Flying Friendship Cup in Chantilly


Travel By Air

The main airlines flying direct to Paris Charles de Gaulle out of London Heathrow are British Airways and Air France. EasyJet also fly into CDG but from Gatwick or Luton. Internet searches may find other airlines but beware particularly of stopovers when looking at bucket shops and other carriers!

There is an Air France bus that goes to the Gare de Nord from the terminal building. There are also several trains an hour to the city centre. From the Gare du Nord it is 24 minutes by train to Chantilly. Click here for a link to the Paris airports website.

Fencing bags will normally have to be specially checked in as oversize baggage, possibly at extra charge, so check with your airline & arrive at Check-In a bit earlier than usual. If your fencing bag is your only item of checked baggage and meets the weight limit British Airways and Air France should not charge extra. Most other airlines treat fencing kit as sporting equipment and apply an extra charge.

Travel By Train

Eurostar run 5 trains a day from London St.Pancras to the Gare du Nord in the city centre and from the Gare du Nord it is 24 minutes by train to Chantilly.

The problem with Eurostar is their baggage policy which is similar to the airlines. Weapons or oversize (more than 85cms long) bags have to be sent as registered baggage at extra charge. This has to be checked in separately & Eurostar will only guarantee that it will be available for collection at the destination within 24 hours. It all depends on baggage demand for that train. However, if you are sensible and check in early your kit will normally arrive on the same train as you but do be prepared for a wait at the other end. If somebody is going by car to Paris ask them if they can take your weapons/kit for safety
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Travel By Road

Ferries from Dover to Calais or the Eurotunnel service are probably the best options for travel by road. And there will be no baggage problems!

The Dover ferry takes 1.5 hours and the motorway route from Calais should take around 2.5 hours to Chantilly which is on the outskirts of Paris. P & O Ferries operate a no extra charge policy for late check-in provided you arrive no more than 2 hours late.

Crossing by Eurotunnel takes only 35 minutes followed by the same drive.

Air France


Air France has a large sports centre based at Lassy near Chantilly on the outskirts of Paris. Chantilly is famous for its chateau, with beautiful grounds and artwork and the adjoining racecourse. There is also an equestrian museum and show in the stables. All of these are open to the public.

For a link to Chateau website please CLICK HERE.