Every person entering France should have a valid passport and/or
You may need a Visa depending of your country of origin. Please
contact the nearest French Embassy or Consulate to your home
for further information.
For authors of accepted papers and PC members, the Congress Office
can issue, upon request, an official letter of invitation. Please
contact the organisers to
get an invitation letter (precise which paper or PC).
Other participants can use their inscription receipt to ask for their visa.
is a list of countries that DO NOT need a visa (in French).
Both Inria and Nice University are
participants, so, if your institution provides you with an
eduroam account, you are encouraged to initialize it on
your laptop properly
pour les français).
We will provide personal wifi
account to participants, but eduroam will work within a largest
area in the campus.
Nearest international airport is Nice-Côte d'Azur
A taxi to Sophia Antipolis costs around 55 euros (see below)
Buses from the airport (see map to bus stop below)
- To Antibes: Line 200
- To Sophia Antipolis:
230 (bus stop "Templiers" for the venue, see below)
bus 230 does NOT work on saturday/sunday
- Connexion to Sophia Antipolis in week-ends is possible at
certain hours through Antibes by bus
200 then bus 1
(check schedules for Samedi (Saturday) or Dimanche (Sunday))
- When you enter bus
200, ask the driver for a Ticket Azur
(ticket allowing connexion = correspondance).
Try yo have small change (1€50 if possible) as drivers may refuse bills
- get out from bus 200 at stop "Piscine" (ask the driver)
- walk to stop "Stade Nautique" of bus 1 (see
see map of
bus stops in Antibes and be careful to take bus 1
in the right direction: Vers Sophia Antipolis
(both terms Piscine and Stade Nautique roughly mean the same: swimming pool).
Airport: Buses stop at 3 mn walk from Terminal 1, see picture:
Nice Cote d'Azur Airport offers a choice of several
car rental companies.
- From Marseille-Aix by the A8
motorway, take the exit Antibes-Grasse-Sophia Antipolis,
direction Sophia Antipolis.
- From Nice by the A8
motorway, take the exit Antibes-Sophia Antipolis, direction
Sophia Antipolis (the road on the right just after the toll).
About 20 minutes from the airport (not during rushing hours ;-)
55€ (more late at night or early morning)
Transfert Service (English spoken) +33 (0) 6 09 50 92 53
Taxi Sophia +33 (0) 6 27 51 01 51
Centrale Orange Taxi +33 (0) 820 906 960
Motorbike transport: +33 (0) 6 58 79 81 31
see also: http://www.cote-azur.com.fr
The closest railway station is located in Antibes.
Regular shuttles from Antibes to Sophia Antipolis (see below).
Be careful that September 2 is the first day of scholar
time schedule PÉRIODE SCOLAIRE (do not use the
vacances time schedules).
For all the lines mentioned below, the bus stop
closest to the venue is Templiers.
You can locate it on the campus map.
- From Nice city or Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport
which does NOT work on saturday/sunday (see above)
- From Antibes
Try to have small change (1€ coins if possible) to
avoid a long line when entering the bus, as the fare must be paid
to the driver (unless you manage to buy
tickets at one of the few selling
points in advance). Some drivers refuse bills.
You can use lines 1, 11, or 100 to reach the conference.
Map of bus
stops in Antibes (center and train station)
- There are important
construction works around the railway station. Look at the
map above and locate bus stops in the right direction: Vers Sophia Antipolis.
- The map shows other stops that may be closer to
your hotel, and more convenient to reach.
Bus schedules valid from September 2:
In case you arrive before Sept 2, here are bus schedules valid until September 1st:
Line 1 -
Line 11 -
Other lines in the area: Envibus Lines
- Line 1
- Line 11
- Line 100
Note that Envibus adds a few buses for the ALGO event on Line 100:
- (morning) From Antibes "Place de Gaulle"
However, there can be crowds in the
morning on these first days of the new school
year, so, it may be wise to also consider buses
starting from Antibes "Place de Gaulle" at 7:45 am and 8:10 am.
- Monday Sept. 2nd : 8:00 am
- From Tuesday to Friday: 8:20 am
- (evening) From "Templiers"
- Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday : 18:35
The above mentioned buses also allow you to move within
There are other lines as well, see
If you are staying at the Lycée International de
Valbonne (CIV), you need to go to the Gare Routière
Valbonne Sophia Antipolis (5 min walk),
indicated as ``GR. VSA'' on timetables.
map of buses in Sophia Antipolis
Walking or biking
If your hotel is in Sophia Antipolis you can probably walk
to the conference site
of bike and pedestrian tracks
Nice to know
tourism portal for the Riviera Côte d’Azur
The French Riviera benefits from a Mediterranean-type
climate, characterised by exceptional
sunshine almost 300 days a year and mild
temperatures for most of the year.
It rains heavily but infrequently mostly in March/April and
October/November. In winter, freezing temperatures are
rare, but sweaters are advised.
Shops are usually open from 9 am to 7 pm from
Monday to Saturday. Department stores may stay open
until 9 pm.
Banks are open from 8.30 to 12 noon and 2 to
4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, with some branches opening on
Credit cards are accepted
in many shops, hotels and restaurants (there is usually a
minimum amount of between €7 and €15).
For cash, you will
find cash-points on just about every street corner (24
hours a day).
It is always useful to have cash on you at all times for
expenses like taxi, drinks, etc.
Bank branches, exchange bureaux and
some post offices handle currency exchange transactions and
Whatever you are buying, prices
are net. A gratuity is however the custom in for certain
specific services (taxi cabs).
A service charge is included in the price of each item on the menu in
any cafe or restaurant as required by French law. In
theory, no further tipping is expected. However,
it is pretty common to leave something after a bite to
eat or drink. But it’s never expected and is only
given for good or attentive service, or at a place you
habituate frequently. Extra generosity will never
Emergency phone numbers
Dial the following numbers (toll-free)
SAMU (medical emergencies): 15
Police emergency: 17
European emergency call: 112
To call France in France: 0 + number
To call France from abroad: 00 + 33 + number
To call abroad: 00 + country exchange number +
220 Volts / 50 Hertz
A few tips for a pleasant trouble-free holiday
- You are strongly recommended to respect
smoking/no smoking signs in public places.
- If you are driving, park only where authorised and
respect speed limits on highways and motorways.