Olympics: how to get around in Paris?

Prepare your customers' travel plans for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games: security and traffic perimeters, operations and all the answers to your questions.

Updated: March 2024

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.

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

Which zones will be affected?

The traffic restrictions will affect the areas around the competition venues in Paris and the Île-de-France region.

  • 25 competition venues are in the Paris region, including 13 in Paris and 12 in the surrounding area in the départements of SeineSaint-Denis, Hauts-de-Seine, Yvelines, and Seine-et-Marne.
    The aim of the public authorities is to ensure the safety of all, while at the same time enabling social, economic, and cultural activities to continue as smoothly as
    possible.
  • The red and blue perimeters will be in place 2hr30 before the 1st event of the day and until 1hr after the last event of the day.
  • Outside event periods, all movement of traffic will be authorized.

Zones affected in Paris:

Find all the maps on the Préfecture de Police website.
More information on the competition venues for the Paris 2024 Games

How will security perimeters operate around competition venues?

During the Olympic Games, four security perimeters will be established around the competition venues:

a- The grey perimeter, restricted organizer perimeter (competition venue)

This is the enclosure of the Olympic venue, in other words the area in which the competition will take place. This grey zone perimeter is managed by Paris 2024.
Access is strictly reserved for Paris 2024-accredited vehicles and pedestrians with a ticket for the event being held.

b- The black perimeter, protective perimeter, known as ‘SILT’

The SILT perimeter allows access to the organizer perimeter (competition venue) via certain entry points. This is a standard security measure established by the Préfecture de Police for major events.
Access is strictly reserved for Paris 2024-accredited vehicles and pedestrians with a ticket for the event being held. Only emergency services and Operation Sentinel vehicles are authorized to enter the SILT perimeter.
Bicycles may not enter the SILT perimeter, which is reserved for pedestrians with a ticket.

c- The red perimeter: no motorized traffic allowed

The red perimeter is designed to ease the flow of public entering or leaving a competition site, by closing certain access points to vehicles.
Pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to move around freely, without any controls or authorization required.
Motorized traffic is prohibited, except for authorized persons with a special dispensation.

Examples of possible dispensations:

  • Shops and businesses within this perimeter will be required to present proof of identity at the entrances to the zone (employees or customers in motor vehicles, deliveries, etc.).
  • Taxis and private hire vehicles dropping off or picking up a passenger with proof of a hotel booking will be allowed access to the red perimeter.

A few examples of points to note:

  • Motorized access to museums will not be possible, except for PRM vehicles. Please note that pedestrians and cyclists will be allowed to circulate.
  • RATP buses and tourist coaches will not be able to access the red perimeter.

In spring 2024, the Préfecture de Police will specify the terms and conditions for accessing these perimeters (registration platform, supporting documents, etc.).

d- The blue perimeter: restricted motorized traffic

The blue perimeter is designed to reduce motorized traffic around the red zone.
Pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to move around freely, without any controls or authorization required.
The circulation of motorized vehicles is restricted to drivers whose situation requires them to travel within this zone.

This perimeter will be subject to random checks. No documentary proof of movement will be required within this perimeter.

Do the perimeters apply to pedestrians and cyclists?

  • Pedestrians and cyclists (bicycles, kick scooters, etc.) will be able to move freely within the blue and red perimeters.
  • Access to the SILT perimeter is restricted to pedestrians in possession of a competition ticket. Bicycles are not allowed. Bicycle parking will be available.

How will security perimeters operate for events other than competition venues?

Some events, such as the marathon, cycling and the Opening Ceremony, will be held outside the stadiums, and will therefore be subject to special perimeters.

The Opening Ceremony

For the first time, the Opening Ceremony will take place outside a stadium. The Seine will be the backdrop for this extraordinary event marking the start of the Olympic Games.

From around 20 July onwards, a first security perimeter will be set up (see map below) around the Seine, following the same regulations as the perimeters for the competition venues.

On 26 July, the red perimeter will be enlarged (see map below) and motorized traffic will be completely prohibited across the entire perimeter.

Road events

Some events will take place outside the stadiums and will cross the city. Road events (cycling, marathon) will be subject to special measures.

The day before each event, a perimeter will be set up around the course to enable athletes to familiarize themselves. Crossing points will be identified on the route to enable emergency vehicles to cross. In principle, no vehicles will be allowed on the course, except for emergency vehicles.

Here is the list of dates and times for these perimeters:

  • Time-trial, Cycling: 27 July from 2.30pm to 6.30pm
  • Road race, Cycling: 3 August from 11am to 6.15pm and 4 August from 2pm to 6.45pm
  • Marathon for all: night of 10 to 11 August
  • Marathon: 10 August from 8am to 11.30am and 11 August from 8am to 11.30am
  • The Triathlon: 30 July from 8am to 10.30am, 31 July from 8am to 10.40am and 5 August from 8am to 10am

Find all the maps on the Préfecture de Police website.

c- Bridge closures

From July 1, several Paris bridges will be gradually closed to traffic. These bridges will be used for security and artistic purposes during the Opening Ceremony.

Here's the timetable:
From July 1: Pont d'Iéna (half open until D-2) , Pont du Carrousel
From July 8: Pont de l'Alma, Pont au Change, Pont de la Tournelle
From July 15: Pont de la Concorde, Pont Royal, Pont d'Arcole

Some bridges remain open: Pont des Invalides, Passerelle Sédar-Senghor, Pont Notre-Dame and Pont de Sully.

Public transport

During the Olympic Games, visitors are invited to use public transport to get around.

Certain stations directly adjacent to the security perimeters will be closed (including connections):
• Metro: Concorde, Tuileries, Champs-Elysées Clémenceau. These stations will be closed progressively as the competition venues are set up (from March onwards).
• Tramway: Porte d’Issy, Porte de Versailles, Colette Besson.

Our summary of the measures in place during the Games :

Security perimeters during the Olympic Games
Périmètres de sécurité pendant les Jeux - FR

Getting around during the Paralympic Games
Circulation pendant les Jeux paralympiques - FR

Public transport during the Olympic Games
Transports en commun pendant les Jeux - FR

"Les mobilités douces" - FR
"Environmentally friendly transport" - EN

Accessibilité et circulation PSH - FR
Accessibility People With Disability - EN

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