Airports in France

Blagnac

Toulouse Blagnac International Airport (TLS) is the gateway to the French Pyrenees. This sleek and modern airport is just four miles (7km) from central Toulouse and serves close to 7 million passengers each year.

A number of popular European airlines offer flights to Toulouse Blagnac International Airport. There are many seasonal flights on offer for skiers and snowboarders. Flights from outside Europe can be booked from Algiers, Montreal, Casablanca and Marrakech.

With mostly friendly staff, great accessibility, a range of airlines offering flights to Toulouse and a decent selection of shops and restaurants, Toulouse International Airport is the perfect start to a vacation.

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Charles de Gaulle

Also known as Roissy Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is located 16 miles (25km) outside of the famous City of Lights. Among the busiest airports in the world, Charles de Gaulle processes an astounding 58 million passengers each year.

With the lure of Parisian glamour drawing millions from across the world, Charles de Gaulle is where most vacations in France begin and end. Flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport are available from almost everywhere, including London, New York, Beijing, Johannesburg, Moscow, Berlin, Toronto, Sydney, Dublin, Delhi, Mauritius, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Chicago, Rome, Seoul, Hong Kong, Geneva, Cairo, Rio de Janeiro and Dubai. There are also many local flight connections to other, smaller French airports.

Sleek and gleaming, Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is every inch the sophisticated experience you’d expect from such a chic city. High-tech video lounges and PlayStation areas are sprinkled between haute couture boutiques and stylish restaurants. The airport staff is friendly and helpful, and their excellent English makes traveling to and from Paris a pleasant experience for anyone.

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Chateau Bougon

Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE):www.nantes.aeroport.fr The airport is situated 8km (5 miles) south-west of Nantes. 

To / from the airport: Air shuttles and public buses link the airport and the city. Taxis can be found opposite Hall 1. 

Facilities: ATMs, currency exchange and a post office, lost-and-found facilities, medical centre, nursery, Wi-Fi.

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Cote d'Azur

Situated four miles (6km) west of Nice, Nice Cote d’Azur Airport (NCE) is a bustling regional airport that receives nearly 10 million passengers each year from destinations all over Europe. Direct flights to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport are available from London, Paris, Dublin, Moscow, Rome, Vienna, Helsinki, Geneva, Bucharest, Athens, Brussels, Dubai, Monaco, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Casablanca, St Petersburg, Doha, Istanbul and many other cities, including transatlantic destinations such as Montreal and New York City.

This airy and light-filled airport is known for its efficiency and fast processing times, making it a popular choice for tourists bound for Cannes and Monaco, and the delights of the Riviera. With good public transport connections and friendly staff, Nice Airport sets the standard for service in the European travel market.

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Entzheim

Strasbourg International Airport (SXB), known locally as Aeroport de Strasbourg, is approximately 6 miles (10 km) southwest of the city of Strasbourg, France. It serves about 1 million passengers per year.

Comprising one terminal building with adjacent parking lots P1-P5, Strasbourg International is a compact and efficient airport. Staff are friendly and helpful, making procedures like checking in and claiming baggage a breeze. 

This is a quick in-and-out airport, so there isn’t much in the way of amenities. However, the nine-minute shuttle-train journey, or the slightly longer but equally efficient bus or taxi ride, will ensure that you’re soon enjoying the charms of historic Strasbourg and the surrounding Alsatian countryside. 

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Lesquin

Lille Airport (LIL):www.lille.aeroport.fr The airport is located 7km (4 miles) from Lille. 

To/from the airport: A shuttle bus service runs between the airport and Lille Flandres and Lille-Europe rail stations . Taxis are freely available; trips to Lille take about 15 minutes. 

Facilities: ATMs, bureau de change, business centre, children’s play area.

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Marignane-Provence

Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) is the primary airport for the Provence region. Situated 16 miles (27km) northwest of Marseille, the airport is the primary hub for resorts such as Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Miramas.

Flights to Marseille Provence Airport come from all over Europe, including London, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Casablanca, Barcelona, Lisbon, Geneva, Milan, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rome, Helsinki, Ajaccio, Venice and Athens. There are few intercontinental routes, including flights from Montreal, Ouagadougou and Mauritius.

Processing more than 7 million passengers per year, the airport built a new terminal specifically for budget airlines; however the terminal is generally regarded to have a “budget” feel to it, and can have uncomfortable waiting periods and a lack of seating in busy periods.

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Merignac

France’s wine region is world-famous, with its rolling hills layered in vineyards and dotted with cozy villages. While most visitors to the country fly into Paris, traffic to regional airports such as Bordeaux Mérignac Airport (BOD) is increasing steadily. Located in the town of Mérignac, six miles (10km) west of Bordeaux, the airport is small and efficient, saving passengers much of the hassle and queues that have become synonymous with major hubs such as Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport.

There are almost hourly flights to Bordeaux Airport from Paris, and daily flights to nearly all other French airports. In fact, it’s possible to fly almost anywhere in Europe from Bordeaux, including weekly services to London, Prague, Geneva, Madrid, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Milan.

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Orly

Often overlooked as a poor relation to the mammoth Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) is nonetheless a great facility. Operated by Aeroports de Paris along with its more famous sibling, the airports share state-of-the-art facilities and efficient services that usher millions of visitors into Paris each year. Far from being an also-ran, the small Paris-Orly does its share, processing more than 26 million passengers each year.

Many frequent travelers like the shorter queues and more personal feel of Paris-Orly and there are some cheap flights available via low-cost carriers such as easyJet and Flybe. The trade-off is fewer destinations to choose from, although flights to Paris-Orly are available from a number of cities, including London, Milan, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Ouagadougou, Antananarivo, Athens, Budapest, Geneva, Madrid, Istanbul, Lisbon, Havana, Barcelona, Ibiza, Casablanca and Malta. There are also frequent local connections to other French airports such as Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Ajaccio.

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Satolas

Lyon-Saint Exupery International Airport (LYS) is located 15 miles (24km) from the city center of Lyon. Easily accessible via the direct high-speed train lines from Marseille and Paris, its location gives travelers a wonderful opportunity to explore three of France’s most vibrant cities without having to do too much traveling.

Lyon-Saint Exupery International Airport also caters for younger travelers, providing them with “Space Games” areas to play in – a welcome distraction for parents who need to entertain energetic kids.

Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport, formerly Lyon Satolas Airport, is named after French pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It's an important transport hub for the Rhone-Alpes region which includes Burgundy (Bourgogne) and the westernmost parts of the Alps.

The fourth-busiest airport in France, flights to Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport come from all over the globe. Passengers consistently rate the airport highly as it is modern, efficient and easy to navigate.

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