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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