Ultimate Guide to Visiting France for the 2024 Olympic Games

More than 15 million visitors are expected to travel to Paris during the 2024 Summer Olympics, which will take place from July 26 to August 11, with the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games right after, from August 28 to September 8. What does this mean for those of you planning to visit the French capital this summer? Read on!



Paris is hosting the Olympic Games for the third time. From the grand opening ceremony at the Stade de France to the competitions held at historic sites like the Champs-Élysées and the Seine River, the city will be transformed into a global stage. There will be 15 venues in the city, but certain events such as soccer, handball, basketball, and sailing will be held in Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, St-Etienne, Nice and Marseille.

The main attractions will be open

Good news! Tourist attractions and museums will be open during the Olympic Games. However, some of the landmarks like the Champ-de-Mars, Eiffel Tower, and Trocadéro will transform into competition sites. These areas will also restrict traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians so temporary spectator stands and makeshift stadiums can be installed.

During your stay in Paris, you can visit the city's major museums: Musée d'Orsay for its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works; Centre Pompidou for modern and contemporary art; Musée de l'Orangerie, and of course the Louvre Museum. During the Olympic Games, the Richelieu Gallery of the Louvre will host the exhibition "L'Olympisme: a modern invention, an ancient heritage".

The Jardin des Tuileries will be the home of the Olympic flame. This tourist attraction is located between the Louvre Pyramid and the Place de la Concorde, two of the Olympic venues in Paris.

One of the things to also do in is to take a cruise on the Seine and climb the Eiffel Tower. Make sure to buy tickets online (from 39 €) in advance.

Where should you stay?

We recommend staying outside of the city. Finding accommodation in Paris during (and right after) the Olympics can be quite challenging. Prices have skyrocketed, and the city will be busy and heavily restricted. However, like GoOpti transfer, the earlier you book, the better. Alternatively, consider staying in a city like Reims in the Champagne region, just 45 minutes from the heart of Paris by train. To help you organise your trip to France, and find the best possible accommodation, these travel AI tools can also help you.

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How to get around?

Every Olympic venues will be accessible by public transport, mainly metro and buses. However, several major metro stations will be closed, including the Concorde, Tuileries, and Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. France's Ministry of Transportation has set up a website mapping out road restrictions and public transportation closures and delays, with the option to sign up for local flash alerts.

If you’re planning to be in Paris for the 2024 Olympics, investing in a special transport pass could save time and money. It will include unlimited travel to all Olympic and Paralympic venues across the city and journeys to and from Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.

You can now buy it only as a physical card, but it will go on sale in app form in mid-June. The pass will cost 16 € for a single day and 70 € for a full week.

Another option to get around the city easily is renting a bike. The French capital has an excellent bike network. For the 2024 Olympic Games tracks will be widened and 20,000 bike racks will be installed.

The best option to rent a bike in Paris during the summer is the Vélib Métropole You can buy a daily or a weekly subscription. Once you have your subscription, you'll be able to pick up and return bikes at hundreds of rental stations throughout the city.

Explore the surroundings

If you will be in Paris this summer and you're not the biggest sports fan, explore the surrounding area.

The closest wine region to Paris, Champagne, invites visitors to explore the bubbly world of its sparkling wine. Reims, with its awe-inspiring cathedral and labyrinthine Champagne cellars, makes a perfect home base for your exploration.



Bordeaux, a mere two-hour train ride from Paris, is also a good choice. This region boasts some of the world’s most prestigious vineyards and historic châteaus, offering you a deep dive into the fascinating art of winemaking.

Visiting France during the 2024 Olympic Games may seem daunting at first, but it promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The blend of thrilling sports, rich cultural experiences, and the charm of French living makes it an ideal destination. Before you go, make sure to download essential apps, follow Olympic updates on social media, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of France.

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