Tips for Traveling During the 2024 Summer Olympics

Paris is gearing up to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, and with it comes the promise of excitement, world-class athleticism, and a cultural immersion unlike any other, but be prepared: the Olympic crowds are likely to bring travel delays. In order to be transparent with our traveling guests below are things to prepare for when traveling to Paris and Europe between early July – September. Embrace the Olympic Spirit, But Budget Extra Time  

The Olympics will take place from July 26th to August 11th, followed by the Paralympics from August 28th to September 8th. This peak summer season, already bustling with tourists, is expected to reach new heights. So, here’s what to expect:

  • Airport Crowds: Brace yourself for longer lines through security and customs as well as potential delays at larger airports due to the surge in visitors.
  • Public Transport Squeeze: The metro, buses, and trains will be packed, especially near Olympic venues and on competition days. Factor in extra travel time for commutes when using your free time to sightsee during your concert tour.
  • Road Closures and Congestion: Expect Road closures and traffic delays, particularly for cycling marathons and other events that utilize city streets. Additionally, construction, preparation for the games, and political members traveling may and will cause some closures.
  • Attraction Access: Reaching major landmarks like the Eiffel Tower may be more difficult with larger crowds and bus reroutes. Consider exploring during your free time by foot or taking smaller forms of public transportation to better navigate congested areas. Also, check online for attraction updates. For example, the Notre Dame Cathedral might have adjusted schedules or limited access due to ongoing renovations.

Navigating the Games Like a Pro  

The Olympics will undoubtedly bring a unique energy to France. But with a little extra planning and flexibility, you can experience the magic of the Games alongside the timeless charm of this incredible country. Below are some tips to consider for your upcoming trip

  • Embrace Walking: Paris is a pedestrian paradise! Lace up your shoes and explore the charming neighborhoods, not only will you soak in the city’s atmosphere firsthand, but you might also bypass congested traffic and crowded public transportation, especially near Olympic venues. Plus, you never know what hidden gems you might discover by wandering off the beaten path!
  • Tech is Your Friend: Public transportation apps are your secret weapon! Download them before your trip to plan routes, receive real-time updates on delays and closures, and avoid unnecessary stress. Additionally, a quick online search can save you time at attractions. Check websites or social media pages beforehand to see if any unexpected closures or adjusted schedules might affect your visit
  • Embrace the Unexpected: Be prepared to adjust your plans on the fly if needed to navigate crowds or delays. Travel always throws curveballs, and the Olympics will likely be no exception. With an influx of athletes, tourists, and dignitaries, expect the unexpected. But hey, that’s part of the adventure, right? Remain flexible, and we’ll be ready to help you navigate any challenges that arise.

We hope this information helps you navigate Paris and Europe for that matter! With a little preparation and a dash of flexibility, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. Remember, you’re not in this alone. We’re here to support you if any unexpected situations arise.