Covid-19 - Rules & info regarding France & the ETSI HQ

Since 14 March 2022, the French Government has lifted most restrictions regarding the COVID-19 sanitary measures, and the situation is therefore the following:

  • End of the sanitary pass and of wearing a mask indoors and in restaurants
    (the wearing of a mask is no longer mandatory, except in medical establishments)
  • End of the corporate protocol and the obligation to wear a mask
  • End of social distancing

For more information, please refer to the following link: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/covid-19-international-travel

How to get to ETSI and where to stay

Contact details

650 Route des Lucioles
06560 Valbonne - Sophia Antipolis

Tel.: +33 4 92 94 42 00 (Reception)
Email: secretariat@etsi.org - or refer to the Contact us page.

The ETSI building is open from 07:30 to 20:00, Monday to Friday.


GPS: Lat. 43.6169128 - Lng. 7.0528493

The ETSI Secretariat is located in the Sophia Antipolis science park, between Nice and Cannes on the French Riviera. The nearest airport is Nice international (NCE) and the nearest train station Antibes.

Accommodations in the area

We have negotiated preferential local rates with hotels near ETSI and nearby towns. Please pdfdownload the list of accommodations.
Some hotels may not apply these rates during the high season. You might find different rates via Internet booking platforms, however the booking and cancellation policies are not the same as the ones negotiated with ETSI.

  • Select the hotel and call/email the hotel to ensure availability
  • Please state that you are booking via ETSI attending an event (mention the name of the meeting/event)
  • Fill in the 'Hotel booking form' and send it to the hotel
  • For any cancellation, please check the cancellation policy to avoid any charge

Please note that the ETSI Secretariat cannot make reservations for you and cannot be held responsible for any cancellations or 'no show'. ETSI provides this information in good faith but declines all responsibility regarding the use of the hotels.

Travel from Nice airport to ETSI

From the airport it is a 25 minute journey by car to ETSI. You can book in advance and benefit from an ETSI discounted rate.

We have negotiated preferential local rates with:

Free parking is available outside the ETSI Main building and Einstein building.

A shuttle bus service [n°630 - see timetable] is available from the airport ('Promenade des Anglais' outside Terminal 1) to Sophia Antipolis (not on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays). The bus ticket costs €1.50.

On the bus timetable you only see the bus-stop called "Skema" which is just before "Place Sophie Laffitte". Ask the driver to stop at "Place Sophie Laffitte", which is closer to ETSI than "Skema". 

To go from ETSI to the airport you have to take the bus n°630 at the bus-stop called "Place Sophie Laffitte". When leaving the ETSI main building turn left, then go down the road and take the bus stop on the other side of the road (cross the road). "Place Sophie Laffitte" is the nearest bus-stop, where the bus should arrive about 2 minutes after the time mentioned in the timetable for the bus-stop called "Skema".

Information on Airport buses.

See Envibus timetables for buses in the Sophia Antipolis area.

The bus n° A goes to Antibes (and comes from Antibes) including the Antibes train station. 

If you come from Antibes train station, you need to take the bus-stop called "POLE ECHANGES" to take the bus n°1 for Sophia Antipolis. The nearest bus-stop mentioned in the timetable from Antibes to ETSI is "Skema", but you should get off at "Place Sophie Laffitte" as this is closer to ETSI.

To go from ETSI to the train station in Antibes you have to take the bus at the bus-stop called "Place Sophie Laffitte". When leaving the ETSI main building turn left, then go down the road and take the bus stop on the opposite side of the road (cross the road). "Place Sophie Laffitte" is the nearest bus-stop, where the bus should arrive about 2 minutes before the time mentioned in the timetable for the bus-stop called "Skema".

Direction to ETSI main building:

  • Leave Nice Airport and join the A8 motorway taking the direction to Cannes and Aix en Provence
  • Leave the A8 at the exit 44 Antibes. There is a motorway toll
  • When leaving the motorway, follow the sign to Sophia Antipolis
  • The road is limited to 70 km/h, pay attention for the speed camera
  • Continue and follow the signs to Grasse and Sophia Antipolis. After a couple of kilometres you will join the Route du Parc and reach traffic lights on your right.
  • Just after the traffic lights turn to your right (Biot, Les Lucioles and Les Templiers)
  • After a few hundred metres on your right you will see a sign post including the ETSI logo, turn to the right here
  • The ETSI main building is a bit higher up on your left (on the right you have the Eurest building)


If you are visiting from outside the EU, you may need a Visa. If you are not sure, check with your local French embassy. ETSI can provide you with a personal invitation in order to assist you with your application.

To get a personal invitation letter to obtain a visa, please fill out and submit the visa form.

Should you need more information, please contact the Meeting Support Team.