3rd International Conference on
Music Information Retrieval
IRCAM – Centre
October 13-17, 2002
COMMUTING IN PARIS
ISMIR 2002 events will take place at IRCAM and in the Pompidou
Center. Both are located in the heart of Paris (see hotel
and local maps). Paris has an excellent public
transportation system, composed of buses (“autobus”, in French), local
subways (“Métro”) and extended subways linking Paris to the suburbs (“RER”).
All these systems are interconnected, and tickets are common to all.
are 2-digit numbers (or one letter, for night buses). Métro lines are
numbered 1-14. RER lines are indicated by letters A-E. Directions are
specified by indicating the end-point of the line (e.g., “ligne 1 direction
La Défense” is Métro line 1 going west).
transfer with the same ticket between any two Métro lines or between Métro
and RER, but not between rail and bus).
in Paris is usually 1 ticket, but there is special ticketing to suburbs.
buy tickets at discounted prices (by lots of 10, known as “carnet”; or
special passes, see on the Web site mentioned below for more information).
can be bought on buses (single tickets) and in subway and train stations
(single tickets, carnets, passes).
The buses and Métro (subway) are run by the RATP company, whose Web site
provides ample information on how to get around. It has printable maps of the
commuting system, as well as a service allowing you to find the best
transportation between any two places.
Some of the RER lines are run by the SNCF (French national railway
company); some by the RATP, but all interconnect and the information is to be
found on the Web site mentioned above.
Cabs (“taxis”) are affordable too, but beware of traffic jams.
They can be flagged on the main streets next to the ISMIR venue, or ordered
by phone from various companies (see Emergency and
useful numbers section). It is common practice to tip the driver 15-20%.