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Customer Information - Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2021

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

It is only a couple of weeks away until Europe’s richest race takes place at the incredible ParisLongchamp and we are really looking forward to seeing you there after having missed out last year.

Here is some information on how to get around Paris which you may find useful before you travel.

Onward Travel from Gare du Nord

Upon arrival in Paris there are a couple of options in regards to travel from the station to your chosen hotel.

Licensed Taxi Rank

You will find a well-organised taxi rank on the station forecourt in front of the station, usually with staff helping allocate people to taxis. Even if the queue looks long, it moves fast and it won't take much more than 10 minutes to get into a taxi. We recommend you use an official taxi from the rank, don't accept offers from any touts.


Similar to some cities here in the UK, Paris has Uber which can enable you to book a ride in minutes. If you download the Uber app to your mobile phone before travel you are able to book rides around Paris.

Paris Metro

The RER (Réseau Express Régional) is a commuter train system that covers much of the greater metropolitan area of Paris, similar to the London Underground. A basic Metro ticket for a single journey costs €1,90, you can also purchase a booklet of multiple tickets which offers a discount.

Closest Metro Station to:

Hotel ibis Paris La Defense and Melia Paris La Defense: Esplanade de La Defense (Line 1)

Le Meridien Etoile: Neuilly Porte Maillot (Line 1)

Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel: Victor Hugo (Line 2)

With regards to your return journey from the hotel to Gare du Nord, we recommend pre-booking a taxi with the hotel concierge in advance for a time of your choosing on your departure date.

City (Tourist) Tax

Tourist tax contributes to the development and promotion of tourism in Paris and is charged by all hotels. All travellers staying in accommodation have a legal obligation to pay this tourist tax. The amount varies from property to property from €0.20 to €4 per person per night.

This fee cannot be paid in advance of your stay by Tour Operators, instead the hotelier requests that this is paid separately by the customer upon check-out.

Race Day Timings

Saturday 2nd October

Gates Open 12:00

First Race 13:30

Last Race 18:10

Sunday 3rd October

Gates Open 11:00

First Race 14:15

Last Race 19:00

Dress Code

There is no strict dress code for attendind ParisLongchamp racecourse for the Arc. National dress is welcomed. We advise that you dress for the weather as it can get quite cool in the month of October and it could also be quite wet.

For Ladies:

Hats are optional if you would like to wear one, please do. All sorts of dress styles and outfits are welcome from dresses to suits to other more casual attire incluidng a warm winter coat with a pair of toursers and boots. Think Cheltenham Festival if you would like to use our UK race days as a guide. Our advice would be to wear sensible footwear as it is a long day on your feet and seating is not guaranteed.

For Men:

Similarly to the Ladies, many dress styles and outfits are welcome however, we would suggest dressing smarter for what is a fun and special occasion. Fulls suits, or a smart pair of trousers/chinos with a shirt and jacket are a nice guide to what most will be wearing. Again, we advise dresing for the weather, so do bring a coat with you to add an extra layer should the weather let us down on the day.

Betting Guide

For information on how you can place bets at Paris Longchamp please click here

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