Directions from the Hôtel Ducs de Bourgogne
to the Blue Marble Office
or to the Airport Trains
(to either Charles de Gaulle or Orly)
To the Blue Marble Office
The Blue Marble office is located at number 2, rue Dussoubs, about 7 blocks from your hotel.
To get there, walk out the front door of the hotel and turn left. You will be on the rue du Pont Neuf, walking with the flow of traffic.
At the end of the second block, you will come to a park. The large Ste.-Eustache church is visible on the far side. Walk straight across the park, continuing in the direction in which you were walking on rue du Pont Neuf.
When you get to the far side of the park, you have three options that more-or-less continue your trajectory: soft left, soft right, and straight ahead (you must jog a bit to your right to continue straight ahead). Choose straight ahead, thus following the rue Montorgueil.
Three short blocks ahead, counting on the right hand side, turn right onto the tiny rue Tiquetonne. Follow this for one longish block (counting on the left) to the rue Dussoubs.
We are the glass doored storefront just in from the far left corner, between numbers 2 and 4.
If the iron curtain is down it means we aren't up yet. If the curtain is up, but the front room is dark, it means that we've gone out for coffee, or are in the basement. Try knocking, or looking into local bars. Or wait: we'll be back soon. Our official opening hours are here; but it is wise to make an appointment if you are coming by for something specific.
To the Airport Trains
Line B of the “RER” (a sort of express métro system) runs to both airports, Charles de Gaulle in the north, and Orly in the south. The nearest station is underneath the park just a block from your hotel: Les Halles.
To get to it, walk out the front door of the hotel and turn left. You will be on the rue du Pont Neuf, walking with the flow of traffic.
At the end of the second block, you will come to the edge of a park. The huge Ste.-Eustache church is visible on the far side. A set of escalators leads underground here. Take them down.
At the very bottom, after a succession of escalators or stairs, you will be in a vast underground shopping mall. The entrance to the métro and to the RER is just in front of you, on your right, when you come to the bottom of the final escalator.
Taking the Train to Charles de Gaulle
For trains to Charles de Gaulle, follow signs to Line B, travelling in the direction of Roissy / Aéroport Charles de Gaulle. Follow these signs down another set of stairs (or escalators), through another set of turnstiles, and down one more level to a platform.
You will find yourself on a platform with tracks on both sides, one against the wall of the station, and the other facing other tracks and platforms beyond. This latter, the track not against the wall, is the one you want. It is clearly labeled for Line B, direction Roissy / Aéroport Charles de Gaulle.
Above the platform is an electronic list of station names, with indicators which light up adjacent to the name of each station served by the approaching train. This electronic list includes the name of the airport. It lists two stations bearing the name of the airport, numbered 1 and 2. If you are going to Terminal 1, or to Terminal 3 (formerly called “T-9” for reasons which are not entirely clear), you want a train serving Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 1. If you are going to Terminal 2, you want a train serving Aéroport Charles de Gaulle 2. Virtually all trains headed to the airport serve both airport stations.
In general: Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, Delta, KLM and Northwest flights leave from Terminal 2. Most other airlines leave from Terminal 1. Charter and budget flights leave from Terminal 3. But the airlines move around with unnerving regularity, and you should consult your ticket, call your airline, or consult the departure monitors in the airport train station to be sure you know from which terminal your flight departs.
Wait until an approaching train lights up the square adjacent your destination (Charles de Gaulle 1 or 2, as appropriate). An added check: the four-letter name written across the front of the train, above the driver’s cab, should begin with the letter “E” if the train is headed for the airport.
Journey time is approximately 30 minutes. If you are going to Terminal 2, it is the last stop, so you do not have to worry about rushing to get off. But in any event, and especially if you are trying to go to Terminal 1, you may follow your progress on the strip map over each car door. Note: not all trains make all stops!
If you are going to Terminal 1 and miss your stop, simply get off at Terminal 2, and take the next train back from the same platform. All trains departing Terminal 2 stop at Terminal 1 two minutes later.
If you are headed to Terminal 1, a shuttle bus (Line 2) will take you to the terminal building from the railway station. From the entrance of the building, clear signs indicate your airline.
If you are at Terminal 3 (de-training at the Terminal 1 station), follow signs to walk to the terminal.
If you are at Terminal 2, consult the flight monitors in the railway station itself (once you have come out of the exit turnstiles) to find out which of the six terminal buildings to go to. Follow the clear signs to any of Terminals 2C, 2E, 2F or 2D. For terminals 2A and 2B, ignore the signs, which put you on a pointless bus. Instead, walk through terminal 2C to reach 2A, or through 2D to reach 2B.
Taking the Train to Orly
We have not written this one up carefully, as so few international flights now use Orly. But, in a nutshell, your goal is to take line B to the south, in the direction of Massy-Palaiseau or St.-Rémy-les-Chevreuse. These all leave from the same platform, but so do other trains. Take any train that lights up the platform indicator for the Antony station, and get off when you get there, 20 - 30 minutes later. The Orly people mover (serving all terminals) is at the back of your train when you get off.