Do sport for free in Paris

Classes, open-air sessions, introductory courses: there are many free ways to play sport in Paris.

To get a workout without spending any money, follow the guide!

Free sports facilities

Running sur piste © fotolia

It’s easy to play your favourite sport for free in the French capital! The City of Paris offers residents and visitors free use of a range of sports facilities: football pitches, rugby stadiums, athletics tracks, etc. 

For a full list of free-to-use sports facilities, rendez-vous on www.sport.paris.fr

Free lessons

Tai-chi-chuan au Jardin Atlantique, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

If you’d like a free workout with a coach, there are several options in Paris.

On weekend

If you’d rather work out at the weekend, the City of Paris also organizes Sunday morning sport (Les activités sportives du dimanche midi) – free sessions with specialized instructors, held in a variety of Parisian green spaces and sports centres. Jogging, muscle building and stretching are among the various options on offer. You can sign up on arrival.
More informations: sports.paris.fr

Head for the Parc Rives de Seine

The Parc Rives de Seine is the place to go to run the 100 metres, wind down with yoga, take a beginner’s boxing class or do a group fitness (Les Mills or Pilates) course. You can also take part in many sporting workshops and events on this specially equipped riverside stretch. There’s something for all tastes and all fitness levels, like high-intensity cardio training with fast-paced push-ups, sit-ups and jumps. There’s even a scaled-down athletics track, which is free to use.

Registration is compulsory for all workshops (a doctor’s certificate or waiver, ID and a sign-up confirmation e-mail are required).

Physical activities for every taste

Basketball © Filip Mroz via Unsplash

Head for the green!

Free golf lessons are offered at the Tandou gymnasium in the 19th arrondissement on Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons.

Open to all on a first-come, first-served basis; registration required.

Fun on the water

If you’re keen on watersports, there is a range of free introductory sessions for Parisians at the Base Nautique de la Villette. Participants can borrow canoes, rowboats and kayaks, and all sessions are run by qualified instructors (Saturdays).

More informations and reservations:  01 42 40 29 90.

Hiking and biking

Love getting out into the open air? Join a bicycle tour with Paris Rando Vélo, or get your walking boots on with the Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre (French hiking federation) or the Comité Départemental de la Randonnée Pédestre de Paris (Paris departmental hiking committee).

Rollerblading and skating for free in Paris

As well as over a dozen open access rollerparks, skateparks and urban boarding zones in Paris, there are free group rollerblading sessions every week on city routes, organized by clubs like Rollers & Coquillages, Pari Roller and the Roller Squad Institute.

Get into the swing!

Village-style dances are often organized in different Paris neighbourhoods. In summer, the Jardin Tino Rossi at Quai Saint Bernard in the 5th arrondissement draws crowds to its traditional and folk dances on certain weekday evenings. A must, the Bal Pop' takes place once every month at the Centquatre in the 19th arrondissement.

Enfants à vélo - Voie Georges Pompidou © Jean-Baptiste Gurliat

Keep calm

If you need to wind down, there are various completely free activities to help you maintain your inner balance – wherever you are in the capital. At weekends, Wanderlust on the Quai d'Austerlitz in the 13th arrondissement offers free yoga sessions. The Centquatre, a place for artistic creation and leisure, holds Wutao workshops – a mixture of qigong, yoga and t’ai-chi – on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and qigong workshops on one weekend each month.

Fitness after 55

Gentle workouts, tennis, aqua aerobicstaekwondo, Nordic walking: with the City of Paris Senior+ card, all of these activities can be enjoyed free of cost by people over 55.

Women step up

Every year, the City of Paris organizes Femmes en sport (Women in Sports), a day when women can try out sporting activities all over the city entirely free of cost


Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre

Guided tours
  • Gare d'Austerlitz - Bibliothèque nationale de France F. Mitterrand

The Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre (French Federation of Hiking) is a non-profit organization created for the......

Rollers & Coquillages

Jeu et détente
Place de la Bastille, Paris, 75004

Every Sunday afternoon since 1997, the Rolllers & Coquillages association has organized the biggest rollerblading tour in the......

Pari Roller

Jeu et détente
Place Raoul Dautry, Paris, 75015

Pari Roller organize rollerblading tours every Friday night: departure at 10pm from Place Raoul Dautry in the 14th......

Roller Squad Institut

Jeu et détente
7 rue Jean Giono, Paris, 75013

The only one registered by the roller skating federation. Argue for the "roller citizen".

Paris Rando Vélo

Guided tours
  • Le Marais

Paris Rando vélo organizes free bike rides every Friday night, and on the 3rd Sunday of each month. . The bike tours last 2 hrs......