Where to go running in Paris

Make Paris, its streets, its many green spaces and the banks of the Seine your running playground!

Tourists are often encouraged to ‘Discover Paris on foot!’.  Parisians love walking and many of them love to go jogging too. So why not follow the trend and explore Paris on a run? And running is gaining ever more ground, as can be seen from the 50,000 people that registered to run the Paris Marathon (in April), one of the most popular in the world. From the simple Sunday joggers to the most serious trail runners, more and more people are running around the capital. The best spots to go running in Paris? Here is a small selection of places to suit your particular running ethos.

You run to keep fit

Joggeur sur la coulée verte © Studio TTG

A little greenery and especially some soft ground, or grass, are always welcome. Whether you are new to jogging or a regular, the Parc Montsouris is a nice setting (15 hectares!) to go jogging in on Sunday or any other time you please. You can also round off your jogging circuit with a loop over to the Cité universitaire, just opposite the park.

Further north, the Canal de l’Ourcq offers an alternative that has a little less greenery but which is a delightful and popular place for jogging fans. A run along its banks is a pleasant experience. Start from Stalingrad and continue on to La Villette, or even Pantin if you have the energy! Choose your time carefully as in summer picnickers and pétanque players fill the area!

You run to enjoy the scenery

Joggeuse sur les quais de Seine © Studio TTG

If you are a runner who likes to contemplate their surroundings then you are in for a treat! There are so many picture-postcard places to run in Paris. The Eiffel Tower stands in the Champ de Mars, a park frequented by Parisians and tourists, with lovely pathways for running, and a nice atmosphere. This option is also very convenient for night owls because, unlike other parks and gardens in the city, it does not close in the evening. The wide avenues at the Jardin des Tuileries, between the Louvre and Concorde metro stations, or the banks of the Seine, are also very inspiring spots.

For riverside activities, head to the Parc Rives de Seine, where a 7 km sports trail with 6 aeras of equipment awaits you! Begin slowly in the warm-up area. Then things get more serious: a suspended ladder, acceleration lane, rings and rope, crosses on the ground, abdo deckchairs, traction bars …

Then you finish off in an area for gentle stretching exercises to avoid aches and pains the following day! And if you want to stretch your legs, there is nothing like a little race to test your performance. The Parc Rives de Seine has a 100-metre track, the best-known of athletics races. Equipped with a stopwatch bracelet, your speed is displayed on a giant screen! The record to beat: 9.58 seconds, achieved by Usain Bolt in 2009! On your marks, get set, go!

You run to be seen

Foulée de course à pied © fotolia

Want to show off your beautiful fluorescent running shorts or your running style? Opt for the Luxembourg Gardens, where it is very chic to run! Parc Monceau, smaller but romantic and delightful, is also ideal for playing the Parisian and catching the eye of other runners. And jogging along the Canal Saint-Martin is a more trendy way to meet Paris’s beautiful people.

You run to be green

Jogging au bois de vincennes © fotolia

Paris isn’t green enough to go running ... Not true! Let us prove it to you: walk up to the Coulée verte, in the 12th arrondissement. Its 4 kilometres of suspended greenery offer a magical setting for those who come here to breathe some air away from the frantic pace of the capital.  Another option is to go to the Jardin des Plantes: this beautiful garden is ideal for a bucolic jog. Finally, don't forget the two large Parisian woods: Vincennes and Boulogne, whose wide avenues suit all types of joggers. They are so vast that you can even play at getting yourself lost!

You run to win

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

You enjoy a bit of a challenge but you are not a pro? The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is for you! 

Built on a former gypsum quarry, it is renowned for its steep topography. Up, down, up … After two hours of effort, reward yourself with a drink at the trendy Rosa Bonheur cafe!

You would like to take part in sporting events

Top-level races

Paris Marathon (on 14 April 2019)

Paris Half Marathon (on 10 March 2019)

Paris-Versailles (on 29 September 2019)

20k Paris Race (on October 2019)

Shorter distances

La Parisienne (Race for women only, on 8 September 2019)

Courses du Luxembourg (on 22 September 2019)

Sport Ensemble - Courir ensemble (no race in 2019)

Ekiden de Paris (team races, on November 2019)

Bois de Vincennes

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

The Bois de Vincennes is the capital's second largest 'green lung', after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located in the east of......

Bois de Boulogne

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

A former hunting ground for the Kings of France, the Bois de Boulogne has become the largest spot for relaxation in the west of......

Jardin des Tuileries

Park, garden, promenade
Place de la Concorde, Paris, 75001

The Tuileries Gardens take their name from the tile factories which previously stood on the site where Queen Catherine de Medici......

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Park, garden, promenade
1 rue Botzaris, Paris, 75019

The Buttes-Chaumont Park, in the north-east of Paris, is one of the biggest and original green spaces in Paris, measuring 25......

Jardin du Luxembourg

Park, garden, promenade
Rue de Médicis - Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75006

Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli......

Canal de l'Ourcq

Street, area of interest
Bassin de la Villette, Paris, 75019

The Canal de l’Ourcq is part of the Parisian canal network. Drawing its source from the Ourcq, the canal joins the La Villette......

Parc du Champ-de-Mars

Park, garden, promenade
Quai Branly - Avenue de la Motte Picquet, Paris, 75007

Opened in 1780, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars extends from the École Militaire to the Eiffel Tower. A hotspot for national events, it......

Canal Saint-Martin

Street, area of interest
Quai de Jemmapes, Paris, 75010

Extending over 4.5 km, of which 2 are underground, the canal has linked the Port de l’Arsenal to the La Villette canal basin......

Parc Monceau

Park, garden, promenade
35 boulevard de Courcelles, Paris, 75008

The construction of Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th century, under the orders of the Duke of Chartres. Situated in the 8th......

Coulée verte René-Dumont

Park, garden, promenade
Avenue Daumesnil, Paris, 75012

Created in 1988 by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely on the former railway line, which linked Place de la Bastille to......

Parc Montsouris

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue Gazan, Paris, 75014

The Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It is located in the 14th arrondissement, between rue d'Alésia......

Parc Rives de Seine

Street, area of interest
Rive gauche : du pont d'Iéna au pont des Arts. Rive droite : du pont Neuf au port de l'Arsenal., Paris, 75

The Parc Rives de Seine, with a total length of 7 kilomtres, extends along both sides of the Seine and provides a place to walk......