All About the Paris Olympics 2024

The Olympic Games is one of the most exciting and renowned sporting events in the world and has been for centuries. Host country France is set to take the baton and run with it this year and promises athletes, visitors, and viewers a spectacle and experience like no other.

Paris Summer Olympics 2024

Whether you’ll be watching the games from the comfort of your sofa or are planning on traveling to Paris to watch the action live and in person, here you’ll find all the information and advice you need to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event.

When is the Paris Olympics 2024?

The Paris Summer 2024 Olympics will quite literally kick off on Wednesday, 24th July 2024, with the first of the event’s football and rugby games. The games’ Opening Ceremony (an absolute must-see) is set to be held on Friday 26th July 2024.

The Olympic Games will continue throughout the rest of the month and into August, with the final events and the Closing Ceremony to be held on Sunday, 11th August 2024. The Games will take in a massive 329 medal events, from artistic gymnastics to water polo and everything in between!

The Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will run from  August 28th to September 8th, 2024, and will see 4,400 of the world’s most outstanding Paralympians compete in a range of events in a total of 549 competitions. 

Where are the Paris Olympics Games taking place?

The 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympics will take place in world-class venues throughout Paris itself as well as across the Ile-de-France region and the whole of the country. Expect to see some of the capital’s most famous landmarks transformed into exciting sporting arenas, offering an awe-inspiring backdrop to the Olympic action. The Olympic Games 2024 will be hosted in 5 important venues in Paris; Stade de France, Stade Roland Garros, Champs de Mars Arena, Eiffel Tower Stadium and Place de la Concorde. And there are other small venues in Paris and throughout France.

The Olympic Games’ surfing competitions will be held in the beautiful waters of Teahupoo in Tahiti. The competition venue here has been specifically designed to protect the island’s very special natural habitat and celebrate Polynesian culture.

Which countries are participating in the Summer Olympics 2024?

An enormous 206 countries – from Albania to Zimbabwe – are set to take part in this summer’s Olympic Games in Paris, with the athletes fielded by each hoping to return home victorious. The huge range of countries getting involved in the games makes for a true celebration of sport, global cooperation, and cultural diversity. 

What sports events form the Olympic Games 2024?

Whatever type of sport you enjoy watching, you’ll find it at the Olympic Games. For me, one of the best things about the event is that every time it comes around, I find a sport that I’ve never watched before, and by the time the closing ceremony rolls around, I’m a huge fan!

The sporting events set to make up the Summer Paris Olympic Games 2024 are as follows.

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Basketball 3 x 3
  • Boxing
  • Canoe slalom
  • Canoe sprint
  • Road cycling
  • Cycling track
  • Mountain bike
  • BMX freestyle
  • BMX racing
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Artistic gymnastics
  • Rhythmic gymnastics
  • Trampoline
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Judo
  • Modern pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Diving
  • Marathon swimming
  • Artistic swimming
  • Swimming
  • Waterpolo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

Four new sports have also been proposed for the Olympic Games 2024 which have been accepted by the committee. These sports are closely associated with youth and reward both athletic performance and creativity: 

  • Breaking (breakdancing)
  • Sport climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing

It’s hoped that over the coming years, the inclusion of these sports on the Olympic roster will encourage millions of kids worldwide to take up one or more of them.

Karate and baseball have been dropped from the Olympic Games schedule for 2024.

How can I get tickets for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris?

I don’t know about you, but the main question I have about the forthcoming Olympic Games in Paris is how can I get my hands on some tickets! The ticket sale platform on the official Paris 2024 Olympic Games website is now open. Here, you’ll find all available tickets for a variety of events – be quick, though: some events have already sold out.

Via this website, you can also access travel packages and hospitality packages if you’re keen to enjoy a more convenient trip or enjoy a taste of luxury during your Olympic adventure. Travel packages typically include event tickets as well as central accommodation, transport tickets, and even access to a range of sights and cultural activities. More more tips, check out Paris Olympics 2024 ticket tips page.

The inspirational Olympic and Paralympic Village

As well as providing a beautiful temporary home to the athletes from around the world who come to compete in the Games, the Olympic and Paralympic Village will deliver a brand new section of the city for the people of Seine Saint Denis.

The village will span parts of three cities: Saint Ouen, Saint-Denis, and Ile Saint-Denis. It will accommodate the 10,500 athletes resident in France for the Games, and serve up around 60,000 meals a day to fuel their Olympic dreams. Take a look at this video to view how Paris’s commitment to creating a low-carbon Olympic Village is playing out on the ground.

Once the Olympic Games 2024 have concluded, the Olympic and Paralympic Village will become a residential neighborhood, incorporating 2,500 new homes, a student residence, a hotel, and a range of offices, city services, and neighborhood shops. The neighborhood will also benefit from a large landscaped park and around seven hectares of smaller gardens and parks for residents to enjoy.

Setting the stage for a spectacular Show: The opening ceremony

The Olympic Games 2024 Opening Ceremony breaks with tradition from the off: for the first time in Olympic history, it won’t be held in a stadium but, instead, will burst through the streets of Paris. A spectacular boat parade on the Seine will carry all the participating athletes from the east to west of the city, ending at the Trocadero, where subsequent shows and events will take place to mark the beginning of the Games.

The nature of this celebration means that thousands of spectators in Paris will be able to see the parade without needing to purchase an admission ticket by gathering along the Seine to watch the boats and join in the festivities.

Eighty giant screens and a plethora of speakers will be strategically placed to ensure that everyone who has come to enjoy the atmosphere can see and hear everything as it unfolds. The ceremony’s music will reverberate around the French capital.

Getting involved with the cultural Olympiad

There will be a huge range of cultural events taking place to mark the Olympic Games. If you’re traveling to Paris for sports, it’s a great idea to take in as many of these as you have the opportunity to during your trip. Over 2,000 events have been planned, and the vast majority will offer free entry.

Highlights include Hors Piste, which will see biathlon champion and most-decorated French athlete in Olympic Games history, Martin Fourcade, take to the stage in a one-man show to discuss his career and ‘backstage’ stories while the Fashion on the Move exhibition at the Palais Galliera will feature 200 compelling displays.

Lectures, concerts, theater shows, festivals, and cultural performances will all make up part of the Olympic Games 2024 celebrations, which will take place in Paris and throughout France.

An enduring Olympic legacy

As well as the new district in Saint-Denis that will be turned over for neighborhood development after the event, the Olympic Games will leave an enduring legacy. It’s estimated that a minimum of 150,000 new jobs will be created as a direct result of the Games, which is expected to significantly boost the country’s economy. Further, 5,000 local sports facilities have been renovated as a result of the Olympic Flame coming to France.

The Paris 2024 team has launched two projects, the first designed to promote youth civic engagement and the second to inspire the 2024 Olympic Games volunteers to become, after the event, involved in a sports federation or club.

Travel tips for the Paris Summer Olympics 2024

Those lucky enough to be traveling to Paris this summer for the 2024 Olympics are in for a treat. Here are the basics you need to know to ensure your travel plans run smoothly.

Flying into Paris

The majority of the Olympic 2024 events will be taking place in Paris and its surrounds. There are two airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle and Orly. The city has an excellent public transport network, making it easy to get to your accommodation and the Olympic venues from the airports. Getting familiar with the metro before your trip is highly recommended – you can find easy-to-read maps online which are a great starting point.

Traveling around France

While most of the Olympic venues are in Paris or its surrounds, there are other venues dotted throughout France. Paris is the hub for stations serving the rest of the country, allowing you to easily get from the city to the venues that are further flung. These hubs are:

  • Gare du Nord
  • Gare de l’Este
  • Gare de Lyon
  • Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Gare Montparnasse
  • Gare Saint-Lazare

For more transportation tips that you need in France, have a look at our transportation travel tips for Paris Olympics 2024.

Entry requirements to France

Of course, you’ll need a valid passport to enter France – at the French border control, you may be required to show proof of where you intend to stay, such as a hotel booking confirmation, and also show a return or onward ticket.

You can travel around France for up to 90 days in a 180 period without a Visa, as well as visit other countries in the Schengen area, of which France is a part.

Where to stay during Paris Olympics

Paris Summer Olympics has easier recommendation options compared to other International events. According to your budget, travel type and sporting events you want to follow, you can find many different accommodation options in and outside of Paris. Check out our website for the latest hotel, airbnb or other staying options.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games: Lighting the flame

Traveling to the Paris Olympics 2024? You’re in great company. Thousands of people from around the world are set to descend on France this summer to witness the greatest sporting show on Earth. Use our set of guides to navigate your experience and enjoy every second of this unparalleled event. À bientôt à Paris!