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Paris Unveiled:
The Business Traveller's Ultimate Guide

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Welcome to Paris - a city where the pulse of commerce meets the elegance of French culture. Every year thousands of business travellers discover this thriving business hub. Whether you're here to close a deal, attend a conference, or mix a bit of sightseeing with your business agenda, this guide will explore the city's top corporate facilities, nestled amidst its historic boulevards and picturesque cafés.

Preparing for Your Trip

Travel Essentials

Before you set off for Paris, ensure that your paperwork is in order. For UK travellers, a valid passport is a must-have. You won’t need a visa for short stays if your visit to the EU or countries in the Schengen area including France, is for 90 days or less within a 180-day period. It’s important to track the length of your stay to ensure compliance with the 90/180 rule. For the latest updates and detailed guidelines, always refer to the gov.uk website.

Besides ensuring your travel documents are updated, we always recommend that our clients have thought about their business travel insurance, whether that is organised by their company or as an individual. This is your safeguard against any unforeseen circumstances that could compromise your planned business engagements. With the right preparations, your business journey to Paris should be smooth and productive.

Best Times to Visit for Business Travellers

Timing your Parisian business trip strategically can make a big difference. Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) offer temperate weather and thinner crowds. It's wise to avoid French national holidays and major events like Fashion Week when the city swells with visitors, making travel trickier to navigate and accommodation much more expensive.

Arriving in Paris

Your gateway to Paris can be through the Charles de Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport, or via the Eurostar train service. Both airports serve as essential international hubs and provide a host of amenities, including business lounges perfect for catching up on emails or taking a moment to relax after your flight. From Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports, the heart of Paris is readily accessible by taxis, trains or shuttles. The RER B train from Charles de Gaulle to central Paris is a particularly efficient and economical choice for reaching the downtown area quickly.

For those travelling from the UK or neighbouring European countries, arriving by Eurostar at Gare du Nord is another excellent option. This central train station places you directly in the heart of Paris, offering immediate access to the city's extensive metro and bus systems.

Navigating the City

Once you're settled in Paris, the city's public transportation system becomes an efficient ally. The Paris Metro, buses and RER trains offer comprehensive coverage across the city ensuring you can reach your business destinations promptly. For visitors purchasing a daily travel card, known as a "Mobilis" pass can be particularly cost-effective. This is ideal for business travellers who might need to move between multiple meetings and events.

We can arrange car hire services for business travellers who desire more control over their travel schedule, with numerous options available as soon as you arrive. For those who prefer the flexibility of personal travel without the commitment of a car rental, tapping into ride-sharing apps like Uber offers convenience and the ability to summon a ride directly to your location at any time.

Accommodation

Choosing the Right Hotel Location

La Défense is the first business district in Europe, with 500 corporate companies including 14 CAC 40 and 15 Fortune Global 500 companies. Understandably, there are over 3000 hotel rooms to choose from in this area, and plenty of restaurants to fuel meetings and networking events.

The Opera neighbourhood is in the heart of the city's cultural attractions and is a well-connected focal point for nightlife, culinary flair and those who value blending business travel with leisure opportunities. Alternatively, quaint yet chic Marais is a popular choice for business travellers which is well-located for start-ups.

Longer Stays

For those planning extended stays in Paris, serviced apartments offer an excellent alternative to traditional hotel accommodations. These options provide the comforts of home including full kitchen facilities, more living space and often a separate area for work—perfect for business travellers who need a space to focus and relax.

Business Facilities

Paris offers a huge range of impressive venues that cater to various business needs. The Palais des Congrès de Paris, located in the 17th arrondissement, is one of the largest and most versatile venues, which can host everything from major conventions to corporate exhibitions. Another esteemed venue is the Maison de la Mutualité in the Latin Quarter, which combines

historic charm with modern facilities for more intimate conferences and business gatherings. For large-scale events and tech conferences, the Espace Grande Arche in La Défense provides a starkly modern design with state-of-the-art amenities.

Co-working Spaces

The dynamic nature of Paris is reflected in its array of co-working spaces that are designed to meet the needs of freelancers, entrepreneurs and travelling business professionals alike. Station F, located in the 13th arrondissement, stands as the world's largest start-up campus and offers not only co-working spaces but also a vibrant community for networking and collaboration. WeWork and Kwerk are also viable options, with multiple locations across the city. These spaces offer flexible working environments with all the necessary business amenities, from high-speed internet to conference rooms and communal areas for informal brainstorming sessions.

Dining and Entertainment

Business Dining

From traditional bistros to contemporary restaurants, the French capital’s famous culinary landscape offers many a tempting venue for business dining. Renowned eateries include:

  • Le Procope - Located in the 6th arrondissement, this is the oldest cafe in Paris and a quintessential choice for business lunches in a unique, historic setting.
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Etoile - Situated near the Champs-Elysées, this establishment offers a modern and sophisticated dining experience that's ideal for impressing clients or celebrating a successful deal.
  • Le Meurice Alain Ducasse - Set inside the luxurious Le Meurice Hotel, this restaurant provides an opulent dining experience with impeccable service, suitable for high-stakes business meetings.
Unwinding After Hours

As evening falls, Paris’s nightlife comes to life. Here are a couple of our favourite spots after a day of meetings:

  • Bateau Mouche - Enjoy a peaceful boat cruise along the Seine that offers magical views of illuminated Parisian landmarks—a wonderful way to relax and reflect on the day's events.
  • Duc des Lombards - This intimate jazz club in the heart of the city presents live music performances that are great for an evening’s entertainment with colleagues or for the solo business traveller.
  • Le Marais - Stroll through the historic streets of Le Marais where lively nightlife blends with rich history, offering cosy cafes or rooftop bars in which to unwind.

These venues not only cater to your professional dining needs but also provide a chance to experience the Parisian lifestyle, adding a touch of culture to your business trip.

Your Parisian Business Journey Awaits

With its world-famous culture, easy accessibility and convenient location in the heart of the European Union, it is easy to see why Paris is a centre for international business travel. Beyond the boardroom, Paris offers a tapestry rich with history, culture and the fine art of living—a true "bleisure" destination.

We hope this guide will help you make the most of your business trip to Paris. For more business travel advice or to find out about our services. speak to one of the CT Business Travel team on 01892 673422.

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