The Zénith is a concert arena located in Paris 19th arrondissement, in the Parc de la Villette. In 1981, Jack Lang, then French minister of culture, pointed out that there was no cultural venue in Paris able to accommodate large numbers of young people for rock concerts or gigs. Therefore a concert hall had to be designed for this kind of music and audience. Two architects, Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel worked on it and an idea for it took shape.
Since its inauguration in 1984, all the great names in French music have performed on the stage at the Zénith Paris; English groups make a halt too during their European tour for a couple of dates. Shows for children, sports events or business conventions attract a large and diversified public. After more than 30 years, the Zénith is always just as successful and hosts more and more events with more and more spectators.
Please note that there are no cloakrooms! Spectators must keep their personal belongings with them. Lockers are only for dangerous objects or objects confiscated by the production management team (photos cameras, video cameras, recorders, etc.) Doors open about 1h30 before the beginning of a show (time indicated on ticket)
Bars sell fresh drinks, coffees, sandwiches, chocolate bars, etc. around the concert hall (in the Folies - red buildings in parc de la Villette). You can also dine in restaurants in Paris close to the metro or around. Click here to find a list of hotels close to the concert venue Zenith Paris. Some appart'hôtels are located in Paris and make for a pleasant stay.
The Zenith concert venue is situated in the middle of Parc de la Villette in Paris 19th district. We highly recommend taking the Paris public transport with the metro, bus or tramway – parking places are usually full and it is difficult to park close by.
Just remember to buy your tickets at RATP ticket office or machines. Print your itinerary or the RATP metro map , on the RATP website (metro, bus, tramway and RER)
Metro Line 5 – exit Porte de Pantin station (direction Bobigny - Pablo Picasso) outside, walk down the path between la Halle and Philharmonie Paris - 600 metres
metro Line 7 - Porte de la Villette station (direction La Courneuve) cross the park and cross the Ourcq canal, there are two bridges about 900 meters from the Zénith
Tramway T3b - Porte de Pantin station - Parc de la Villette station (walk towards the lion fountain and continue down the path between la Halle and the Philharmonie – count for about 800 meters on foot).
Take metro line 1 (direction la Défense) exit at Bastille station. Take metro line 5 (direction Bobigny-Picasso) and exit at Porte de Pantin... your destination! Count for about 2 minutes from the station on foot.
You can also take RER D from Gare de Lyon to Gare du Nord and then take metro line 5.
Take metro line 5 or line 7, both will take you to the nearest station to the Zénith (Porte de Pantin or Porte de la Villette).
Go from Montparnasse station to Zénith Paris by metro or RER
Take the metro line 4 (direction Porte de Clignancourt) to Gare du Nord station and metro line 5 to Porte de Pantin station. There are less changes to make !
You can also opt for metro line 4 (direction Mairie de Montrouge) to Denfert-Rochereau station and RER B (direction aéroport CDG or Mitry-Claye) exit at Gare du Nord station, take metro line 5 to Porte de Pantin.
It is very difficult to find parking near the Zenith; but in case of absolute necessity, you can park in one of the car parks, Vinci Porte de Pantin (Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie2) or Porte de la Villette (parking Cité des Sciences).