After years of planning, construction, and other preparations, the 2024 Summer Olympics start in Paris (and other parts of France) this month. 

Here are the key dates:

  • Olympic Torch in Paris
    • July 13 - Arrival of Olympic Torch in Paris - Hotel de Ville Plaza
    • July 14 - Place de la Republique
  • Paris 2024 Olympics start and end dates:  July 26 - August 11
    • July 24 & 25 - Ranking & preliminary rounds for Archery, Football, Handball, Rugby Sevens
    • July 26 - Opening Ceremonies, including a parade of 94 boats carrying 10,000 athletes ride down the Seine River in boats, with 104,000 spectators watching from ticketed places along the lower banks and bridges, another 222,000 spectators with free tickets watching from the upper banks, and an estimated 250,000 more spectators watching from buildings overlooking the Seine and from other official fan-zones.  For context - all previous opening ceremonies have been inside stadiums with far fewer viewers
  • Paris 2024 Paralympics start and end dates:  August 28 - September 8

To give you an idea about the scope of these events, here's what happens during the Games:

  • 2024 Olympics:  10,500 athletes from 206 countries compete in 329 events for 32 sports
  • 2024 Paralympics:  4,400 athletes from 184 countries compete in 549 events for 22 sports

French tourism officials expect the 2024 Olympics to attract around 15 million visitors to Paris, including athletes, officials, support staff, volunteers, dignitaries, and spectators. 

They estimate that about 13 million of the visitors will be from France, with the remaining 2 million visitors coming from outside the country, particularly the United States and UK.  

If you are among them, this article includes the key things you'll need to know about:

Top photo: "Paris 2024" on Hotel de Ville (Paris's City Hall) - Photo credit:  Houda Chabir-Robert

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How to Get Last-Minute Tickets to the 2024 Olympics in Paris

Tickets are still available for many Olympics and Paralympics events. 

Every Thursday morning at 10am CET (Central European Time), they are released for different sports events, and are available at various prices.

The only place to be 100% sure that you're getting genuine, legit 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics tickets is on on the official Paris 2024 website. 

To have a chance of getting a ticket, you need to start checking the website the moment that the tickets are released.  For reference, 10am CET is 9am BST (UK), 4am EDT, 3am CDT, 2am MDT, 1am PDT, 12 midnight ADT, and 11am HDT.

Olympics event tickets for 2024 are in electronic form only; no paper tickets are being issued.

If you have a ticket you want to sell or if you want to buy a ticket from another ticket holder, the official website also offers those options.


Paris Locations of 2024 Olympics Stadiums, Arenas, and Other Venues

Map Showing 2024 Olympics Locations within Paris & Nearby Suburbs, Plus More to Do & See Nearby

Bercy (Accor) Arena - site of Olympics competitions
Bercy (Accor) Arena in the 12th arrondissement - Site of Olympics competitions

Major Games Venues within Paris

Bercy Arena (a.k.a. Accor Arena)

Bercy Arena, which is usually known as the Accor Arena, is one of Paris's premier venues for sports events and concerts by popular artists doing stadium tours

Competitions:  Basketball, Gymnastics, & Trampoline

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Bercy Park - Lovely gardens, shade trees, benches, & fountains
  • Bercy Village - Former wine-shipping area, with stone warehouses now transformed into boutiques, bars, and bistros

Address:  8 Boulevard de Bercy, 12th arr; Nearest Metro:  Bercy

Champ-de-Mars Arena

The Champ de Mars Arena, normally called the Grand Palais Éphémère, is an enormous temporary events venue which has been in use for the past three years.  It is scheduled to be dismantled later this year when the newly renovated Grand Palais reopens.

Competitions:  Judo, Wrestling

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • The Eiffel Tower - Open every day during the Olympics except on July 26 - Entry ticket with optional summit access
  • Les Invalides/Army Museum - Large collections of military history and art, plus Napoleon's Tomb under the dome - Tickets

Address:  2 Place Joffre, 7th arr;  Nearest Metro:  Ecole Militaire

Eiffel Tower Stadium

This temporary arena is near the middle of Champ de Mars.

Competitions:  Beach Volleyball, Blind Football

More to See & Do Nearby: 

Address:  8 Jacques Rueff, 7th arr;  Nearest Metro:  Ecole Militaire

Grand Palais

Although the Grand Palais has been undergoing extensive renovations for the past three years, it will be completed and open just in time for the 2024 Olympics.

Competitions:  Fencing, Taekwando

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Petit Palais (art museum) - Free admission to permanent exhibitions plus a lovely hidden garden
  • Galerie Dior - Book well in advance - Tickets

Address:  8 Jacques Rueff, 7th arr;  Nearest Metro:  Champs Elysees - Clemenceau

La Chapelle Arena

This brand new stadium with a capacity of about 8,000-9,000 (depending on the event) and an eco-friendly design was built for the Olympics.  After the 2024 Games end, it will be repurposed as a cultural hub for sport and live performances and its name will change to Adidas Arena.

If you attend events in this arena, be sure to look at the roof, which will be 80% covered with greenery to blend in with its surrounding parks and gardens.

Competitions:  Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Para Badminton, Power Lifting

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Marche des Puces - Paris's (and the world's) biggest flea market - More information
  • La Chapelle Covered Food Market - One of the best specimens of Baltard architecture remaining in Paris, with a stunning glass roof, lacy cast-iron supports, iron framing, and tall columns, built in 1885 and renovated in 2010.  Shop for high quality produce and cheese, plus several places to eat.

Address:  88 Boulevard Ney, 18th arr;  Nearest Metro/RER:  Porte de la Chapelle

Invalides

Competitions: Archery, Marathon

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • French Army Museum - Large collections of military history and art, plus Napoleon's Tomb under the dome - Tickets
  • Rodin Museum - See the famous sculptor's greatest works and relax in the gorgeous garden - Tickets

Nearest Metros:  Varenne, Ecole Militaire

La Concorde Stadium

A large temporary sports stadium devoted to games and celebrations will fill the vast space usually taken up by Place de la Concorde and its car-filled traffic lanes.

Competitions:  3×3 Basketball, BMX Freestyle, Breaking, Skateboarding

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Orangerie Museum - Monet's water lily paintings - Tickets
  • Louvre Museum - See Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and so much more! - Tickets & tours
  • Tuileries Garden - Large park next to Place de la Concorde filled with flowers, pools, trees, benches, and several casual outdoor cafes

Location:  Right Bank, next to the Seine River and between the 1st and 8th arrondissements; Nearest Metro:  Normally, Concorde - but the station will be closed through September 1.  So depending on the direction you'll be coming from, consider Champs-Elysees (west), Madeleine (north), Tuileries (south), Assemblée Nationale (south).  All are about 5-8 minutes away on foot.

Parc des Princes

Home stadium to the Paris Saint-Germain (football or soccer/ depending where you're from) team.

Competitions:  Football (ie, soccer, to Americans and Canadians)

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Bois de Boulogne - Vast forested park filled with numerous attractions, including the Serres d'Auteuil Garden, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Roland Garros, Jardin d'Acclimation (gardens and walking paths, family-friendly amusement park, small menagerie; free admission through the back door of Fondation Louis Vuitton, or you can get tickets at the gate)

Location:  24 Rue du Commandant Guilbaud, 16th arr; Nearest Metro: Porte de Saint-Cloud; Exelmans, Michel-Ange Molitar, and Porte d'Anteuil are also close, about a 9-14 minute walk

Pont Alexandre III Bridge

Competitions:  Marathon Swimming, Cycling Road, Triathlon - watch from the bridge!

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Petit Palais (art museum) - Free admission to permanent exhibitions plus a lovely hidden garden
  • Invalides / French Army Museum - Large collections of military history and art, plus Napoleon's Tomb under the dome - Tickets

Location:  Across the Seine connecting Avenue du Marechal Gallieni (7th arr) and Avenue Winston Churchill (8th arr); Nearest Metro north of the Seine:  Champs Elysees Clemenceau; Nearest Metro/RER south of the Seine:  Invalides

Pont d'Iéna Bridge

Competitions: Cycling, Race Walking

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Eiffel Tower  - Open every day during the Olympics except on July 26 - Entry ticket with optional summit access
  • Paris Aquarium - Visiting with kids?  They (and you) will love this family-friendly underwater world overlooking the Trocadero Gardens; stop by the outdoor terrace for a quick snack or meal - Tickets

Location:  Across the Seine connecting the Eiffel Tower (7th arr) and Trocadero (16th arr); Nearest Metro north of the Seine:  Trocadero; Nearest Metros/RERs south of the Seine:  Champ de Mars Tour EIffel and Pont d'Alma

Roland Garros Stadium

Best known as the classic venue for the French Open, Roland Garros's Court Philippe-Cantrier at the edge of Bois de Boulogne will be the site of, no surprise, the Olympics tennis competitions, as well as boxing.

Competitions: Tennis, Boxing

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Bois de Boulogne - Vast forested park filled with numerous attractions, including the Serres d'Auteuil Garden, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Roland Garros, Jardin d'Acclimation (gardens and walking paths, family-friendly amusement park, small menagerie; free admission through the back door of Fondation Louis Vuitton, or you can get tickets at the gate)
  • Musee Marmottan Monet - If you're a Monet fan, don't miss the chance to visit this specialty museum (2 Rue Louis Boilly, 16th; do yourself a favor and book your ticket online, as the on-site ticket line here is always slow) where you can see a large selection of his paintings plus temporary exhibitions.  If you have limited time, head straight to the lower level to find the Monets - to fine the weirdly-located stairs, go into the gift shop to the left of the main entrance.  Then if you have enough time, head to Musee de l'Orangerie in the 1st arrondissement to see his famous water lily paintings.

Location:  Southeast corner of Bois de Boulogne, 16th arr; Nearest Metros: Michel-Ange Molitor, Exelmans

South Paris Arena

This venue is part of the Paris Expo complex located at the Porte de Versailles, one of the biggest and busiest exposition centers in Europe and the site of numerous shows such as the hugely popular Salon du Chocolat. The Olympics and Paralympic games take place in three of its arenas.

Competitions:  Handball, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Weight Lifting

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • Parc Georges Brassens - Lovely park with a bit of everything: gardens, a pond, a tiny vineyard, childrens' play areas, and a well-known book market on Saturdays and Sundays, plus a number of good casual restaurants along nearby streets
  • Aquaboulevard - Large and very fun waterpark with lots of big slides, etc, about a 12-15 minute walk from Paris Expo - book online a bit in advance to be sure of getting in, especially when the weather is hot

Location: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, next to the Périphérique in the 15th arr; Nearest Metro:  Porte de Versailles

The following 2024 Olympics venues are in Paris's nearby suburbs, and are easily reached by metro or RER.

Chateau de Versailles

A small part of the (very long) Hall of Mirrors at Versailles
A small part of the (very long) Hall of Mirrors at Versailles

Versailles is perhaps the most iconic and famous venue in the 2024 Paris Olympics (and possibly any Olympics ever).  A temporary structures have been erected to the west of the Grand Canal on the edge of the Park to accommodate the equestrian competitions held here.

Although some areas beyond and even around the Grand Canal will be closed to general access during the events, the rest of Versailles remains open including the main Palace, the smaller Grand and and Petit Trianon palaces, much of the garden, and other areas such as Marie Antoinette's Hamlet. 

If you are considering visiting Versailles between the impacted period, July 10 to September 15, you see the closed area (in blue) for specific dates here. 

Competitions:  Equestrian events such as Dressage, Eventing, and Show Jumping; plus Modern Pentathlon Events (swimming, fencing, riding, laser run, running, and shooting)

More to See & Do:  15 Fantastic Things to Do at Versailles

Nearest RER Station: RER C/Versailles Château-Rive Gauche 

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Stade de France

As the biggest stadium in France, the Stade de France hosts the country's national football and rugby teams in international competitions for FIFA World Cup and Rugby World Cup and numeous other matches. 

You can easily reach it from Paris on the RER or metro.

Competitions:  Athletics, Rugby, Closing Ceremony

  • Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis - Spectacular Gothic cathedral filled with stunning stained glass and sculptures, a Cavaillé-Coll organ, and in its treasury, the crowns of Charlemagne, Saint Louis, and Henry IV of France.  All but five kings of France who ruled between the 5th and the 19 centuries including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are buried here, along with numerous other royals
  • Paul Eluard Museum of Art & History - Fascinating medieval archeology collections with additional strengths in the history of the Paris Seige and Commune and poet Paul Eluard

Nearest Metro: Saint-Denis Porte de Paris; Nearest Trains: RER B/La Plaine-Stade de France; RER D/Stade de France-Saint Denis

Aquatics Centre

This stunningly gorgeous and eco-responsible swimming complex, created primarily from timber and recycled plastic, is the only new permanent structure built for the Olympics aside from an outdoor climbing structure.  It is located in the suburb of Saint-Denis adjacent to Paris's northern perimeter.

A pedestrian bridge across the A1 expressway links it to the Stade de France. Together, they form the heart of La Plaine Saulnier, a new urban district to be built in the coming years. 

Post-Olympics, the Aquatics Center will be used for community sports including swimming, paddle tennis, a gym and yoga studio, a rock-climbing wall, and a restaurant, with soccer fields and a park surrounding it.

Competitions:  Diving, Water Polo, Artistic Swimming

More to See & Do Nearby

Check out the suggestions for The Aquatics Center, above, as the two venues are next to each other.

Nearest Metro: Saint-Denis Porte de Paris; Nearest Trains: RER B/La Plaine-Stade de France; RER D/Stade de France-Saint Denis

La Defense Arena

La Defense Arena is home to the Racing 92 rugby club and the site of many of the Paris area's biggest stadium tour concerts - it's where the Taylor Swift and Nikki Minaj concerts took place earlier this summer.

La Defense is Paris's business district, filled with glittering skyscrapers designed by prominent architects.  It is not located in Paris itself, but instead is carved out of the intersecting corners of four towns to the west of the city.  Getting there (normally) takes 8-9 minutes on the metro from the Charles de Gaulle/Etoile station in the 8th arrondissement.

Competitions:  Swimming, Water Polo

More to See & Do Nearby: 

  • La Grande Arche - This modern humanitarian monument (vs being a triumphal military arch, like the Arc de Triomphe) soars 360 feet (110 m) high and is twice as tall as the Arc de Triomphe, which you can spot from the top of its steps.
  • Esplanade de la Defense - Walk down this wide pedestrian-only walkway which stretches over half a mile (1k) between the Grande Arche and the Seine River, and admire monumental sculptures, gardens, and reflecting pools along the way.  Right before you get to the Seine, you'll spot the Esplanade de La Defense station, where you can hop on the metro to go back to Paris.

Nearest Metro/RER & E:  La Defense


The Parc des Champions & Other Fan-Zones

Bercy (Accor) Arena - site of Olympics competitions
Map image showing Parc des Champions (#28) and other fan-zones; click on this image to access the live map on Google Maps, and then click on #28 on the live map to see the Parc des Champions details

Trocadéro Gardens, the grassy space with beautiful fountains across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, will be transformed into the Parc de Champions where Olympics athletes can meet, mingle, and celebrate with their families, friends, and fans after their competitions. 

The space can accommodate up to 13,000 people, including an anticipated 1,000 athletes each day celebrating their achievements from the previous day.

More about the celebration schedule and other details



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