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Olympic Games Paris 2024: Which metro and train stations should you avoid? Gare du Nord, Châtelet, Concorde...

From July 26 to August 11, 2024, Paris will vibrate to the rhythm of the Olympic Games. A planetary event that promises thrilling moments, but also major disruptions to transport.

If you're getting ready to visit the capital during this period, it's crucial to prepare well and anticipate your travels. To help you, we've put together a list of metro and train stations to avoid during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

1. Closed metro stations

First surprise: some metro stations will be closed during the Games. These include :

  • Tuileries

  • Concorde

  • Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau

These stations, located in the heart of Paris and served by several lines, are likely to be particularly busy. So plan alternative routes if you need to get to these areas.

2. Subway stations to avoid

Other metro stations, if they don't close, are likely to be particularly crowded during the Games. These include

Gare du Nord: the capital's main rail hub, Gare du Nord will be a must for many travelers. Expect long queues and record crowds.

Châtelet - Les Halles: the central hub of the Paris metro network, Châtelet - Les Halles should also be a victim of its own success. Choose other stations if you can.

Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre: located close to the famous museum, this station will be very busy with tourists. If you wan t to avoid the crowds, opt for stations further away.

3. Preferred metro lines

While some routes will be saturated, other metro lines should be less busy during the Olympic Games. These include lines :

  • 1 (Château de Vincennes - Porte de Pantin)

  • 2 (Porte Dauphine - Nation)

  • 3 (Gallieni - Pont de Levallois)

  • 7 (La Courneuve - Maison Blanche)

  • 10 (Gare d'Austerlitz - Antony)

By choosing these lines, you'll increase your chances of travelling in more comfortable conditions.

4. Alternatives to the metro

If you want to avoid the crowds on the metro altogether, you can opt for other modes of transport:

  • Bus: the RATP bus network will also be reinforced during the Olympic Games. It's a good alternative for getting around the capital, especially if you have the time.

  • Bicycles: Velib', Paris' self-service bicycle system, is an excellent way to get around in an environmentally-friendly and economical way. Beware, however, of the increased traffic during the Games.

  • Walking: if you have the time and the distances aren't too long, don't hesitate to go for a walk. It's a great way to discover the city and get some exercise at the same time.

5. Tips for worry-free travel during the Olympics

To travel with peace of mind during the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, here are a few tips:

Plan your journeys in advance: consult metro and RER maps, and identify stations to avoid.

Avoid rush hour travel, especially in the morning and evening.

Be patient: waiting times at stations and in public transport are likely to be longer than usual. Allow extra time for your travels.

Have a contingency plan: in the event of station closure or major disruption, always have a plan B in mind (another station, bus, cab, etc.).


The Paris 2024 Olympic Games promise to be an unforgettable event. However, it's important to be well prepared to avoid the inconvenience of transport disruptions. By following the advice in this article, you should be able to.



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