It is certainly no secret that France is a fantastic vacation destination. As one of the most visited countries in the world, tourists from around the globe stream into this Western European country by the millions each year—all in search of beautiful châteaux, medieval villages, Parisian fashion, the perfect croissant, cheese, wine and the seemingly elusive French joie de vivre.
The only problem with visiting France, however, is that your trip will never be long enough, nor will you ever be able to enjoy everything this country has to offer in one trip. That being said, as a country that has so much to offer and is used to seeing a lot of tourists, booking a flight to France is not the hardest thing you’ll ever do.
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Airlines Serving France
As a major European hub and as one of the most visited and celebrated cities in the world, Paris is served by many domestic and international airline carriers. Budget carriers, particularly coming from other European destinations, have increasingly more frequent service into Paris, making for competitive fares from many major airlines. Most of the world’s major carriers serve Paris.
American airlines flying into Paris
International airlines flying into Paris
Airports in Paris
There are two major airports; the main one is Charles de Gaulle (CDG), sometimes known as Roissy Airport (look out for this name especially if you’re traveling to the airport from another location in France; the SNCF train website, for example, recognizes the train station in the airport as Roissy). The “other” airport – and much like New York’s Laguardia to its JFK – is Orly (ORY).
If Paris is your layover stop before continuing on to another destination within or outside of France, check your flight details to make sure which airports you’ll be in. It’s rare, but not unheard of, to fly into CDG and then have to schlep over to ORY for the next flight. Not very convenient.
Airports in France
France has several other airports that serve as regional hubs for many carriers, including Marseille, Nice, Lyon and Toulouse. With the growth of budget airlines, many other cities have been expanding their air travel presence as well, particularly in the southern Languedoc region.
Quick search for flights to Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris Orly (ORY), Marseille (MRS), Nice (NCE), Lyon (LYS), Toulouse (TLS):
Tips on getting cheap flights to France
Of course, you are going to have a lot better luck getting cheap airfare to France during the off-peak season travel times of November through March. If you are going to France during the summer, you can still get a good airfare by booking far in advance or looking for last minute deals.
You also might want to expand your search in several ways to get the best possible deals:
- If you’re on the west coast of the U.S. and you see dirt-cheap airfare to Paris from a city on the east coast, see if it would be worth it to book it in tandem with a domestic flight on Southwest, Jet Blue or another carrier.
- The same goes for deals on this side of the pond – if you see a crazy-good deal on flights to London, it may be cheaper for you to book that and then a budget flight to France, or even the train if you’re heading straight to Paris.
- Check flight deals to your final destination. Sometimes they can be cheaper than flights just to Paris (especially if you’re headed further south).
- Don’t forget open-jaw tickets. That’s where you fly into one city and out of another. If you fancy your own personal Grand Tour, you might wind up saving money – and hassle – by looking into this option.
- Try booking right before or right after a major holiday. Be aware of holidays in France that other countries don’t have – like Bastille Day – or major events like Fashion Week in Paris or the Tour de France nationwide.
- Follow major airlines on Twitter to get the latest news on travel deals.
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