Paris, France (Central)

See Also Our Guide to Paris: Suburbs for More Routes Outside the Périphérique

Paris, France is one of the world’s great cities. History, architecture, museums, food, culture, beauty, and walkability make Paris one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, with more than 30 million annual tourists and millions more business travelers. Despite this, Paris has had the reputation of not being a great running city, with crowds, pollution, congestion, and relative lack of running culture being cited as the cause. But this has started to change in the past few years, and we’re pleased to report that there are some fantastic running options in Paris. If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Paris, we highly recommend Go! Running Tours.

If you are staying in the heart of the city, running along the Seine is a treat, especially since there are now seamless paths, separated from cars, that go on for miles. One can also put together a nearly 10-mile “highlights of Paris” tour, which includes The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and the city’s famous parks and gardens all in one run. Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are two large and wonderful city parks at either edge of the city. And running along the Canal St. Martin’s meandering paths out to Parc de Villette is a treat. Further afield, running at Versailles will make you feel like a king. See also our guide to Paris: Suburbs for routes focused On Areas Outside the First Ring Road (Périphérique).

Notes: Staying inside the main beltway surrounding Paris will provide access to decent running options (see our “stay” section for recommendations). Good anchor/departure points for our best runs are Notre Dame (“Cité), La Bastille, and La Defense. A few particular recommendations for running in Paris: if you want to see some of the ‘tourist’ highlights, try to go early to avoid the crowds; take advantage of the fabulous public transportation and bike sharing system, which puts you within a 10–20 minute subway ride from some of the best runs, or allows you to do a longer ‘one way’ run; and pay attention to closing times for some of the parks. Also when we say “12e” that means “12th arrondissement”.

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Paris is generally quite flat. There are hills in some of the park runs. As for weather, in Paris it is fairly continental. Winters can be chilly and damp, with occasional but rarely significant snow. Summers are generally lovely, with long days, and rarely overly hot, but quite

Paris has a great variety of hotels. And even though the metropolitan area is large, anywhere inside the inner beltway (Blvd. Peripherique) will put you within a 1–2 miles of a good running option. It’s 7–8 miles east-west or north-south within the beltway. That said, easy access to the Seine and the major tourist sites, is in the 1st-7th Arrondissements. Arrs. 13–15, and 20 might have more budget friendly accommodation options but are a bit further from some of our best routes. But even if you end up some distance from an “ideal” running location, try to stay near a metro stop, as that will put you within 15–20 minutes of somewhere great for running. If traveling to Paris for business, it’s fine to stay in La Defense/Convention Center area. There’s good running there, and it’s not far from the Arc de Triomphe, and the Bois de Boulogne.

There is a growing number of running specialty stores in Paris:

Passion Running. Locations near La Bastille, Bois de Boulogne, and the outer 15th Arr.
Group Runs: Saturday mornings.

Planet Jogging. Great location between convention center and Etoile.

Endurance Shop. Nearly 100 locations in France. In Paris, they have a store at Montparnasse, and at Versailles.

KM42. Near Parc Monceau. Having to do with the Paris Marathon.

Boutique Marathon. Near Parc Monceau and also Bercy.

There are also Nike, Adidas, and New Balance stores within the heart of Paris.

Group Runs and Tours

A great resource for running in Paris is Free Paris Running Tours. Luke and his team lead wonderful, free running tours of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Paris Running Tour also offers guided runs of Paris

Les Moustiques. Welcomes runners of all levels to train in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The club meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Paul Valéry stadium in the 12th arrondissement.

Paris Athlétic. Open to anyone who is get in shape or stay in shape by running. The club participates in both endurance and speed training every Monday and Friday at Paul Valéry stadium, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hash House Harriers. an international running organization whose tagline is “a drinking club with a running problem.” Cool new site and app for sharing runs and finding groups.

Paris Running Meetup

Paris and France race calendar.

Paris Marathon. First Sunday in April. One of the majors. 40,000 runners from more than 100 countries. It is one of the world’s most popular races — right up there with New York, Chicago, Boston, London and Berlin. Starts and finishes at the Arc de Triomphe and includes views of landmarks like Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.

Fitbit Semi. March.

Disneyland Paris Half. September

20 Kilomètres de Paris. October. Great race, 20,000+ runners.

Paris to Versailles 10k. September. Wonderful 10k race from Paris to Versailles. 20,000+ runners. Also can be done as a walk. Very popular.