Getting around Paris during the 2024 Olympics

Getting around Paris during the 2024 Olympics

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games are just around the corner, and so are the traffic problems in the capital! Security perimeters, closed metro lines... it sounds like a headache, but no stress, we've got everything you need to get around Paris with peace of mind this summer.

This year, Paris will host the Olympic Games from 26 July to 11 August 2024, followed by the Paralympic Games from 28 August to 8 September 2024. An exceptional event for the capital, which is expecting millions of visitors and spectators for the occasion.

A well-orchestrated organisation will therefore be required, as most of the events will take place in the heart of the capital and above all around some of the city's most emblematic monuments. 

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The Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, the Grand Palais and the Place de la Concorde will become competition venues and will therefore be difficult to access during this period. It will still be possible to visit the Eiffel Tower during the Olympic Games, but you will need to have your ticket booked in advance on the website and obtain your QR code to get around.

During the Olympic events, a security perimeter will be set up in the centre of Paris, and you will need a QR code to enter certain areas.

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These zones are defined within a perimeter that represents only a small part of Paris, and should therefore be avoided if you do not have to visit the city at that time of year. On the other hand, if you have a ticket to take part in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, if you have a ticket to visit the Eiffel Tower, for example, or if you are travelling on business, you will need an access QR code.

To obtain this famous QR code, you will need to fill in a form, which will shortly be available on the official platform put online by the government. It will also be possible to download the dedicated application for added convenience.

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But even if you avoid the Olympic zone, traffic in the rest of the capital will still be affected. So you'll need to plan ahead, and be prepared for heavy traffic and the closure of certain metro stations during the events.

The CONCORDE and TUILERIES stations will be closed from 17 June to 21 September 2024, and the CHAMPS-ELYSÉES - CLEMENCEAU station from 1 July to 21 September. For other station closures that will occur during the events, you can find out about them in real time using this interactive map provided by the government to help you plan your journeys during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games :


To sum up, the Paris 2024 Olympic Games are shaping up to be an intense event. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we can all look forward to if we're properly organised!

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Editorial staff: Amandine Goetz