These Olympic Games are definitely going to be very expensive for tourists and sports fans. As part of Paris 2024, which will take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024, Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) plans to double the price of transport tickets for occasional users, between July 20 and September 8 2024, particularly in the Paris metro. While hotels and furnished tourist rentals are preparing to (very) sharply increase the price of their overnight stays, the Paris transport authority will set up a “special package” for visitors. Objective: finance the increase in the provision of public transport in the capital, according to Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France region, cited by The world this Monday, November 27, 2023. In detail: the price of a single metro ticket will increase from 2.10 euros to 4 euros and the booklet of ten journeys will increase from 16.90 euros to 32 euros. Navigo monthly and annual packages will not be affected by this special increase for the Olympics, nor will Imagin’R and senior passes.
Free transport in Paris during the 2024 Olympics, a broken promise
In addition to these individual transport tickets, visitors to the Olympic Games will be able to purchase a “Paris 2024” pass, for an amount ranging from 16 euros per day to 70 euros for the week. Users will thus be able to travel legally across the entire network in Île-de-France, including airports and Orlyval, Ile-de-France Mobilités told Agence France-Presse (AFP). This announcement comes as the city of Paris’ application file clearly mentioned the promise of free access to public transport in the Ile-de-France region for “ticket holders”. So a broken promise… The new price list is supposed to support the effort to allow more than ten million spectators to travel by metro, with greater frequency of trains, to avoid chaos underground and endless lines to access the trains. “There is no question of Ile-de-France residents paying this cost”assumed Valérie Pécresse, president of the region and of IDFM, in a video published on X (ex-Twitter).