July 14, 2021 in Paris: closed streets and traffic restrictions for Bastille Day!

Published by Rizhlaine F., Caroline J., Julie M., Cécile D. · Photos by My B. · Published on 13 July 2022 at 14h17
Hey friends! Bastille Day is just around the corner. But this year, because of the current health context, specific guidelines are set up to avoid big gatherings and enable social distancing. Let's discover the access restrictions as well as the metro stations closed on that day.

Each July 14 or Bastille Day, the same thing happens. The day is shaken up with the traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysées and the firework let off from the Eiffel Tower.

Because of the health crisis, people gathering at the same place must be controled, and the police prefecture has had to set up traffic restrictions around the Champs Elysées, Concorde, the National Assembly, the Champ-de-Mars and Trocadéro.

These limits are instated as part of the health protocol and to keep crowds safe as wewll as those working for the organization of Bastille day.

Traffic restrictions in Paris on July 14, 2021

wide exclusion area is set up around the site to make sure the firework is safe and to prevent any uncontrolled gathering of people.

Motorized cars and dangerous animals are now allowed within the protection area made by the police. Furthermore, alcoholfireworks, fake or real firearms, or any object considered as a weapon or used as a projectile are banned.

Restaurants are not allowed to open terraces set on the Champs-Elysées from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Wednesday.

Those attending the Bastille Day entertainments will have to wear a facemask and show a health pass. A gauge will limit the access to the Champs-Elysées: the prefecture recommends people to arrive early to attend the show.

Note for cardrivers, the Police Prefecture recommends them to widely turn around all areas involved and use the following itineraries:

  • North: avenue des Ternes (17th), and Boulevard de Courcelles (8th), Boulevard des Batignolles (8th and 17th), and Boulevard de Clichy (9th and 18th);
  • East: axis of Boulevard Saint-Michel, Boulevard Sébastopol, and Boulevard de Strasbourg;
  • South: Grands Boulevards (Montparnasse, Pont Royal, Hôpital);
  • West: Boulevard des Maréchaux, or beltway

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Metro stations closed on July 14, 2021 in Paris in the morning

Stations closed on Wednesday July 14, 2021, from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Champs-Elysées, Concorde and National Assembly area:

  • Line 1: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, George V, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau, Concorde, Tuileries 
  • Line 2: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
  • Line 6: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile
  • Line 8: Concorde 
  • Line 9: Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Line 12: Concorde 
  • Line 13: Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau
  • RER A: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile

Traffic restrictions in Paris for Bastille Day 2021's firework show

A wide exclusion area will be set up around the area "to keep the fire safe and prevent any gathering of people whose health passes have not been checked". It was not planned but be instated following Emmanuel Macron's address.

This exclusion area will include the entire perimeter between the Champ-de-Mars and the Trocadéro area, the Seine riverbanks between Pont de Grenelle and Pont de l'Alma. Beside the Champ de Mars area, this place will be fully closed to people, excluding local inhabitants.

The Police Prefecture announces the access restrictions in this area will be instated from 1 p.m. The access to the Champ-de-Mars will be possible from 4 p.m. through four admissions, within the limit of 15,000 people allowed. To access the firework area and the concert, two conditions, a health pass and facemask being compulsory.

Stations closed for the show on Wednesday July 14, 2021 in the evening:

Stations closed for the firework show on Wednesday July 14, 2021 from 7 p.m.:

  • Line 6: Kléber, Boissière, Passy, Trocadéro, Bir Hackeim, Dupleix, La Motte Picquet, Cambronne, Sèvres-Lecourbe 
  • Line 8: La Tour Maubourg, Ecole Militaire, Invalides, La Motte Picquet
  • Line 9 : Trocadéro, Alma Marceau, Iéna, Rue de la Pompe
  • Line 10: Javel, La Motte Picquet, Eglise d'Auteuil, Emile Zola, Boulogne Pont de St Cloud, Boulogne Jean Jaurès, Chardon Lagache, Charles Michel, Michel Ange Auteuil, Michel Ange-Molitor, Mirabeau, Porte d'Auteuil, Ségur 
  • Line 13: Invalides, Saint François Xavier, Varenne
  • RER C: Pont de l'Alma, Tour Eiffel, Champ de Mars, Kennedy Radio France, Javel, Invalides 

These traffic restrictions are subject to change!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 13 July 2022 to 14 July 2022



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