If you’ve secured your tickets to any one of the 329 events at the Paris 2024 Olympics, we bet you’re in the planning stages of your trip! Once you have your flights booked, it’s time to decide where to stay. Outside of the olympics, our handy guide to the best arrondissements is a great starting place. And whether you prefer a hotel or an apartment rental (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.), your place of accommodation will determine how much time you spend getting to the events.
Check out our full list of the 2024 Paris Event Locations to see where all the games will taking place in and around Paris.
The city of Paris recently published maps of the city showing restricted areas and times during the games. In order to ensure the safety of the athletes, spectators, and workers, the city has decided to greatly restrict motorized vehicle traffic around many of the events. Public transportation such as the metro, the RER, and tram lines will likely still be operating, however disruptions and closures are to be expected.
So what’s the best way to get around Paris during the Olympics? Bicycle!
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has lead the charge on new bicycle lanes throughout the city. By summer 2024, Paris will have integrated over 30 miles (55km) of bicycle paths throughout the city with the main goal being safe, above-ground, reliable transportation getting to and from the olympic events.
Check out our Limited Olympic Edition Paris Bike Tour
Starting two days before the Olympics on July 24th and running through September 8th for the Paralympics, many areas of Paris will be restricted to event ticket-holders & workers, emergency vehicles, and local businesses. Those still looking for tickets can reference the Olympics official site, however many individual events are already sold out, and only ticket packages remain.
If you’ve already secured your place of accommodation and it’s near one of the event sites, you will want to pay careful attention to the restricted zones. These zones will include security checkpoints, even with proof of temporary residence. This is also true for anyone staying near one of the major monuments, like the the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, or near the Olympic Village.
From the opening ceremony along the Seine through the end of the Paralympics, Paris is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all spectators, athletes, workers, and volunteers.
You can find the maps of the restricted areas along with their applicable dates below.
Understanding the Maps
There will be two zones for motor vehicles.
RED zones are reserved for non-motorized vehicles only. The exceptions are medical emergencies and delivery for local businesses. Bicycles and foot traffic are permitted within the red zones.
BLUE zones are reserved for necessary motor vehicles, i.e. locals, deliveries, medical reasons, moving vans, etc. Bicycles and foot traffic are permitted within the blue zones.
GRAY zones are the specific event location.
The ‘Périmètre de protection (SILT)’ (the thin blue line) marks the start of event access areas. Only ticket-holders, locals, and staff members/owners of local businesses are permitted beyond these lines. Bicycles are not permitted within the SILT zones. Individuals on foot are permitted based on their ticket status or proof of address of home or business.
Within the red zones, taxis/ride shares are only permitted for authorized individuals or those with tickets to an event within that zone. Public buses, tourist buses (as in hop-on/hop-off buses), and privately reserved buses are not permitted. All zones will be enforced 2.5 hours prior to an event and restrictions will be eased an hour after each event.
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