The countdown has begun and, in under a year, the best athletes in the world will compete for much-coveted Olympic medals. The 2024 Summer Olympics feel particularly symbolic as they also mark the centenary of the last time Paris hosted the Olympic Games. Even if you haven’t been able to get tickets, numerous places will be showing the Games on giant, outdoor screens, so everyone can soak up the atmosphere. Parc Georges-Valbon and the upper banks of the Seine are both due to have free screenings.
This is France, so entertainment, far from being confined to sport, spills over into the arts. Olympiade Culturelle lists all the Olympics-themed events in the capital and the country at large, including everything from exhibitions and theatre performances to street dance.
Paris will be shining brighter than the Eiffel Tower at sundown, but how can you experience this historic moment? Here’s the lowdown on how to get your hands on tickets, getting around and where to stay during the world’s biggest and most prestigious sporting event.
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How to get there
It’s difficult to argue with Eurostar, easily the most efficient way to travel from central London into the heart of Paris. Trains between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord run pretty much every hour, taking just over two hours.
If you’re on a budget, check out FlixBus. The low-cost coach service takes significantly longer (nine hours), but tends to be the most economical option.
Flying is an option of course, but consider whether it’s necessary, particularly if you live close to London. It might initially seem like the cheapest, easiest option, but you still need to factor in the time-consuming procedure of getting to and from the airport at both ends, not to mention the additional cost which creeps in (Charles de Gaulle to central Paris costs €11.45, and from Paris Bercy it’s even higher, around €14).
Omio compares the cheapest and fastest routes and includes trains, buses and ferries as well as flights.
How to buy tickets
More tickets are being put on sale regularly. To stay up-to-date with when ticket sales are taking place, create an account on Paris 2024 official ticketing (you’ll need this account to buy tickets regardless). Sales are limited to a maximum…