Local Information

Location

The LORIA building, home of Inria Nancy – Grand-Est, --> is conveniently located along tram line 1. The trip from downtown Nancy takes less than half an hour, including a short walk on the Université de Lorraine campus.

The physical address is 615 rue du Jardin Botanique, 54602 Villers-lès-Nancy. Phone: +33 383 59 30 00. From the train station, LORIA is easily reached by bus or by tram.

Access by tram: Take the T1 line at the Nancy Gare stop in the direction of Vandoeuvre CHU Brabois and get off at the stop Callot. Then traverse the University campus: from the tram stop, go right in the direction of Lycée Jacques Callot, then follow the street uphill, turning left; finally, enter the campus. LORIA is the white building on the top of the hill. The tram takes less than 15 minutes and runs approximately every 7-15 minutes during working hours.

[From Callot to LORIA on Google Map]

Access by bus: Take the Campus line (also known as 128) from the Nancy Gare stop in the direction of Vandoeuvre CHU – Stan Campus and get off at the stop Grande Corvée. LORIA is on your left, walk uphill about 30 m. (The bus stop is in Rue du Jardin Botanique, facing the back side of LORIA, the main entrance to LORIA is on the other side.) The bus ride takes less than 15 minutes. Buses run every 8-15 minutes during working hours.

Bike rental: Like many French cities, Nancy has a system of short-term bike rentals called Velostan. Rates are available here. The bike ride from the city center to LORIA takes about 20 minutes.

Visa

Citizens from certain countries may require a visa to enter France. If you are unsure, check with a French embassy or consulate. Additional information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please contact us if you need an invitation letter.

Traveling

Nancy, located about 300 km east of Paris, is at 90 minutes by high-speed train (TGV) from Paris. There are direct trains to Nancy station from Paris-Est. Other high-speed trains connect Paris Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) airport and other major French cities with the TGV Lorraine train station, located about 40 km from Nancy, which is reached by shuttle bus in about 40 minutes. Other trains reach Nancy from Strasbourg (and Switzerland and the south of Germany) and from Luxembourg and Metz (linking Nancy with Benelux and Germany). Check out the DB web site for train connections to Nancy from within Europe.

By plane, Nancy is best reached through Paris CDG or Orly airports. From Paris CDG, the most efficient option is usually to catch a direct train to the TGV Lorraine station and then continue by shuttle bus. From Paris CDG or Orly, you can take the RER B to Gare du Nord, walk or take the Metro 4 to Gare de l’Est and take a TGV to Nancy train station. Although TGVs are rarely completely full, it is generally recommended to reserve your TGV train tickets in advance on the SCNF web site. Should your flight be delayed, you can change them at an SNCF counter.

Alternatives to Paris airports are Luxembourg, Frankfurt, and Strasbourg. Low-cost flights reach Basel-Mulhouse or Frankfurt-Hahn, but it can be more difficult to reach Nancy from these airports by public transportation. Metz-Nancy regional airport is located close to the TGV Lorraine station and is served by the same shuttle buses.

Tourism

August is one of the best months to see Nancy. The sun is at its shiniest, and temperatures are normally around 20° to 25° Celsius. There are many places worth visiting in Nancy and around. We refer to the tourist office for a more exhaustive presentation of those places, and give here our very short list.

Other interesting cities in the area are Metz, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and Verdun.

Accommodation

There are many hotels both downtown and closer to the venue, with very moderate prices (about 60 € per night). Here is a selection of some hotels in Nancy, which are located close to the city center and the tram and bus lines to the LORIA building:

For more options, see Office de tourisme or booking.com.