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Getting Round Paris Through the Olympics ⋆ Secrets and techniques of Paris


There will likely be fairly a couple of site visitors interruptions throughout the 2024 Paris Olympic Video games and Paralympic Video games from mid-July by September all through Paris and the encompassing Ile-de-France area. However there are two new instruments from the Ministry of Transport to assist residents and guests keep away from the crowds and closures.

TL;DR: The Most Vital Factors to Bear in mind

  • Paris is internet hosting the 2024 Summer time Video games, which encompass the Olympics from July Twenty sixth by August eleventh, and the Paralympics from August twenty eighth by September eighth.
  • There are usually 4 time intervals with their very own restrictions and street/bridge closures:
    • the set-up interval from June seventeenth by July 18th with solely gentle disruptions alongside the higher quays and bridges, and lowered entry alongside the decrease quays because the seating areas are erected.
    • pre-Opening Ceremony lockdown from July 18th-Twenty fifth with strict restrictions and QR code for roads, quays and bridges alongside and near the Seine.
    • the Opening Ceremony on July Twenty sixth which can virtually reduce Paris in half with street, quay and bridge closures alongside and near the Seine, with QR code and/or ticket required to get wherever close to the Opening Ceremony.
    • the remainder of the Olympic Video games July twenty seventh by August eleventh and Paralympic Video games August twenty eighth by September eighth, the place closures and restrictions are solely relevant to motorized site visitors round particular venues when occasions are happening (the interactive map under is greatest to make use of for this time interval). Pedestrians and cyclists would be the least affected throughout this time.
  • There are a number of Olympic occasion venues in and round Paris, however the restricted zones solely apply throughout occasions, and alter on a each day and sometimes hourly foundation. So a avenue or metro station closed throughout the opening ceremony or on the morning of the Marathon occasion will not be closed in any respect the remainder of the summer time. That’s why the map instrument is so useful, as a result of it asks you to enter a selected date and time to know the standing.
  • The interactive map is only for anybody utilizing motorized autos or public transport throughout the Video games. Pedestrians, cyclists, and even trottinettes are solely restricted July 18th although the July Twenty sixth to safe the Opening Ceremony .
  • A QR code will likely be required for EVERYONE (together with residents) to entry the 6km stretch of roads, quays and bridges alongside the Seine from July 18-Twenty sixth.
  • There are numerous exceptions for these with motorized autos within the restricted zones, together with anybody who’s handicapped or transporting a handicapped passenger, residents going to and from their houses, and employees who work throughout the restricted zones.  

Particular Restrictions for the Opening Ceremony

Official image of what the Opening Ceremony will look like.

In case you haven’t heard, Paris determined to do one thing extraordinary for the 2024 Video games: maintain the Opening Ceremony alongside the Seine River as a substitute of in an enclosed stadium, with a parade of 10,000 athletes on 94 boats, ticketed locations alongside the decrease quays and bridges, and over 200,000 free tickets for spectators alongside the higher quays. In the event that they handle to tug it off, it should certainly be a memorable occasion for individuals, and spectators alike, whether or not you’re watching from the banks of the Seine or out of your TV at dwelling.

However to verify everybody stays secure, your complete 6-kilometer route alongside the Seine — together with the decrease and higher quays, the bridges, and the entire roads within the rapid neighborhood — must be secured to keep away from any danger of terrorist assaults. In April the French police introduced there can be safe perimeters surrounding this complete space beginning July 18th by the Opening Ceremony on July Twenty sixth, the gray “SILT Perimeter” and the Purple Zone Perimeter.

Pre-Opening Ceremony Perimeters July 18th by 1pm July Twenty sixth

The Pont Iena, Pont des Invalides, Passerelle Sédar-Senghor, Pont Notre Dame, and Pont de Sully will stay utterly open to circulation, in addition to the bridges west of Pont Iena and east of Pont d’Austerlitz. The opposite bridges listed as closed throughout the set-up interval could also be accessible on sure days.

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Opening Ceremony Perimeters: July Twenty sixth from 1pm

Solely Pont des Invalides, Passerelle Sédar-Senghor, Pont Notre Dame, and Pont de Sully will stay open to circulation throughout the Opening Ceremony, in addition to the bridges west of Pont Iena and east of Pont d’Austerlitz.

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SILT Perimeter: You’ll Want a QR Code

Pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to enter the gray safety zones often called the SILT Perimeter with both an Opening Ceremony ticket or a QR code. This is applicable to EVERYONE, together with residents, resort visitors, employees, and enterprise house owners. Additionally, you will be topic to bag checks and pat downs.

The French authorities will open a devoted web site beginning Might tenth the place you possibly can apply to your QR code (it’s mainly a safety verify that may require you to register your passport or nationwide ID card, identical to once you fly internationally). You have to to hold this QR code and your official ID if you wish to entry these areas from July 18th-Twenty sixth.

Just a few motorized autos with a particular QR code will be capable of enter this zone (and may have their trunk and passengers checked) within the eight days main as much as the Opening Ceremony. This consists of taxis transporting individuals with tickets or QR codes. On July Twenty sixth solely police and emergency autos can enter the SILT perimeter.

Purple Safety Perimeter

Pedestrians and cyclists can flow into freely and not using a ticket or QR code within the Purple Zone. This perimeter solely impacts motorized autos, that are restricted to residents, enterprise house owners, deliveries and different exceptions so long as they obtained the particular QR code.

Public Transport Closures July 18th-Twenty sixth

From July 18th thorough July Twenty sixth, bus traces crossing the SILT perimeter will likely be diverted, and these metro and RER stations positioned inside SILT perimeters will likely be closed to the general public:

List of closed metro and RER stations from July 18th-26th
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The Gare d’Austerlitz is the one practice station affected, however because it’s positioned within the purple perimeter pedestrian entry will stay open with out restriction or QR code wanted. On the day of the Opening Ceremony, no buses will be capable of flow into throughout the SILT perimeters.

An Interactive Map to Keep away from Crowds and Closures for the Remainder of the Summer time

Notice that, as of April 2024, it seems this map is simply relevant AFTER the Opening Ceremony, starting July twenty seventh.

The French Ministry of Transport has created a devoted web site significantly for residents referred to as “Anticiper les Jeux” (Anticipating the Video games) with an interactive map that lists site visitors restrictions and attendance forecast on public transport throughout the Olympics.

This isn’t a route calculator to determine easy methods to get from A to B (use the Public Transport 2024 app talked about under). That is an interactive map displaying daily and hour by hour which roads or metro stations will likely be closed, busy, or “regular” all through the Summer time Video games. Because it’s already “dwell” now, meaning Parisians can see prematurely which days or instances of day will likely be most problematic for getting round because the totally different occasions happen, and plan accordingly.

Guests can use this, too! And there’s even an English model of the map itself, however the tutorial explaining easy methods to use it is just in French, so I believed I’d do a summarized English model of it right here for anybody who will likely be in Paris this summer time throughout the Olympics.

To get began, click on right here to open the web page with the map: https://anticiperlesjeux.gouv.fr/je-minforme/carte-interactive-impacts-routes-transports-paris-ile-france. It’ll all be in French, however scroll right down to the map and also you’ll see the “FR – EN” toggle for the English model. You will note your complete map of the Ile-de-France area with Paris on the middle and the little Olympic image in a circle designating every Olympic venue.

Interactive Olympic Map
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Utilizing the Map for the Paris Metro, Tram or RER

Whenever you arrive on the interactive map, you possibly can click on on one of many packing containers on the left to decide on your mode of journey, between Highway and Public Transport.

Interactive Olympic Map
Public Transport Map Zoomed Out

The Public Transport imaginative and prescient shows your complete metro, tram, practice and RER community in Île-de-France. Should you’re zoomed out, you see simply the traces themselves. Whenever you begin to zoom in you’ll see particular person stations represented by dots (they could take a couple of seconds to load, so be affected person). Hover over any given dot to see the title of the station.

Interactive Olympic Map
Public Transport Map Zoomed In

It may be a bit laborious to see when the entire traces are displaying, however you possibly can select a line or a station on the left to simply spotlight one after the other. That is actually useful if which stations and what traces you’ll be utilizing probably the most throughout your keep (often those closest to the place you’re staying). Then you possibly can simply regulate the date and time to see how busy they are going to be all through the Video games. Whenever you click on on the dots you’ll see the estimated peak instances for whichever date you’ve bought chosen on the high. This one exhibits that Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre station will likely be busy from 2-4pm on August 1st, and that the Tuileries and Harmony stations subsequent to it are closed.

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Right here I’m looking for line 6 site visitors on July twenty eighth at 6am. All’s inexperienced:

Interactive Olympic Map
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And by 3pm the identical line has a couple of stations which can be displaying bigger crowds, together with La Motte Picquet – Grenelle (which is near the Grand Palais Ephémère venue on the Champ de Mars).

Interactive Olympic Map
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You too can simply put in a date and a time on the high of the map whereas the entire traces are displaying to see at a look which traces will likely be crowded or stations closed on any given day.

The colour coding key on the backside is fairly clear: black is closed; purple is to keep away from; orange is extraordinarily busy; yellow is busy; inexperienced is a most popular route; and white means it’s not affected in any respect. Should you’re unsure the place you’re in relation to the stations or zones on the map, enter your deal with within the field on the higher proper. In my instance above, I’ve bought “5 Rue des Rosiers” entered because the deal with, so that you see the blue dot within the Marais.

Don’t neglect you too can use the Paris 2024 Transport Public app for iOS and Android or the Citymapper app, each which can be simpler to navigate in your smartphone.

Utilizing the Map for Highway Entry with a Car: Restricted Zones

This gained’t usually have an effect on guests (or anybody and not using a automotive in Paris), however could be helpful for those who’re planning on utilizing a taxi or Uber to get round, and even for those who’re having meals delivered.

Interactive Olympic Map
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On the interactive map, sure main roads seem in darkish grey. These are the axes internet hosting “Olympic routes”. They don’t seem to be utterly closed to site visitors, however may have a lane devoted to accredited Olympic and emergency autos.

On the interactive map, sure roads will likely be impacted if they’re positioned inside a safety perimeter of the competitors websites, however solely throughout the person occasions, not throughout your complete Summer time Video games. As you possibly can see above, there aren’t any restricted zones at 6am on July twenty eighth. Nonetheless, by 9am there are some restricted zones across the Olympic venues on the west aspect of Paris (Concorde, Champs Elysées, Champ de Mars, Porte de Versailles). You may see “my” deal with on the Rue des Rosiers within the Marais isn’t affected:

Interactive Olympic Map
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Nonetheless on the morning of the Males’s Marathon, August tenth, the world across the Hôtel de Ville within the Marais — in addition to your complete Marathon route — will likely be restricted, so I wouldn’t be capable of get a taxi or perhaps a bus from the Marais to the Arc de Triomphe except I went across the northern aspect of Paris:

Interactive Olympic Map
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Understanding the Blue and Purple Safety Perimeters on the Map

These solely apply AFTER the July Twenty sixth Opening Ceremony, which may have its personal particular restrictions beginning July 18th.

Blue Perimeter
These zones have regulated entry for motorized autos (pedestrians, cyclists and trottinettes aren’t affected). There are MANY exceptions permitting entry to anybody in a motorcar with “a cause” to be within the zone, together with anybody with a ticket to the Olympic occasion, residents, metropolis and vacationer busses, employees who want autos for his or her jobs, taxis and VTC automotive companies (like Uber), and deliveries.

Purple Perimeter
This zone is extra restrictive to motorized autos. For instance, taxis are solely allowed for those who’re an athlete or have a ticket to/from the occasion, however not VTCs/Ubers. No metropolis buses nor tourism buses will be capable of flow into right here, however anybody with a handicap license or passenger will likely be allowed. Residents, companies, and deliveries will likely be allowed however they might want to present proof to cross the checkpoints. Once more, pedestrians, cyclists and trottinettes aren’t affected. Should you’re anxious it’s possible you’ll be restricted from attending to your resort or trip rental (or dwelling, for those who dwell in one of many Olympic venue zones round France), then it’s possible you’ll need to play it secure and have proof of your deal with on you (a current utility invoice for those who’re a resident; your reservation affirmation out of your resort or trip rental). Once more, this may solely be crucial for those who’re in a automotive, taxi, or Uber. Worst case state of affairs is that you could be get dropped off a block or two away and should stroll the remaining on foot for those who’re staying within the “purple zone”.

If it’s good to get again to seeing the entire traces and stations, click on on “delete my choice” to clear your search choice.

Public Transport Costs & Passes Through the 2024 Summer time Video games

Public transportation is vastly increasing their companies throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Video games to have the ability to accommodate the ten million guests anticipated from July 20th by September 8th. To pay for this, there will likely be the next price for public transportation tickets bought throughout this time (any tickets you have already got bought will nonetheless be legitimate).

To be clear, residents and anybody planning forward ARE NOT AFFECTED by these value hikes except you will have neither a month-to-month/annual/Liberté + Navigo Move, nor the foresight to load up on tickets on the Navigo Simple Move earlier than July twentieth. You should purchase as much as 30 tickets at a time per card; anybody needing greater than that throughout the Video games ought to get a Liberté + Move or simply purchase further Navigo Simple Passes and cargo them up prematurely.

“It’s out of the query for the individuals of Île-de-France to finance the Olympic Video games,” mentioned Valérie Pécresse, Regional President of the Île-de-France, to Le Parisien. Trains will likely be extra quite a few and frequent on nearly all traces throughout this era at an estimated value of about €200 million. Due to this fact, they’re introducing the “Paris 2024 Move” at €70/week to cowl these prices, and to dissuade guests from buying single-day (€16) and even single-ride (€4) tickets, which might lead to big traces on the ticket cubicles.

As soon as bought, the Move will likely be legitimate for limitless use, whether or not for a day or every week, all through the community. Meaning you possibly can go wherever from the middle of Paris to the entire suburban locations, whether or not it’s to see the Olympic occasions on the Stade de France or to go to the Château de Versailles. Nonetheless, it should NOT embrace service to Orly or Roissy-CDG airports, which may have a flat charge of €16 for the RER B or line 14 metro.

You may nonetheless get a digital carnet of 10 tickets in your Navigo Simple, however this may value €32, hardly a cut price. “We’re going to run a significant communication marketing campaign and suggest that individuals of Île-de-France purchase their tickets beforehand,” mentioned Valérie Pécresse.  Franciliens (the residents of Paris and Ile-de-France) who journey often will likely be inspired, earlier than July twentieth, to load the utmost variety of single ticket carnets on Navigo Simple playing cards (single metro, tram, and bus tickets), as much as a most of 30 tickets. There aren’t any carnet limits on suburban journeys. As for holders of a Liberté + Card (for residents with an EU checking account), they won’t see any change and won’t be impacted by the Olympic surcharge.

Tickets throughout the Olympic Video games: July 20-September 8

  • Paris 2024 Move
    • 1 Day All Zones: €16
    • 2 Days All Zones: €30
    • 3 Days All Zones: €42
    • 4 Days All Zones: €52
    • 5 Days All Zones: €60
    • 6 Days All Zones: €66
    • 7 Days All Zones: €70
  • Single Ticket: €4
  • Roissy and Orly Airports: €16
  • Carnet (10 Tickets) on Navigo Simple Card: €32

The Paris 2024 Move will likely be obtainable on the Paris 2024 Transport Public app starting mid-June (see under). There may be additionally supposedly going to be a devoted web site in “Spring 2024” the place patrons may have the choice to have it despatched as a card to their dwelling or to obtain it onto their smartphone. When it’s dwell I’ll report again on the way it works.

A Public Transport App for the 2024 Video games

A brand new multilingual app referred to as Paris 2024 Transport Public for iOS and Android launched in April to assist public transport customers work out the very best — if not quickest — means of getting from A to B throughout the Video games in actual time. It will work that can assist you decide the very best path to the Olympic web site of your selection for those who’re attending an occasion, by integrating crowd knowledge or estimates of ready instances on platforms, for instance. It’ll mean you can put within the venues you’ll be visiting so that you get particular notifications for the stations affected. In accordance with the press launch, “The day earlier than, customers will obtain a notification to plan their journey prematurely, and on the massive day, they are going to be notified within the occasion of disruptions on their route, as a way to adapt it accordingly. The really useful route is labeled “Trajet Paris 2024”. Others are additionally indicated, as are the strolling and biking choices.” There’s even a wheelchair accessible tab (the RATP has made elevator upkeep a precedence all through the Video games). It’s not permitting me to stay up for July but, so unsure if this will likely be helpful for getting throughout Paris throughout the Opening Ceremony or the eight days of restrictions main as much as it.

Beginning in mid-June it should additionally mean you can buy the Paris Move tickets (public transport passes particularly for the Olympic Video games).

You don’t should be attending one of many Olympic occasions to make use of the app, it may turn out to be useful only for avoiding crowds. I additionally suggest you obtain the free Citymapper app and Google Maps (if it’s not already in your cellphone). They’re all free and for those who’re in Paris this summer time, it’s good to have each instrument obtainable at your disposal!

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Utilizing Taxis and VTCs

Most guests and residents I do know in Paris gained’t be driving a automotive, however might have a taxi. As a result of the VTCs (like Uber) are restricted in purple zones, I’d favor official taxis like G7 (tel 01 47 39 47 39), Taxis Bleus (tel 08 91 70 10 10) or Alpha Taxis (tel 01 45 85 85 85). Watch out for Googling “Paris Taxi” as a result of you should still get a VTC. The best option to inform is that official taxis have the “taxi” gentle on the roof of the automotive or minivan (and VTCs would not have these).

Get Updates from the Frontlines

As I’ve talked about to the Secrets and techniques of Paris Neighborhood, I’m not a fan of the Olympics on the whole (too business, too corrupt), and actually want Paris hadn’t gained the best to host the 2024 Video games. However they did, so I’d prefer it to go as easily as doable for everybody concerned, whether or not residents or guests. Haters and the infamously cynical Parisians themselves have been nearly gleefully predicting “catastrophe” for everybody concerned, however except complaining will assist change issues for the higher earlier than July rolls round, I choose to deal with serving to everybody take pleasure in their time in Paris this summer time, whether or not attending the Olympics or not.

As my companion is required to work all through the Video games, I’ll be right here myself to see how all the things goes — together with whether or not this interactive map truly works. Meaning I’ll be reporting “from the frontlines” for the Secrets and techniques of Paris Neighborhood on a weekly foundation (with any emergency/breaking information up to date because it occurs). Should you’d wish to get these common updates, in addition to different unique content material, contemplate turning into a supporting member of the Secrets and techniques of Paris Neighborhood. Click on right here to study extra.

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