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Living in Paris during the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Updated on il y a 3 jours

What is it?

The Olympic and Paralympic Games (OPG) are an international event that brings together the world's best athletes, men and women, practicing different sports.

They are organized every two years, once in summer, once in winter: in Japan in 2021 (summer JOP) and in China in 2022 (winter JOP).

This summer 2024, France will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games during these periods:

  • From July 26 to August 11, 2024, for the Olympic Games,
  • From August 28 to September 8, 2024, for the Paralympic Games (which brings together athletes with disabilities).

The competitions take place in different cities in Ile-de-France (Paris and around), and in Bordeaux, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Lille, Marseille and Teahupo'o in Tahiti.

This exceptional event involves special organization and changes throughout the period. More than 15 million people will attend (the population in Paris is 2 million in comparison). We advise you to organize your trips and activities.

How to do it?

From July 26 to August 11 and from August 28 to September 8, competitions in Paris are organized in 13 sites, but also on the roads. More than 10,000 athletes are expected.

The detailed calendar and timetables for the events are on the Paris 2024 website. You can also consult the complete map of the competition venues which will host the Olympic events.

Many celebratory events are also planned in different districts of the capital (La Villette, Hôtel de Ville, Trocadéro, etc.).

You can use the “ Olympic Games – Paris 2024site and application to get information (available in French and English)
> App Store download link (Apple)
> Play Store download link (Android)

The opening ceremony of the Games will take place on Friday July 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., on the banks of the Seine. A 6 km nautical show is planned with nearly 94 boats.

Traffic will be modified throughout the area, on roads, bridges and public transport. Security perimeters will be activated 8 days before the ceremony, starting Thursday July 18 (see step 2) .

The “ Anticipate the Games ” site and the official newsletter provide all the information and news concerning your travels during the Games.

During the summer, security perimeters and traffic restrictions will be put in place in certain areas (especially around competition venues).

A Games Pass (personal digital pass) will be necessary to enter certain secure areas, and in particular for the opening ceremony.
Go to the Pass Jeux website: to request a pass. Requesting a pass is free. You must present an identity document with your Pass.

There are 3 types of security perimeter during the JOP:

  • gray zones: anti-terrorist perimeter (example: banks of the Seine for the opening ceremony), pedestrian access authorized with a Games Pass, car access prohibited except in exceptional circumstances
  • red zones: around the gray perimeter, pedestrian access authorized without Games Pass, car access prohibited except in exceptional circumstances
  • blue zones: around the red perimeter, pedestrian access authorized without Games Pass, regulated car access.
You can find on this map the security perimeters of the competition sites updated in real time. The map also offers crowd forecasts on the roads and in public transport. Do not hesitate to consult this tutorial to understand how to use this card.

During the Games, police checks will significantly increase on transport or in the streets to fight terrorist risks.

Near the Olympic sites, police patrols will be important to control access security. The Games will mobilize more than 45,000 police and military personnel.

The main questions about travel and security perimeters are here, with general answers. If you have not found the answer to your question, you can use this form .

Throughout the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, roads and public transport will be much busier than usual. It is advisable to shift your travel times or change the way you travel.

The metros and RERs in particular risk being disrupted.

Please note, ticket prices will increase during the Games: from €2.15 to €4 for the metro, and from €3.20 to €6 for the RER.

You can buy single tickets in advance to avoid paying more this summer.
If you have a Navigo subscription (annual, monthly) or if you use the Navigo Liberté + card, the price does not change.

A Paris2024 pass will also be launched in June 2024. To find out more, consult this page .

During the Games, certain metro and tram stations will be closed, including Champs-Elysées - Clémenceau, Concorde, Tuileries, Collette Besson, Porte de Versailles, Porte d'Issy.

It is also advisable to avoid certain busy stations: Gare du Nord, Châtelet-les-Halles, Palais royal - Louvre museum, Saint-Lazare, Miromesnil, Madeleine, Pigalle, Porte de Clichy, Stalingrad, Jaurès, etc.

The official JOP application " Paris Public Transport 2024 " allows you to calculate your journeys in real time and buy your tickets. It is available in 6 languages: French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German.
> App Store download link (Apple)
> Play Store download link (Android)

You can also use the “ Île-de-France Mobilitéssite or application (available in French and English).
> App Store download link (Apple)
> Play Store download link (Android)

If you are driving, you cannot drive or park within the red perimeter, unless you have been identified as an authorized person and after a police check. To find out more, the list of authorized people is here.

The City of Paris answers here general questions on traffic, access and parking conditions in the blue and red perimeters.

Instead of the metro and the car, we advise you to take other means of transport depending on the length of your journey:

  • walking : all areas around the Games competition sites are accessible on foot.
  • carpooling (car sharing): everything is explained here
  • cycling : all competition sites will be accessible by bike (except Villepinte) .
Self-service bicycles like Vélib' or rental bicycles like Véligo have strengthened their offer to propose new stations and specific prices in July and August 2024 (for example: €53.90 for one month and €107.80 for two months, with compulsory basic insurance).

Please note, during the races on the road, it will not be possible to cycle, and it will be difficult to walk on the same roads as the athletes.

Local stores and businesses (bakery, restaurant, tobacconist, etc.) remain open .

You can also go to public service establishments ( France Services , CPAM , France Travail , etc.).

Ofpra will summon from July 15 to August 16 , 2024 only asylum seekers who live in Île-de-France. The departments concerned are: Paris (75), Seine-et-Marne (77), Yvelines (78), Essonne (91), Hauts-de-Seine (92), Seine-Saint-Denis (93), Val-de -Marne (94), Val-d’Oise (95).

Access to associations and day reception centers may be disrupted by the JOPs, particularly in the Olympic districts. Some associations will close or temporarily relocate their offices and reception areas. We advise you to contact them before traveling.

If you can, it is advisable to work remotely (teleworking) at home or in a dedicated place (coworking space, café , etc.).

Teleworking is generally possible in administrative or office professions (financial and banking services, secretarial work, editing and writing, etc.) .

To do this, you must ask your employer to telework as soon as possible. You must also check with them your rights and obligations regarding teleworking (number of days authorized, equipment to use, data security, etc.).

For example, you can telework 3 days a week and adapt your itinerary or your transport (carpooling, cycling, etc.) on the other days.

However, teleworking is not suitable for physical professions or professions in direct contact with the public (health and social professions, hotels/catering, factory work, etc.).

Solutions exist:

  • Ask your employer to adjust your hours
  • Take vacations
  • Favor carpooling and cycling (see step 3).

What happens next?

If you want to see sporting competitions, there are still places left to buy on the official Games ticket office .

You can also use the official ticket resale platform: “Paris 2024 tickets” .

Be careful not to buy tickets outside of these official platforms, you risk not receiving them or not being able to enter the Olympic venues.

There will also be many activities all summer in Paris. Find here all the celebration events organized.

For example:

  • at Parc de la Villette to try new sports and share the victories of French athletes
  • at the Champions Park at Trocadéro, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, to meet sports fans from around the world.
You can also join the Paris 2024 Club, a free program open to over-15s to enjoy the Games and take part in sporting challenges with French athletes.
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