Paris may be known as the city of love, but there is much more to it. The French capital situated along the Seine River is also a meeting hub for professionals from all industries, hosting numerous exciting exhibitions, festivals, fashion shows and conferences annually.
In this guide, we’re going to focus on Paris as a key destination for trade visitors worldwide. We’re going to briefly explore the main arrondissements, accommodation and transportation options near the expo venues, interesting facts and popular attractions in the areas nearby. We’re also going to include a short list of the most popular events happening every year, and a map marking hotels, restaurants, and metro stations near you. You can use our helpful tour guide for reference at any time.
Paris is the capital of and one of the largest cities in France. Located in the north-central part of the country and in the centre of the Île-de-France region (one of eight departments), Paris offers temperate climate, a rich history and culture, and numerous attractions from a fantastic view from the Eiffel Tower to a nice picnic near the river.
The city is now located on both banks of the Seine River, which created two natural islands - Île de la Cité and L’île Saint-Louis. There is another man-made island called L’île aux Cygnes, which is also a popular Parisian destination for tourists.
Before we continue with the main Parisian areas, we thought it might be helpful to add a list of some tips and tricks for when you are travelling to the city for an exhibition and/or a conference.
Most importantly, plan ahead of time! Paris is a busy tourism and business tourism destination, and you won’t have much luck attending an event if you book flights and hotels last minute. We suggest you start preparations for your trip at least 2 - 3 months prior to the exhibition/conference dates.
When in Paris, it is essential to know how to get around and what you can do in your free time. Below you will find further information regarding regions, transportation, accommodation and more.
Paris is made up of 20 arrondissements, each named differently and encompassing a precise area. There are several administrative districts that we will focus on, as they are located near the more popular trade fair venues, offer great accommodation and transportation options, as well as exciting attractions which you can visit in-between exhibitions.
Depending on where you are traveling from to Paris, there are various transportation options available. Based on your budget and personal preference, you can travel to and around the city by plane, bus, rent-a-car, personal car, taxi, metro, and train. You can also book private transportation from the airport, or check if the hotel you are staying at offers shuttle service in both directions (from and back to the airport).
There are 24/7 airport shuttles and car service from Charles De Gaulle (CDG), Orly and Beauvais airports provided by GO Airport Shuttle. The Metro Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 1 serves terminals 1 and 3, and Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 - TGV serves terminal 2. Bus 350 serves CDG terminals 1, 2, and 3, and has stops on various locations including 102 Rue de la Chapelle and Roissypole Bus Station.
|Terminal 2A and 2C
|Terminal 2B and 2D
|Terminal 2E and 2F
|Exit 8a Bus Station
|Roissypole Bus Station
|Paris – Porte de la Chapelle
|102 Rue de la Chapelle
Taxis in Paris could get quite expensive, but are also available as a transportation option if that is your preference. You can recognise a licensed taxi in the city by the sign “Taxi Parisien” on the roof. There are two taxi companies operating in Paris, Taxi G7 and Alpha Taxis, each having fixed prices based on route, waiting periods, etc. You can grab a cab on the street or call for one but keep in mind that additional charges may apply. Another thing to know is that taxis in Paris usually do not charge extra if you are travelling from or to Charles de Gaulle or Orly Airports, or any of the railway stations.
Another type of vehicle that offers taxi-like service are cars/minicabs with a visible VTC license on the windshield. VTC stands for Véhicule de Tourisme avec Chauffeur, and is the equivalent of Uber, Lyft or Addison.
Eurocab is a superb website/app to check out for additional information on minicabs in Paris. You will find information about the vehicles serving in the city, choose a driver, and more.
Sometimes while staying at a foreign destination, people prefer to settle down in their hotel or B&B and enjoy some delicious food without going around looking for crowded restaurants and diners. In Paris, while there are definitely locations that offer a fantastic food and beverage experience, there are also quite a few convenient takeout options.
You can get food delivered to you from a Parisian restaurant of choice through convenient apps like Uber Eats, Just Eat, and Deliveroo. Alternatively, you can always check which restaurants offer food-to-go and pick up your meal on-site.
There are superb affordable accommodation options near Gare du Nord, Châtelet - Les Halles, and Saint-Michel Notre Dame. Whether you are looking for a 5* hotel or a cozy BnB, there are multiple properties within the city of Paris to choose from. However, sometimes choosing a place to stay can be a bit overwhelming and take out the excitement of planning your business trip.
Our team at ExpoBeds will happily assist you with the hotel arrangements during an expo. Whether you want to be near the venue where the trade fair takes place, or you want quick access to the airport, we have a wide selection of hotel offers at affordable prices available throughout Paris.
You can contact us via phone or email to get a personalised hotel quote, or make an online reservation through our ExpoBeds website.
The 7th arrondissement, known as Palais-Bourbon or Tour Eiffel, is located in the south-west of the centre, on the left bank of the River Seine. As the name implies, the area is home to the Eiffel Tower, as well as other famous landmarks and attractions like Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin.
The neighbourhood is largely a traditional residential one, where you can see many beautiful and well-preserved old buildings. There are limited food shopping options, typically small and independent. If you are accommodated in the area, make sure to pass by the green grocer, the baker, and the cheese shop. You can also explore small bistros and popular restaurants near the Eiffel Tower.
There are several metro and bus lines that run through the neighbourhood, which facilitates getting to the exhibition centres and other destinations. To get to 7th arrondissement, you can use metro line 13, trains J, L, and N, or bus lines 28, 82, 86, 92.
Once you’re in the area, you can walk around through the park or rent a bike for a couple of hours. If you are driving, be advised that parking in the area is limited and difficult, and there is usually lots of traffic. There are superb properties where you can stay, including small hotels and B&Bs.
The 10th arrondissement, Saint-Laurent, is in the north and north-east of the centre, where Gare du Nord is situated. The area is primarily residential yet busy, with a multicultural, artistic flair that attracts a lot of tourists. The neighbourhood is close to Canal Saint-Martin, where the youth of Paris congregate during summer.
The 10th arrondissement offers a variety of activities, especially at nighttime. The Oberkampf area is quite popular, offering numerous bars and night clubs. If you are visiting in the summer, there are two art house cinemas worth the visit, as well as a water-sport zone.
There is a wide variety of restaurants and cuisines that you can try, including vegan and street food. Supermarkets and delis are both common and easily accessible in the neighbourhood, plus there are a lot of traditional and international clothing and souvenir shops.
When it comes to commuting options, Saint-Laurent definitely has the big advantage of being home to both Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord. You can get to the area via train H and L. There is also a superb metro and bus routes coverage, the most common being metro 7 and buses 32, 38, 39, and 43.
As in the 7th arrondissement, here we advise you again to avoid travelling by car. There are limited parking spots and the streets are often crowded and narrow, making moving from one place to another pretty difficult. If you are travelling by foot, be careful with your belongings and watch out for pick-pocketers.
Vaugirard, the 15th arrondissement and home to the Paris expo Porte de Versailles venue, is the largest in size and population of all twenty Paris arrondissements. It is located at the edge of the city, in the south-west on the left bank of the River Seine. The gare Montparnasse separates the neighbourhood from the 14th arrondissement (Observatoire).
The 15th is a quiet, safe, primarily residential, and commercial area, providing access to shops, cinemas and restaurants. A popular attraction in the neighbourhood is Le parc André Citroën, one of Paris’ most innovative and interesting modern parks.
You can stay in hotels, small hostels or B&B properties near Paris expo Porte de Versailles, but be advised that they can get a bit pricey. Getting to the 15th arrondissement can be done by metro (8), bus (39, 42, 62, 80, 88), train (N), RER or Light Rail. An advantage of the area is the close proximity to gare Montparnasse, from where you can travel to exhibition venues and other parts of the city.
You can easily go through the neighbourhood by foot or by bike. Again, driving in a personal or rent-a-car is not advisable as you will rarely find a parking spot in the neighbourhood. Taxis are also quite expensive and not a preferred option.
Villepinte is an ancient city, part of the royal abbey Seine-Saint-Denis. The city is located less than twenty kilometres from Paris, and is home to Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expositions, France’s largest exhibition complex and one of Europe’s leading business venues.
A major advantage is the close proximity to the Charles de Gaulle airport. You can travel by train B and D, or by metro on lines 4 and 5. There are also various accommodation options located near RER B line, part of the Regional Express Network, that leads to Gare du Parc des Expositions, as well as other arrondissements of Paris. Another suitable way of transportation is by local RATP bus, particularly Bus 350. It operates every day with departures every 15 to 35 minutes, and travels between Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris through Le Bourget, Garonor and Expo Paris – Nord Villepinte.
If you are travelling by car, Parc des Expositions offers 14,000 parking spaces for both trade visitors and exhibitors, there are also shuttle services available from the parking lots to the esplanade.
If you’re attending an exhibition or conference at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, the best ways to get there from Villepinte are by train, metro and bus. With train T3a and the RER A line, you will arrive at your destination in around an hour. If you’re using the subway, lines 4, 8, 12 and 14 might be a good call but be advised that you might need to walk a little to the exhibition centre, another option is to travel by bus 350.
Getting to Parc des Expositions Villepinte is probably the easiest when you are already staying in the area. If your hotel is near the venue, you can easily go by foot or by bike. If necessary, you could also ride on bus B or drive to your destination. Тhere are up to 14,000 parking spots at Parc des Expositions, so parking should be easy as 1, 2, 3.
We cannot miss mentioning CDG Airport as an area on its own. Known as Europe’s number one airport, Charles de Gaulle airport is located 27 km North-East of the city. It has three terminals, ten car parks, and is linked to numerous public transport services. There are also various accommodation options near CDG Airport for the convenience of travelling trade visitors and exhibitors.
Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport offers numerous activities like various shops, bars and restaurants, and tourist information points. To get to the airport, you can use TGV train, RER B, Roissybus, VEA shuttles which depart from Disneyland Paris, and Fileo Roissy. Busses 350, 351, 19, N143 and N140 from the RATP are also convenient transportation options to get to the airport from other parts of Paris. You can get a taxi if you depart from the following terminals: Terminal 1 (exit 24, arrival lvl), Terminal 2A (exit 6), Terminal 2C (exit 14), Terminal 2D (exit 7), Terminal 2E (exit 10, arrival lvl), Terminal 2F (exit 11, arrival lvl), Terminal 3 (arrivals hall), Terminal 2G (blue door). Other shuttle and minibus services, as well as parking between the airport and Parisian hotels are available by advance booking. You can find more information on the official Paris CDG Airport website.
When travelling to Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from the airport, do not forget to double-check what transportation you can use from the terminals mentioned above. Metro lines 12 and 8 will quickly get you to your destination in a combined trip with bus lines 91 and 350 or the RoissyBus. Another route you can take is train B and tram line T3a. All listed options should take you to the venue in around an hour and a half.
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is known as one of the key European venues, hosting numerous public and professional events for various industry sectors annually. The venue first opened in 1923, and has since welcomed over 7,5 million visitors. The venue has seven modern and spacious pavilions located on different levels and connected by moving walkways and a high-tech semi-covered passage.
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is located between the Boulevards des Maréchaux and Boulevard Périphérique, and can be easily accessed by public transportation. You can also go by car but there are limited parking options and almost non-stop traffic. Visitors often opt for metro line 12 (Porte de Versailles station) to avoid the traffic. The line is one of the longest in the Paris metropolis, offering easy access to various attractions and other locations within the city. You can also get to the venue via tram lines T2 and T3a, and bus lines 80 and 39.
If you are attending an event at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, you can find suitable accommodation nearby. There are various hotels and aparthotels at different price points in close proximity to bus stops and the venue itself.
Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expositions is the largest exhibition complex in France. It is also recognised as one of the leading European business venues. Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expositions consists of nine halls spanning over 100,000 sq. m., including additional space for outdoor activities.
One of the venue’s biggest advantages is its location between Paris and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, facilitating getting from one major area to another. The RER-B line crosses Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expositions. There is a convenient stop on the line near Hall 8, Gare du Parc des Expositions, that is one stop away (approximately 10 minutes) from the airport, and about 30 minutes away from the main stops in central Paris.
Other alternative transportation options include bus line 350, serving the route between CDG airport and Paris’ Porte La Chapelle metro station. You can also drive to the venue with your personal vehicle or with a rent-a-car. The venue provides 14,000 parking spaces for exhibitors and visitors, plus shuttle services from the parking lots to the esplanade.
There are numerous hotels near Parc des Expositions located along the RER B line, as well as some properties in Roissy-en-France. Exhibition attendees usually prefer to stay in the Châtelet - Les Halles district or the district around the Saint-Michel Notre-Dame station.
Paris le Bourget Exhibition Centre is located approximately 10 kilometres away from Paris. Its strategic location close to Le Bourget and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airports makes the area a lucrative destination for a lot of trade visitors and exhibitors.
Paris Le Bourget Exhibition Centre spans 80,000 sq. m. of exhibition space, and hosts numerous exhibitions and conferences within the fashion, aviation and defence technology sectors. Getting to the Le Bourget area from the centre of the city is easy and can be done by train, RER, metro or bus. You can catch buses 20, 42, 43, 52, 66, 68 from various locations, including Scenaux and Garches, or ride along metro lines 14 and 9. Trains J and L, as well as RER A pass near Le Bourget and very close to the venue as well. If you are travelling from Le Bourget to the city centre, you can get on the metro from stations Gare Saint-Lazare and Madeleine, or on the RER from Haussmann Saint-Lazare and Auber stations.
There is comfortable accommodation like hotels and B&B properties near the expo centre and the public transport stations.
Paris is best known as the fashion capital of the world, the centre of a rich agricultural region, the Mecca of gastronomy and arts, as well as a major financial and commercial centre. Many traditional and new industries have been developed and continue growing in the city, creating endless opportunities for emerging and established French and foreign businesses to thrive.
The financial, commercial, transportation, artistic, and intellectual centre of France hosts over 1,600 events annually, including more than 400 trade fairs open to trade visitors and the general public. Parisian expos and conferences cover all topics and take place at various locations throughout the city, including Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris Le Bourget Exhibition Centre, and Paris-Nord Villepinte Parc des Expositions.
Aside from trade shows and conferences, there are other superb in-person experiences worth the visit while in Paris. Popular attractions include Disneyland, the Moulin Rouge Cabaret Show, the Crazy Horse Cabaret Show, Paris Fringe Festival, and Salon du Chocolat.