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“Longchamp Hippodrome: Off The Beaten Path In Paris”

Longchamp Racecourse
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Ranked #297 of 1,275 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Longchamp Racecourse is a wonderful place to spend a day while in Paris. Wether you are a race aficionado or a complete novice, Lonchamp promises an enjoyable day. The track is surprisingly easy to visit from central Paris. By Metro from the Left Bank, just take the number 10 line from Cluny-Sorbonne or Odeon stations (any station on the 10 line) in the direction of Boulogne Pont de Saint-Cloud. Exit the Metro at Porte d'Auteuil station. On Saturdays and Sundays (and special race days) a free shuttle bus is offered from Porte d'Auteuil Metro station. this is about a 25 Min. metro ride. The free shuttle is actually a regular city bus. The street traffic intersection at Porte d'Auteuil is somewhat confusing as many streets converge here. To find the free shuttle, look for the typical track crowd (people reading racing sheets and carrying bag lunches). The bus parks and sits for 10-15 Mins. while riders get on. This bus delivers you directly to the Longchamp entrance. After the 4th or 5th race, free buses run at regular intervals to return visitors to the Porte d'Auteuil Metro station. The Longchamp racing season is April-Oct. Gates open at 11:30 and the first race is at 1:30. Admission is just 3-4 Euro and food and beverages are very reasonable (surprisingly). The grounds and facilities are beautiful with a windmill and partial view of the Eiffel Tower. Everything else happens very much like a North American track. This is a great venue.

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Reviewed October 25, 2011

This year we joined the annual British invasion of Paris for the weekend of the Pix de L'arc de Triomphe. The Saturday is a very relaxed day with plenty of space to move around and costs 4 euros to get in for four group 2 races. It is a great day for the first timer to get to know the course as Sunday is altogether different with a much bigger turnout. Entry is 8 euros for 7 group 1 races. It is not difficult to get a drink. Wine at 20 euros a bottle and beer at 10 euros a half litre.The catering staff speak good English. There are always queues for the grandstand toilets but most people don't know about the portaloos behind the Parimutuel building at the far end of the course. There are regular shuttle buses to and from the course from the Porte Maillot. These are called 'Navettes'.One word of caution - check your pay out from the Pari-mutuel. When I checked it the following day I was 50 euros short. No way of making any restitution. All in all though a great value event especially when compared to the Grade 1 British courses or even the Grade 4 tracks.

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Reviewed October 11, 2011

I attended the 2011 Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe with my husband and we ahd a great day. Free shuttlebus from Porte Maillot, a 15 minute walk from our hotel, incredibly reasonable entry, free glossy and informative racecard.
The racing was superb and the crowd far better behaved than an average weekend race meeting in England now. Everyone was there to enjoy the racing, not merely view it through the bottom of a beer glass.
The food was reasonably priced, bearing in mind the occasion.
I would really recommend any true racing enthusiast to experience this, although it may change a little after the course has been redeveloped.

4  Thank Anne S
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

We went to Longchamp for the Prix de l'arc de triomphe. I have visited a lot of racecourses in England but Longchamp beats them all. What a fantastic course and the entrance fee (8 euros) is a fraction of those in Britain. If ladies wear a hat they get in free and over 60's half price. If you get the chance - go!! Great atmosphere and there is even a free shuttle bus from the Metro to the course on Arc day. Highly recommended if you like horse racing!

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Reviewed July 17, 2011

I will state up front I am a huge fan of this racecourse and the more I go the more I love the place. Most people will go on Prix de l'arc de triomphe day in October. This is a great day if a bit hectic. It currently costs 8 Euros entry, which includes a superb racecard, compare that to the £30 - £50 for vastly inferior race days in England. Your entry gives you access to all areas except the reserved seating.
The course is simply beautiful as is the setting of the Bois de Bologne with the Eiffel Tower clearly visible above the trees.
More recently I have been going to the French Guineas meeting (2 classic races on one day) in May. This meeting is much more relaxed than the Arc day and entry is FREE and you can sit in the seats directly above the finishing line.
On my last visit I went to the Grand Prix de Paris meeting on the evening of Bastille day. This again is FREE with open access to all grandstand seating PLUS they hold an excellent concert behind the stands after racing. There are even free buses to and from the track up to 1 am! If you're used to racing in rip off Britain you'll think you've died and gone to heaven if you go to one of these great days at Longchamp.

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