Parc Astérix

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Parc Astérix

There is fun for all the family at one of France’s most popular theme parks, just 2 ½ hours drive from our Calais terminal. Astérix and co can’t wait to meet you and your little Gauls!

Inspired by the comic book series and animated films following the adventures of Astérix and his band of ‘indomitable Gauls’, Parc Astérix is one of France’s most popular theme parks. 

There is fun for all the family, from adrenaline-fuelled rollercoasters to gentle rides for smaller children, as well as shows, parades and the chance to meet the Astérix characters.

In 2024 Parc Astérix is celebrating its 35th birthday!

And in honour of this very special occasion, Parc Astérix has a great programme packed with new experiences: a new attraction, a new musical, and lots of other surprises!

Where is Parc Astérix?

Parc Astérix is in the Hauts-de-France region, around 35km north of Paris. Other nearby places of interest include Château de Chantilly (20km away).

Driving to Parc Astérix from Calais

It takes around 2½ hours to drive to Parc Astérix from our terminal in Calais. Take the A16 out of Calais, the A26 towards Saint-Omer and Arras and then the A1 to Paris. Take the direct exit for Parc Astérix between exits 7 and 8. 

Car parking is not included in your admission ticket. Check the Parc Astérix website for up-to-date charges.

You are guaranteed a warm welcome by Astérix and Obelix!You are guaranteed a warm welcome by Astérix and Obelix!

Exclusive offer for LeShuttle customers - 20% off Parc Astérix Liberty Flex Ticket

To celebrate the 35th birthday of Parc Astérix, we are giving LeShuttle customers 20% off entry throughout 2024. Find out more about this offer on the park's most flexible ticket type. 

Planning your trip

Parc Astérix is not open all year round. In 2023 the park is open every day from early April to early September, 10am to 7pm, and then at weekends for the rest of the year. The park is also open every day during school holidays in October and November and at Christmas.

During the Gallic Summer period (mid-July to early September) the park extends opening hours from 10am to 10pm. Check the Parc Astérix opening hours for full details.

Astérix fans will be delighted by the familiar scenes from the village of indomitable GaulsAstérix fans will be delighted by the familiar scenes from the village of indomitable Gauls

Rides for thrill-seekers

Parc Astérix roller coasters are legendary. Some are record-breaking, and some, like Oziris and Tonnerre 2 Zeus, are not for the faint-hearted! Check the height rules for children before starting to queue for any of these coasters. 

The roller coasters at Park Astérix are some of the best in FranceThe roller coasters at Park Astérix are some of the best in France

New attraction: La Tour de Numérobis 

More than it looks: you’ll never guess the incredible genius of Numérobis! On completing their vertiginous ascent to a height of 40 metres, visitors will be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view of the whole of Gaul -– from their perch in Egypt! And as for the descent, no need to panic! It’s as gentle as can be – Numérobis has given us his word! 

Toutatis, the record-beating ride 

The Toutatis area has been a great success with visitors, reaching the Parc Astérix Top 3 in less than a year. 

Celebrate Toutatis during an original druidic festival. Show your bravery by riding this one-of-a-kind attraction. With a top speed of 110km/h and standing 51 metres tall, it’s the tallest, fastest roller coaster in France. Try the hypnotising experience of Chez Gyrofolix, a family-friendly attraction that the youngest brave Gauls will love! And of course, the Sanglier d’Or Playground.

Tonnerre 2 Zeus

Tonnerre 2 Zeus is the upgraded version of the park’s famous wooden roller coaster, with even more thrills and sensations under the towering statue of Zeus. 

Strap your little Gauls in (as long as they’re over 1.3m tall!) for two high speed bends, a tunnel full of smoke and strobe effects, and a new top speed of 90 km/h. The last two wagons are positioned backwards to allow a full hair-raising experience!

La Trace du Hourra

In the ever popular Gaul zone, La Trace du Hourra is a roller coaster bobsleigh ride for all the family. You travel for 900 metres at 60 km/h around bends, spirals and a mammoth double tusk section. Little Gauls can go on this one, which is the second longest bobsled coaster in Europe, and one of the highest and fastest in the world.


One of the park’s original roller coasters when it opened in 1989, Goudurix is a seven looper Big Dipper that seasoned adrenaline junkies will love! Located in the Viking area, Goudurix features a dizzying range of elements, including a batwing, a butterfly, a vertical loop and a corkscrew. The coaster runs at 90 km/h and offers amazing views of the park – if, that is, you can keep your eyes open amid all the loop the loops!  

Le Cheval de Troie

Swing high on la Cheval de TroieSwing high on la Cheval de Troie

Located in the Greece area,  this ride is inspired by the legendary Trojan horse used by the ancient Greeks in the Siege of Troy. There is no deception here, however – Le Cheval de Troie will leave you in no doubt that your stomach is churning! Take your seat and hold tight as the carriage swings higher and higher, giving ever more thrilling ups and downs until it hovers at 12m above the ground, and finally makes its descent.

Fun for all the family

Chez Gyrofolix

Chez Gyrofolix is a gigantic four-armed seesaw in which even little Gauls can take an exciting trip. Sit in the pods at the end of each arm and go up and down and round and round, as the giant gyroscope rotates on its axis. Get awesome views of the new Toutatis area too! 

Les Chaudrons

Falling into a cauldron isn’t usually much fun, but at Parc Astérix things are different. The magic potion that gives indomitable Gauls their super strength is brewed up in a cauldron like this, and as you get buffeted around your symptoms will be light-headedness, fits of the giggles and screams of delight! 

La Petite Tempête

Stormy weather is forecast for this gentle circular ride which all the family can take. Your little boat will be tossed around as it spins its way through the stormy seas. You will find  La Petite Tempête in the area of the Gauls. Children need to be 90cm tall to be allowed onto this ride when accompanied by an adult. 

Ancient Egypt is one of the six themed areas in Park AstérixAncient Egypt is one of the six themed areas in Park Astérix

Shows & parades

All the shows and parades at Parc Astérix are included in the price of your ticket. 

New musical 

A 35th anniversary is definitely something to celebrate…and to thank visitors for sharing these 35 years, Parc Asterix is launching its first musical! 

Follow the adventures of Groupidupianix and Sérotonine, two young Gauls who’ll do anything to make their dreams come true: one wants to be a famous bard, and the other wants to be accepted as the first female Druid. Together they’ll be singing all sorts of songs written specially for the show, surrounded by the most impressive, awesome scenery. You can catch the 25- minute show at the Théâtre de Panoramix.

Gaulois - Romains: Le Match

In this 25-minute theatrical and acrobatic show, indomitable Gauls and all-conquering (usually) Romans go head to head in three physical trials. The outcome will decide the fate of the Gaulish village of Astérix and co. 

Les offrandes de Cléopâtre

‘The offerings of Cleopatra’ is an 8-minute outdoor show that takes place in the Ancient Egypt area. Cleopatra pleads with Oziris – the god, not the roller coaster – to send her people water after a terrible drought. 

Du Rififi dans la basse-cour

‘Rififi in the barnyard’ tells the tale of a Roman soldier who finds himself catapulted into the Gaulish village of Astérix and Obelix, and how he makes friends with all the animals in the barnyard. This 20-minute show makes for a lovely break from all the action in the area of the Gauls, more or less in the centre of the whole park.

Where to stay

There are three hotels in Parc Astérix, each with a distinctive theme related to Astérix, history or days gone by. All are within easy walking distance from the attractions and include free parking. You could easily bump into an Astérix character or two during your stay. Best of all, hotel guests can enjoy the park 30 minutes before everyone else!

Les Quais de Lutèce Hotel

The Quays of Lutèce will transport you back to the days of Roman Paris. The city was then known as Lutèce, and this award-winning 4-star hotel has been designed to look like a riverside scene from those times, its timber framed buildings teeming with trade and entertainment. Dine in the restaurant Berges de Seine for added authenticity!

La Cite Suspendue Hotel: one world, three universes

‘The Hanging City’ is a forest hotel suspended above the ground, reflecting the Celtic people’s veneration for trees and nature. This is something of a magical place, nestled in a forest with elevated walkways and modern rooms on stilts. Stylish and comfortable rooms await you in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

The Hotel Les Trois Hiboux, in the heart of the forest

Tucked away in the forest near the park, the ‘Three Owls’ is a modern hotel with a rustic style, perfect for quiet family time. Rooms are decorated with natural themes and there is a children’s playroom, games room, lounge bar serving platters and buffet restaurant.

Read more about the hotels of Parc Astérix.

Gaul in Gaul, it’s a great day out!Gaul in Gaul, it’s a great day out!

Enjoy Parc Astérix with LeShuttle

‘Getafix’ of the comic book fun at Parc Astérix! With LeShuttle, you don’t have to take a ramshackle 1st-century boat from Britain to Gaul either! It’s just a 35-minute crossing from Folkestone to Calais, and then only 2½ hours by car from our terminal. 

Image credits: @Sylvain Cambon

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