times for little out-of-pocket expenses like taxi fares to the airport, drinks, etc.
– A service charge is included in the price of each item on the menu in any cafe or restaurant as required by French law. In theory, no further tipping is expected.
However, it is pretty common to leave something after a bite to eat or drink. But it’s never expected and is only given for good or attentive service, or at a place you habituate frequently. Extra generosity will never hurt.
– If you are driving, park only where authorized and respect speed limits on highways and motorways.
Official tourism portal for the Riviera Côte d’Azur