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Getting around Paris
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A one-day subscription is €1.70, one week is €8, and the first 30 minutes of every ride are free. Subscriptions can be purchased at the kiosk of any Vélib station, but require a smart chip Visa or Mastercard or a chipless American Express. The closest Vélib station to the IOC is at the Ségur métro stop. Bikes can be returned to any station, which are found about every 300 m throughout the city. After 5 minutes you can take a bike out again for 30 free minutes. A ride of greater than 30 minutes will cost: 30-60 min €1, 60-90 min €3, and €4 for every additional 30 min.
Getting to the IOC
From Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) airport
60 minutes, €10, 0.3 kg/person CO2
There is a regional express rail link (the RER) from the airport. From Terminal 1 take the CDGVAL automatic shuttle (at door 34 lowest level) to the stop Terminal 3-Roissypole and enter the Aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle 1 rail station. From Terminal 2 the Aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle 2 TGV rail station is centrally located between terminals 2E/2F and 2C/2D, follow signs for 'Paris by train'. Ticket machines accept cash or credit cards with smart chips, otherwise use the manned counters. Take the RER line B (direction Paris; St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse) and get off at Saint-Michel Notre-Dame. Transfer to the Métro line 10 (your ticket will be required again) in the direction of Boulogne Pont de St-Cloud (note for the return trip you are now in the Cluny-La Sorbonne station), and get off at Ségur. From there it is a 2 minute walk to the entrance at 7 place de Fontenoy. Alternate public transport routes include the Roissybus to Opéra, or the Air France bus ('les cars AF') routes to Porte Maillot/Arc de Triomphe or Gare de Lyon/Montparnasse, which are only recommended if your final destination is close to one of these end points.
40 minutes without traffic (up to 3x at peak times), €45-60, 7 kg CO2
A taxi can be practical if you have a lot of luggage, but note that it can take well more than twice as long at peak times.
From Orly airport
50 minutes, €10.25, 0.2 kg/person CO2
There is a regional express rail link (the RER) from the airport. In the terminals, follow signs for 'Orlyval-Paris by train'. Ticket machines accept cash or credit cards with smart chips, otherwise use the manned counters. Take the Orlyval automatic shuttle to the Antony RER station, where your ticket will be validated. Take the RER line B (direction Paris; Aéroport Charles de Gaulle) to Denfert-Rochereau. Transfer to the Métro line 6 (your ticket will be required again) in the direction of Charles de Gaulle-Étoile, and get off at Sèvres-Lecourbe. From there it is a 5 minute walk to the entrance at 7 place de Fontenoy. Alternate public transport routes include the Orlybus to Denfert-Rochereau, or the Air France bus ('les cars AF') route to Montparnasse/Invalides/Porte Maillot, both connecting to the Paris métro system. Depending on traffic this can be somewhat quicker.
25 minutes without traffic (up to 3x at peak times), €35-45, 4 kg CO2
From the Gare du Nord or Gare de l'Est
30 minutes, €1.80 (€1.40 if bought in a carnet of 10), <0.1 kg/person CO2
Take Métro line 4 in the direction of Porte d’Orléans to Odéon. Transfer to Métro line 10 in the direction of Boulogne Pont de Saint-Cloud to Ségur. From there it is a 2 minute walk to the entrance at 7 place de Fontenoy.
20 minutes without traffic (up to 3x at peak times), €20-25, 1.5 kg CO2
Note on greenhouse gas emissions estimation: An emission rate of 200 g/km CO2 equivalent has been assumed for taxis (about average for a large car in urban transport). Estimates from the SNCF and RATP (national and regional rail transport companies) for emissions due to long distance and urban rail transport range from 5-10 g/km/person CO2 equivalent, based on average occupancy and French electricity sources (80% nuclear); the higher figure has been used here. The average transatlantic plane journey has an emission of the order of 500 kg/person CO2.