HEC campus is beautiful in every season, but when the temperatures become colder, students often look to travel.
Which methods of transport are available to students?
Most students fly from either Orly or Charles de Gaulle airport. To get there, people share Ubers or take the bus or train.
Word to the wise, when returning to HEC from an airport, try to share an Uber or book a taxi in advance. If neither of these options are available to you and you’re not sure about speaking in French, take a Taxi Parisien. In my experience, these are the safest taxis available and they have the most transparent prices. I unfortunately had a bad experience with an unlicensed driver, and it’s given me a good wakeup call!
If you’re unsure about a taxi, ask the driver to show you their taxi permit and a company business card. If they aren’t willing to do so, turn around and go back inside the airport, find a security guard who can help you find a safe option.
If you plan on taking the train, there are usually special services between stations. Orlyval works between Antony (RER B) and the two airport terminals.
As for buses, there are usually direct lines from central Paris – Roissybus and Orlybus. There are specific timetables, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point!
Going to Paris for the day
HEC has plenty of options for day-travellers. From Monday to Friday, there are shuttles every few hours to Pont de Sèvres and Massy in both directions.
On Sundays, there is a special service that drops you in Central Paris by 12pm (perfect for a lunch!) and collects students at two times in the evening.
Ubers are also a popular option for students that have a particular destination in mind, or who need to get somewhere quickly if they’ve missed a shuttle.
Exploring the Yvelines region
For students interested in visiting Versailles, there are buses run by Phebus that regularly stop at HEC. Tickets are 4 euros for both ways, so it’s a good way to see the scenic route!
If you’re planning on spending the evening out in Versailles, HEC also offers a pick up service during the weekend.
There are also services to shopping centres – perfect if you need to spend an afternoon with some retail therapy! It’s also helpful if you’re buying bulky items like ironing boards as the coaches have plenty of storage space.
You’ll find that HEC students make the most of their free time exploring the local area, the country or even travelling abroad. Thanks to the services run by the school and local operators, there’s plenty of ways to travel.