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Top 10 Places to Jog in Paris

Updated on November 15, 2010

If you're visiting for a short period or live here full time, jogging in Paris is great whether it's along the Seine or in one of the many parks, your run will always be a scenic one and one that you'll enjoy.

Paris is a comfortably small city, so if you are willing to dodge the doggie doo-doo and traffic alike, feel free to jog through the streets and across the grand boulevards of Paris or alternatively you could choose a route from the Top 10 (car free) Places to Jog in Paris, listed below...

Top 10 Places to Jog in Paris

The Seine (bus.utk.edu)
The Seine (bus.utk.edu)

1. Along the Seine

The banks of the River Seine are littered with some of the most famous monuments of Paris, not to mention stunning views, so what better place to jog than here? In fact, the banks of Seine between Pont de Sully and Pont d’Iéna and their surroundings are part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites! Now, how many people can say that they take their routine jog on a UNESCO World Heritage Site?! Jog riverside on Sundays and public holidays between 9am and 5pm when they close off the banks to traffic. On the left bank, the pedestrianised area stretches from Quai Anatole-France (Rue Du Bac, Metro Line 12) to the exit at Quai Branly (Pont de l’Alma RER C). On the right bank, the car free zone is longer, starting at the Tuillerie underpass (Concorde Metro Lines 1, 8 & 12) and ending at Pont Charles de Gaulle (Gare d’Austerlitz Metro Line 5 & 10, RER C). The stretch of the pedestrianized left bank is just over 2km and the left bank about 3.5km.

Jardin des Tuileries (parisarchitectureinfo)
Jardin des Tuileries (parisarchitectureinfo)

2. Jardin des Tuileries

The well treaded paths of the Tuilerie Gardens that from one direction leads your eye right up the Champs Elysees to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe and as far as La Defense and from the other direction to the breathtaking and overwhelming feat of architecture known as the Louvre. Yes, it's not a bad place to jog at all; in fact, it's pretty amazing! Jog and see the sights and as you approach the Louvre, you'll even have a view of the Eiffel Tower - jogs don't get much better than this! The gardens provide a delightful jog, just under 2km. You can access the gardens from Tuileries (Metro Line 1), Concorde (Metro Lines 1, 8, 12), Palais Royal Musee du Louvre (Metro Lines 1, 7) and is open dawn till dusk. From there you could continue along the Seine for a longer jog.

Jardin du Luxembourg (fotocommunity)
Jardin du Luxembourg (fotocommunity)

3. Jardin du Luxembourg

This is the largest public park in Paris proper at 22.5 hectares, originally the gardens of the 17th Century Palais de Luxembourg, which today houses the French Senate and is pretty spectacular as far as public parks go! If you were to run around the periphery of the park, you would cover about 2km but there are shingle paths you could jog along alternatively. From petanque pistes, to ornamental gardens, a palace, and even a grotto, it's a stunning park and a real royal affair in the heart of Paris and if you get tired of running, pull up a chair by the fountain and admire the view. The park is open from dawn till dusk and is accessible via Luxembourg (RER Line C).

Champs de Mars (Parisdailyphoto)
Champs de Mars (Parisdailyphoto)

4. Champs de Mars

How about jogging underneath the immense 300m iron latticed symbol of Paris? Well here's where you can! Champ de Mars in south west Paris is where the Eiffel Tower stands tall and proud over the City of Lights like a tall watch tower, guarding the city. The park is a mixture of grass and gravel and one circuit would cover about 2km or so. If you'd like to extend your run, a fantastic route is to continue over the Pont Iena, up the slope of Jardins du Trocadero and then up the stairs to reach the most spectacular and breath taking view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower right in the middle - beautiful! Champs de Mars can be reached via Ecole Militaire (Metro Line 8) or La Motte Picquet Grenelle (Metro Lines 6, 8, 10).

Bois de Boulogne (runningmaps.eu)
Bois de Boulogne (runningmaps.eu)

5. Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes

Also known as 'Paris' lungs', Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes are great open spaces to jog in and 'breathe'! Both of these parks are huge so you have plenty of grassed and wooded space to jog around in, though probably best to keep it during daylight hours! Bois du Boulogne is two and a half times the size of Central Park, and most people jog around the Lac Inferieur (2.5km). Metro Porte Dauphine (Metro Line 2) or Ranelagh (Metro Line 9) are about 1km from the park.

Bois de Vincennes, the more 'English' park, is four times larger than Hyde Park in London. Again, the popular path is around the lake, Lac Daumesnil, 2km, accessible from Porte Doree (Metro Line 8). If you decide to jog a little longer, you could jog to the Chateau de Vincennes, which is a huge 14th-17th century castle, a further 2.5km to the north.

Boutiques of Canal Saint Martin (flickr)
Boutiques of Canal Saint Martin (flickr)

6. Canal Saint Martin

Canal Saint Martin, immortalized by Amelie Poulin, is situated in north-east Paris, in the 10th arrondisement of Paris, the new boho-chic area to be seen in! So as you take your jog along the tree lined banks of the canal, you can window shop and admire the 'trop cool' hipsters alongside the waterway. Thankfully, the road that runs along side the path of Canal Saint Martin is closed off to traffic on Sundays and public holidays from 10am-6pm and 10am-10pm in the summer. There is a pavement next to the Canal which you can jog on also, all week through. Jogging the pedestrianized route is about a 1.5km round-trip but feel free to continue further along the canal. Below is a map which indicates the pedestrianized areas. Access from Louis Blanc (Metro Lines 7 & 7bis), Colonel Fabien (Metro Line 2), Gare de L'Est (Metro Lines 4, 5, 7) or Jacques Bonsergent (Metro Line 5).

Peak of Parc des Buttes de Chaumont (chavie.net)
Peak of Parc des Buttes de Chaumont (chavie.net)

7. Parc des Buttes de Chaumont

Literally a hill in the north east of Paris, this is a great park if you are looking for a slightly more challenging jog and has about 5km of track. As the park is on a hill, you can integrate hill climbs as well as flat runs into your jog and there's also a lovely view from the Corinthian style monument at the peak of the hill, which is modelled on the Roman temple of Sybil in Italy. Apart from Roman temple replicas, the park also has a lovely variety of trees from all over the world including cedars. If you're looking for some post-jog refreshment, you can head to Rosa Bonheur, which has existed for over a century and has now become a hit with the cool kids of Paris. Buttes de Chaumont is accessible from Buttes Chaumont (Metro Line 7bis) or Pyrenees (Metro Line 11).

Parc Monceau (lemonde.fr)
Parc Monceau (lemonde.fr)

8. Parc Monceau

One of Paris' poshest parks and of course, situated in the upper class area of the 8th arrondisement. Originally created in the 18th Century, today it covers 8 hectares, accessible via 9 beautiful golden gates which open at sunrise and close when dusk falls. A charming park, planted beautifully, you can jog around the perimeter path which is about 1km long and marvel at the impressive typically Parisian residential buildings that surround the park and be entertained by the statues and objects that you'll pass by. You can access the park from Monceau station (Metro Line 2). A very elegant jog in Paris.

Parc Montsouris (metamorfosiblogdeejay.it)
Parc Montsouris (metamorfosiblogdeejay.it)

9. Parc Montsouris

A lovely ‘English garden’ styled park in the southeast of Paris in the 14th arrondisement. It’s about 15 hectares big and one jog around the peripheral path of the park is roughly 1.5km. With about 150 species of tree and shrub, it's a great place to get some fresh air in the city and also has a huge lake in the middle of it with an island grotto and waterfall, providing a home for various wildlife. It’s an elegant park and off the beaten tracks of Tuilleries and Luxembourg, so well worth a jog! Accessible from Montsouris (Tram Line 3) or Cite Universitaire (RER B) and is open Monday-Friday from 8am-9:30pm and weekends and public holidays from 9am-9:30pm.

Promenade Plantee (Flickr)
Promenade Plantee (Flickr)

10. Promenade Plantee

Ssshh...not many tourists know about this but it's an elevated park in the east of Paris. It runs above the eye line, constructed on an abandoned 19th-century railway viaduct, starting at Opera Bastille near the junction of Rue de Lyon and Avenue Daumensil (Metro Lines 1 & 5) and runs 4.5km long almost reaching Bois de Vincennes. It's a narrow but fun jogging path as some parts are planted and include stairs for a real workout, plus you get some great views from up there too! Opening times vary throughout ther year: opens at 8h in the week and 9h at the weekends. Closing times 17h30 in Jan and from 15th Nov to 31st Dec, 18h in Feb and from end of Oct to 15th Nov, 19h in March, 21h from 15th April to 15th May, 21h30 from 15th May to 31st Aug, 20h30 in Sept and 20h in Oct.

Accommodation near your favorite spots

If you would like to stay in the vicinity of your jogging spot there are some great apartment for rent (short-term or longer) in these areas.

Paris Marathon - Champs Elysees (jogginginternational.net)
Paris Marathon - Champs Elysees (jogginginternational.net)

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References

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