France is well connected to major cities in Europe thanks to an impressive number of airlines providing flights to Paris. The two main airports, of three available, are Roissy Charles de Gaulle/CDG and Orly/ORY. While Oryl is the closest to the city of Paris (8 miles to the south), it’s smaller than CDG which is 16 miles to the north. The third airport, Paris Beauvais, is the furthest from the city (54 miles). Passengers arriving by air can quickly get to central Paris via taxis, trains or buses.
The biggest airport, CDG, and the second busiest airstrip in the European region, has two terminals: Terminal 1 and 2. Terminal 1 is served by popular foreign airlines while the second one by Air France and its affiliates. Many passengers prefer Orly to CDG because it’s closer to Paris and easier to get around. CDG is considerably bigger, so it can be challenging to maneuver. In terms of facilities such as car parks and transportation, there’s not much difference between the two airports.
Ranking eighth globally for passenger traffic, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport welcomes over 130 airlines. Some of the airlines offering flights to Paris are Air France, Lufthansa, Emirates Airlines, Aer Lingus, Delta, British Airways, and Alitalia. Air France claims most of the travellers while British Airways, Lufthansa and Emirates complete the list of top air carriers. Like most destinations, it's easier to get cheaper tickets in autumn and winter i.e. September to December.
Travelling to Paris on a plane is a great alternative to rail travel as flying is the quickest and most comfortable option. A direct flight from London to Paris takes only 1 hour 30 minutes. Surprisingly, trains may not be the cheapest modes of transport between London and Paris, with low-cost coaches also serving the route. But with year-round, direct services, flights to Paris are a great choice.
Learning basic French goes a long way in making a successful trip to France. When entering shops and restaurants, greeting people with ‘Bonjour’ is always polite. One of the best things about Paris is the public transport. The metro system is quite extensive with more than 15 lines linked up with other bigger RER lines. It connects to most hotspots in the city. Occasionally, passengers are asked by inspectors to show their tickets as they exit so it’s a bad idea to throw the ticket away!