Train tickets to main Paris main stations not yet available for Olympics opening ceremony

By Thomson Reuters Mar 13, 2024 | 7:29 AM

PARIS (Reuters) – Passengers cannot yet book train tickets to and from three of Paris’ main stations for July 26, when the Olympics opening ceremony will be held, France’s state-owned railway operator said on Wednesday, as it opened ticket sales for the summer season.

SNCF, as the railway operator is known, said tickets for its signature TGV bullet trains as well as regional trains for that day to and from the Lyon, Austerlitz and Bercy stations will only be issued for sale once authorities “validate organisation conditions for the opening ceremony”.

On Wednesday, SNCF had opened the sale of train tickets for the period from July 6 to Sept. 11.

The Olympics opening ceremony, expected to be attended by hundreds of thousands of people, is due to start at 7.30 p.m. (1730 GMT) and will comprise a 6-km long parade on the Seine river between the Austerlitz and d’Iena bridges, finishing in front of the Trocadero esplanade.

(Reporting by Vincent Daheron and Inti Landauro; Editing by Christian Radnedge)