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Airports, stations, roads… How to anticipate your departure on vacation during the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris?

  • Advice for individuals

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More than 10 million spectators are expected in Île-de-France during the Games period, from July to September 2024. If you plan to go on vacation at that time, adjustments may be necessary. Find out everything you need to know in this article!

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Key dates for the Paris 2024 Games

- July 14 and 15, 2024: Olympic torch relay in Paris
- July 19 to 26, 2024: Olympic torch relay in Île-de-France

- July 26, 2024: opening ceremony of the Olympic Games
- July 24 to August 11, 2024: Olympic Games events on sites and on roads
- August 11, 2024: closing ceremony of the Olympic Games

- August 28, 2024: opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games
- August 29 to September 8, 2024: Paralympic Games events on sites and on roads
- September 9, 2024: closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games

 

Departure and arrival: how to plan them?

To facilitate your travel in Île-de-France during the JOP, tools and advice are offered in this article.

  • Consult the interactive map, it specifies the impacts on road traffic and crowds in stations/stations and metro, RER and tram lines, day by day and hour by hour. 
  • Use a GPS navigator on the day of departure or arrival, they will contain information related to security perimeters to offer you suitable routes.
  • Avoid departures and returns from vacation on the most impacted days by the Games. This is particularly the case for:
    • July 26: the opening ceremony on July 26
    • July 27, then August 3 and 4: cycling road events
    • August 10 and 11: the Olympic marathon events
    • September 3 to 8: Paralympic road events
    • August 10 to 12: departures of participants in the Olympic Games
  • Shift your departure time on test days so that it does not correspond to the times of the event, nor to the times of activation of the security perimeters (2h30 before the start of a competition and up to 1h after the end). It will therefore be restrictive or even prohibited to drive there with your vehicle. 
  • Bypass the perimeters by car et avoid impacted public transport lines by the influx of spectators.
  • Follow all the motorway information on radio 107.7, depending on your region and your route, to know the impacts on the road live.
     

I am leaving / arriving from the airport:

 

You're traveling by car: how can you access train stations and airports during the Games this summer?

Paris airports will be the gateway to the 2024 Games for many athletes, delegations, journalists and spectators from around the world. To cope with this high influx and streamline checks and traveler movements, airports are adapting: new Paris Aéroport website, opening of all terminals, multiplication of automated passage devices, adapted signage, etc.  

The impacts of the Games on the roads

- Traffic disrupted with security perimeters around the Olympic sites
- More traffic jams around airports due to the influx of travelers
- Traffic jams on the various roads in Île-de-France due to the influx of spectators and the presence of Olympic routes

Personal car and Olympic routes

185 km of Olympic and Paralympic routes are put in place during the Games. They are reserved for the circulation of vehicles accredited by Paris 2024 to transport athletes, accredited journalists and official delegations. They can also be borrowed by:

  • Taxis ; 
  • Public transport network buses;
  • Transport for people with reduced mobility;
  • Emergency and security vehicles (police, firefighters, SAMU, ambulances, etc.).

These lanes only include one lane on the main road. The other routes are accessible to non-accredited users. 

To access train stations or airports with your personal vehicle, passing through the roads concerned, two solutions are available to you: 

  • Travel on roads including an Olympic lane by anticipating the slowdowns caused by the presence of this reserved line;
  • Choose an alternative route, which avoids the Olympic routes, thanks in particular to route planners. 

Personal car and blue and red security perimeters 

Throughout the Games, Olympic and Paralympic competition venues will be surrounded by: 

  • A red perimeter in which motorized access will be prohibited (unless exempted), 
  • A blue perimeter where motor vehicle access will be authorized for those who need to get there, otherwise a diversion of through traffic will be put in place.

Note: These perimeters only concern motorized traffic. If you are a pedestrian or cyclist, you will be able to continue to move freely in these areas.

Authorized vehicles to circulate in these different security perimeters, according to their obligations, are in particular: 

  • Residents ;
  • Traders ;
  • Ambulances;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Taxis and VTC.

Do you live in a red zone and are you going on vacation with your car? 

You will be able to leave and re-enter the red perimeter by car if you have a digital pass. You can obtain this document by registering on the online platform of the Police Prefecture (soon available) and presenting the supporting documents that will be requested.

To find out the list of authorized people and the supporting documents to be provided, go to the Police Prefecture website.

Discover the table of access conditions to the perimeters

Taxi and bus, traffic impacts to be expected

Do you want to take a bus to reach a train station or an airport? 

As a motorized vehicle, impacts are expected on bus travel times. Please note that buses are authorized to travel on the Olympic lanes and in the blue perimeters. Buses will not be able to access red perimeters, unless there is an exceptional exemption from the police headquarters.

Do you want to take a taxi or VTC to reach a train station or an airport?

He can come and pick you up if you have made a reservation in advance. He can also drop you off in a red zone. However, you will need to have the digital pass for these journeys.

Allow time so as not to be delayed by checks carried out by law enforcement.

For any access to a red perimeter

A table lists the updated list of people authorized to access the different perimeters, as well as their obligation or not to present a digital pass and the supporting documents required to obtain it.

Discover the details of the access terms table

 

You are traveling by public transport: how can you access train stations and airports during the Games this summer?

To ensure the transit of travelers in train stations and public transport stations, several actions will be put in place, including: the installation of special signage, the creation of a Transport Public Paris mobile application, the an average increase of 15% in the transport offer or even the authorization for buses from the public transport network to travel on the Olympic routes.

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Since June 24, line 14 has served Orly airport

The impacts of the Games on public transport

- Greater crowds on metro/RER/train/tram lines and train stations/stations leading to competition venues, stations and airports
- Metro stations closed from mid-May, with the “Concorde” station for line 12 for example

Adapt your journey to avoid closed or busy stations

Closed stations, busy metro lines, etc. : your departure on vacation may be affected by these impacts on public transport. Depending on the days, times and areas concerned, the waiting time to access a station platform can exceed 15 minutes. To avoid any inconvenience, it is recommended to:

  • Consult the interactive map, in order to know which metro, RER or tram stations and lines should be avoided or favored depending on your departure day and time;
  • Find an alternative route with the Paris 2024 Public Transport application ;
  • Avoid departures and returns from vacation the days most impacted by the Games ;
  • Shift your departure time on test days because public transport will be affected by the activation times of security perimeters and by the start and end times of the tests.

Opt for another mode of travel

Carpooling, cycling, walking... depending on your constraints, why not choose alternative transport for your vacation?

Little crowded or if you don't have a lot of luggage, consider:

  • The brands : short journeys or sections of your route, and in order to avoid crowds in transport and traffic jams on the road, reach the station on foot.
  • The bike : for short or medium distance journeys, you can opt for the bike. With services like Vélib' and Véligo Location, you can rent a classic bike or a cargo bike allowing you to transport your luggage.

Otherwise, consider carpooling

  • Is the use of the car necessary for your vacation? Consider carpooling. Several financial incentives are in place for carpooling, including carpooling assistance of up to €100 for new drivers.

Find the news on the different modes of travel which brings together all our advice and possible solutions depending on the means of transport you have chosen!

Example: take your train at Austerlitz station during the Games

Gare de Lyon will be within a red perimeter on certain dates and times which you can view on the interactive map.

Even if trains remain scheduled during activation hours, access to the perimeter will be significantly impacted. As far as possible, avoid traveling there on July 26 (day of the Olympic opening ceremony) and July 27 from noon (Olympic cycling event), and choose a day when the red perimeter is not activated : this is the case of 28 and 29 July for example.

If you have to travel on the day the red perimeter is activated and you do not have a pass, you will have to walk from the entrance to a security perimeter or take public transport to Austerlitz station. Transport will serve the station, but will be busier than usual.

Map of impacts on your travels

View public transport forecasts and traffic restrictions on the roads in Paris and Ile-de-France