Paris 2024: five key questions about the Olympic and Paralympic Games

To make the most of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris during the summer of 2024, read on for key information.

Paris will once again host the Olympic and Paralympic Games – THE top global sports event – from 26 July to 8 September 2024, one hundred years after the Games were last held in the French capital. Thousands of athletes are due to take part and hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to watch the Games taking place in Paris, the wider Île-de-France region, other French cities and as far away as the beaches of Tahiti, in French Polynesia.

When are the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place?

Due to scheduling requirements, the handball, football and rugby tournaments will start on 24 July, but the Paris Olympic Games will officially kick off on Friday 26 July 2024, with the opening ceremony. The last events, marking the end of these Olympic Games (including the women’s marathon, and the handball, volleyball and basketball finals) will take place on Sunday 11 August 2024. The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games take place a little later. After a break, athletes and spectators will be back in Paris from 28 August to 8 September 2024.

Where are the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place?

Stade de France

The main competition venues for the 2024 Summer Olympics are in Paris itself (including Bercy Arena, Roland-Garros stadium, Parc des Princes and the Grand Palais and the Greater Paris region (including Stade de France, Château de Versailles and Paris La Défense Arena). Several of the women’s and men’s football matches will be played in different cities across France (including Marseilles, Lyon, Nice and Saint-Étienne); the Marseilles Marina will host the sailing competitions; and Tahiti’s Teahupo’o Beach with its famous wave will host the surfing competition – a new Olympic discipline.

How do I buy tickets for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games?

There are different ticket purchasing arrangements depending on whether you are buying tickets for a company, for a group of more than six people, or a single ticket. For companies and groups of more than six people, On Location is your one-stop shop. The Hospitality programme offers a range of packages (best seats, access to lounges and VIP areas, and full packages including accommodation and other services). For individuals, single tickets will be available to purchase after a draw. You need to sign up for the draw (before 20 April 2023). People who are successful in the draw (they will be informed by email) will be able to purchase tickets from 9 May 2023. The official ticket sales platform will be opened during mid-May 2024 up until the Games.

Where is the Paris 2024 Olympic Village?

The Paris 2024 Olympic Village extends over fifty hectares, including six hectares of stretches of water, on a site shared by three towns in the Seine-Saint-Denis department: Saint-Denis, Saint-Ouen and L’ïle-Saint-Denis. It’s located right by the Stade de France and the Aquatics Centre. At the heart of the village lies the Cité du Cinéma film studio complex, the “nave” of which will be converted, for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, into the village’s main eating area. During the Games, the Olympic Village is the athletes’ home base. It has been designed for and with athletes, with a view to making the sportsmen and sportswomen arriving from all over the world feel welcome, at ease and at home. Some 25,000 athletes will stay at the Olympic Village: 14,500 during the Olympic Games and 9,000 during the Paralympic Games. After the Games, the village will be handed over to the local community, including a total of 3,500 housing units created in a beautifully landscaped setting.

Are any other events being organised during the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games?

In addition to the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, numerous other events will be organised for the public before and during this major event. In the run-up to the Games, for example, the Cultural Olympiad will offer a programme of events exploring the links between sport and culture. And during the Games, among other events, there is the Marathon pour Tous (Marathon for All): for the first time, members of the public can run the legendary 42.195 km along the same route as the athletes competing for an Olympic medal!