Gilded Parisian streets, the Eiffel Tower and Avenue des Champs-Élysées, tiny French villages, awe-inspiring mountains, gorgeous beaches, fine cheeses, exceptional wine and quintessential sidewalk cafes; this is France.
The world’s favorite destination sells the good life and seekers of “la bella vie” look for airline tickets to France every day. Whether it be to the sleepy fishing town of Brittany in the west, or the famous Cannes and the sprawling beaches of St Tropez to the south, or gay Paris to the north, France has something for everyone.
Each region of France has a distinctive feel, dialect, cuisine and—more than likely—its own cheese. The food alone is a great reason to visit France. There might be nothing better than crusty bread, cheese and wine—although the artfully made confections in France’s patisseries come close.
Weather varies in France depending on the region. The central and eastern areas have a continental climate where it’s hot in the summer but much colder during winter. The south-east is sunny all year, although it rains quite a bit from October through April. The western region has an oceanic climate where it rains often. If you spend time in the mountains, expect cold weather and the possibility of rain or snow.
One of the most popular times of year to book flights to France is around spring time. This is especially true for Paris as tourists flock to the French capital. The weather is warm and cheap flights to France are a lot easier to get your hands on. In the South of France, summer is more popular with beaches becoming busier and busier from May until August. Other parts of France are equally as busy during the winter due to skiing and winter activities. The Alps and the Pyrenees are particularly busy from December to March and you’ll have to book your flights to France early for a chance of saving money on your flight tickets. Cheap flights to France are very difficult to find during any school holidays and depending on where exactly you want to go, the peak of the season.
Autumn time is when France sees a lull in tourism. Whilst the days can still be warm they are rather short. Winter is generally an off season for some areas of France such as major cities, with the exception of Paris. However other areas start to see an influx of tourists interested in skiing and snowboarding. Make sure to book your flights to France early.
The best time to book your flights to France depends entirely on where you are planning to visit. Whether you are after a white, snowy experience or a relaxing beach vacation in the summer, you should secure your flight tickets at least two to three months in advance to have the best chances of finding the cheapest flights tickets. If you are flexible with your dates and your location then you’ll find the cheapest flights to France without much trouble providing you secure your flight tickets in advance. Depending on the weather and the wind, the left hand side of the plane should provide you with views of the Eiffel Tower, however if the weather is warm, you’ll find the sun can be beaming on that side.
Paris is by far the most popular place to land in France, as it’s the site of the country’s two busiest airports. Expect a flight time to Paris of about 7 hours from New York, just under 11 hours from Los Angeles and 12 hours from Chicago.
Of the major U.S. carriers, American Airlines, Delta and United all offer direct flights to France. For international departures, take a look at flights with Air Berlin and Cathay Pacific.
Paris is known as the fashion capitol of the world, and the rest of France isn’t far behind, so pack your most stylish items. You can’t go wrong with black, which is the color of choice in Paris. Since it can rain at any time in France, be prepared with a jacket and an umbrella. Comfortable shoes are a must, and rain boots are also a good idea.
Charles De Gaulle Paris Airport:
There are a few methods to get to the city center from the airport after your flights to France. The quickest option is the train. From the baggage collection area, simply follow the signs to the railway station. Once you arrive at the station you will need to purchase your ticket, the price of which will vary depending on your ultimate destination. For example a general ticket to the city will cost less than a special ticket that allows you to get to Disneyland. The Roissybus is another option you can choose and is one of the more popular bus choices to get into the city. The bus is very regular, running around every 15 minutes and goes directly to the center. There are other less-expensive buses available too, but take longer to complete the journey. Finally, you could opt for a taxi, but keep in mind, these are quite costly. Make sure you agree on a fee before the trip. If there are a few of you to split the fare you might find a taxi good value, otherwise try to avoid them unless absolutely necessary.
There are two buses that go directly to the city from the airport, so getting to the center of Nice is relatively easy. When on the bus you’ll need to make sure to press the button for your stop; otherwise the driver will just continue onwards. There are signs to inform you of the upcoming stop. If you’d rather not ride a bus or if you have lots of luggage then you can hail a taxi. They are a lot more expensive, though. Make sure you agree on a fee before getting in and insist on a receipt. Even the locals in Nice don’t like using taxis as they are known for overcharging.
France is home to some of the world’s finest art and architecture, and it also features plenty of beautiful country where you can hike off all the fine cheeses and wines you’re going to be sampling. No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the Eiffel Tower, the country’s signature structure. At the upper level observation deck, you’re almost 1,000 feet above ground. After checking out the view, grab lunch at one of the tower’s restaurants or a nearby cafe. While you’re in Paris, make sure to see Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris for gorgeous French Gothic architecture.
Southwest of the city center sits the Palace of Versailles. The royal family lived in the palace for over a century before leaving near the start of the French Revolution. Considering the size of it, you may want to book a guided tour. Plan to spend a few hours so you can also see the gardens, the park and the Estate of Trianon.
Halfway through the first century, the Romans built the Pont du Gard, and it’s one of the Roman Empire’s most impressive achievements. For a small fee, you can take a guided tour across the upper level of the bridge, or you can walk the lower levels on your own. There are plenty of trails to explore nearby, and in the summer, there’s a spot right next to the river that’s perfect for a light lunch and a swim. If you stick around until the evening, there’s an open-air bar for dancing.
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Trains, buses and taxis can all get you to the airport in France. In Paris, the Metro provides a smooth, convenient ride. Make sure to arrive early because of how busy the airports get.
(prices quoted are from London)