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2024 Summer Olympics: How to get around in Paris?

Plan your travel during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games: security and traffic perimeters, how they work and the answers to your most important questions

A majority of the events at the 2024 Olympic Games will take place in the heart of the city, using existing sports facilities and those converted into Olympic stadiums for the duration of the competition.

The road competitions - marathons and cycling - will be held outdoors, in the streets of the capital and the surrounding area, and the opening and closing ceremonies will take place outside the stadium. The Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is unique in that it will be staged on the Seine.

Paris and the surrounding region are expected to welcome millions of spectators and visitors during the summer of 2024, from 26 July to 11 August 2024 for the Olympic Games and from 28 August to 8 September 2024 for the Paralympic Games.

There are numerous questions about traffic, parking, access to the various stadiums, environmentally friendly traffic, and so on. It should be noted that the vast majority of restrictions and diversions concern motorized vehicles (4 or 2-wheelers). Pedestrians and cyclists will not be affected.

Everything you need to know about safety and traffic perimeters

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The organizational perimeter for Paris 2024

This includes the competition venues and the Opening Ceremony. It concerns spectators with tickets and people accredited by Paris 2024, the event organizer. The setting up of the competition venues begins in March 2024 and may cause some disruption.

Discover the provisional calendar (subject to modification by the organizer) for each zone concerned:

  • Concorde zone: installation from March 2024
  • Trocadéro, Eiffel, Champ-de-Mars zone: installation from March 2024
  • Grand Palais, pont Alexandre III, Invalides zone: installation from mid-April 2024
  • Olympic Games Opening Ceremony: installation on the lower quaysides from the beginning of June 2024; installation on the bridges from the beginning of July 2024.

More information on the setting up and dismantling of the sites for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games*

The SILT (‘Strengthening Internal Security and the Fight Against Terrorism’) perimeter

This is a protective perimeter to secure the area by allowing access only to spectators with tickets and people accredited by Paris 2024. The perimeter corresponds to the competition venues. It is in place during the competition.

The red perimeter: no motorized traffic allowed

This applies to the immediate vicinity of the competition venues, the Olympic and Paralympic marathon routes, the Olympic and Paralympic cycling competitions, and the banks of the Seine during the Opening Ceremony (and several days prior to it).

The red perimeter is activated every competition day, two and a half hours before the start of the first event and deactivated one hour after the end of the last event. Pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to circulate without any restrictions.

The blue perimeter: regulated motorized traffic

The blue perimeter extends beyond the red perimeter. It is activated every competition day, two and a half hours before the start of the first event and deactivated one hour after the end of the last event. Pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to circulate without any restrictions.

Details of the perimeters for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Olympic and Paralympic venues in Paris and the Paris region:

The areas covered by the red, blue and security perimeters (SILT) are as follows:

  • Trocadéro, Eiffel Tower, Champ-de-Mars, Invalides, Grand Palais, Alexandre III bridge, Concorde
  • Arena Bercy
  • Roland-Garros, Parc des Princes
  • Arena Porte de Versailles
  • Arena La Chapelle
  • Département des Hauts-de-Seine: Paris La Défense Arena, Stade Yves-du-Manoir…
  • Département de Seine-Saint-Denis: Stade de France, Centre aquatique, Le Bourget…

You can find all the maps on the website of the Prefecture de Police

More info on the Paris 2024 Games competition venues

Olympic and Paralympic competitions on the road in Paris and the Paris Region:

Road events covered by the red, blue and safety perimeters (SILT) are as follows:

  • Olympic and Paralympic Marathons
  • Olympic road cycling time trial and road race events
  • Para cycling road event

You can find all the maps on the website of the Prefecture de Police

More info on How to enjoy the Paris 2024 Games for free

See the detailed calendar of events for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Opening Ceremony of the Paris 2024 Games:

For the first time, in 2024, the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be held outside a stadium. The Seine, Paris's famous river, has been chosen as the setting for this momentous occasion to officially launch the Paris 2024 Games. Spectators on the lower and upper quays and on the bridges will enjoy an exceptional ceremony orchestrated by artistic director Thomas Jolly.

The parade of the athletes will take place on boats on the famous river. A blue and a red perimeter will be activated several days before the ceremony. On the day of the Opening Ceremony - 26 July 2024 - the perimeter will be exclusively red.

You can find all the maps on the website of the Prefecture de Police

Answers to important questions

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Non-motorized traffic

The blue and red perimeters are accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and skateboard and scooter users. Vélib' self-service bicycles will remain accessible throughout the Games. Cargo bikes may access the red perimeter after inspection.

Travel by taxi

Spectators with tickets or accredited persons may access the red perimeter on presentation of ID and after a check at specific entry points. It is possible to access a specific point in the blue perimeter by taxi after a check has been carried out.

Digital registration platform

To facilitate access to the red perimeter for authorized persons and to streamline checks carried out by the police, it will be possible to register in advance on a dedicated digital platform. The platform is due to open in early spring 2024.

Security perimeters during the Paris 2024 Games: the complete FAQ

Paris City Hall has produced a FAQ answering all the questions asked by Parisians, residents of the Paris region and visitors to the city about traffic, access, and parking conditions in the blue and red perimeters.

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