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Transportation tips for Paris Olympics 2024

You’ve got your session tickets for the Olympic Games in Paris this summer – great! – so now it’s time to start planning your transport. Getting things figured out in advance will guarantee a much smoother trip, and mean less stress when you’re actually in France, meaning you can just get on with enjoying the unforgettable atmosphere.

When it comes to transport options, I’ve got you covered. Keep reading for everything you need to know about traveling for the Olympics, whether via plane, train, or automobile!

Flying to Paris Olympics 2024

Air France is the Paris Olympic Games 2024 official carrier and flies over eight hundred direct external and internal flights a day into and out of Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airports in Paris. From either of these airports, you can catch direct flights to other Olympic host cities in France, including Bordeaux, Lyon, and Nice. Both of Paris’s airports are super easy to get to and from via either train, bus, or shuttle, all of which run regularly and serve many parts of the city.

Orly Airport

  • The OrlyBus stops at Denfert-Rochereau and costs around €11.
  • The RER B train also stops at Denfert-Rochereau as well as Châtelet-Les-Halles, and Gare du Nord. A ticket costs around €14.50.
  • You’ll find taxi stands at gates 14A, 32A, and 48A, and a ride into the center of the city will set you back about €40.

Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport

  • The RoisseyBus stops at the Paris Opera, and a ticket costs around €16.
  • The RER B train stops at multiple locations throughout the city. A ticket costs around €11.
  • Taxi stands are located near the baggage claim sections in each terminal. You’ll pay around €55 for a taxi ride to the centre of Paris.

Getting around by train

Thinking of taking the train to the Paris Olympics 2024? Again, this is likely to be an easy and convenient affair. Rail company SNCF provides links to eight other European countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. All of the Olympics 2024 host cities will also be accessible via the SNCF network. Tickets for all journeys over the summer are now available for purchase via SNCF’s website.

There are six train stations located around Paris, making it easy to get to the relevant Olympic venue, no matter where you are in the city. These stations are:

  • Gare du Nord, 10th arrondissement
  • Gare de l’Este, 10th arrondissement
  • Gare de Lyon, 12th arrondissement
  • Gare d’Austerlitz, border of the 5th and 13th arrondissements
  • Gare Montparnasse, 14th and 15th arrondissements
  • Gare Saint Lazare, 8th arrondissement

Paris Olympics 2024 public transportation 101

For me, the biggest challenge of being in a new city is working out the public transport situation. But once this is cracked, the world’s my oyster! Get ahead of the game and become familiar with Paris’s public transport options before you head off for the Olympics. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

There are three main elements to Paris’s network of public transport, all of which are run by RATP: the metro (underground trains), RER (suburban express trains), and buses, which operate over six geographical zones in the city.

Hop onto the metro

The metro is your friend. It’ll take you pretty much anywhere in Paris that you want to go. Trains run from around 6 am to 1 am from Monday through Thursday and Sunday and until around 2 am on Friday and Saturday. You don’t need to present your ticket at the exit barriers, but inspectors may ask to see it at any time. Expect a heavy fine if you can’t. Bonus tip? Metro line six offers the best views of the Eiffel Tower.

Top tips for riding the metro:

  • The Paris metro system is comprised of sixteen lines, which are differentiated by color, number, and end-of-line names.
  • If you want to catch the last train of the night, arrive at the station around thirty minutes early, as, depending on the station, trains may depart at different times.
  • Passengers are obliged to give up their seats for elderly passengers, those with disabilities, pregnant women, or passengers traveling with small children.

Rattle along on the RER

The RER connects interchanges in the center of the city with above-ground stations located in the suburbs. You’re most likely to use it to get to and from the airport. Pickpockets are known to operate on the RER network and stations, so take extra care to keep a close eye on your stuff here.

Here are a few tips for traveling on the RER network:

  • The main hub of outgoing and incoming RER trains is the Châtelet-Les Halles station.
  • RERs stop at fewer stops than the metro, so they can offer a much faster way to your destination.
  • You’ll need your ticket to exit most RER stations.

Get a bus ticket

A bus ride may be a slower way to get to your destination, but this leaves you plenty of time to take in the city sights as you go. Plus, bus travel is very affordable; you’ll pay around €2 for a single journey, and tickets can be bought from the driver. If you’ve purchased a ticket in advance, you’ll need to validate it when you board.

Paris’s night bus service, Noctilien, runs from 12.30 am to 5.30 am, in case you’re out late celebrating your national team winning a medal!

Here are some tips to help your bus journeying go off without a hitch:

  • Buses in Paris are marked on the front with double numbers and the end-of-the-line stop.
  • You are able to transfer between two buses without paying for an extra ticket as long as this transfer is made within ninety minutes of having boarded the first bus.
  • Buses leave from most stops throughout the city at intervals of fifteen to thirty minutes.

Check out this handy video for more pointers on getting the bus around Paris.

Other ways of getting around Paris for the Olympic Games

During your stay in France, you could also consider renting a car or hiring a bicycle to get around Paris. Car rental will cost you between €45 and €155 a day in Paris and can be handy if you’re planning on enjoying a day trip outside the city when you’re not attending an Olympic Games session.

You must be eighteen years or older to drive a car in France, and many rental companies will only hire cars for those who are twenty-one plus. Visitors from the USA can use their regular license to drive in Paris for up to ninety days.

Paris is exceptionally bicycle friendly, with plenty of cycle lanes and lots of lovely, wide, tree-lined avenues to coast along. There are lots of different bike rental companies in Paris, and you’ll find docking bays spread throughout the city in abundance; renting a bike can cost as little as just a few euros – or choose to hire an electric bicycle for around €15 for half a day.

The Paris 2024 travel pass

It’s recently been announced that the Paris 2024 Olympics Travel Pass will be available during the course of the Olympic Games this summer, replacing the Navigo Day Pass and the Navigo Week Pass that many residents and visitors in Paris currently use.

The Paris 2024 Travel Pass offers a great chance to save on the cost of public transport. This is what you’ll pay for it:

  • 1-day €16
  • 2-day €30
  • 3-day €42
  • 4-day €52
  • 5-day €60
  • 6-day €66
  • 7-day €70
  • 14-day €140

There’s also a one-off cost of €2 for the smart plastic card itself – although you can avoid this by using the Paris mobile phone app to ‘hold’ the Pass.

But what does the Pass cover? It’s easier to list what it doesn’t cover. The Paris 2024 Travel Pass covers you when using public transport to access all the Paris metropolitan area Olympic venues as well as popular tourist locations in the Paris metro area.

You can buy the Pass online, or in person from any Paris metro, RER, or train ticket window or ticket office.

Tempting Paris Olympic Games 2024 travel packages

If you want the convenience of a travel package, you’ll find a huge range available on the Paris Olympic Games official ticketing website. Travel packages include accommodation, tickets for one to six Game sessions, on-site and in-the-city hospitality, and transport solutions that can be tailored to your needs. Travel packages cost from €495 per person, and there are currently over a hundred still available to choose from.

Getting ready to hit the road (or rails) for the Paris 2024 Olympics

The countdown to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games is well and truly on, and if you’ve got tickets to an event, now is the time to get planning how you’re going to get to and around Paris. Leaving this until you’ve actually arrived in the city can result in unnecessary stress and eat into the time you could have spent taking in the sights and sounds of this truly special event.

Luckily, I can definitely help you out with this! Use the information, hints, and hacks above to plan your routes around Paris and learn how the city’s public transport network operates. Once you arrive in the country’s capital, you’ll be navigating the RER, metro, and bus systems like a native!

FAQ

How far is Orly Airport from the Stade de France Olympic venue?

It’s around 18.5 miles from Paris Orly Airport to the Stade de France and has a journey time of around fifty minutes by shuttle.

How much does an RER ticket cost?

The maximum cost of a Paris RER ticket is $5 for an adult and $2.50 for a child (aged four to nine), excluding airport routes.

Are Ubers available in Paris?

Yes, Ubers are available throughout Paris, offering affordable, convenient rides across the city and to and from the airport.