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Paris’ Summer of Sport

You might’ve heard what’s happening in Paris this summer; the top athletes in the world are heading to the City of Love for the greatest sporting event in history. In the ultimate global games, teams from 206 countries will descend on Paris to compete for those coveted gold, silver, and bronze medals.

If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, or you want to soak in the atmosphere during the epic summer of sport, travelling to Paris is a breeze with P&O Ferries. The ferry from Dover to Calais is just a 90 minute crossing and once reaching Calais, you’re just a short drive or train journey down to Paris.

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Summer of Sport

A summer of sports in Paris

Paris is playing host to the greatest sporting event of all time this summer. It’s not the first time the city has held the games—this will be an impressive third time for Paris, only the second city to do so.

The iconic Stade de France will host a number of events, including the opening and closing ceremonies. The summer of sport will begin on 26 July and end on 11 August. All eyes will be on Paris as the world’s top athletes from over 200 countries descend on the city to bring glory to their nations.

Other events that make up this summer of sport will occur across the city, region, and country, with some of Paris’ most iconic landmarks, like the Eiffel Tower, being transformed into one-off sporting arenas.

Hop on one of our ferries to France to join in the action.

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Sporting events in Paris this summer

Paris will host a jam-packed calendar of sporting events this summer, spanning 32 sports and 329 events. From athletics and swimming to equestrian and table tennis, some of the greatest sporting events will take place in Paris this summer. Four new sports have been introduced this year: surfing, breaking, sport climbing, and skateboarding.

Some of the most-watched events will be the athletics events in the Stade de France, with thousands watching live in the stadium and millions tuning in from around the world. Highlights of the ultimate athletics competition 2024 will include the 100m races, 4 x 100m relays, the long jump, and the marathon around the city.

Swimming events also prove popular, with the best athletes in the world set to showcase their skills in Paris La Défense Arena. Other must-watch sporting events include gymnastics, diving, tennis, and football. 

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Travelling to Paris with P&O Ferries

Taking a ferry to Paris is one of the easiest ways to travel to the summer of sport. You can bring your car onboard to drive to Paris from the UK—or your bicycle if you want to get into the sporting spirit.
P&O ferries from Dover to Calais take just 1.5 hours to cross the Channel, so you’ll be on French soil in no time. The journey to Paris from Calais is just three hours by car, so you’ll be soaking up the electric atmosphere in the city just a few hours after leaving.

The fun begins as soon as you step onboard a ferry from Dover to Paris. Enjoy our onboard entertainment, food, drink, and duty-free shopping as you sail to France. For some extra comfort, you can book the Club Lounge to enjoy the luxe surroundings, complimentary food and drinks, and a private deck with uninterrupted sea views. See what’s onboard a ferry to France.

Book a Dover to Calais ferry

If you’re based in the north, our Hull to Rotterdam ferry route is another convenient way to reach Paris. It’s a scenic five-hour drive to Paris from Rotterdam, so why not extend your sporting trip?

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Travel to Paris’ for a Summer of sport!