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Montpellier & Corum at a glance

Montpellier

Montpellier is one of France's oldest University cities with Paris and Toulouse (XIII Century), and has become today a major hub for research on environment and development issues. The city is located on hilly ground 10 kilometers (6 mi) inland from the Mediterranean Sea coast on the banks of the Lez River. The medieval center, “the Ecusson”, gives to the city its unique and intimate feeling. We hope that you will take this opportunity to enjoy the social and cultural life of the City and to visit the unique surrounding (natural and Unesco World Heritage sites).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Corum
The Conference will take place at “Le Corum” Conference Center.
It is located in the centre of Montpellier and can be reached from the Place de la Comédie, via the Esplanade and its pedestrian walkways – Getting to Le Corum




Accommodation
In order to book an hotel room, 3 options are offered to you :

1. Fill in the registration form (opening end of June) in which a selection of hotels with negotiated rates are attached.

2. Book by yourself: download a list of hotels

Special rates have been negotiated between Agropolis International (Cirad) and some hotels. They can be obtained only when booking either by phone or email directly to the hotel (not through the online booking available on web sites)

3. Book by yourself: search through the online system of the Tourism Office of Montpellier

4. Home-stay offers should be proposed early 2014 - further information to come.


Practical information

 

Local transportation

You can find maps and information at the Montpellier Tourist Office located at the Place de la Comédie, 500m from Corum, and open 7 days a week (phone: 04 67 60 60 60) or at the Corum information desk (level 1). Montpellier offers a comprehensive network of buses and trams, available from 5 am to 1 am.
 
Information on Montpellier local transports (TAM).

 Tramway & buses
You can buy tickets at the ticket dispensers available at each tramway station. To buy passes, go to TAM office, next to railway station. Fares are:
 • One-way fare: 1.50€
 • 1-day pass: 4.00€
  • 7-days: 15,60€
 • 10 ride pass: 10€

The tramway “ligne 1”, decorated in blue with white swallows, connects the northern part of the city with the Odysseum terminal on the southeast side. The “ligne 2”, decorated in a flower-power theme, goes from east to west. The colorful “ligne 3”, designed by the famous fashion designer Christian Lacroix, goes from west to east, arriving near the seaside at perols. From there, you can rent a bike or take a short walk (around 20 minutes) to get to the beach. The golden “ligne 4”, also designed by Christian Lacroix, serves only downtown. Some 30 bus lines are connected to the tramway lines to offer a comprehensive network that will transport you around Montpellier.

Vélomagg bicycle service
The Vélomagg' service offers bicycles just the way you want them: available and inexpensive. For your riding pleasure, 50 automatic bike stations with over 2,000 bicycles are available in Montpellier and Agglomération area. Service is open 24/7. All you need is personal identification and you can rent a bicycle to ride the streets of the city and outlying area. You can buy tickets at the Esplanade bike station (next to Montpellier Tourist Office)

Taxis 
Also available upon call, or at the railway station, or the Comedie station.
Tram Taxi: 04 67 58 10 10
Blue Taxi: 04 67 03 20 00
Radio du Midi Taxi: 04 67 10 00 00
Languedoc Taxi: 04 67 10 03 04
2000 Taxi: 04 67 04 00 60

Banking and credits cards

Banks are generally open from 9:00 to 16:30 with a break at lunch time, from Monday to Friday. Cash machines can be found almost everywhere, even in the Corum conference center at level 0.

Shopping

Most shops are open from 9 or 10 am until 7 pm. On Sunday, shops are closed.

 

Restaurants

A large variety of restaurants and cafés are scattered throughout Montpellier, especially downtown, walking from the Corum. Some of them are opened late at night. Prices for a menu usually start from 12 € at lunch and 18€ for dinner.
 
More information on the tourist office website

Emergency numbers

15: Emergency ambulance service
17: Police
18: Fire Brigade

 

Insurance

French health care does not cover visitors to France. Please ensure that you have an adequate insurance coverage in the event of illness or accident. The organizing committee is not liable for personal injuries sustained by or for loss or damage to property belonging to the participants.

 


Travels

By Air

Montpellier Méditerranée Airport is the 11th French airport and the 1st airport in Languedoc Roussillon. Six regular airlines (Air France, Alitalia, Air Arabia, Ryanair, Easyjet, Volotea) operate to and from it. In 2013, the airport features the following destinations (new destinations are likely to be available in 2015).

• Direct flights to 3 international hubs :
 - 2 hubs in France: Paris & Lyon (450 flights to 20 countries)
 - 1 hub in Europe: London Gatwick
 - Paris Orly: 5 daily flights
 - Paris Charles de Gaulle, Nantes, Strasbourg: 4 daily flights
 - Lille, Lyon, Roma: 3 daily flights
 - London Gatwick: 2 daily flights
 - Frankfort: 4 weekly flights
 - Brussels, Casablanca, Nador: 3 weekly flights
 - Fes: 2 weekly flights

The airport is 10 kilometers from Montpellier center (15-minute drive), midway between the town and the sea. Taxis, car rental and a shuttle service (11 times/day) are available. The cost of a taxi is around 25€, and the cost of the shuttle is around 5 €.

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More information on Montpellier's airport website

By Train

High-speed train(TGV): 15 direct High speed trains are operating daily from downtown Paris (3h ½) and 5 daily direct high-speed trains from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport (4 hours). The train station is located in downtown Montpellier near the Corum and most of the hotels.
There are also direct trains to Barcelona, Geneva, Nice and Italy, Bordeaux, etc

More information on SNCF website 


By Road

Montpellier is linked to Paris by the A9 and A75 Motorways (aroud 700 kms). It is also linked to Italy, Spain, Switzerland.
Map out your route with Michelin


Updated: 20 November 2014

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