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Paris, France (Suburbs)

A Guide to the Best Places to Run in the Paris Suburbs, Focused On Areas Outside the First Ring Road (Périphérique)

Paris and its surrounding suburbs make up the largest Metropolitan area in France, home to nearly 19% of the country’s population. This guide to running in the Paris suburbs is focused on communities outside Paris’ first ring road, the Boulevard Périphérique, and is a complement to our central Paris guide.

We’ve selected some of the best Paris suburbs for running, including Versailles, Saint Denis, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Bobigny/Bondy, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Fontainebleau, Viry-Chatillon, and Rambouillet. The focus is on the signature parks, expansive forests, multi-use trails, and canal/riverfront paths. There are also several runs around grounds of historic castles.

Many of our routes are accessible via the Paris Metro or by bus routes that visit most of our suburbs. A car might be needed to access some of the further flung suburbs.

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Versailles and Saclay

Paris, France (Suburbs)

Located 17 km southwest of Paris, Versailles is a wealthy suburb known for its historic signing of treaties and stunning Chateau. Here, runners can enjoy the palace grounds, the Meudon Forest, and bike routes to the south in Saclay.
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Saint-Denis

Paris, France (Suburbs)

Saint Denis is a former industrial suburb situated 9 km due north of Paris. It’s known for its basilica and football team, but runners can find plenty of routes along the Canal Saint Denis and nearby parks.
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Issy-les-Molineaux

Paris, France (Suburbs)

On the banks of the Seine southwest of Paris, Issy Les Moulineaux is the heart of the French telecommunication and media industries. It’s also a lovely spot for a run, with a great selection of parks on and around the river.
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Rambouillet

Paris, France (Suburbs)

Located 45 km southwest of Paris, Rambouillet is a charming suburb and a wonderfully green area. Great running in the extensive Rambouillet Forest and the grounds of Château du Rambouillet and Gardens.
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