The time has come around again for another Six Nations match, and this time lovely Paris will be playing host. Specifically, the Stade de France – fifth largest stadium in Europe – will be taking centre stage for Round 4 on 10th March, for the England v France game.
Paris thrives on a big event and there is no bigger sporting event than when England is in town. There is something about the history of England v France that makes it a special occasion; and with over 81,000 seats up for grabs, there will be plenty of you heading off to join in on the fun. This blog is for all you rugby fans – whether you have a ticket or not! We’ll be covering everything you need to know to make the most of your time in Paris. With bustling bars, amazing food, nightlife and endless things to see and do – there is plenty to keep you busy! We’ll be covering all you need to know, from where to go, how to get there and how much it will cost.
How to get to Paris
There are daily direct flights from London Gatwick, Southend, Bristol and Southampton Airports to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) which take just over an hour – and we have branches conveniently located at each of these airports. From CDG, you can access the city centre by shuttle (€4), taxi (€13-16) or train to Gare du Nord (€14). The Eurostar is another great alternative which takes you from London straight into the city centre; moneycorp have a range of branches across Central London too, so you can still Reserve & Collect euros in the area before you go.
How to get to Stade de France
Once in Paris the Stade de France is located in the North of the city, and extremely well served by public transport. The Paris Metro and RER is a regular and reliable network that runs from 5:30am – 1:15am, and 2:00am on Fridays and Saturdays. The stadium has its own rail station (Stade de France – Saint Denis) which is served by two lines – RER B and RER D. Both lines depart from the Gare du Nord, Chatelet-Les Halles and Gare de Lyon.
Alternatively, the stadium is a short walk from the Saint-Denis – Port da Paris metro stop, which is served by Line 13. Public transport is a very affordable option; single journeys costs just €1.90, or purchase a book of 10 single tickets for €16. It is also possible to buy a 1-to-7-day unlimited pass, which vary in cost from €13.20 to €72.40 depending on how many days and for which zones you require. The stadium isn’t designed for cars, so it isn’t advisable to drive or take a taxi, but if you wanted to it’s a 7km journey from the city centre, which would take approximately 30 minutes (subject to traffic, of course).
Where to go before the game
On match day you’ll probably be looking for one of the following: a place to watch the game, or a place to grab a drink before heading to the stadium. Luckily, Paris has a lot of options. Whichever category you fall into; head to Rue Princesse (‘The Street of Thirst’). Here you’ll find a range of pubs including The Eden Park, Frog & Princess, Little Temple Bar and Bedford Arms. These are all well-known among the rugby community and guaranteed a great atmosphere on the day. Alternative areas include the pubs around Grands Boulevards metro station; Corcoran’s Irish Pub or Café Oz. Le Comptoir and Le French Flair are 100% rugby bars with rugby at their core! Wherever you end up, you can expect to pay around €5-6 for a standard pint, if you wanted food a standard meal might cost up to €20.
What to do in Paris
March is a lovely time of year in Paris, so don’t miss the opportunity to explore outside of the match day! Wonder around Montmartre, explore Cathedrale Notre-Dame or enjoy Jardin des Plantes – all completely free of charge. There are a number of free or very cheap things to do if you’re on a budget. For most popular attractions there is usually an entrance fee; such as Musee d’Orsay which costs €12, or €9 for the Louvre. Tickets to climb the Eiffel Tower range from €10 to €25, depending on whether you take the lift or the stairs, and discounts are available for 12-24yr olds and concessions, and if you book online in advance. There are a huge range of other options to explore, including walking tours or river cruises – so you definitely won’t be bored!
Whatever you plan on doing with your weekend, or long weekend, in Paris – remember to pre-order your Euros in advance. Orders can be placed up to 14 days, or as little as 24hrs, in advance and is incredibly simple to do. Order currency with our best rates, and collect from one of our airport or Central London locations.