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Espace Mendes France, Poitiers, France

Poitiers is a town on the Clain River in west central France. It is a commune and the capital (préfecture) of the Vienne département and of the Poitou-Charentes région. The town is picturesque; and its streets are interesting for their remains of ancient architecture, especially of the Romanesque period, and the memories of great historical events.


Come to Poitiers by road

Poitiers is situated on the Paris-Bordeaux axis (Nationale 10 highway and A10 motorway).

By the A10 motorway, Poitiers is:

  • 330 km from Paris
  • 220 km from Bordeaux
  • 130 km from La Rochelle

Come to Poitiers by rail

Poitiers is on the TGV Atlantique rail line (station in the town):

  • Poitiers - Paris Gare Montparnasse: 1hr. 30min.
  • Poitiers - La Rochelle: 1hr. 25min
  • Poitiers - Bordeaux: 1hr. 45min

Reserve a train ticket : External link

Come to Paris by air, then to Poitiers by rail

Airports to Paris

  • To reach Paris from the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport, the easiest is to take RER line B (all trains go to Paris). Alternatively, you can train Roissy Bus or airline shuttles to reach Paris, and then use metro or bus.
  • To reach Paris from the Orly airport, the easiest is to take the Orly Bus that stops at Denfert-Rochereau station (about 15 minutes). Alternatively, you can take the Orly Val to reach line B of the RER. Airline shuttles are also available to reach Paris.

Take the TGV high speed train in Paris Gare Montparnasse.

Come to Poitiers by air

Poitiers-Biard airport: 33 (0)5 49 30 04 40


Regular flights :


Our choice of hotels located within walking distance of Espace Mendès France.

Hôteltel/faxcost/per night min/max + breakfastweb
Hôtel de l'Europe **phone +33549881200 / fax +33549889730Special C5 participants : room + breakfast : 57.00 Euros for one person - 68.00 Euros for 2 personsExternal link
Hôtel Ibis Centre (Accor) **phone +33549883042 / fax +3354955118746€ - 59 € + 7€External link
Hôtel Le Plat d'Etain **phone +33549410480 / fax +3354952258444€ - 62€ + 7.5€External link
Hôtel Au Chapon Fin **phone +33549880297 / fax +3354988916347€ - 52€ + 6€External link
Hôtel Central **phone +33549017979 / fax +3354960275645€ - 53€ + 6.5€External link
Grant Hôtel ***phone +33549609060 / fax +3354962818966€ - 84 € + 12€External link

Youth Hotels (FUAJ) External link

Social events

Excursion to visit La Rochelle on Thursday January 17

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