Moving during the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Summer is a great time to move, especially for families. We have already written about the best times to relocate in our blog, depending on your country of departure and destination, and your personal situation (see our article: “When is the best time to move?“).
Whether or not you have chosen summer to move, one thing is for sure: moving to Paris in the summer of 2024 will not be a smooth ride.
Here is all the information you need to make your move to the French capital stress-free during the 2024 Olympic Games.

Paris will host the 2024 Olympic Games from 26 July to 11 August, as well as the 2024 Paralympic Games from 28 August to 8 September. This international sports event will attract a large number of athletes and tourists. The organisation of such a large-scale event is bound to have an impact on the lives of local residents and those planning to move out of or into the capital during the summer.

Moving to Paris between July and September 2024 – Step 1: finding your future home sweet home

If you do not yet have a future home in Paris and are thinking of renting a property, we advise you to start looking for it now. Many French media sources have reported on the impact of the Olympic Games on the lives of Parisian renters.

Indeed, some landlords, seduced by the possibility of renting out their properties for more than 700 euros a night, have ended their leases in the first half of 2024 so that they can rent them out on a short-term basis during the competition. According to one real estate platform, the number of offers for long-term rentals has fallen by 50% in one year in the French capital.

Fewer properties on the market and more people looking for a place means higher prices and more competition between potential renters.

Organising your move to or out of Paris during the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The City of Paris has been working for months to ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike. The City Council has decided to restrict motorised traffic in various areas of the capital for the duration of the Games (from 24 July to 11 August and then from 28 August to 8 September) and in the competition zones for the duration of the events.

Three types of perimeters have been set up. Within the red perimeter, motorised access will be prohibited – with possible exemptions – while within the blue perimeter, vehicular traffic will be regulated. Finally, the grey perimeter is for competitions, with access strictly reserved for emergency services during the events.

There may also be some disruption due to the installation (from March) and dismantling phase (September-October) of sport infrastructures.

Click here for the calendar  and page dedicated to site set-up and dismantling

Below is a sample of the maps available on the City of Paris website for all the sites involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games:

Things to remember

While the organisation seems quite complex and restrictive, in the end there will be very little disruption to relocations.
The strict traffic restrictions only apply to the grey perimeter for a relatively short period of time – 2.5 hours before the start and 1 hour after the end of events.
Vehicles with special dispensation – for removals, for example – will be able to travel within the red and blue perimeters.
Your Indygo Moving contact will keep you informed of the dates when traffic is banned and ensure exemptions are requested for the perimeters in question.

Source: City of Paris website – information available only in French