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Paris 2024 Games: getting around in the capital and in other host cities

A century after having welcomed the Games, Paris is once again hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in summer. Most of the competitions will take place in Paris and the Paris region. This compact area provides quick and easy access to the various competition venues, thanks to the capital's dense public transport network.

Discover the advantages of travelling by train between Paris andother host cities for events during the the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024

Competition venues throughout France and in Greater Paris

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Competition venues in France

The Paris 2024 Games will also be held in other parts of France! The football competitions, for example, will take place in 6 stadiums in France: in Nantes, in Bordeaux, in Lyon, in Saint-Étienne, in Marseille and in Nice. As well as the football tournament, Marseilles is also hosting the sailing competition.

The shooting and shooting para sport events will be held in Châteauroux, in central France. For handball and basketball fans, some stages of the competition will be held in Lille.

Competition venues in Greater Paris

Greater Paris also hosts many events for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024. Most of the competition venues in Greater Paris are accessible by bike from the capital. The region has an ever-extending network of cycle paths.

Those who are not so sporty, can use public transport to get to the various competition venues:

  • Metro or RER for Saint-Denis (Stade de France and Aquatics Centre) and for Nanterre (Paris La Défense Arena)
  • RER or train for Versailles (Château de Versailles), Colombes (Stade Yves-du-Manoir) and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (Vélodrome National, Stade BMX and Golf National)
  • RER for Villepinte (Arena Paris Nord)
  • RER and tramway for Le Bourget (Climbing venue)
  • RER and shuttle or train for Vaires-sur-Marne (Nautical Stadium)
  • RER and shuttle or train and shuttle for Élancourt (VTT)

More info on the host cities for the Paris 2024 Games

Getting around by train is comfortable, safe, and quick!

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France has an extensive network of rail routes, making it possible to travel around the country, comfortably, enjoying the variety of its landscapes, in complete safety. And France's flagship train, the TGV, means that journey times from Paris to the main provincial cities are even shorter.

For example, it will take you:

  • Only 1h07 to go from Paris Nord to Lille Flandres (1h17 for Lille Europe)
  • 1h56 from Paris Gare de Lyon to Lyon Part Dieu (2h10 for Lyon Perrache)
  • 2h03 from Paris Montparnasse to Bordeaux Saint-Jean
  • 2h15 from Paris Montparnasse to Nantes
  • 2h48 from Paris Gare de Lyon to Saint-Étienne Châteaucreux
  • 3h04 from Paris Gare de Lyon to Marseille Saint-Charles
  • 5h33 from Paris Gare de Lyon to Nice Ville.
    Even though the journey is not by TGV, the train journey to go from Paris Austerlitz to Châteauroux only takes 2h05.

And it is environmentally friendly!

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Getting around on foot or by bicycle is still the most environmentally means of travel, train travel is the best - for long distances - the means of transport that emits the least CO2. By using this simple and intuitive official calculator you can find out how much CO2 you emit when you travel, according to the route and mode of transport you choose.

For example, to go from Paris to Marseille, your carbon footprint will be 2.4 kg CO2e and if you travel by TGV, 23 kg CO2e by coach, 169 kg CO2e by car with an internal combustion engine or 171 kg CO2e by plane.

By taking the train to attend competitions outside Paris, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint as a traveller!

Choosing you journey and booking your train ticket is easy!

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On the SNCF Connect website, indicate your destination city on the home page, next your departure point. Then the date and time you wish to go, and a return date and time if required, as well as information about the passenger(s) (age, disability, discount card, season ticket, customer loyalty programme) and any discount code. Finally, click on See prices and choose your journey.

You can also choose and buy your ticket at the station, at a multilingual ticket machine or at the ticket office.

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