Euro 2016: France travel guide.
Image Credit: WikiCommons Dona Cherian, Guides Writer First stop: Paris
Emirates , Air France and Etihad have direct flights from Dubai International Airport (DXB) or Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), Paris
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Provided you travel there a day or two ahead of the planned match, you can get some proper tourist time in the most romantic city in the world.
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Note: Taking a private car is highly discouraged as there are no parking spaces available at the venues and it will be impossible to get through the crowds on match day.
1. Stade de France, Saint Denis By air
While the first venue, St. Denis has an airport (RUN), you'd save time and money if you travelled straight to Paris and then took local transport to the first venue. Emirates , Air France , Tunisair and Pegasus Airlines offer one-stop connecting flights to St. Denis.
The best way to get there would be by metro or RER. Bare in mind that Saint Denis falls in Zone 2 so your tickets should be valid for that zone.
From Charles De Gaulle airport Take RER B towards Saint Remy les Chevreuse and get off the train at La Plaine Stade de France.
From Paris The subway metro line 13 towards Saint Denis Universite has a stop at Saint-Denis Porte de Paris, but this line gets really busy easily.
Alternatively, take RER-B from Chatelet or Gare du Nord and get off at La Plaine Stade de France. You can also take RER-D from the above stations and get off at Stade de France Saint Denis. Both stops are at a walking distance from the stadium. The tramway T-1 can be taken from eastern suburbs of Paris to get off at Basilique de Saint-Denis
2. Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens By air
If you reach Charles De Gaulle airport on the day of the match, take RER B to Gare du Nord and then take the TGV to Lens. While Lille has an airport closer to Lens, it has no direct flights from Dubai and at least one leg of the journey will have to be by rail.
From Paris Gare du Nord or Paris Nord station has regular direct TGV trains to Lens and the stadium is at walking distance from the station.
From Lille Take the regular SCNF trains from Gare Lille Flandres station to get off at Lens.
In the city, public transport is by a company called Tadao, which has buses going to and from the stadium.
3. Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille By air
To travel to Lille, you can either fly to Paris or Brussels depending on your plans for the games. From Dubai, you can take an Emirates flight to Brussels which would be approximately 7 hours flying time, after which you can travel to Lens by train.
From Brussels A train from the airport in Brussels will take you to Brussels-Midi from where you can take the Eurostar train to reach Gare Lille Europe in just over 35 minutes.
From Paris Take the TGV train from Gare du Nord to get off at Amiens. From Amiens you can then take a train to Gare Lille Flandres, the station at Lille.
When in Lille, reaching the stadium is easiest by metro. Take the metro line 1 at Gare de Lilles (a short walk away for those who stop at Gare de Europe from Brussels) and get off at Cite Scientifique or 4 Cantons Grand Stade, both of which are at a walking distance from the stadium. Bus 18 from the south of Lille also takes you right by the stadium.
4. Stade Velodrome, Marseilles By air
You can choose to fly to Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) from Dubai or fly from Paris to MRS. Turkish airlines , Emirates , Air France , Tunisair , British Airways and Lufthansa are some of the airlines that offer connecting flights to MRS. We would suggest the latter as the flights from Dubai to Marseille has at least one stop taking away your sight-seeing time in France.
From Paris Take the TGV train from Gare de Lyon to Marseille St. Charles station. This journey will take around 3.5 hours. Once you reach Marseille St. Charles, take the metro line 2 towards Rond-Point du Prado, from where the stadium is at walking distance.
From MRS airport There are buses to St. Charles station at regular 20-minute intervals from the airport from 5am to 12am.
5. Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon By air
Direct flights from Dubai to Lyon Saint Exupery Airport (LYS) are available 5 times per week and this would be a perfect choice if you plan to attend matches happening in Lyon. Etihad offers connecting flights to LYS from Abu Dhabi .
From Lyon Airport (LYS) Take the Rhone Express towards Meyzieu, Industrial Zone station. From there you can catch a tram on T3 (tramline 3) to Declines Grand Large station. The stadium is walking distance from this tram station.
From Paris Take the hourly TGV train from Gare de Lyon and get off at Lyon Part Dieu station. Once there, cross to the tram station Gare Part Dieu - Villette and take tram line 3 (T3) to Declines Grand Large station. The stadium is walking distance from this tram station.
6. Parc Des Princes, France By rail/road
From Charles De Gaulle airport Take RER train to get off at the Paris St. Michel stop. Walk across to Cluny - La Sorbonne and get off at Porte d'Auteuil. The stadium is a 10 minute walk from this station.
From Paris Take metro line 10 from Cluny - La Sorbonne and get off at Porte d'Auteuil. The stadium is a 10 minute walk from this station.
The stadium is also close enough if you feel like bike-sharing your way to the match while enjoying some great sights of the city. Subscribe ahead of time for one-day or seven-day tickets for bikes on sites such as Velib .
7. Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux By Air
Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD) is an international airport in Bordeaux, but there are currently no direct flights from Dubai. Your best bet would be to fly in to Paris or Barcelona,Spain and either take a connecting flight on to BOD or catch a train to Bordeaux.
From Bordeaux-Merignac Airport (BOD) Take one of the regular buses on Line 1 and get off at Gare St. Jean and then take a tram on line C (Tram C) to Parc Des Expositions. The stadium is at walking distance.
From Paris Take the metro line 4 from Gare du Nord to get off at Montparnasse. From there, take a TGV train to Bordeaux St. Jean. Once there you can take a tram on line C (Tram C) to Parc Des Expositions. The stadium is walking distance away.
8. Stade Geoffroy - Guichard, Saint Etienne By air
St. Etienne has an international airport (EBU) but there are no direct flights from Dubai. The total journey might take you a minimum of 10 or 11 hours with one short layover. Pegasus and Turkish airlines offer connecting flights to EBU.
From Paris Nord Take the RER towards Gare de Lyon. From this stop, take a TGV to get off at St. Etienne Chateaucreux, and another TGV to St. Etienne la Terrasse. Once in St. Etienne, trams T1 and T2 can take you to Geoffroy Guichard stop which is at walking distance from the stadium.
From St. Etienne airport Take a TGV train from Boutheon to get off at St. Etienne la Terrasse and then get to the stadium by tram T1 or T2.
9. Allianz Riviera, Nice By air
There are daily direct flights to Nice from Dubai . The international airport at Nice is the Nice Cote d'Azur Airport or NCE.
From Paris Take a TGV from Gare De Lyon to get off at Nice Ville and walk across to Nice CFP. From there, take a train to Saint Isidore. The stadium is at walking distance from this stop.
From Nice airport Line 99 bus from the airport takes you to Gare Thiers. After this take a train from Nice CFP to Saint Isidore.
10. Stadium Municipal de Toulouse By air
Toulouse has an international airport (TLS) but currently there are no direct flights from Dubai. Air France , Lufthansa and Emirates are some of the airlines which offer connecting flights to TLS.
From Paris Take a train from Paris Montparnasse to Toulouse-Matabiau, and then onwards to St. Agne station. The stadium is at walking distance from the stop.
From the airport (TLS) Take T2 tram from Daurat to get off at Croix de Pierre, from where the stadium is at walking distance.
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