The Olympic Games in Paris will be held in 2024, from July 26 to August 11. Each game is an interesting multicultural festival, but the games in Paris are expected to be special. After all, this is Paris, the most popular tourist destination in the world. If you combine a visit to a beautiful old city with a bright sport event, you get a holiday that will definitely stay in your memory forever.

No doubts, it’s time to get ready for the Olympic Games now. Ticket sales are now open! And we are sure that all 10 million tickets will be sold out faster than ever before.

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How to buy a ticket to the Olympic Games

You can get tickets for shows and competitions only on the official website of the Olympic Games. Be reasonable, don’t try to buy them at third-party services. They might be a scam.

Official website

The promoters faced quite a challenge. They developed a scheme which should facilitate the process. The sale will have two stages:

  • From December 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023, everyone will be able to register to participate in the ticket sale for several events. Then in mid-February, everyone will have access to their time slot and will be able to buy the selected package.
  • Applications for single ticket sales will be accepted in March–April 2023. On-demand ticket sales will start at allocated time slots in May 2023.
  • At the end of 2023, the last remaining tickets for selected events will be sold out.

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What to prepare for the trip

During the Olympic Games in Paris, a huge amount of visitors is expected. This event will be the largest ever organized in France. Therefore, it’s vital to book a hotel in advance. Reservation allows you to book stay up to a year and a half before the trip. Means, it will be possible to start looking for a suitable room as early as January 2023.

No doubt, everything will be sold out. Cheap, expensive, the most luxurious, and the most mediocre options. At the moment we don’t know when the rooms in Paris will run out during the Olympics. But the best deals go first.

Find the best hotel in Paris

If you are going to the Olympics in Paris by car, we recommend you to choose a hotel in the nearest suburbs. Most likely the entry into the city will be limited.

Tickets for planes and trains, as the most convenient modes of transport, should be booked in advance as well. Fortunately, you can get them online. The sale starts one year before the date.

Book a train tickets here

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Taking part in the Olympics? Why not?

It’s amazing. The event planners of the Olympics in Paris have provided an opportunity to participate in it, even for non-professional athletes. You can run a real Olympic marathon on the same track with the Olympic athletes. This event will be named «Marathon Pour Tous».

The race for sports fans will take place on August 10, 2024. The start will be given on the square in front of the Hotel de Ville. The finish line is on the esplanade of the Les Invalides. The marathon route will run to Versailles and back. The 10 km race will take place on the streets of the Paris center.

  • At 9:00 p.m. a marathon race starts for those who have trained to run long distances.
  • At 11:30 p.m. a 10 km race will begin, where sprinters and wheelchair users will be able to compete.

20,024 people will take part in each race. Participation will be free. To win a bib number and the opportunity to be involved in a real Olympic race, register on the Marathon Pour Tous website at the link:

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Where will the Olympic Games be held in Paris?

One word — everywhere. Almost the entire city will be involved in the Olympics. All existing stadiums will be used, exhibition grounds will be converted for sports events and, of course, new facilities will be built for the games that will transform the city and will remind of this holiday for decades to come.

Where will the opening take place?

For the first time in history, the opening of the Olympic Games will take place outside the stadium. The site for this event will be the Seine River. Tribunes will be installed on embankments and on bridges for 6 kilometers. Athletes and artists on 160 ships will pass in front of the audience. The city itself and its monuments will also participate in the celebration. The spectacle will be complemented by lighting effects.

The show promises to be unforgettable. 10,500 athletes and 600,000 spectators will take part in it.

Which venues will be converted into stadiums?

  • Place de la Concorde

Athletes will compete in street sports around the Luxor Obelisks.

  • Grand Palais

The palace was closed for restoration in 2019 to appear in front of the participants of the Olympics in all its splendor.

  • Place du Trocadero

The fountain will be temporarily converted into a competition area.

  • Champ de Mars

On a green meadow in front of the Eiffel Tower, there is already a temporary reduced copy of the Grand Palais, built specially for the Olympics.

  • Square in front of the Hotel de Ville

This central venue never stays away from major city events.

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What new facilities will be built specifically for the games?

  • Alice Milla Arena is being built near the Porte de la Chapelle. The stadium will be commissioned in July 2023.
  • The 7-hectare Olympic Village is being built at the junction of the suburban areas of Saint-Denis and Saint-Ouen. This formerly needless place will become a completely new quarter, which will later be used as a residential area.

Olympic Games outside of Paris

Actually even the competitions at the Stade de France are no longer located inside Paris, it is quite a small city. But the 2024 Olympics will go far beyond the Île-de-France metropolitan area.

Football matches will be held in Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, Nice and Marseille. Handball competitions will be held in Lille. Sailing enthusiasts should come to Marseille. The second ever Olympic surfing event will take place in Tahiti, on the most beautiful waves in the world.

How will the Olympic Games change Paris?

If you find it difficult to accept changes and you love everything old and classic, then hurry up to visit Paris right now. The Olympics will significantly change the city and these changes will remain for a long time.

The favorite of all tourists, the Eiffel Tower, will be repainted in gold color. Usually the tower has one of the shades of gray, patented as «Eiffel Grey». But the holiday requires more elegance!

Most of the changes in Paris will be aimed at improving the environmental situation. The very center of Paris such as 1, 4, a part of 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 districts will be closed for private transport. Since several years the efforts have been put in this sphere. Most likely after the Olympics only buses and cycles will remain on these historic streets.

The load on the transport system will increase for sure. To solve this problem, the mayor’s office is considering the introduction of a helicopter service within the city. So far it sounds fantastic.

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The mayor of Paris has boldly declared that by 2024 the Seine River will be clean enough for water sports competitions. Work in this direction is already underway. The boats will be gradually equipped with electric motors, and the berths will be equipped with charging stations. From 2025, it is planned to open the Seine for citizens to swim.

The greening program in Paris is in full swing. In summer, exactly the time of the coming games, the city is incredibly hot. By the 2024 Olympics, new alleys, gardens and parks will appear in the city. For example, the square in front of the famous Notre Dame de Paris will no longer be so spacious.

Part of it will be planted with trees. Green areas will also appear in front of the Opera Garnier. Even the Champ de Mars will not be the same.

Become a part of history, visit Paris and enjoy the 2024 Olympic Games.

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