Venue & Accommodation


Please take note that the conference is taking place in our facilities:

Polytech Nice Sophia
1645, Route des Lucioles
06410 BIOT

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Hotels located in Sophia Antipolis are accessible from the map. Accomodation could be found also in Antibes and Nice. Directs buses are available from both locations and stop in front of the conference venue.

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The French Riviera

Why not discovering the French riviera at the same time? The following short movie presents some of the most interesting activities and sites located near Sophia Antipolis, Nice, Antibes and Cannes. 

SimHydro will be held on SophiaTech Campus in Sophia Antipolis

Polytech Nice Sophia 


Campus SophiaTech


 How to reach SophiaTech? The access details to SophiaTech are available at: maps 

Virtual tour:

How to reach the location of the conference
  • By plane
    • Nearest international airport is Nice-Cote d'Azur (20km)
    • Regular shuttles from the airport (Terminal 1 and 2) to Sophia Antipolis by bus: Line 230 ; bus stop "Inria"
  • By car
    • From Marseille-Aix by the A8 motorway, take the exit Antibes-Grasse-Sophia Antipolis, direction Sophia Antipolis.
    • From Nice by the A8 motorway, take the exit Antibes-Sophia Antipolis, direction Sophia Antipolis (the road on the right just after the toll).
  • By train
    • The closest railway station is located in Antibes.
    • Regular shuttles from Antibes SNCF railway station to Sophia Antipolis by bus with Envibus:
    • Lines 1 - 9 - 12 ; Bus stop "Inria" (1, 12) or "IUT" (9)
    • Express line 100 ; Bus stop "Templiers" (5mn walking distance from Inria)
    • Fare ticket: 1 €
  • By public transport (Fare ticket: 1 €)
    • From Nice-Cote d'Azur Airport and Nice city:
    • Line 230 : Bus stop "Inria"
    • From Cannes SNCF railway station (with transfer):
    • Line 630 : Stop "Gare routiere Sophia Antipolis" then take Lines 1, 9, 12 or 100 ; Bus stop "Inria" (1,12), "IUT" (9) or "Templiers" (100, 5mn walking distance from Inria)
    • From Antibes:
    • Envibus Lines Lines 1, 9, 12 Bus stop "Inria" (1, 12) or "IUT" (9) Express line 100 ; Bus stop "Templiers" (5mn walking distance from Inria)
    • You can also find your route at this web page:
  • By taxi
    • About 20 minutes, depending on traffic jam (appr. 55 €)
    • Transfert Service (English spoken): +33 (0) 6 09 50 92 53
    • Taxi Sophia +33 (0) 6 27 51 01 51
    • Centrale Orange Taxi +33 (0) 820 906 960
    • Motorbike transport: +33 (0) 6 58 79 81 31
    • See also:
  • Car rental
    • Nice Cote d'Azur Airport offers a choice of several car rental companies (Terminal 2).
Nice to know

Opening/closing hours, public holidays, currency, areas codes for France, Emergency phone numbers, advice for a trouble-free stay:

  • Climate

The French Riviera benefits from a Mediterranean-type climate, characterised by exceptional sunshine almost 300 days a year and mild temperatures for most of the year. It rains heavily but infrequently mostly in March/April and October/November. In winter, freezing temperatures are rare, but sweaters are advised.

  • Opening hours

Shops are usually open from 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday. Department stores may stay open until 9 pm. Banks are open from 8.30 to 12 noon and 2 to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, with some branches opening on Saturday mornings.

  • Legal holidays

The 1st of January, Easter Monday, May 1st (May Day), May 8th (VE Day), Ascension Day (Thursday), Whit Monday, July 14th (Bastille Day), August 15th, November 1st (All Saints), November 11th (Armistice Day) and December 25th (Christmas). On legal holidays, banks, government offices, shops, the majority of businesses and also many museums and tourist attractions are closed

  • Money/currency

Credit cards are accepted in many shops, hotels and restaurants (there is usually a minimum amount of between €7 and €15). For cash, you will find cash-points on just about every street corner (24 hours a day). Bank branches, exchange bureaux and some post offices handle currency exchange transactions and traveller's cheques. Whatever you are buying, listed prices include all taxes. A gratuity is however the custom in restaurants and for certain specific services (taxi cabs.).

  • Emergency phone numbers

Dial the following numbers (toll-free) SAMU (medical emergencies): 15 Police emergency: 17 Fire-brigade: 18 European emergency call: 112

  • Calling

To call France in France: 0 + area number + number To call France from abroad: 00 + 33 + number To call abroad: 00 + country exchange number + number

  • Electric standards 220 Volts - 380 Volts / 50 Hertz


A few tips for a pleasant trouble-free holiday

  •  You are strongly recommended to respect smoking/no smoking signs in public places.
  •  It is always useful to have a little cash on you at all times for little out-of-pocket expenses like taxi fares to the airport, drinks, etc.
  •  A service charge is included in the price of each item on the menu in any cafe or restaurant as required by French law. In theory, no further tipping is expected. However, it is pretty common to leave something after a bite to eat or drink. But it's never expected and is only given for good or attentive service, or at a place you habituate frequently. Extra generosity will never hurt.
  •  If you are driving, park only where authorised and respect speed limits on highways and motorways.

Useful link Official tourism portal for the Riviera Cote d'Azur