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The Spectacular Paris Olympics 2024 Venues – And Tips for Traveling to Them

The 2024 Olympic Games are coming to Paris this summer, and the action will be taking place in a range of exciting and iconic events in the city and beyond. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to one or more events, I’ve got all the information you need to help you navigate to and between the venues, and some top travel tips to help your journeying is as easy and cost-effective as possible.

Iconic Venues in the Heart of the City

The city of Paris is set to be transformed for the 2024 Olympics, with new venues popping up to host events alongside existing iconic stadiums. Each of the venues below is awe-inspiring and the perfect backdrop to this summer’s Olympic action.

Stade de France

As the largest stadium in France, it’s no surprise that this venue is one of the jewels in the Olympics 2024 crown. The Stade de France was originally constructed for the 1998 World Cup, which was held in France, and is where you can enjoy both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, as well as athletics, football, and rugby events.

Getting There: The stadium is served by RER lines B and D, as well as metro lines 12, 13, and 14. From the Gare du Nord station in central Paris, you can also get to the Stade de France via line H.

Clearly marked pedestrian routes will be available between the transport hubs above and the stadium to help you get to the venue easily and safely.

Eiffel Tower Arena

This spectacular open-air arena at the foot of the Eiffel Tower itself is where those lucky enough to have bagged tickets to the beach volleyball or blind football events will be heading. The atmosphere in this temporary venue promises to be electric, and it’s one of the Games’ most magical, iconic venues. Enjoy it while it lasts, as the Eiffel Tower Arena will be dismantled as soon as the 2024 Paris Olympic Games are over.

Getting There: This arena is served by metro lines 6 and 9 and also by RER line C. You’ll have no trouble finding it if you’re new to the city: look up and head toward the Eiffel Tower!

Arena Champs de Mars

Located in front of the Eiffel Tower itself, the Arena Champs de Mars has been designed to blend beautifully with the urban landscape in which it nestles. Judo and wrestling events will take place here, and there’s no better place to explore the city’s attractions in between the Olympic action.

Getting There: This arena is served by La Motte Picquet on metro lines 6 and 8 and Segur on metro line 10.

Parc Urbain La Concorde

Olympics 2024 organizers were committed from the start to bringing the Games out of stadiums and into the heart of the city. And that’s exactly what’s happening with this open-air arena that’ll pop up on the Place de la Concorde. Soak up the amazing atmosphere as you take in basketball, breaking (break dancing), skateboarding, and BMX freestyling here.

Getting There: The Parc Urbain la Concorde will be served by RER lines A and C and metro lines 1, 3, 7, 8, 12, and 14.

Grand Palais

This jaw-dropping venue in the heart of Paris was originally built for the Universal Exhibition in the city in 1900 and, this summer will host the para-taekwondo and wheelchair fencing events. The palace is currently undergoing restoration work ready for the Games, which will be held in the building’s famously beautiful nave beneath its stunning glass roof.

Getting There: This venue will be served by metro lines 1, 8, and 13, as well as RER line C. It’s important to note that, during the games, the metro stations of Concorde, Champs Elysées Clémenceau, and Tuileires will be closed.

Other Olympics 2024 Venues in Paris

The other venues in the heart of the city that will play host during the Olympics – and the events you can catch there –  are:

  • Parc de Princes – football preliminaries and finals.
  • Arena Bercy – athletics, basketball, trampoline.
  • Roland Garros Arena – boxing and tennis.
  • Trocadero – road cycling and triathlon.
  • Arena la Chapelle – badminton, rhythmic gymnastics, para badminton, and para powerlifting.
  • Esplanades des Invalides – athletics, archery, and cycling.
  • Hôtel de Ville – the start point of the marathon.
  • Port Alexander III – road cycling, triathlon, and marathon swimming.
  • Aquatics Centre – diving, swimming, and water polo.
  • Paris la Defence Arena – para-swimming.
  • North Paris Arena – sitting volleyball.
  • South Paris Arena – boccia, goalball, and para-table tennis.

Paris Olympics 2024 Venues Throughout France

Paris isn’t the only location hosting Olympic events – there are venues throughout France, too. This makes for a great excuse to extend your stay and indulge in an Olympic road trip to take in the beautiful sights, sounds – and tastes! – of the country.

Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, and Saint Etienne stadiums will be hosting Olympic football heats this summer, while the stunning Palace of Versailles is set to be the home of the para-equestrian events.

For the exciting sport-climbing Olympic event, head to Le Bourget Climbing Venue, located just 7 km to the east of the Olympic Village. Further afield, the Marseille Marina will be the site of the Games’ sailing competitions. The latter offers a beautiful backdrop for the events, along with exceptional sailing conditions.

The Chateauroux Shooting Centre in central France is two hours and 15 minutes from Paris by train, and you can watch the para-shooting at this unique shooting venue, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Keen to catch the para-road cycling event? Then head to Clichy-sous-Bois, which is 20 km from the Olympic Village in Paris – it’s served by a number of RER lines.

An easy seven km bus, tram, or train ride from Paris is La Courneuve, where the para-athletics events will take place. Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome will be the stage on which the para-track cycling athletes battle it out. Elancourt, the home of the mountain biking event, and Golf National are located in the same city – and I’m sure you can guess what event will be held at the latter! These venues are within close proximity of the Palace of Versailles venue, making it easy to hop between each.

The excitingly named Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium is gearing up to host the Olympic and Paralympic rowing and canoe-kayak events. Just a short distance from Paris, this stadium is conveniently served by RER line A. A shuttle bus will be on hand to transport visitors from the station to the stadium itself.

Which Paris Olympic 2024 Venue is Outside France?

And there’s one more venue on the list to tell you about Teahupoo in Tahiti. This spectacular location, with its legendary waves, will be where the surfboarding event will take place over four days during the July 27 to 8 August 2024 window. 

Five judges will assess the maneuvres and tricks of the surfers taking part, awarding points for their type, variety, and difficulty. If you’ve never watched an Olympic surfing event before, I highly recommend it – although if you’re heading to France, it’s best caught on television!

Tips for Getting Between the Paris 2024 Olympic Venues

Whether you’ve got tickets to see an electrifying game of open-air volleyball in front of the Eiffel Tower or can’t wait to dive into all the action at the Aquatics Centre, I’ve got some great tips to help you get to and between the venues.

Download the Transport Public Paris 2024 App

Launched in April 2024 to help those planning on attending the Olympics navigate their way between the venues, the multilingual Transport Public Paris 2024 app is an invaluable tool to help ensure your trip runs smoothly.

The app works as a travel planner, allowing you to seamlessly get around (and beyond) the city, providing real-time traffic updates and personalized routes. You can even purchase the public transport tickets you need via the app.

Get a Paris 2024 Pass

To help you navigate between the venues and save money on your travel, consider purchasing a Paris 2024 Pass. For just €16 a day, you’ll get unlimited travel within Paris and the surrounding region and to all the Olympic venues in Paris and the surrounds of the city, too. As well as this, the Pass provides you with free travel to and from both of the city’s airports.

Sounds good? You can get your Pass online or via the Transport Public Paris 2024 app I talked about above.

Get Familiar with the Metro Before You Head to Paris

Taking a look at how the Paris metro works and the lines that serve each of the Olympic venues in the city before you travel is highly recommended. Speaking from experience, the metro can be a little confusing to first-time visitors to Paris, but once you get the hang of things, it’s an efficient and affordable way to zip around the city.

Check out this video for some information and tips on how to use the metro in Paris to get ahead of the game before you jet off.

Did You Know About the Free Shuttlebuses?

Free shuttle buses will be operating throughout the Paris region serving venues that are some distance from the nearest train stations – who knew? This great system is sure to make things easier and more affordable for Olympic travelers.

These shuttle buses will serve the following venues:

  • Roland Garros Stadium
  • Parc des Princes
  • Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium
  • Palace of Versaille
  • Golf National
  • Elancourt

Allow Plenty of Time for Your Journey

Paris is always a busy, bustling city, and public transport can quickly fill up. With the Olympic Games in town, things are sure to be even more manic. To enjoy the most convenient and pleasant journey to and between venues, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time. However long it should usually take to get to a location, add a generous margin to prevent stress and ensure you don’t arrive late. 

Get the Gold Medal in the ‘Traveling to the Olympic Venues’ Event

Traveling to the Paris Olympics venues may sound stressful, but with a little bit of planning and using our tips above, your Olympics 2024 adventure is sure to run like a dream. Get familiar with the venues you’ll be heading to and the public transport options that serve them, as well as how the Paris metro works, to prevent any last-minute mishaps – and be sure to leave yourself plenty of time for your journey.

It may not have made it onto the official list of Olympic sports yet, but if Traveling to the Olympic venues was an event, I’m confident that you’re going to win gold.