Paris 2024 Olympics: Everything to Know Before Attending

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Paris 2024 Olympics: Everything to Know Before Attending
The 2024 Paris Olympics are coming up! If you want to join in the excitement, this guide will help you prepare and make the most of the summer games! I'll walk you through everything you should know when planning your trip. 
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Miriam enjoys writing about travel, and other adventures abroad like studying or working as an English language assistant. Her favorite places she's visited (so far) include London, UK, Angers, France, and the entire country of Norway. When she's not dreaming of new locations to explore, you can find her singing, acting, or dancing (probably all three), binge watching cozy crime TV shows, embroidering, or trying to come up with clever puns.

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The countdown is well and truly on for the next summer Olympics. It's hard to believe it's the Olympics season again, but if you hope to see the next one, you'll need to head to Paris, France. 

As the French capital, Paris has been home to some fantastic events. Now, it plans to make history with the 2024 Summer Olympics. 

Thinking of attending? This guide will tell you everything you need to know to be part of the Paris 2024 Olympics!

When Do The Olympics Start?

The Paris 2024 Olympics will be held from July 26, 2024, to August 11, 2024. There'll be over 30 different competing sports within 2 weeks. 

The Paralympic Games will be held immediately after, from August 28, 2024, to September 8, 2024. 

Paris 2024 Olympics Schedule

The Opening Ceremony takes place on July 26, but the first events start 2 days before. These are primarily qualifications for events such as football or rugby. The first medal ceremonies begin as early as July 27!

Explore the detailed competition schedule for specific event dates. Some events run over several days, while others are much shorter. 

If you're wanting to catch the most popular events, here are some dates to keep in mind:

  • Start of Games: July 24
  • Opening Ceremony: July 26
  • Closing Ceremony: August 11
  • Artistic Gymnastics: July 27 - August 5
  • Athletics: August 1 - August 11
  • Swimming: July 27 - August 4
  • Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony: August 28
  • Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony: September 8
The Olympic rings in front of Hotel de Ville
Photo by DiscoA340 on Wikimedia

Where Are the Events Taking Place?

While the Olympics are held in Paris, no single event location exists. Over 30 competition sites are spread over Paris, France, and Tahiti! 

Across Paris and the Ile-De-France region, events will be held at notable areas such as:

  • Trocadero
  • Roland-Garros Stadium
  • Grand Palais
  • Invalides
  • Stade de France
  • Versailles
  • Eiffel Tower Stadium

The Olympic Venue Concept Map shows the whole layout of Parisian competition venues. 

The games are not only limited to Paris. Some events will occur in Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Nice, and Marseille. These events include football, handball final phases, basketball qualifications, and sailing. 

When you're planning events to attend, make sure to double-check the commute time between venues! You can use SNCF Connect to check train journey times and availability. 

If you're hoping to catch surfing, you'll need to fly to Tahiti. 

Paris 2024 Olympic Venues

Given the wide spread of venues, some will be home to more events than others. For those of you hoping to catch certain events at the Olympic games, here's what's competing where:

Paris

  • Parc des Princes - Football
  • Roland Garros Stadium - Tennis, Boxing
  • Eiffel Tower Stadium - Beach Volleyball
  • Trocadero - Road cycling, Athletics
  • Grand Palais - Fencing, Taekwondo
  • La Concorde - BMX Freestyle, Skateboarding, Breaking, 3x3 Basketball
  • Pont Alexandre III - Marathon swimming, Triathlon, Road cycling
  • Invalides - Archery, Athletics, Road cycling
  • Champs de Mars Arena - Judo, Wrestling
  • South Paris Arena - Weightlifting, Handball, Volleyball, Table Tennis
  • Bercy Arena - Basketball, Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline
  • Hôtel de Ville - Athletics
  • Porte de la Chapelle Arena - Badminton, Rhythmic Gymnastics
Image of a clay tennis court in Paris
Photo by Gonzalo Facello on Unsplash

Ile de France Region

  • Yves-du-Manoir Stadium - Field Hockey
  • North Paris Arena - Boxing, Modern Pentathlon
  • Stade de France - Athletics, Rugby
  • Paris La Défense Arena - Swimming, Water Polo
  • Aquatics Centre - Artistic Swimming, Diving, Water Polo
  • Le Bourget Sports Climbing Venue - Sport climbing
  • Château de Versailles - Equestrian, Modern pentathlon
  • Elancourt Hill - Mountain bike
  • Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines BMX Stadium - BMX racing
  • Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines Velodrome - Cycling track
  • Vaires-Sur-Marne Nautical Stadium - Canoe spirit, Rowing, Canoe slalom
  • Golf National - Golf

The Olympic Organizers have a handy tool you can use to estimate commute time between venues. This works across all of France. 

Transport will likely be very crowded on event days, so planning is vital to ensure you're on time! A special Games Route Planner app will be released closer to the Games. 

Image of a swimming pool ready for a tournament
Photo by Rawpixel

What Are The 4 New Events For The 2024 Olympics?

Of the 28+ sports competing at the 2024 Olympics, there are 4 new events. These are breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding, and surfing. These events were chosen to encourage young athletes to pick up new sports. 

Breaking will be making its Olympic debut in Paris. 

Free Events at the Paris 2024 Olympics

Even if you don't snag tickets to the top events, you can still get in on the Olympic action. The opening ceremony will take place along the banks of the Seine. 

While there are specific ticketed areas, there are plans for general public members to have access to screens to watch live.  

In addition to the opening ceremonies, several events will be available for the public to view. 

Outside sports taking place within view of the public will have areas to stand and watch. These include:

  • Marathon running
  • Road cycling
  • BMX racing
  • Canoeing-kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Golf

Some events will be fully viewable for free, while others will have designated areas. The sailing in Marseille will also be free to watch, as well as the surfing in Tahiti.  

Image of Paris Olympics mascot Phryge on display at a shop window
Photo by Léonard Cotte on Unsplash

Athletes to Watch Out for at the Paris 2024 Olympics

Whether you're watching the Olympics in person or live on TV, there are some athletes you won't want to miss! While most spots are still up for grabs, here are some names to listen out for if they qualify:

Artistic Gymnastics

One of the most popular summer sports is Artistic Gymnastics. Here are some of the top contenders for Paris 2024:

  • Simone Biles: USA, All Around Champion 2014
  • Rebecca Andrade: Brazil, Vault Champion 2020
  • Hashimoto Daiki: Japan, All Around Champion 2020

Aquatics

Water sports always attract attention, and for good reason. The pool will be a competitive place in Paris 2024 with these major contenders:

  • Tom Daley: Great Britain, Diving
  • Katie Ledecky: USA, Swimming
  • Kristóf Milák: Hungary, Swimming

Athletics

With so many events, it's not surprising for Athletics to have so many stars:

  • Sha'Carri Richardson: USA, Track and Field 
  • Armand Duplantis: Sweden, Pole Vaulting
  • Yulimar Rojas: Venezuela, Triple Jump
Image of gymnast Simone Biles performing at the Rio Olympics 2016
Photo by Agencia Brasil on Wikimedia

Additional Names to Watch

Qualifications are still ongoing for the upcoming games. 

But keep your eyes on the England and Australian Women's Football teams if they qualify. After the World Cup, they're both teams vying for gold in Paris. 

Where to Stay for the Paris 2024 Olympics?

Given the size of the Paris 2024 Olympics, accommodation will sell quickly. The sooner you can lock down where you will stay, the better. 

Even with the spread of Olympic venues, you can stay anywhere in Paris and easily get to the events.

Paris is made up of 20 neighborhoods called arrondissements. Each one has a different vibe and different price points. 

No matter where in Paris you stay, the metro is easy to access and use. I use the app Citymapper when in Paris, and it's a great way to know how to get from place to place. 

As Paris is a big city, there are hostels all over that are perfect for the Olympics. While some incredible hostels are in Paris, they're sure to book up quickly. 

With many events near the Eiffel Tower, consider staying at The 3 Ducks Eiffel Tower. Other well-rated hostels in Paris are:

Keep in mind that prices are likely to be higher around the Olympics. 

If you're headed to an event outside of Paris, use Hostelworld.com to find the perfect place to stay. 

The 2024 Olympics also has travel and hospitality packages. Purchasing one of these will arrange your Hotel and tickets to specific events. 

Not all events are included, but packages are for 1-6 nights. Transport is not included. 

Image of a bridge over a river lighted at night
Photo by Léonard Cotte on Unsplash

Traveling to the Paris 2024 Olympics

You'll most likely fly or take a train to the Paris Olympics. Flying to Charles de Gaulle Airport is the easiest airport for smooth entry into Paris. 

AirFrance is the official airline of the games. You can get to Paris from the airport by train, RER, bus, or taxi.

If you're still looking at flights for your trip to Paris, make sure you're booking affordable flights available on Skyscanner!

Skyscanner helps you find the cheapest flights so that you won't have to pay more for flight tickets and save that money for more things to do or food to eat!

Major train stations in Paris include:

  • Gare du Nord
  • Gare de L’Est
  • Gare de Lyon
  • Gare Montparnasse
  • Gare Saint-Lazare
  • Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Gare de Bercy

You must always purchase a train ticket in advance. SNCF is France's national railway company. Train stations are spread all throughout the city, so check which Parisian station you're traveling to/from closely!

Accessibility at the Paris 2024 Olympics

Paris is working to ensure the games and the city are accessible for summer 2024. While many of these efforts are still in progress, Paris 2024 will have the following at each competition venue:

  • A drop-off zone
  • Dedicated priority queue to enter
  • A pick-up at the stadium gates with an escort to your seat
  • Places in the stands with space

According to their plans, all events will have dedicated seating for those with disabilities. These seats are available as part of the general ticket sale. 

There are easy-access seats, as well as wheelchair-accessible seats. 

Paris is aiming to increase the accessibility of their metro network by the summer of 2024. 

Where Can I Buy Tickets for the 2024 Olympics?

To attend any of the Olympic sporting events, you need to purchase Paris 2024 Olympic tickets. You can buy tickets from the official Olympic Ticketing Website

The initial purchase rounds have already happened via a draw, but sales are now open to everyone. 

Many events are already sold out, but there are still some good seats for limited events. Tickets start from €24/$26 but can be as much as €950/$1025. 

You can purchase up to 6 tickets per session and up to 30 per account. A complete list of prices can be found in the ticketing guide

Tickets are 100% digital and will be available on a dedicated mobile app. Visa is the official sponsor of the games, but any credit/debit card will work. 

If you have not snagged any tickets, an official resale platform will open in spring 2024. Be cautious with resale tickets, as unauthorized ticket holders won't be allowed entry. 

Tickets for the Paralympic Games go on sale on October 9, 2023. 

With tickets being digital, you'll need internet while in Paris. Consider purchasing an eSIM from Airalo or Holafly to ensure you're covered during the games. 

Image of the ticketing website URL and dates for the Paris 2024 Olympics
Photo by Olympics.com

Paris Entry Requirements

To enter France, all visitors will need a valid passport. It must be valid for at least 3 months after your planned departure date. 

There are plans to implement the ETIAS starting in summer 2024. If you are currently a citizen of a country that can enter the Schengen Zone visa-free, you must apply for an ETIAS. 

This is an electronic system that you'll apply for online in advance of travel. 

Things to Do in Paris

Even if you're visiting for the Olympics, you should take in the city of love! Check out the Louvre, wander down the Champs-Elysées, and eat delicious French food. 

Consider joining a walking tour to see more of the city. With a busy Olympic schedule, you'll want to plan everything to ensure you see it all.

Even if you're not going to any of those events, consider taking a day trip during your visit to Paris. It's a great way to explore more of France!

If you're unsure where to start, there's a handy guide to the best things to do in Paris!

Paris 2024 Olympics: On y Va!

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Miriam enjoys writing about travel, and other adventures abroad like studying or working as an English language assistant. Her favorite places she's visited (so far) include London, UK, Angers, France, and the entire country of Norway. When she's not dreaming of new locations to explore, you can find her singing, acting, or dancing (probably all three), binge watching cozy crime TV shows, embroidering, or trying to come up with clever puns.

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