Settling in Reims
Bus and Tram
In Reims, the tramway and bus network is the most efficient way to travel. Furthermore, there are tram stops just in front of the NEOMA BS campus 1 and 2, making even easier your trips to and from the school. The trams and buses circulate from about 6am in the morning until about midnight.
To take public transport, you must purchase and validate a ticket. For the tramway, you must first purchase a ticket at the tram station from the ticket machines (by cash coins or credit card).
Then, when you enter the tram or the bus, you have to validate your ticket by presenting your ticket in front of the validation sensor. A green light appears and you can see your credit left on the card. You must present your ticket to the sensor machine each time you get in a bus or tram, even when it is a connection. When you travel by bus, the stopping is optional. At the bus stop, wave to the bus driver if you want him to stop. The boarding is only done by the front door. To get off, push the button « arrêt demandé » to inform the driver that you want him to stop at the next stop, and use the central or back doors by pushing the button to open them. Controllers sometimes get in the tram/bus and ask you for your ticket. The non-possession of a valid ticket will subject you to a fine.
Tickets are sold:
- at the CITURA boutique located on: 6 rue Chanzy, next to the Opera tram in most of the tobacco shops
- at every tram station through the ticket machines (by cash coins or credit card)
- in most of the tobacco shops
- in the buses by the drivers
You can download the Citura app to get the latest information on itineraries, timetables, traffic information, and to purchase M-tickets
Reims is a human sized city and you can go relatively quickly from one side to another by using a bike.
The canal river enables you to cross the city from the North to the South part. Please remember that the Driving Code also applies for bikes.
There are now four train stations in Reims:
– Gare Centre, town center (tram A, B or bus 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9)
– Gare Franchet d’Esperey, in front of Neoma BS
Campus 2, (tram A, tram B or bus 7, 11)
– Gare Maison Blanche (bus 4)
– Champagne-Ardenne TGV, devoted to “high speed trains”, located in Bezannes (tram B or bus 13)
You can see the train timetables and purchase tickets in Reims Centre and Champagne-Ardenne train stations or by internet on the website https://www.sncf-connect.com/
In Franchet d’Esperey and Maison Blanche train stations, there is no information desk and ticket machine. You must buy your ticket before in other train stations, by internet or ask the ticket inspector when the train arrives.
Settling in Rouen
Public Transportation in Rouen
Furthermore, there are bus stops just in front of the NEOMA BS campus, making your trips to and from school even easier.
The metro and buses circulate from about 6am in the morning until about midnight.
The Astuce network is one of the largest urban transport networks in France. Three TEOR (Transports Est Ouest Rouennais) bus rapid transit lines provide comprehensive service across both sides of the river.
The capital of Normandy has two subway lines. These pass through five towns (Rouen, Petit-Quevilly, Grand-Quevilly, Sotteville-lès-Rouen and Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray).
For further information, feel free to visit the website: www.reseau-astuce.fr
To take public transport, you must purchase and validate the ticket.
Tickets are sold at:
- At certain bus and metro stops through the ticket machines, in English ! (By coins or debit/credit card)
- Agence Réseau Astuce – Théâtre des Arts – Rouen
9, rue Jeanne d´Arc – « Théâtre des Arts » station in Rouen.
Open Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
You can download the My Astuce app (available in French and English) to get the latest information on itineraries, timetables, traffic information, and to purchase M-tickets (1 trip, 10 trips or a 24-hour Discovery ticket)!
You must present your ticket to the sensor machine each time you get in a bus or metro, even when it is just a connection. When you travel by bus, the stopping is optional. At the bus stop, wave to the bus driver if you want him to stop. To get off, push the button « arrêt demandé » to inform the driver that you want him to stop at the next stop, and use the central or back doors by pushing the button to open them.
Controllers sometimes get in the tram/bus and ask you for your ticket. The non-possession of a valid ticket will subject you to a fine.
Settling in Paris
T+ book of tickets
- Book containing 10 single journey tickets for travel on the Metro and RER in Paris, Paris Region bus routes (except Orlybus and Roissybus) and the Tramway routes.
- Period of validity: an hour and a half between the first and last validation with the following possible pairings (Metro/Metro, Metro/RER and RER/RER in Paris, bus/bus, bus/tram and tram/tram).
The most convenient and one of the most economical modes of transport, there are nearly 400 stations and 16 lines on the Metro. It is open 7 days a week between 5:30 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. and until 2:15 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It allows you to move around the capital and neighbouring cities. Metro tickets cost € 1.90 each (€16.90 for 10 [ask for ‘un carnet’]). You can buy tickets at automatic ticket machines in metro stations, in tobacconists and on the website ratp.fr.
Regional Express Railway (RER) and Transilien
The 5 RER lines and the Transilien lines form a network that allows you to travel through the region by train from Paris, and to cross the capital more quickly than with the Metro.
More information: www.transilien.com
Within Paris and the surrounding area, there is also a network of 8 tramway lines that circulate mainly around Paris and the surrounding towns.
There are almost 300 bus lines in Paris Region. You can get from one place to the next all while enjoying the view. Buses operate from Monday to Saturday and almost half of them operate on Sundays and public holidays they run in Paris and the region from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Some lines run until 0:30 a.m. The line number and direction are indicated on the front of the bus, above the driver’s compartment, and on the sides of the bus. Put your hand out at the bus stop to indicate to the bus driver to stop.
If you need to travel at night when the Metro is closed, make use of the Noctilien network. From 0:30 to 5:30, 42 bus lines will transport you safely through the night in Paris Region.
Transport service on the Seine, offered 7 days a week.
The pass allows you to get on and off for 1 day, 2 days or 1 year.
Nine stops are offered along the route: The Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Orsay Museum, the Louvre, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre Dame, the City Hall and Jardin des Plantes in Beaugrenelle.
More information: www.batobus.com
- Paris Visite is an unlimited pass for travel in Paris Region, no restrictions, for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days.
- One ticket for the whole of your stay.
- Option to choose between 2 geographical zones:
Zones 1 to 3 – allows you to use public transport in Paris and its inner suburbs.
Zones 1 to 5 – allows you to use public transport in Paris Region (airports, Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris, etc.).
- The Imagine’R card is not just a transport card. It gives its bearer a series of advantages (called « Imagine’R Good Plans »), such as discounts in certain fast food chains (Mcdonald’s), movie theatres (Gaumont, Pathé), cultural or leisure spaces (museums…) or in some chain stores.
- RATP: https://www.ratp.fr/en/titres-et-tarifs/imagine-r-student-travel-pass
- Transilien: https://www.transilien.com/en
- Imagine’R: https://www.imagine-r.com/
- www.vianavigo.com (available in English)
- citymapper.com/paris/apps (available in 9 languages)
Thanks to the policy of the Paris City Council, the bicycle is gaining ground: today 700 kilometres of bike paths are available to cyclists. With its ‘Bike Plan’, Paris is developing 200 kilometres of new bike paths in 2017; by the end of 2020, it aims to have 1,400 kilometres of bike paths.
Near to the main train stations and the principal tourist routes, you will find companies renting bicycles for a day, a weekend or a week.
Set up by the City of Paris, Velib’ is a self-service bicycle-sharing scheme. It is very affordable, and bikes are available throughout Paris (and beyond the city limits) 24 hours a day. It is the ideal way to get around Paris.
Paris can be reached by train in a matter of hours from elsewhere in France and all major European cities. All 9 stations (Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Gare Saint-Lazare, Gare Montparnasse, Gare de Lyon, Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare de Bercy, Gare de Marne-la-Vallée Chessy et Gare de Massy TGV) bring you right into the heart of the city. They are situated in different areas of Paris relating to the destinations that the trains serve, and are well connected to the public transport network (metro, RER, bus).
All the stations boast exceptional and unique architecture, like the Gare du Nord with its neoclassical façade and 23 sculptures by famous artists.
While they are worth visiting for historical interest, the main Paris stations are not frozen in time. Each one has undergone major renovation work in recent years to cater for increased train traffic, especially high-speed trains, as well as the constant growth in the number of rail travelers.
The nerve centre of the French and European rail networks, the stations have also become lively urban spaces with sprawling shopping centres frequented by ever-increasing numbers of people.
To book your trip, please visit the official website of the SNCF Connect.