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Paris Motor Show: What you need to know

For the many UK car enthusiasts still mourning the demise of the British International Motor Show, there is an option available next month that is still within the realm of a typical day trip or short break possibility.

The Paris Motor 2014 will be open to the public between the 4th and 19th of October, providing an excellent opportunity to see up close all the latest models from all the main car marques together in one show.

The show is the busiest, if not largest, international motor show, with 1.2 million visitors going through the doors in 2012, so can be a little overwhelming for first time visitors. Here’s a handy guide to keep you on the straight and narrow…

Getting there

Eurostar run up to 18 trains a day which transports you in comfort directly to the centre of Paris, where a metro journey of 45 minutes will find you right at the gates of the show at Porte de Versailles. All standards of seating are easily bookable in advance via the Eurostar website.

A block of ten Paris Metro tickets can be purchased at all the UK Eurostar stations to avoid queuing at the Paris end. These have unlimited life so any tickets unused can be saved for another trip.

At the time of writing, easyJet has return flights from Luton available at prices as low as £62, while Ryanair will fly to Paris Beauvais from Manchester for less than £40 return. From Charles de Gaulle airport it’s again a simple Metro ride to the show, while other airports have direct buses available.

Getting in

Entrance to the show is just 14 euros (a little under £12) and the show is open from 10.00am to 8.00pm every day, with late night opening till 10.00pm on the 9th and 16th October.

What’s inside?

Once at the entrance the prime positions are unsurprisingly given to the French manufacturers, with all the other marques being contained within eight separate large pavilions.

As well as all the major car brands on view, the show contains exhibitions, motoring accessories, boutiques, toys, models, and a vast array of merchandise available to purchase.

Children are catered for with many attractions on the stands. They’ll be able to take home seemingly endless quantities of branded items such as pens, T-shirts and hats given out on the stands, plus special live shows presented at specific times during each day will entertain everybody.

What’s launching?

This year’s show includes some big launches and will provide visitors with often the very first chance to see up close (often you can sit in) these new cars.

Highlights include for British buyers include new generations of popular models as well as all-new launches. Highlights include the Mazda MX-5, Mercedes AMG GT, Jaguar XE, Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Elsewhere visitors will be able to see the new Audi R8, Fiat 500X, Ford Focus, Hyundai i20, Kia Sorento, Mazda2, Nissan Pulsar, Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa.

As you can see, there will plenty to occupy all motoring fans at the Paris show. See you there?

Top Tips

    Wear comfortable shoes. The show is huge with some stands the size of a football pitch.

    Carry plenty of water. You’ll need it, especially as the halls heat up later in the day.

    Hand your coat or jacket in at the entrance to avoid carrying around the show. You’d be surprised just how heavy and cumbersome it can become.

    Print a copy of the pavilion halls layout in advance from the show web site so you can make a plan of the cars you really want to see.

    If you arrive in the morning, head for the pavilions towards the rear of the show to avoid the crowds and leave a visit there for the end of the day.

    It’ll make for a tiring event, but it’s possible to fly out, see the show, and fly home within a day, saving you the cost of a hotel room in Paris.

    When looking at flights, check which Paris airport you’re flying in to. Some are as far as 100 miles from Paris!

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Eric Bottrell

Eric Bottrell is a freelance journalist, qualified lawyer and Chartered Accountant, who has spent a career working in government, and for the public and private sectors. With a lifelong interest and career in transport, he regularly reports from International Trade and Expo shows on all transport related issues.

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  1. Great easy guide,makes me want to sit in the front seat at The Car show Practical, want to see the new Jaguar at the show Can’t wait for car reviews

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