Getting around - Before the Olympic Games

As summer approaches, Paris is getting ready to host the Olympic Games, both at its iconic venues and at temporary sites to be created. Visitors will still be able to discover the city in the run-up to the Games, as preparations gradually get under way.

Updated: 23 May 2024
Download the summary of: Getting around before the Olympic games
From 18 to 26 July 2024: how will you get around Paris?

Paris 2024 has chosen some outstanding locations for its competition venues: the Champ-de-Mars, the Eiffel Tower, and the Grand Palais. Although most of the Olympic competition venues already exist, a few others will be installed temporarily. From spring onwards, the city will be preparing to host this global event, setting up the spectator stands as well as the various areas for the public, the athletes and the various actors involved in the organization. The temporary venues will however be set up progressively during the time leading up to the Games, and traffic constraints limited geographically.

Tourists visiting Paris before the Games will be able to get around on foot and by public transport as normal. The city's tourist activities will also continue, especially as many popular tourist areas will not be affected by the setting up of the temporary venues, which will be in the centre-west of Paris.

This period will also be an opportunity to experience the city in a new way, as it undergoes a series of transformations and gradually incorporates the ‘Look of the Games’ into the urban landscape.

1- In which areas of Paris are the temporary competition venues located?

These venues are concentrated in the centre-west of Paris. See the map of Ville de Paris (Paris City Hall)

Or our full map, including all the competition venues:
Copyright Paris je t'aime

2- What impact on zones hosting temporary competition venues?

On Place de la Concorde

Concorde will house a temporary installation for the Skateboarding, BMX, 3x3 Basketball and Breaking events.
Installation work will start in March. The Place de la Concorde is the only temporary venue zone where traffic will be completely disrupted from June 2024.

Calendar:

  • April 1: southwest quarter of the square
  • April 26: traffic closure on Cours de la Reine between avenue Winston-Churchill and avenue Franklin-D-Roosevelt
  • May 17: north-south axis closed to traffic
  • June 1: closure to vehicular, pedestrian and cyclist traffic of the whole of Place de la Concorde
  • July 1: closure of Pont du Carrousel to traffic
  • July 15: Pont Royal closed to traffic

The metro stations Concorde, Tuileries, and Champs Elysées Clémenceau will be progressively closed, including connections.
Calendar :

  • Concorde: lines 1 and 8 closed on June 17/line 12 closed on May 17
  • Tuileries: line 1 closed on June 17
  • Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau: lines 1 and 13 close on July 1.
    Stations to reopen on September 21, 2024.

In the zone: Eiffel Tower – Champ de Mars - Trocadéro

The zone will host several competition venues, notably the Eiffel Tower, Arena Champ de Mars, and Champions Park at Trocadéro.
Work will begin in March and may have an impact on motorized traffic.

Calendar:

  • April 12: Closure of Place Gouraud and extension into the garden
  • May 1: traffic reduced to one lane in each direction on avenue du Président-Wilson and closure of the southbound carriageway of place du Trocadéro
  • June 3: almost complete closure of the Champ-de-Mars gardens
  • June 10: closure of avenue des Nations-Unies to traffic (including pedestrians)
  • July 1: closure to traffic of the Pont d'Iéna, closure of the Trocadéro gardens and closure to traffic (vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles) of avenue Albert-de-Mun and the south of the avenue.
  • July 16: closure of Place du Trocadéro and Pont d'Iéna (motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles)
  • July 21: closure to cars of quai Jacques-Chirac (between avenues Suffren and Bourdonnais); the underground passageway remains open to traffic.
  • July 24: closure to traffic of quai Jacques-Chirac

In the zone: Grand Palais – Esplanade des Invalides – Alexandre III bridge

The Invalides competition site will play host to the archery, athletics, and fencing competitions. The Alexandre III bridge will welcome the swimming marathon, triathlon, and road cycling events.

Calendar:

  • April 26 to June 10: gradual expansion over the entire area
  • May 1: installation on the south-west lawns
  • May 17: closure of avenue Gallieni and Alexandre-III bridge to vehicular traffic (pedestrian traffic maintained on upstream sidewalk)
  • May 20: closure of the Champs-Élysées port
  • May 30: closure of the Bleuet-de-France traffic circle and one-way traffic on rue de Grenelle
  • June 3: closure of the port des Invalides for assembly work (until June 10)
  • June 17: closure of rue de l'Université between Fabert and Constantine
  • July 1: closure of Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau station

On the Seine, for the Opening Ceremony

From 18 to 26 July 2024: how will you get around Paris?

The Opening Ceremony on the Seine will welcome more than 300,000 visitors on July 26, an exceptional event. Spectators will take up their places on the upper and lower quays between the Austerlitz and Iéna bridges.

Calendar:

  • Early June: Start of installation on the lower quays between the Austerlitz and Iéna bridges
  • Early July: Start of installation on the bridges

Here's the timetable for bridge closures:
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

3- Will there be any impact on tourism in Paris?

  • Tourist activities in Paris will operate as normal in the run-up to the Olympic Games and tourists will be able to get around the city with ease. (See Public transport - During the Olympic Games)
  • Attractions, museums, and monuments will be open and accessible as usual.
  • River cruises on the Seine will continue until 5 days before the Opening Ceremony on July 26.
  • Motorized itineraries will be slightly adjusted, starting in mid-May in the areas of Invalides and Concorde.

This means that tourists will be able to get around easily and enjoy Paris in the run-up to the Games. What’s more, the experience will be a new one with the excitement that will take hold of the city in anticipation of the Games. Many museums, for example, will be staging exceptional exhibitions combining sport and culture, as part of the Cultural Olympiad; the urban landscape will progressively be decked out in the colours of the Olympic Games.

4- When will the celebration of the Paris 2024 Games really get underway?

Paris will welcome the countrywide Torch Relay on 14 and 15 July 2024.
This will signal the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games celebrations. During these two days, the flame will pass through many districts of Paris (see map below).

Torch Relays in Paris, on 14 and 15 July 2024:
Copyright Mairie de Paris

Yellow: torch crossing points on 14 July,
Pink: crossing points on 15 July
Photo credit: Ville de Paris (Paris City Hall)

Download the summary of: Getting around before the Olympic games
From 18 to 26 July 2024: how will you get around Paris?

SEE ALSO