This page gathers some information to help you travel to the conference site. It will be updated with new information when available.
Update: The train schedule has been updated. It is now possible to consult official train schedules, buy tickets, and reserve seats on web-sites such as voyages-scnf.com.
Update: Information about the location of the lunches and the social events have been added.
Coming to Deauville
Deauville is situated in France, on the English channel, in the region of Normandy, at approximately 200 km west of Paris.
Other ways to come to Deauville include driving from Paris (approximately 2h), taking the ferry from Portsmouth, taking a plane to Deauville-St Gatien international airport (infrequent flights). More information is available on the official website of Deauville.
Coming to Paris Gare Saint-Lazare
Gare Saint-Lazare is a major train station in the western part of Paris. It is well connected to metro and suburban city lines, including (Haussmann Saint-Lazare station, terminus of line E), (Saint-Lazare station, terminus of line 14), and (Saint-Lazare station, on line 13).
When landing at Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
All the terminals are connected to the suburban train. Simply follow the signs Paris by Train. Take the towards Paris and change at Gare du Nord (30 to 35 mn). From Gare du Nord, walk through the underground connection to the adjacent Magenta station (there is no need to exit and reenter the subway system). At Magenta, take the to Haussmann St-Lazare (5 mn, only one stop).
Alternatively, you can take the Roissybus, which connects the airport to Opéra (approx. 60 mn, best avoided in periods of high traffic). The bus stops at the corner of rue Scribe and rue Auber, at a short walking distance from Gare Saint-Lazare.
When landing at Paris - Orly (ORY)
The Orlyval automatic train connects Orly to the Antony station. From Antony, take the line towards Paris and change at Châtelet (35 mn). Take the metro line to Saint-Lazare (5 mn).
Alternatively, the Orlybus connects Orly to the Denfert Rochereau station (approx. 30 mn, best avoided in periods of high traffic) which is also on the .
When coming to Paris by the Eurostar or another train
The Eurostar stops at Gare du Nord. From there you can reach the Magenta metro station through an underground walkway and take the to Haussmann Saint-Lazare.
Other Parisian train stations are also well-connected. You can reach Magenta and from Gare de l'Est using an underground walkway. From Gare de Lyon, you can take the to Saint-Lazare. From Gare d'Austerlitz, one solution is to cross the bridge over the Seine to Gare de Lyon, enjoy the view, and take the . You can also take the , change at Invalides, take the in the direction Saint-Denis - Université, and stop at Saint-Lazare. Gare Montparnasse is also on line and you can reach Saint-Lazare by taking the line in the direction Saint-Denis - Université.
Some TGVs stop at the Massy TGV station, south of Paris. This new station is located a few meters from the Massy-Palaiseau station, which is on line . From there, you can go north to Paris, and change at Châtelet for the with terminus at Saint-Lazare.
Trains from Paris to Deauville
Deauville is accessible from Gare Saint-Lazare by an intercité train. When arriving at the Gare, follow the signs Grandes Lignes . The destination station is called Trouville-Deauville. The travel time is generally around 2h (this is not a fast train, but take heart: improvements are planned and the trip should only take 1h20 in 2023). Booking a seat is not necessary on those trains. You only need a ticket, which you can buy on-line in advance or in the station just before boarding the train. The All tickets must be validated before boarding the train, using the strange yellow devices available in stations and on platforms.
Note that the line from Paris to Normandy splits at Lisieux and you may need a connection:
- A few trains go all the way to Deauville. They stop at: Lisieux, Pont-L'Evêque, Trouville-Deauville. No connection is needed. You can reserve a seat, but this is not compulsory.
- Other trains either have Lisieux as terminus or continue after Lisieux towards Caen. You must change at Lisieux and board a train to Trouville-Deauville. You may need to use the underground walkway and change platform at Lisieux. You can reserve a seat on the first train, but not on the second one. The connection is generally only 10 mn long and does not add much to the total travel time, so this is a perfectly reasonable solution. (If by mistake you find yourself in Caen, note that there is a bus from Caen to Deauville: line 20).
You can find a train schedule for the September-December 2012 season on the train station website. Here is also a local copy (PDF). The schedule is in French and not easy to read. I tried to summarize below the trains of interest for conference members. You can also visit the voyages-scnf.com website for train schedules, to buy tickets and reserve seats (it now shows the correct schedules).
Notes. All the trains stop at Lisieux, but the following tables only show arrival and departure times at Lisieux when a connection is actually required. The tables were made by hand and may contain mistakes.
From Paris to Deauville
|Sun 9. Sep.|
|Mon. 10 - Thu. 13 Sep.|
|Fri. 14 Sep.|
From Deauville to Paris
|Mon. 10 - Thu. 13 Sep.|
|Fri. 14 Sep.|
|Sat. 15 Sep.|
Traveling in Deauville
Deauville is not a large city, and most places can be reached by foot (including the train station, the conference site, the hotels and restaurants, the casino and the beach).
Nevertheless, if you stay at one of the few hotels down the Avenue de la République, you might want to go from the train station to your hotel by bus. The line 20, Le Havre-Honfleur-Deauville-Caen, stops at the train station (at one end of Avenue de la République) and goes down the Avenue to Tourgéville and further. It makes the following stops:
- Deauville SNCF, the train station where you board the bus,
- Deauville Art Station,
- Deauville Église, near Le Patio Hotel,
- Tourgéville, near Maeva Les Embruns.
The bus schedule is synchronised with the train schedule. Please consult the bus website for more information. The travel time is very short (6mn to Tourgéville), but the bus continues all the way to Caen, so, do not miss your stop!
SAS and the affiliated workshops will take place at the Villa Le Cercle, 1 rue Le Marois.
The front portal on Bd. Eugene Cornuche will be closed; please use the door on rue Le Marois, on the side of the Villa, see Street View.
During SAS, on September 11, 12, and 13, lunch will take place at Le Brummel, a restaurant situated within the nearby Casino de Deauville. You can access it directly from the street on the side of the Casino in rue Edmond Blanc, or enter the Casino through the main revolving doors and go directly to your right (before the large stairs).
The social event consists in a trip to Honfleur, a beautiful port at 15 km from Deauville, which we will reach by coach.
You will have a few hours of free time to visit the town. Then, we will meet at Le Bistrot du Port for the social dinner. We will return to Deauville in the evening.
Honfleur is famous for its wooden church Église Sainte-Catherine and its numerous art galleries. The Pont de Normandie, once the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, bridges the Seine river and links Honfleur to Le Havre.