Planning a Football Trip to Paris? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Paris – How to get to Paris & How to get around
Football Trip to Paris – Fly to Paris
Multiple airlines fly to Paris every day and you are able to fly direct from Paris from most large airports in the UK
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Directions from the Airport
Charles de Gaulle Airport
Rail: RER trains (www.ratp.fr) serve the airport in conjunction with ADP shuttles. Line B runs from Terminal 1 and from the TGV station at Terminal 2 to Gare du Nord, Châtelet-les-Halles, St Michel, Luxembourg, Port Royal and Denfert-Rochereau, with connections to the Métro. The journey time to Gare du Nord is about 25 minutes, and the fare is €9.50. TGV (tel: 3635; www.tgv-europe.com) and Thalys (tel: 08 9235 3536; www.thalys.com) trains also run to various destinations in Paris and beyond. There is a SNCF desk on the fourth floor of Terminal 2 for public transport enquiries.
Bus: Local buses 350 and 351 connect central Paris to the airport. Roissybus (www.ratp.fr) serves all three terminals and runs to Place de l’Opéra for the Paris métro (journey time: 45-60 minutes; fare: €10). The Noctilien night service has three routes linking the airport with various destinations in Paris between 0430 and 0130.
Paris Orly Airport
Located 11 miles south of Paris, overlapping the communes (administrative districts similar to parishes) of Villeneuve-le-Roi and Orly, Paris-Orly Airport covers almost six square miles, making it, in terms of area, larger than Heathrow.
There is a shuttle bus, Orlybus, which provides a link between Paris’ Denfert-Rochereau station and Orly Airport. It stops outside south terminal at entrance H and outside west terminal at entrance D. The service, which operates every 15 to 20 minutes, takes 20 to 30 minutes and costs €6.10. The first bus from Paris leaves at 5.35am, and the last bus leaves Orly at 11.30pm. The Paris Visite travelcard, covering zones 1 to 5, is accepted on Orlybus.
Antony station of RER line B is connected to Orly Airport by the Orlyval shuttle train which connects the two terminals to each other. The Orlyval takes eight minutes and costs €7.40, then a train from Antony to central Paris takes 25 minutes and costs €6.10. The trains operate every four to seven minutes.
A shuttle bus, Paris par le train, connects the airport to RER line C at Pont de Rungis station. The bus, which takes 10 minutes, costs €2.50 and the RER into central Paris, which takes 25 minutes, costs €3.80.
Taxis from the Airport
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Taxi: A taxi to the city centre from Paris Charles de Gaulle will take around 45 minutes. Taxi companies include Alpha Taxis (tel: 01 4585 8585), Les Taxis Bleus (tel: 0891 701 010), Taxis G7 (tel: 01 4739 4739), Taxis (tel: 01 4270 0042) and G7 Horizon (tel: 01 4739 0091). The average fare to central Paris is around €50-55, depending on the time of day.
There are two types of taxi you can use at Orly Airport. Paris taxis cover the city itself and three bordering départements, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne. They have ranks at exit M of south terminal and exit B of west terminal, at the arrivals level.
Suburban taxis cover four bordering départements, Esonne, Val-d’Oise, Yvelines and Seine-et-Marne. They can be found at exit L of south terminal and exit B of west terminal, next to Paris taxis.
Fares vary slightly, but with Paris taxis you can expect to pay about €39 to Notre Dame (€45 on Sundays and bank holidays) and €77 to Charles de Gaulle Airport (€72 on Sundays and bank holidays).
Football Trip to Paris – Travel By Train
It takes between 6 and 7 hours to get the train from London to St Pancras via the Eurostar. Tickets start at around £50 via Voyages SNCF.
Football Trip to Paris – Travel By Coach
Eurolines provide coaches to Paris from London. They offer an overnight service leaving London around 21.30 and arriving at around 13:00 the next day. They also offer a service leaving at 10:00 and arriving in Paris at 23:45 although this may not run at the weekend. Tickets start at around £52 each way
Football Trip to Paris – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 4 and 5 hours to drive to Paris from Calais. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways.
Football Trip to Paris – Travel Around Paris
The Paris metro is one of the oldest and one of the best systems in the world, right up there with London and New York. There are around 300 stations connected by nearly 300kilometers of track. You can get within a couple blocks of anywhere you want to go. The metro runs from 5am to 12:30am and for the price of a ticket you can ride around all day long if you like. (as long as you don’t leave the system).Tickets can be bought at the ticket booth in the station one at a time, by ten or by 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 5-day, Le Paris Viste tickets for tourists. There are also weekly and monthly tickets called the Carte Orange. It’s a travel pass good for unlimited travel on the paris metro and bus network. You need a passport photo to buy this, but if you use the metro a lot it’s worth it. (more that 6-8 times a day).
The bus system is also exceptional and unlike the metro which is fast but sort of redundant (since after awhile all tunnels look the same), traveling above ground is not only more entertaining but a good way to familiarize yourself with the city. Metro tickets can be used on the buses and can be bought on the bus as well as in the metro stations. There is a machine on the bus that stamps your tickets and then hang on tothem since there are guys who come and check them every once in awhile. To transfer you need another ticket. Le Paris Viste and Carte Orange ticketsneed to be shown to the driver. There are bus maps available at the metro stations and posted in the bus shelters. Most buses run from 6:30am to 8:30 pm but there are a few buses which run until 12:30am.
There are almost 15,000 Taxis in Paris and finding one is usually not a problem. There are taxi stands all over the city and you van also hail them in the street if the taxi light is bright. If it is dim that means it is occupied. Taxis are relatively inexpensive and the easiest way to get home after a day or night of walking around.
Football Trip to Paris – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Paris – The Stadium
Stade de France
The Stade de France is the national stadium of France, situated just north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis. It has an all-seater capacity of 75,000 making it the sixth largest stadium in Europe, and is used by both the France national football team and French rugby union team for international competition. The stadium was built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the name of the stadium was recommended by French legend Michel Platini. On 12 July 1998, France defeated Brazil 3–0 in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final contested at the stadium.
The stadium also hosts the main French domestic cup finals, which include the Coupe de France (both football and rugby), Coupe de la Ligue, Challenge de France, and the Coupe Gambardella. The Stade de France has hosted two UEFA Champions League finals in 2000 and 2006.
The Stade de France is the biggest modular stadium in the world with three galleries.
The forum is a low mobile platform of 25 000 seats. It is reached by the level 1. It may fall 15 feet to reveal all of the running track and jumping pits. It then retains 22 000 seats. The movement lasts 80 hours, 40 people 20h/24h mobilized, and carried by ten distinct elements of 700 tons each.
Parc des Princes
The Parc des Princes is the home ground of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), one of the top European football clubs. It hosts matches of the Championnat de France when PSG plays at home, European Cup matches, and from time to time, concerts by top French and international artists. The capacity of the Parc des Princes is due to be extended to 60,000 spectators by 2016. Guided tours of this famous stadium are organized for football fans and visitors.
The Parc des Princes is the fourth largest football stadium in France. Originally a velodrome, it was the finish line of the Tour de France from the first event in 1903 until General Charles de Gaulle ordered the track demolished in the late 1960s. He decided in 1967 that the Parc des Princes should be dedicated to football and rugby games with a capacity of under 60,000 seats. The Parc des Princes was the national stadium of the France football team and the France rugby union team until the construction of the Stade de France for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The stadium and grounds are owned by the Paris city council and the Société d’Exploitation Sports-Evénements (SESE) holds the concession to the Parc des Princes since 1990.
The stadium has also been the venue for two Euro finals, three UEFA Champions League finals, two UEFA Cup finals, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final, two Latin Cup finals, four USFSA championship finals, one Coupe Sheriff Dewar final, 33 French Cup finals, three League Cup finals, 30 Tournoi de Paris editions and 31 Top 14 finals.
The Kop of Boulogne (KOB) is an area in the Parc des Princes which houses supporters groups associated with the French football club Paris Saint-Germain. It was known as the “most notorious stand in French football” due to its links with violence and far-right political groups and is a symbol for football hooliganism and political extremism within French culture.] However, since the adoption of strict disciplinary measures targeted at hooliganism in 2010, behaviour of spectators in the stand has calmed down.
The modern Parc des Princes hosted one of France’s greatest football achievements, the 2–0 victory over Spain in the 1984 European Championship final and also the 1981 European Cup Final. Liverpool FC beat Real Madrid CF 1-0 with Liverpool’s Alan Kennedy scoring the winning goal.
Football Trip to Paris – Getting to the Stadium
Stade de France
The Stade de France is well-served by rail. The suburban rail network in Paris (known as the RER) has two lines serving the ‘Stade de France – Saint Denis’ station – RER B and RER D, and is the quickest way to get to the ground. Both lines depart from the Gare du Nord (5 minutes journey time), Châtelet-Les Halles (10 minutes) and Gare de Lyon (15 minutes) in the City Centre, and run regularly before and after matches.
The Saint-Denis branch of Line 13 on the Paris Metro also serves the ‘Saint-Denis-Porte de Paris’ station close to the stadium and runs to Gare Saint-Lazare (15 minutes), Invalides (20 minutes) and Gare Montparnasse (25 minutes) amongst others.
You can view a useful map of both the RER and Metro network here.
One of the main downsides to the Stade de France is that when the stadium is busy, you may have to queue for up to an hour to get into the stations outside the stadium to get back to Paris.
Parc des Princes
Parc de Princes is built on top of the Parisian ring road Périphérique. It lies approximately 4 kilometres south-west of the Eiffel Tower, and less than 1 kilometre south of the Bois de Boulogne and the Roland Garros tennis complex.
Metro stop Porte de Saint-Cloud on line 9 lies a 5-minute walk away from the stadium. Line 9 passes right through the Parisian city centre (on the north bank of the river Seine), and connects with multiple other lines.
Alternatively, one can take line 10 and get off at stop Porte d’Auteuil, which is a slightly longer walk. Line 10 connects the stadium with various stops on Paris’ south bank, if that is where you are coming from.
Porte de Saint-Cloud station is also served by buses 22, 62 and 72, whereas Porte d’Auteuil is served by buses 32 and 52. All buses run through the city centre on different routes.
Football Trip to Paris – Getting Tickets
Tickets can be bought through the PSG website;
Tickets for games at the Stade de France can be bought from their website.
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Football Trip to Paris – Fixtures
The schedule for kick-off times in France can be found our Planning a Football Trip to France page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Paris – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Paris – Where to stay
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Paris is divided into twenty neighborhoods called arrondissements, and they’re arranged in an outward spiral beginning at the city’s center. (In the map below, the arrondissements are indicated by a numeral, followed by the suffix -er or -ème and then the abbreviation Arr.) The River Seine divides the city between north and south—the famous rive gauche and rive droite (left bank and right bank) romanticized in so many novels and films. Tradition has it that the left bank is the bohemian heart of the city, while the right bank hosts high-priced sophistication and the world’s best shopping.
With the Boulevard St. Michel as its north-south axis, the Latin Quarter generally offers inexpensive to moderately priced places to stay. Folks tend to be on the younger side in this part of town, even if many are somewhat past the age of your typical student, and one of the things that draws people here is the neighborhood’s reputation for nightlife.
Here is a good guide of where to stay in Paris
Football Trip to Paris – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Paris it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
Paris is one of the world’s great cities, full of historic sights, world class museums and galleries and places to see. Below is a flavour of some of the main attractions and some of things I saw on my trip. Also I have some guides in the LINKS section.
The Stade de France offers guided stadium tours that include visits to the presidential lodge, changing rooms, players’ tunnel, and a museum that is dedicated to the construction of the stadium and the events that have been held over the years. The tour lasts about 60 minutes and a further 30 minutes can be spend at the museum. Tours run every day of the week, except on Mondays between the 1st of September and 31st of March. In the summer months tours run every hour between 10:00am and 5:00pm, and in the winter months at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm. English-language tours furthermore run at 10:30am and 2:30pm. There are no tours on the day of an event and the day before an event. The tour costs €15.00. Reservations can be made through the website of the Stade de France or by phone +33 (0) 892 700 900, but aren’t necessary as tickets are sold on a walk-up basis.
Musée du Louvre – Both art collection and royal palace, including chunks of medieval castle concealed in the basement, the Louvre is mind-boggling in its scale and sheer wealth of treasures: from classical sculpture, Egyptian mummies (always a hit with kids) and Mesopotamian antiquities via renaissance and baroque painting to the early 19th century. Seamlessly modernised in the 1990s with I M Pei’s Pyramid entrance, it is not, however, as daunting as it might seem. I never miss the glazed sculpture courts, the Italian Renaissance galleries, and the grand French neoclassical and Romantic works by David, Delacroix and Géricault, but after that I like to wander and make discoveries. Pick up a plan at the entrance. You can avoid the often long queues to enter by purchasing tickets in advance, but they must be collected at the agency. http://www.louvre.fr/en/hours-admission (SAT)
Walk over the bridge from the Louvre to the Musée d’Orsay— and see the bridge between classical and modern art. Housing the world’s most important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist painting, the Musée d’Orsay’s light, airy rooms whir you through three floors of modern wonders, from Degas’ ethereal dancers to Monet’s water lilies, all the way to Gaugin’s leafy jungles. Major works by Van Gogh, Delacroix, Manet, and others await you, too.
Centre Georges Pompidou – The Pompidou was groundbreaking when it opened in 1977, both for Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers’s colourful, hi-tech architecture and its multidisciplinary approach and I still find it one of the city’s most exciting buildings. The modern and contemporary art collection ranges from Picasso, Matisse and the surrealists to the latest trends in installation and video and work by artists from emerging countries. Also on offer are temporary exhibitions (Cartier-Bresson, Martial Raysse and Duchamp in 2014), a gallery for children, performing arts and cinema. The centre also has an excellent design shop, art bookshop and the trendy Georges restaurant. Make the most of the late opening hours by coming early evening, when exhibitions are less crowded. Make the most of the late opening hours by coming early evening, when exhibitions are less crowded. The terrace outside the palace affords a striking and head-on view of the Eiffel Tower. Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, www.centrepompidou.fr (FRI) – Open to 9pm
Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet – This Second Empire villa is one of Paris’s secret gems, with its wonderful array of Empire furniture and the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet, most of them donated by the artist’s family. Among the paintings are Monet’s Impression, Soleil Levant, which gave its name to impressionism. I adore Monet’s vibrantly coloured late canvases of his water garden at Giverny, as well as Berthe Morisot’s affectionate paintings of children. Other impressionist painters on display include Pissarro, Renoir, Manet, Degas and Caillebotte. Don’t miss the Sèvres porcelain geographical clock, either, which shows when it is midday around the world. Don’t miss the Sèvres porcelain geographical clock, which shows when it is midday around the world. (2 rue Louis-Boilly), 75016 Paris – www.marmottan.com
The completely-renovated Petit Palais, situated near the prestigious Champs-Elysées, houses 1300 works from the antiquity through the early 20th century, featuring masterpieces by Courbet, Cezanne, Monet, and Delacroix. Admission to the permanent collection is free for all, while temporary collections are free for visitors under the age of 13.
The Petit Palais is near to the Grand Palais and Palais de la Decouverte, from here it is also not too far to walk to the Champs-Elysees. At one end of the Arc de Triomphe. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added in 1921. The ‘eternal flame’ is re-lit every evening at 6:30 pm. You can admire the arch from below at the ground level – either on foot while you’re window-shopping on the Champs Elysees – or by automobile if you’re lucky enough to get caught in the swirl of traffic that plays dodgem around its base. If you choose not to brave the crowds visiting the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe is a great alternative. The top can ONLY be reached by climbing up its 40 stairs. There is an underground tunnel on the Avenue de la Grande Armee side of the circle. You can access this tunnel from the Wagram exit of the Metro. The cost for Adults is 8 €. Getting there, RER: line A, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile, Metro: lines 1, 2 and 6, station Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile
The Leclerc Memorial/ Musée Jean Moulin was inaugurated in 1994 as a tribute to two key figures of the French resistance against Nazi occupation during WWII, Marshall Leclerc and Jean Moulin. The museum renders this dark period in French history accessible to visitors via chronological images, extensive archives and multimedia presentations. (23 Allée de la 2ème Division Blindée, Jardin Atlantique, 75015 Paris, France)
National Museum of Sport (93 av du France 13e) Metro: Bibliothèque, Opening – 10am-6pm Tue-Fri, 2-6pm Sat & Sun. the museum contains more than 100,000 items documenting sports from the 16th century to the present, including a fine collection on the history of the modern Olympic Games from 1896. The collections include sports equipment, paintings, sculptures, posters, drawing, philately, advertising, books, and magazines.
Where are the best views of Paris? Holiday Inn Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you’ll find views here to rival the best in Paris. Open from 5 pm to midnight seven days a week, 43 Up the Roof is full of locals and hotel guests on weekends, but at opening time on a weekday, you might very well have the place to yourself. Or try Palais de Chaillot – Built on the summit of the Chaillot hill, the Palais also offers majestic views of the Eiffel Tower just across the Seine. Begin your walk at the Palais de Chaillot steps, traverse the gardens, and cross the Pont d’Iéna to the Champs-de-Mars, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Football Trip to Paris – 10 of the Best Pubs in Paris
Paris is a big city with huge number of options in terms of nightlife. Below are the areas and places that I went to but there are many other areas as well. Check Time Out Guide before you go for ‘What’s on Information’ also Go Paris has a decent guide to the different neighbourhoods.
L’Âne Chic (37 Bis Rue des Petites Ecuries) , has a wide selection of beers and good music
Le Hideout (7 BOULEVARD DE DENAIN) just down the street from Gare du Nord. An Irish pub that features rugby and tennis on the telly and a bustling terrasse, Le Hideout is a fab place to chill outside, watch the people go by and have a cheap cocktail.
Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or (28 Rue de la Goutte d’Or), the first actual brewery within Paris for many decades, informal tastings are offered a few evenings a week and bottles can be purchased to go for very reasonable prices. Inspired by the predominantly African neighborhood where it’s located, their four beers are brewed using exotic ingredients such as dates, allspice, rooibos, and cola nuts.
La Fine Mousse (6 Avenue Jean Aicard) – Get here early to grab a spot amongst after work drinkers and weekend revelers. This beer bar in the 11th arrondissement has 20 beers on tap and 150 beers available by the bottle. Covering all the bases of famous beer nations (Belgium, Germany, England) the beer menu also packs a few surprises, featuring independent French breweries including Outland and Brasserie de la Vallé de Chevreuse. La Fine Mousse also organizes regular events such as beer tastings and microbrew introduction courses for beginning and advanced beer lovers.
Les Trois 8 (11 Rue Victor Letalle) – The newest bar to roll out the microbrew barrel, Les Trois 8 is worth a visit for two reasons: their carefully curated selection of craft beers and their inclusion of natural wines alongside artisanal beers on the menu. Between pints of hoppy IPAs and bottles of unfiltered natural wines, Les Trois 8 offers options for both the beer lover and wine drinker.
Café de Flore (172 boulevard Saint-Germain) – This historic café, former HQ of the Lost Generation intelligentsia, attracts tourists and, yes, celebrities from time to time. But a café crème is €4.60, and the omelettes and croque-monsieurs are best eschewed in favour of the better dishes on the menu (€15-€25).
Café Laurent (33 rue Dauphine) – Fontenelle, Voltaire and Rousseau all came here to discover ‘l’eau de café’ or Indian tea.
Connolly’s Corner (12 rue de Mirbel) – The oldest Irish pub on the left bank, and one of the three oldest in Paris. Happy hour runs from 4pm to 8pm, which gives you time for multiple pints of Guinness, thoroughly testing that ‘best in town’ claim.
Moose Bar & Grill (16 rue des Quatre Vents) – This Canadian sports bar serves a vast selection of beers and even some organic Australian wines. A friendly atmosphere and delicious burgers make the Moose a great place to kick off the evening.
Le Rotonde (105 Boulevard du Montparnasse), Once patronized by Ernest Hemingway, this famous café was immortalized by the author in The Sun Also Rises when he wrote, “No matter what cafe in Montparnasse you ask a taxi driver to bring you to from the right bank of the river, they always take you to the Rotonde.” Le Rotonde is known as one of the many rallying sites for the Lost Generation, surrealists and existentialists living in Paris after WWI.
Football Trip to Paris – 5 Great Places to Eat in Paris
Festin Nu (10 Rue de la Fontaine du But) This Montmartre bar is for the open-minded. Briefly notorious last year for serving insect-based tapas, it boasts a small selection of the best beers, natural wines, cocktails and whiskies. Beer takes centre stage, though, with four taps (including one devoted to Pivovar Kout na Sumave, one of the Czech Republic’s most famous small breweries) and a number of bottles from France and further afield.
Chez Jeannette (47 rue du Faubourg-St-Denis) – It’s trendy yet friendly: popular for charcuterie, luxury sandwiches or a Jeannette burger at lunch; chilled in the afternoon; but buzzing by night, when the evening crowd overflows onto the pavement. There are DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.
Albion (80 rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière) is run by English chef Matthew Ong and Kiwi barman Hayden Clout, who used to work at the popular Fish La Boissonnerie. Here in the scruffy but rapidly gentrifying 10th arrondissement, Clout offers a monthly selection of wines, while Ong cooks up worldly eats such as vichyssoise with oysters, and orange and lemon curd tart.
Les Fines Gueules (43 rue Croix des Petits Champ) – Near the Louvre, this popular bistrot à vins has a fine setting in a handsome 18th-century stone house. The menu sources from the best producers in Paris, including butter from Breton Jean-Yves Bordier, and meat from star butcher Hugo Desnoyer. Typical dishes include pork loin with wild mushrooms and Jacques Genin’s airy Paris-Brest (hazelnut cream-filled choux pastry).
Ratapoil du Faubourg and Le 52 Faubourg Saint-Denis (52 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis, no website), two of the city’s most raved-about new bistros, opened there this year. Ratapoil serves filling but creative fare and an already-legendary salted-caramel pudding, while Le 52, is the third “neo-bistrot” by chef Charles Compagnon. It reproduces the winning formula of his other ventures, L’Office and Le Richer, with all-day opening, exposed brickwork and bold plates such as pork belly with chorizo and potato pressé. At both, three courses typically cost less than €30, which is very good value considering that in most quality Parisian restaurants main courses alone start at €18