Flights to France: practical information
Cheap airlines to France
Heading across the Channel to France for the holidays? Air France offers flights from practically every corner of the UK to practically every corner of France. British Airways is also a good choice for cheap flights to France. But if you're really on a budget and are looking for the cheapest France flights possible, stick to low cost airlines. EasyJet and Ryanair both fly to dozens of French destinations and offer beyond cheap flights.
When to book flights to France
Weather isn't usually a factor when planning a trip to France. The Alps are fine for winter, the coasts are perfect in summer and Paris is splendid all year round. Generally France experiences heavy rain in April but generally there's no bad time to plan a holiday in France.
- Peak season: Spring in cities like Paris; summer in Corsica and along the Côte d'Azur.
- Low season: Fall and winter except during holidays and in the Alpine region.
Flights to France vary in duration. London - Paris takes 1h 20min, London - Nice takes 2h 05min.
Experience France: what to see, what to do
Once you've found your cheap flights to France it's time to start planning your trip. There is so much to do here so tackle one region at a time. The art, the culture, the food, the sights… Oh la la!
Essentials in France
Paris: The strong and sophisticated capital, Paris is a mainstay as one of the most popular cities in Europe. The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre's impressive art collection and the city parks and gardens. Shop the markets, savouring the taste of a freshly baked baguette, there's really nothing else like it.
Cote d'Azure: There's a reason why the rich and famous holiday along the southern coast of France… it's gorgeous. The sandy beaches, charming sea-front hotels, palm trees, views out over the Mediterranean. Nice is a favourite but Cannes is also popular. This part of France also has some of the most scenic drives, so don't miss out, get a France car hire for your trip!
Marseille: Did you know that Marseille is France's second oldest city, after Paris? It's terracotta-roofed buildings are nothing short of charming but it's not like the other cities in this pocket of France. It's a lot more real, with an edgy underground art and hip-hop music scene. Where else in France can you find African souks next door to stalls selling traditional French fish stew?
Lyon: Lyon is known for a few things: its outstanding art galleries and museums, universities, shopping and food. It's a paradise for those with an expensive palette. Lyon boasts a culinary trail and dining scene that is absolutely delectable.
Find more information on France Guide.
Accommodations in France
Being so popular, France is well-outfitted for tourists when it comes to hotels in France. There is plenty of rooms available year-round but the coast books up quickly in the summer. It also takes a keen eye to find a deal in Paris. Always compare the prices months before your trip to get a deal.