The iconic sights of France include such wonderfully varied delights as the Eiffel Tower, the lavender fields of Provence, the Palace of Versailles and the glamourous resorts that line the spectacular coast of the French Riviera. And you can add to this a fascinating history, a profound influence on the history of art, a vibrant contemporary cultural scene and a gastronomic pedigree that is only a little less important than it believes itself to be. France is a European destination that will charm and romance you as only the French know how.
Flights to France in summer, late spring or the early months of fall are ideal for topping up your tan and posing on the stylish beach resorts or exploring the beautiful villages of rural France and walking through its stunning landscapes.
Flights to the Mediterranean beaches of France are at their most popular – and prices are at their highest – in the summer months. You may have a little more joy in finding a cheaper flight in the shoulder spring and fall seasons. The same is, broadly speaking, true for city breaks.
For skiers heading to one of France’s many resorts, the winter is your best, but most expensive, time to fly. Some of the higher ski runs will still have snow in the early spring, but you’ll need to check conditions at your chosen destination first.
With just a little bit of savoir-faire – and the search tools of Orbitz to hand – finding the best flight deals to France shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. A little bit of flexibility will also go a long way to drop the cost of your airfare to French destinations.
Use our ‘Nearby airports’ option to see if an alternative US departure or French arrival airport will lower the price of your flights. If your vacation dates are not fixed you can also check the ‘My dates are flexible’ tick box to compare the cost of flights across a range of dates.
To highlight the best deals, sort and filter your flight results in various ways using the options available. You can do this by certain types of flight – such as connecting/direct or refundable/non-refundable – and by factors such as price, flight duration, airline, time of day or airport.
The busiest airport in France by a country mile is the capital’s Charles de Gaulle. This is the main entry point for passengers travelling short- or long-haul to France.
The capital’s second airport, Paris Orly, is more likely to be used for short-haul and domestic services.
Nice Airport is the busiest in the south of the country, while Lyon and Marseille also offer a good choice of flights from US airports.
Public transport links connect all of France’s major airports with nearby cities and destinations. Taxis, hire cars and shuttle services are also available at most terminal buildings.
Carriers offering direct flights to France from US airports include:
France has a great road network and an extensive public transport system, making travel throughout the country quick and easy.
If you’re hiring a car do remember that many of its motorways have tolls. These charges can quickly add up so make sure you factor them in when working out your holiday budget.
It’s possible to explore most of the country by train or bus. Fast TGV trains connect many major French cities and regional services link local destinations. Bus networks crisscross the country while taxis, metro services and trams can be found in many cities and resorts.
For its historic and contemporary arts, music, intellectual, fashion and dining scene Paris is truly hard to beat. Now factor in the city’s iconic views, buildings, monuments and museums and you have a city that will enchant and enervate you in equal measures.
The French Riviera
St Tropez, Nice, Cannes and Monaco line up along the Côte d'Azur like stylish skittles waiting to be knocked down by equally bowled over tourists.
Just off the coast of Normandy, this is undoubtedly one of France’s most beautiful attractions.
A little bit of French goes a long way in winning over the locals. Many will speak English but be more receptive if you try a little French.