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Hiring a coach to get to the 2024 Paris Olympics

Published 23rd Feb 2024

This summer, the streets of Paris will come alive as the city hosts the biggest sporting event in the world – the Olympic Games. If you’re lucky enough to be heading over to Paris to soak up the magic of yourself, have you thought about how you are getting there?

We’ll uncover everything you need to know about hiring a coach to the 2024 Paris Olympics, from selecting the perfect vehicle to customising your journey, and why it's the ultimate choice for getting to the games.

Why should I choose coach hire to get to the 2024 Paris Olympics?

Opting for coach hire comes with plenty of unique benefits, making it a great option if you’re travelling from the UK to Europe for the Paris Olympics. Coach hire is a door-to-door transport service, making it one of the easiest ways of getting to the games as a group.

Coaches can take your group from their pickup point to their chosen destination in Paris, which is especially helpful during the Olympics when airports are busy and city transport can be overwhelming to navigate. It can’t be said enough that travelling with a group through the busy streets of Paris on public transportation, is a daunting prospect even for the well-seasoned traveller.

With high costs in both London and Paris, getting a coach may be the cheaper option as well. Being able to split the travel costs between all the passengers can work out significantly cheaper than booking individual flights into Paris separately, especially around the time of the games when prices will be sky high. Plus, with coach hire, you don't have to worry about paying extortionate prices for taxis, as it offers a fixed price for the entire journey.

Another benefit of coach hire is the unsung hero of storage space and how much of it a large vehicle like a coach can offer. Unlike traveling separately, where you may be limited to sharing a car among several individuals or restricted to how much you can bring onto a flight, a coach offers much more storage space.

At SMC Coach Hire, we’re experienced in European Coach and Minibus Hire, meaning your trip to Paris is in capable hands. With an impressive Trustpilot rating of 4.7 out of 5, our satisfied customers speak volumes about our service. Plus, with a complaint rate of less than 1%, you can trust that choosing us will leave you and your group satisfied.

How do I choose the right coach for me?

If you're all about practicality and savings without sacrificing comfort, our standard coaches are the way to go. These are our most popular vehicles and may include features such as fabric/leather seats, air conditioning, passenger lighting, legroom seats and a media player. This straightforward option is perfect for those looking for a simple yet dependable way to get to the games, leaving more room in your budget to spend at the games in Paris!

But if you're aiming for something truly special, our luxury vehicles are designed to exceed travel expectations. Features on our luxury vehicles may include but are not limited to, leather trim seats, extra legroom, tinted windows, onboard refreshments and reclining seats.

And for those with accessibility needs, we've got you covered with our accessible vehicles. Equipped with features like fully automated wheelchair lifts and wider access inside the vehicle, we ensure everyone can join in on the Olympic excitement. 

Ready to explore your options further? Click HERE to find the perfect coach for your 2024 Paris Olympics trip.

Can I choose a coach that has specific features onboard?

For many, features such as onboard restrooms and Wi-Fi aren't just luxuries; they're absolute necessities when travelling long distances.

Be sure to specify your needs when booking with us, and our team of travel experts will aim to find a vehicle that perfectly fits your requirements. Whether you’re looking for onboard restrooms, Wi-Fi access, or any other personalised features, rest assured, we're here to accommodate every aspect of your journey to Paris.

How much will it cost me to travel from the UK to Paris on a coach?

When planning your journey to the Olympic Games, it's essential to understand that coach hire prices can fluctuate based on several factors. Considerations such as the number of passengers, the duration of the journey, and the type of vehicle all play a role in determining the overall cost. These factors should be carefully considered before finalising your budget.

At SMC, we take pride in offering highly competitive rates for our European travel packages. We understand the importance of staying within your overall budget, which is why we're always open to negotiation to ensure that you receive the best value for your money.

How many passengers can fit on a coach?

We offer a range of coaches, with seat capacities ranging from 8 to 75 seats.

Typically, our coaches can accommodate between 49 to 53 passengers, and larger models can seat up to 75 passengers. If your group is smaller, a minibus may be a more suitable and cost-effective option, typically seating around 10 to 20 passengers.

To determine the perfectly sized vehicle, you need to make sure you have an accurate group number. Once you have this information, simply submit your enquiry to us, and our booking experts will help you hand pick vehicles that not only cater to your specific group size but also guarantee a cost-effective transport solution.

For larger groups, we can always arrange multiple vehicles, although this is subject to availability. If travelling to Paris in multiple vehicles are something you’re considering, please provide us with the total number of passengers, and we'll let you know what we can do.

Can I take specific routes to Paris?

Specific routes can be tailored to include some breathtaking sights along the way, which adds to your trip and allows you to create amazing group memories. Whether your keen to see the stunning Olympic Stadium or even catch a glimpse at the Eiffel Tower, these arrangements can be made if agreed with one of our booking experts.

How much luggage can I fit on a coach?

One common concern among travellers who are going abroad is the question of luggage restrictions when booking transport.

While there are no strict restrictions on luggage you can bring on vehicles, we advise passengers to be mindful with their packing.  Each passenger should consider taking one suitcase and one piece of hand luggage, this suggestion not only helps optimise space within the vehicle, but it also ensures everyone has enough room for their belongings without overcrowding.

Do I need to pay toll fees?

Our pricing structure includes all necessary tolls and road fees, so you won’t have to worry about any unexpected costs popping up along the way.

What documentation do I need when crossing the border into France?

Make sure to have your passport ready when crossing the border into France; it needs to have been issued within the last 10 years and remain valid for at least 3 months beyond your planned departure date. If necessary, you’ll also need your visa for when you cross the border.

We also suggest keeping your travel insurance documents easily accessible for peace of mind, as well as proof of your accommodation arrangements.

When should I book a coach to get to the 2024 Paris Olympics?

As the excitement builds for the Olympics, it's essential to plan, especially when it comes to transportation.

With major events like UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany, Wimbledon, and various festivals happening across the UK, the demand for coach hire skyrockets during this busy period. That's why we're urging our customers to book their coach hire as soon as possible.

Securing your transportation early not only ensures you won't miss out on the action but also gives you peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of well in advance. After all, there's nothing worse than scrambling for last-minute transport.

What is the cancellation policy when hiring a coach to get to the 2024 Paris Olympics?

The cancellation policy for hiring a coach for the 2024 Paris Olympics depends on the notice period provided. At SMC Coach Hire, we strictly adhere to our terms and conditions in the event of any cancellation, which can be found by clicking HERE. However, we strive to be as flexible as possible to accommodate your needs.

If any changes to your plans affect your transportation to Paris, you can adjust your enquiry by contacting your account manager using the details provided on your 'enquiry received' email or your quotation. Please note that changes to your journey details may result in a price adjustment.

Can I contact the driver before my trip, and are there any other points of contact available?

When you book with SMC Coach Hire, you will be sent your assigned drivers contact number the day before your departure date, meaning you can rest assured knowing that you’ve got a direct point of contact. Whether it’s a query you may have, or a last-minute detail, you can simply give your driver a call. This direct point of contact offers a straightforward way to get things sorted, allowing you and your partner to fully enjoy and focus on the games.

Additionally, our office is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, providing you with a dedicated point of contact during regular business hours. If you have any questions, require assistance, or wish to confirm details, our dedicated team is on hand ready to ensure your journey to Paris runs smoothly.

How can I reduce my environmental impact whilst travelling to the 2024 Paris Olympics?

In the world of sustainability, the Olympic Games are setting the stage for a greener future. Through their Sustainability Strategy, they've set ambitious targets to slash carbon emissions by 50% and offset more than 100% of residual emissions by 2030.

If you're determined to march alongside the Olympics towards a greener future, consider choosing SMC Coach Hire as your go-to transportation solution for reaching the games. Since 2018, we've been partnering with UK-based charity ecolibrium to mitigate the environmental impact of travel.

Here's how it works: When you book with us, we calculate the emissions produced during your journey using official government guidelines. Then, we present you with the opportunity to counterbalance those emissions through a donation to ecolibrium right at the point of booking.

Every penny of your contribution goes directly to ecolibrium, where it's invested in transformative clean energy projects such as wind farms and solar panels on school roofs.

As a company, we're proud to share that we've already offset over 380 tonnes of CO2 emissions to date, but our journey towards sustainability is far from over. With your support, we can pave the way to a brighter, greener future.

How do I book a coach to get to the 2024 Paris Olympics?

Simply fill out our online enquiry forms by clicking HERE, alternatively, enquire by emailing or phoning 0333 200 7221.

When making your enquiry, remember to provide all relevant information relating to your trip such as the number of passengers and what your vehicle requirements are (e.g. onboard Wi-Fi).

Once we receive your enquiry, our expert bookings team will promptly process your request. You can expect to receive a personalised quote via email, along with a follow-up call from one of our sales representatives to discuss your booking and available vehicle options. Our aim is to provide customers with a quote within 2-3 hours after they submit their enquiry. Once you've made your decision and are ready to confirm your booking, simply inform our team. We'll then provide you with details on how to make the deposit payment online, or you can opt to pay via bank transfer.

It’s as simple as that! Now knowing that your transport to Paris is sorted, all that’s left to do is eagerly count down the days until the Games begin.