With its grand boulevards, world-famous sights and great food, Paris is arguably one of the best city break destinations in the world. Book your flights to Paris today and you could be sipping red wine in a Parisian café before you know it.
With so many sights and attractions on offer, there’s really no bad time to book your flights to Paris. The city’s streets are generally busiest in the summer months and museums, landmarks and restaurants can be packed during June, July and August, with cheap plane tickets much thinner on the ground too.
Springtime is famously one of the best times to head to the French capital. The weather is mild, the summer crowds are yet to arrive and the trees that line many of the city’s streets are bursting into life. Alternatively, head to Paris in the fall and experience the city as it begins to wind down for winter. November to March can be very cold in the city – unless you’re planning on spending most of your time inside, it might be best to book your Paris flights at another time of year.
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The largest international air hub in Paris is Charles de Gaulle Airport and if you book a flight to Paris there’s a good chance this is where you’ll touch down. Located around 20 miles northeast of the city center, the airport is accessible by regional train services, high speed rail services and a bus network.
The second largest airport in the city is Paris Orly. Located just eight miles south of central Paris it operates a good choice of domestic and international services. Trains, trams and buses connect the airport with destinations around the city.
If you’re flying with a charter or low-cost airline, you may land at Beauvais–Tillé Airport. Located around 50 miles north of the French capital, it’s connected to Paris by rail and road.
The Paris Metro covers most of the city and runs regular services throughout the day. There are 16 lines traversing the city, with each line identified by a color and number. Navigating your way around is easy and journeys can be made even cheaper by buying packs of 10 tickets.
Buses and trams are also available in Paris, while taxis can be found throughout the city.
Many attractions in the center of Paris are within walking distance of each other. Although you’ll need a comfy pair of shoes if you’re planning to do all of your sightseeing by foot, walking around Paris is a fantastic way to see the city.
The French capital is home to some of the most famous sights and attractions in the world. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve booked tickets to Paris just for the chance to climb the Eiffel Tower, explore the masterpieces of the Louvre or visit the beautiful Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre.
Begin your visit to Paris with a trip to the top of its famous tower. As well as offering breathtaking views, the iconic vantage point will give you a good idea of the layout of the city, helping you to get your bearings and find your way around town.
If you’re feeling energetic, you can then walk up to the Arc de Triomphe before strolling back down the Champs-Élysées to the Louvre. After all that walking, revive yourself with a coffee or a glass of wine at a Left Bank cafe.
US passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Paris. Tourist travel cards are available for the city’s public transport network.
Spring, summer, autumn, winter—every time of year is a reason to fall under Paris’s spell. Spring brings abundant sunshine and pleasant temperatures—perfect weather for boulevard strolling, café loitering, and outdoor activities like cycling along the quais of the Seine.
Summers heat up in more ways than one. A number of festivities shake up the streets, like the annual Fête de la Musique (June) and Paris Plages, a temporary beach laid out along the river banks (August). Temperatures hover in the moderate 60s and 70s, though on occasion, a heat wave hits (when booking a hotel, be sure that your room has air conditioning; many don’t). In August, tourists reign over the city as Parisians leave for the countryside during les grandes vacances, during which many small businesses shutter for the month.
Peak season winds down in September, though the warm weather lingers. And as locals return, cultural events pick up pace. Brisk temperatures arrive in November. If visiting during this time, pack sweaters and umbrellas; autumn in Paris can be chilly and damp.
During the holiday season, Paris lights up, literally: Christmas ornaments dress up the streets and holiday markets spread gift-giving cheer. Frigid temperatures and low season settle in shortly after the new year. Shoppers, take note: France’s sales are regulated affairs, and one of the authorized periods falls post-holidays, in January (the other takes place in June, right before summer vacation).
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