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Reasons to fly to Paris

Book airline tickets to Paris and you're on your way to haute cuisine, world-famous art and architecture, and a glimpse into the aristocratic lifestyle of centuries past. While your flight to Paris might be cramped and full of minuscule airline snacks, your meal in Paris will be decadent. 

Don’t pack too much on your flight to Paris; it’s possible you’ll leave France with a new wardrobe. From Armani to Chanel to Prada, Paris fashion certainly makes a statement. Make sure you bring an extra suitcase with you – you’ll need it after a stroll down the Champs-Elysees or the Avenue Montaigne, two of Paris’ most frequented shopping streets. But Paris offer more than just food and fashion. A quick jaunt down the 18th arrondissement will land travelers in Montmartre where lesser-known painters created names for themselves and cancan dancers greeted guests at the famous Moulin Rouge. The Sacre Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) sits at the top of the hill and remains a must-see destination point for Paris visitors. 

Good news for travelers: cheap plane tickets to Paris can always be found if you’re flexible with your travel dates. Whether you want to stand at the top of the Eiffel Tower or walk along the River Siene, flights to Paris from major U.S. cities are easy to book and readily available. Before booking Paris flights, make sure you cash in some dollars for Euros. Because of the time change, it’s likely you’ll be exhausted after your trip. Hop in a cab, give your driver the required fare and enjoy the scenes and sights along the way to your hotel. After a cup of coffee and a fresh croissant, you’ll be ready to take on the City of Light. 

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Paris climate

Like many destinations in Europe, cheap airline tickets to Paris can usually be found during the winter months, especially January and February when temperatures stay in the 40s and 30s, skies are usually gray, and the weather is windy and damp. The city is at its best in springtime, so booking flights to Paris will be easy but often expensive from April to June when the temperatures are usually in the 60s and 70s. July and August can be hot and stuffy with temperatures going to the upper 70s and sometimes into the 80s. Flights to Paris are pretty packed in early fall when sunny weather continues through the first half of October. July is generally the warmest month and February the coolest.

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Paris airports

Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is 14 miles northeast of the city.

Paris-Orly (ORY) is 9 miles south of the city.

Aeroports de Paris (ADP) is responsible for the two major airports in Paris: Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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    Approx flight times

    John F. Kennedy International to Charles de Gaulle:
    7 hr 20 mins
    Newark Liberty International to Charles de Gaulle:
    7 hr 14 mins

    In-flight reading

    Paris to the Moon

    Adam GopnikParis to the Moon is a collection of essays chronicling the time the author was on assignment in Paris between 1995 and 2000, some of which originally appeared in The New Yorker.

    Les Miserables

    Victor HugoThe story of Jean Valjean, the peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, is still considered by many to be the best novel ever written, and the new, unabridged translation brings the reader even closer to Hugo’s voice and spirit.

    Food Lovers' Guide to Paris

    Patricia WellsEven though the fourth edition is a bit outdated, it remains an excellent guide to French restaurants, shops, boulangeries, patisseries, how to eat French, and recipes.

    Seven Ages of Paris

    Alistair HorneThe history of Paris from the twelfth century to Charles de Gaulle’s death in 1969 traced along seven idiosyncratic ages, including commentary on the social and cultural life of each age.

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