World Hydropower Congress

Venue & Travel Information


The venue is Espace Grande Arche (Parvis de la Défense, 92044 Paris). The congress and exhibition centre is situated at the foot of the Grande Arche, an architectural icon of modern Paris.

Representing a ‘doorway to the world’, the Grande Arche is a contemporary addition to the ‘Triumphal Way’, a line of monuments, buildings and avenues running from the Louvre Museum in the centre of Paris all the way up the Champs Elysées and past the Arc de Triomphe before ending in La Defense district.

It is located 15 minutes away from the historic centre of Paris, and 30 min by taxi to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The district is easily accessible by public transport, with direct train and metro connections from Champs Elysées (10 min), Châtelet (15 min) and Le Louvre (25 min).




More than 3,000 hotel rooms are located within walking distance of the Grande Arche, including 2 five-star hotels, 7 four-star hotels and many quality three-star hotels. Find out more.


By public transport

METRO Ligne 1, La Défense Grande Arche station
BUS Lignes 141, 144, 159, 246, 272, 275, 378, 262, 161, 174, 360, 160, 258, 541 and 73
TRANSILIEN Lines L and U, La Défense Grande Arche station
RER Line A, La Défense Grande Arche station
TRAMWAY T2, La Défense Grande Arche station
TRAIN 25 min from Gare Saint-Lazare / 35 min from Gare de Lyon, Gare Montparnasse, Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord

By car

From Paris and the Paris ring road: 
Take the Porte Maillot exit, head in the direction of La Défense 
At La Défense, take the Boulevard Circulaire
CNIT exit (visitor or exhibitor parking)



The World Hydropower Congress Secretariat can issue a visa invitation letter once we have received your completed registration and payment. Please make this request via the online registration form and ensure you have left enough time to apply. 

You will need to provide your passport number and your date of entry and exit in to Paris. Please note that is it your responsibility to check the Visa Entry Regulations into France. You can find out more here:

It is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for travel and we recommend that you check entry requirements with your local embassy. Please note that some countries require your passport to be valid for up to three months from the date of return.






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