Paris is, without a doubt, one of the most popular destinations on the planet – but, you don’t need to dig too deep to pay for your flights to the French capital. You can be enjoying the wide, tree-lined avenues, grand architecture, world–class museums, art galleries, opera, theatre, cafes and fashion boutiques after bagging a cheap flight from Expedia. Let’s show you how.
It’s not just the season that is all-important for the haute-couture of Paris. It’s just as important a consideration if you are booking a flight and looking for a bargain deal.
Spring is very popular in romantic Paris, and as a result you can expect flight fares to rise and attractions to be busier.
Autumn also has a charm of its own, but there are many more bargains to be found in the months of September to November.
The true off-season, though, is winter. Avoid the Christmas and New Year period and there are many cheap flights available between November and March. Do pack warm clothes, though, and your brolly!
It’s not just the time of year, however, that can help you find the best deals on flights to Paris. Sometimes it’s down to the tactics you use for searching, and here are some to try out right now.
For those not restricted to set days, cheaper flights can be found by using our ‘Show Flexible Dates’ feature. This appears just above where your flight options are returned – and it lets you see exactly when the cheapest tickets to Paris are near your preferred dates.
Airlines offering flights to Paris include:
Charles de Gaulle
The second busiest airport in Europe is also known as Roissy Airport. It’s a big airport that boasts three terminals and plenty of great onward travel options. These include the RER commuter train (from terminals 2 and 3), the Roissybus (from all terminals) and taxi or car hire. The Magical Shuttle bus can whisk you off to Disneyland Paris straight from the airport.
Paris-Orly is the country’s second busiest airport, after Charles de Gaule. As you’d expect, it’s easy enough to head into the attractions that Paris offers from here. You can catch the OrlyBus into the city or take the Orlyval light rail to connect with the RER train line. Taxis and car hire options are plentiful, and those heading for Disneyland can jump on the Magical Shuttle.
Paris is actually a surprisingly compact and walkable city. But, should you need to give your legs a rest, the Paris Metro will transport you between quartiers quickly. It runs until 12:30am and a ticket will give you unlimited access all day to both the trains and city buses.
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Pompidou and the Arc de Triomphe: been there, done that? Paris still has many secrets to reveal, and here are just three of them.
The countryside in the city
A true haven that Paris harbours is 'la campagne à Paris'. This slice of rural life in the heart of the metropolitan city is a neighbourhood of 92 pavilions that offers all the tranquillity of a typical French village in the centre of Paris itself.
Nearest Metro: Porte de Bagnolet
The ghosts of the city
Underneath the French capital are caves left from where stone was extracted for Haussmann’s colossal urban renewal project. The Catacombs are where the remains of 6,000,000 Parisians were transferred from cemeteries into these caves. Here you can delve into the history of Paris and meet its ghosts.
Nearest Metro: Denfert Rochereau
The old streets of the city
Rue des Francs Bourgeois is in the chic district of Marais. Here old, luxurious town houses rub shoulders with trendy cafes and bars, and fashionistas can explore designer boutiques to their heart’s content. Stroll further down this atmospheric street and the Place des Vosges awaits: this is where Victor Hugo once resided and invented his tales of Parisian life.
Nearest Metro: St Paul