Everything you need to know about the Paris Olympics 2024

The Paris Olympics 2024 is scheduled to be held from July 26, 2024, to August 11, 2024, with games taking place at prominent Parisian destinations such as the Grand Palais and the Palace of Versailles.

This will be the third time that the city has hosted the games and that coming games will mark 100 years since they last hosted in Paris in 1924. Given the history and the stakes of the game, the hosting nation has offered, for the first time, travel and hospitality packages in partnership with hospitality provider On Location

As the games will be held throughout the larger metropolitan area of France, there’s much to see for tourists as well as sporting fans so here’s a quick guide for everything you need to know about the Paris Olympics 2024 packages.

Paris Olympics 2024 Basics

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The location for all the events can be found on this map here. | Image Credit: press.paris2024.org

There are 329 events across 32 sports and 48 disciplines, with venues for events spanning 35 different locations: 7 in the Grand Paris zone, 20 in the Paris Centre zone, 4 in the Versailles zone, and 7 divided across 11 locations around France.

With such a vast number of events taking place over 16 days, it is important to consider which matches you would like to watch and at which location. Staying centrally within Paris will allow you to attend more matches, but it is crucial to have accompanying tickets to ensure you can catch the games.

From the opening ceremony on the 26th of July on the River Seine to the men’s football final at Parc des Princes, on August 9, plenty is going on at the Paris 2024 Olympics. 

Everything you need to know about the Paris Olympics 2024

What are the Paris Olympics 2024 Packages?

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The opening ceremony on the River Seine will be a first of its kind in the world and grandstands are being built on the bridges and the side of the River Seine. | Image Credit: Paris 2024 Florian Hulleu

The packages are all-in-one packages that guarantee tickets to your favourite events as well as travel essentials such as hotels, transport, and unique experiences at venues and around the city. 

Think of them as a travel tour and sporting event rolled into one that helps you make the most out of the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Paul Caine, President of On Location, commented on the program saying: 

“We believe that attending the Olympic Games should be an experience of a lifetime and, together with Paris 2024 and the IOC, we have worked to develop a new elevated and innovative Hospitality offering that has guaranteed tickets to attend the sport of your choice.” 

“We have something for everyone for whatever their hearts desire. We couldn’t be more excited to bring unforgettable Hospitality experiences for fans and their loved ones to The City of Light.”

To make the hospitality packages available to all, an e-commerce store was set up just for this and you can find suitable packages at the official On Location Paris Olympics 2024 page here.

The Olympics 2024 packages come in either hospitality or travel packages. Hospitality includes a centralised hospitality area and on-site hospitality at sporting venues. Travel packages typically include a combination of the following with tickets to events being guaranteed: hospitality, accommodation, travel arrangements to the venue, and other guest services. 

Let’s get deeper into what those are. 

Olympic games Paris 2024 Hospitality program explained

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Clubhouse 24 will act as a hub of activity for fans to rest, recharge, and take in some Olympic fun of their own. | Image Credit: hospitalitytravelpackages.paris2024.org

There are three main pillars of the hospitality program, namely:

  1. Clubhouse 24: A centralised hospitality and entertainment zone located at Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art museum where fans who choose the affordable hospitality in The City packages can enjoy food and beverages at the Parisian-inspired food market, and entertainment options including live music, sports demonstrations and family activities.
  2. On-Site hospitality: In-venue hospitality experiences within official competition venues in private or shared lounges, or even private boxes. No need to order stadium pretzels or hotdogs, enjoy only the best offerings.
  3. Travel packages: Combines tickets to the games with accommodation options, transport and a wide range of other services and solutions to optimise your Olympic Games experience.

Of particular note are the On-Site hospitality service levels: gold, silver, and bronze with gold being the highest tier. So what do you get with the tiers? 

Bronze tier: Access to the Olympic Games event of your choice with excellent views and seating, paired with select service in our casual onsite hospitality lounges. Ticket categories are: B/C

  • Onsite Hospitality Lounge — Before the Event (subject to sessions schedule and venue configuration)
  • Casual Dining & Beverages
  • In-Lounge Activities
  • Dedicated Onsite Staff
  • Onsite Guest Support Desk

Silver tier: Access to the Olympic Games event of your choice with prime views and seating, paired with superior service in our onsite hospitality lounges. Ticket categories are A/B/C.

  • Onsite Hospitality Lounge — Before & During the Event (subject to sessions schedule and venue configuration)
  • International Chef’s Menu & Beverages
  • Live In-Lounge Entertainment
  • A Special Gift
  • Dedicated Staff to See to Your Needs
  • Onsite Guest Support Desk

Gold tier: Access to the Olympic Games event of your choice with the best views and seating, paired with some of our most exclusive onsite hospitality lounges and world-class service. Ticket categories are First/A/B/C. 

  • Onsite Hospitality Lounge — Before, During & After the Event (subject to sessions schedule and venue configuration)
  • Best Views & Seating
  • Gourmet Menu & Beverages
  • Live In-Lounge Appearances & Entertainment
  • A Special Commemorative Gift
  • Dedicated Staff to See to Your Needs
  • Onsite Guest Support Desk

Paris Olympics 2024 Travel packages explained

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With five official Olympic Games sites easily accessible on foot or by metro, the neighbourhood around Champs-Elysées will be the ideal place to stay to live the action and feel the Olympic spirit. | Image Credit: Paris 2024

Broadly speaking, On Location divides the travel packages into two offerings: Explore 2024 package and Discover 2024 package

Starting at the more affordable range is the Discover 2024 package. The duration for this package is 1 to 3 nights and is designed for Olympic Games enthusiasts. The Discover 2024 Packages are for shorter stays, and include event tickets, hotel accommodations, and transportation.

Explore packages are the higher tier offering and are 3 to 6-night experiences and are made for people who want to take in more of Paris. They include everything in the Discover 2024 Package, as well as a tailor-made tour of the City of Light, a City Pass to Paris’s top attractions, and access to our exclusive Salon 24 hospitality space in central Paris.

In practice however, you’ll need to tailor travel packages to your needs according to the dates of your stay, the sport you want to attend, and the level of service you’d like: 3 stars, 4 stars, or 5 stars. 

For example, at the time of writing, we tried to look for any travel packages with a 3-star level of service and the lowest price we got was EUR490 for a 1-night stay at Ibis Paris la Défense Courbevoie to watch the Women’s Hockey match. 

The package included a ticket to the game, a gift, priority transportation to the event venue, and guest services for any questions you might have from the date of purchase till the day of the match. 

We tried searching for a 5-star level of service at 6 nights and got an Explore package that cost EUR36,220 which includes check-in at the 5 stars Hôtel Bel Ami; tickets to 6 Olympic events; entryway to Clubhouse 24; an invitation to a VIP Celebration; a tailor-made tour of the city that caters to 6 Areas of Interest of your choice: History & Culture, Food & Wine, Fashion & Style, Modern Paris, Family-Friendly, or Active & Wellness; City Pass Access to Paris’s top attractions like the Eiffel Tower, airport or railway transfer to the hotel, group transportation from your hotel, plus guest services for any questions you might have. 

Take note that not all events will come with tour packages. Surfing, sailing, and shooting events aren’t available to purchase with travel packages but favourites like football, fencing, and badminton are available—the same goes for hospitality packages.

What are the top things to see at the Paris Olympics 2024?

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There are boats for each national delegation, equipped with cameras to allow television and online viewers to see the athletes up close. | Image Credit: Paris 2024 Florian Hulleu

While this question is a little subjective if you’re looking to just attend the most hyped tournaments that everyone will be watching, here are the top three most watched events at the Olympics according to YouGov, a research firm for sports. The study polled the 4 top gold-earning countries (Germany, China, the USA, and the UK) to find out what the fans in each country follow and they’ve found these 3 sports to be the most followed: 


There are 9 event days for swimming events so you can plan your holiday around events. | Image Credit: Paris 2024

The swimming event will be held every day at the Paris La Défense Arena with the finals for men and women on 4 August. The arena is notable as the location that hosted The Rolling Stones in 2017 as the inaugural concert at the event after its opening in 2017. Since then it has hosted the likes of Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Iron Maiden, and Imagine Dragons and is set to play there on 22 August 2023. 

Where is it being held: Paris La Défense Arena

How to get there: Paris La Défense Arena will be served by La Défense – Grande Arche station (RER line A, train lines L & U, metro line 1, tram line T2), and Nanterre Préfecture station (RER line A).

Dates: 27 July to 4 August 

Things to do nearby: La Défense is a major business district located 3km outside of the Paris city limit. As a major business district, the location is notable for its tall skyscrapers and modern architecture that are a stark contrast to the ancient city of Paris. 

As it’s a business district, expect to do some high street shopping here and eat at chic restaurants here. The most iconic landmark of the district is the La Grande Arche which houses offices. Unlike the Arc de Triomphe, this arche is completely modern and was built between 1985 and 1989. 


The Stade de France was originally built to host the FIFA 1998 World Cup. | Image Credit: Stade de France® – Macary, Zublena et Regembal, Costantini – Architectes© ADAGP – Paris

There are 48 events in the athletics category, which will take place at the Stade de France. The Stade de France is the national stadium of France and the sixth-largest stadium in Europe. It is also the largest stadium in Europe specifically designed for track and field events, making it an ideal location for athletic competitions.

Where is it being held: Stade de France

How to get there: The Stade de France will be served by the station’s Stade de France Saint‑Denis (RER line D), La Plaine Stade de France (RER line B) and Saint‑Denis Porte de Paris (metro line 13). However, to avoid the exceptional number of passengers expected at these stations, spectators are advised whenever possible to use the future Pleyel station (metro line 14), Front Populaire station (metro line 12) or the Gare Saint‑Denis (train line H from the Gare du Nord in central Paris). Waymarked pedestrian routes will be created between these transport hubs and the Stade de France.

Dates: 1 to 11 August 

Things to do nearby: Located in Saint-Denis, visitors can explore the famous Basilica of Saint-Denis, the final resting place of numerous kings and queens of France. Saint-Denis is a suburb situated 10 km north of Paris’s city centre. Additionally, the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, the largest flea market in France, is also in close proximity. Lastly, the Stade de France is situated near Montmartre, where the iconic Basilica of Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre is perched atop a hill. Montmartre is also known for being featured in the movie John Wick: Chapter 4 in a memorable showdown scene.


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The Porte de La Chapelle Arena  is purpose-built to support the growth of sports in the community and will host the Paris basketball team after the Olympics | Image Credit: Paris 2024 /Mairie de Paris – SCAU / NP2F

Artistic gymnastics is the most followed event among US fans and ranks third overall among UK sporting fans. Rhythmic gymnastics is the second most followed event in both countries. With the rise in popularity of gymnast Simone Biles, it is no surprise that the sport has gained a strong following in the United States. The artistic gymnastics competitions will be held at the Bercy Arena, while the rhythmic gymnastics competitions will take place at the Porte de La Chapelle Arena. The Porte de La Chapelle Arena was specifically built for the Olympics and will also host badminton competitions, while the Accor Arena is one of the main music venues in Paris.

Where is it being held: Bercy Arena (Artistic) | Porte de La Chapelle Arena (Rhythmic)

Dates: 27 July to 5 August (Artistic) | 8 to 10 August (Rhythmic) 

How to get there: The Bercy Arena will be served by Bercy station (metro lines 6 & 14) and Paris Gare de Lyon (RER lines A & D, train line R, metro line 1).

The Porte de la Chapelle Arena will be served by Porte de la Chapelle station (metro line 12, tram line T3b). However, to avoid the exceptionally high number of passengers using this station spectators are advised whenever possible to use Rosa Parks station (RER line E).

Things to do nearby: The Bercy Arena’s recognisable pyramid shape is already something to see but the area near the River Seine is also located near the Latin quarter which is great for food. The Porte de la Chapelle Arena is located south of Saint-Denis and it’s recommended that you visit Saint-Denis for things to see. 

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

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Spectators will not need tickets to access the upper quays. Spectators wishing to access the lower quays, from the Austerlitz Bridge to the Iéna Bridge, will need to purchase tickets. | Image Credit: Paris 2024 Florian Hulleu

The historic opening ceremony of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 is set to take place on the River Seine, commencing from Pont d’Austerlitz and concluding at Pont d’Iena near the Eiffel Tower. This significant event offers various ways to enjoy the spectacle, ranging from grandstands along the river to premium locations on the Alma Bridge. Hospitality packages are available to provide a memorable experience.

Stade de France will host the closing ceremonies and you’re sure that the games will go out with a bang together with all the Olympians who have given their all at the games and are ready to head home. 

The single ticket sales phase is already over, but if you’re wondering, here are the ticket prices for all the events including the opening and closing ceremonies. This means the hospitality and travel packages are your best bet for seats. 

You can read more about the venues of all the events at paris2024.org. There are also sub-distributor networks that will ensure that as many fans as possible have the chance to attend the Olympic Games Paris 2024 for a once-in-a-lifetime Hospitality experience. Find the sub-distributor networks here.

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