Rugby World Cup: Ou est le stade?


Where is the stadium?” translates as “Ou est le stade: or ‘oooo ay le stod?’?” in French.

Maybe this reminder is redundant for rugby fans – but just in case – in the beer-induced haze of being in ‘la Belle France’ you forget – there are TWO stadiums, one in the Paris city limits, and one in nearby St. Denis where the Rugby World Cup matches will be held: Le Stade de France in St. Denis and Le Parc des Princes in Paris.
schedule and make sure that you know at which stadium games are being played.
stadedefrance.jpg

So, for example, if you’re planning on attending the Ireland vs. France match on June 21st, it will be held at the Stade de France in St. Denis. However, if you’re going to the Ireland vs. Argentina match, it will be held at Le Parc des Princes in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.

If you were smart enough to book your hotel in the Montparnasse district, you can hop on the #13 Metro line at Montparnasse or Gaite and it’s a straight shot to St. Denis-Porte de Paris. (Be careful this Metro line actually has two trains headed in the northern direction, so be sure to take the train marked ‘St. Denis’. A Montpartnasse hotel address has an added benefit: If you plan on attending matches in Bordeaux or Nantes, you will be close to the Montparnasse train station where you can hop on a TGV to attend these games.

RER B La Plaine Stade de France
RER D Stade de France – Saint Denis
Metro (underground/subway) line 13 Saint Denis – Porte de Paris
Buses Nos. 139 / 153 / 173 / 255 / 350

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE TRAVEL GUIDES

You can park in Paris (see Parking in Paris post) or limited reserved parking is available in Saint Denis:
Purchase your parking spaces in advance.
– Phone 0892 700 900
www.ticketnet.fr
( keyword: ‘Stade de France’).

Driving there from CDG?
A1 (exit No.2 Stade de France) and A86
(exit No. 9 Saint Denis – La Plaine Stade de France) motorways.

On the day of an event, access to the Stade de France is restricted. Only accredited vehicles or those displaying a car park badge (you may purchase a car park access at the same time as your admission ticket) will be allowed into the vicinity of the stadium and to park there.

Map of Le Parc des Princes
leparcdesprinces.jpg

If you’re going to Le Parc des Princes, it’s located at Passy/Bois de Boulogne in Paris’ 16th arrondissment on the Right Bank. To get there you can take the Metro lines:

9 & 10 Metro: Stops: Porte d’Auteuil on the #10 line and Porte de St. Cloud, Exelmanns on the #9 line.

or by bus:
22, 52, 62 & 72