How will I get around during the 2024 Paris Olympics?

The Olympics will be synonymous with competition, fair play and sporting performances galore... but also with traffic problems for the people of Paris. 

A large proportion of the events at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games will take place in the heart of Paris or in the immediate vicinity, in dedicated infrastructures or directly on the public highway. What's more, thousands of athletes and journalists, as well as millions of spectators and visitors, will have to travel every day for the duration of the event. So it's a good idea to think ahead and ask the right questions about traffic conditions between 26 July and 11 August (Olympic Games), then between 28 August and 8 September (Paralympic Games).

Traffic restrictions during the Olympic Games

Driving in Paris during the Olympic and Paralympic Games is not going to be easy. What restrictions can you expect and why is it preferable to park your car outside the capital?

Reserved Olympic lanes

For the duration of the competition, car traffic in Paris and its immediate suburbs will be restricted by the introduction of Olympic lanes. In practice, 185 kilometres of lanes will be reserved for authorised vehicles:

  • Athletes and sports teams.
  • Accredited journalists.
  • Official delegations.
  • Emergency and security vehicles.
  • Taxis and public transport.

The other traffic lanes will remain accessible to all types of vehicles. For example, on the boulevard périphérique, only three out of four lanes will be open to non-accredited users. The roads affected by this measure will be

  • The A1 between Roissy airport and Porte de la Chapelle.
  • Part of the northern ring road (from Porte de Vanves to Porte de Bercy).
  • The A4 between Collégien and Porte de Bercy.
  • The A12 between Rocquencourt and Montigny-le-Bretonneux.
  • The A13 between Porte Maillot and Rocquencourt.
  • The boulevard circulaire at La Défense.
  • Certain roads in the heart of Paris.

Traffic within the security perimeters

The use of motorised vehicles (other than authorised vehicles) will be totally prohibited in the red security perimeters: in the immediate vicinity of the Olympic venues, the marathon route, the cycling competitions, and along the Seine during the opening ceremony (and up to several days before it). These perimeters will be activated 2h30 before the start of the first event and will end 1 hour after the end of the last event. Motorised traffic will be restricted within the blue perimeters.

In practical terms, this means that it will be impossible to drive in the red perimeters on competition days, and difficult in the blue perimeters. Only cyclists, pedestrians and users of (non-motorised) scooters will be able to move around unhindered. Find out more about all the traffic restrictions in the capital during the events.

Preferred modes of transport during the Paris Olympic Games

If you are planning to travel around Paris during the Olympic Games or to visit an Olympic site during the events, we strongly recommend that you park your car in a Q-Park car park and use a soft mode of transport. Ideally, you should stay outside Paris itself. The best way to get around...

  • On foot or by bike/scooter, which also gives you unrestricted access to the red and blue perimeters.
  • By public transport, taking care to consult the metro and bus map in advance and plan your route. For example, by parking your vehicle in one of our car parks at La Défense, you can quickly and easily access any part of the capital via the RER A and metro line 1.

Whatever your preferred mode of transport, it's essential to plan your journeys in advance by using the interactive map of the impact on travel in the Île-de-France region: this tool shows the disruption to be expected at a given location at a given time.

And don't forget to book your Q-Park car park online, so you can plan your journeys as well as possible and take advantage of preferential rates at the same time! 

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