Airfare To Paris, Airport Transfers & Paris Airports

There's a lot of research and information to collect when planning your trip. One of the first things you'll do is look for airfare to Paris. Booking your flights should come even before booking your hotel or apartment. With so many hotels to choose from, you'll be able to find the right place to stay to correspond with the dates you've chosen to fly, especially if you start with our handy Guide to the Best Hotels in Paris

You're more likely to find cheaper flights to Paris if you fly outside of the high season of June to September and Christmas. We travel to France a lot, and it's a long trip from the west coast. Over the years we've tried them all — milk-runs, layovers, and seat sales. Our conclusion? It's worth it to find the most comfortable flight.

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Consider Savings Versus Comfort

Savings Versus Comfort

Although rock-bottom cheap flights to Paris may save you a few dollars up front, it can end up costing you more in other ways — in fatigue, in time spent in airports, in jet-lag recovery time, and in the overall service of the airline.

That's the reason we usually recommend Air France.

Why We (Still) Recommend Air France

Air France

Air France Warning. Air France has "partnered" with Delta Airllines, which we think is a huge mistake since Delta is one of the airlines we always try to avoid. So, when you book make certain your flight is operated by Air France and not by Delta.

This article has been through changed over the past few years — up and down, yes and no. We've always preferred to fly to Paris with Air France, but our enthusiasm had cooled after a couple of not-so-great experiences. However, now we're happy to report that Air France is back on our "best" list.

We loved Air France because it offered far superior in-cabin service, better food and, the clincher for us, lots of free champagne. But, on a couple of trips we weren't happy with the food, the plane, or the champagne!

Here's what turned us around — Air France listened. After our unsatisfactory flights we complained, telling them what we thought should be improved. Then, during our most recent flight, the Air France staff came to interview us, to follow up and to find out how they were doing! This is unheard of on any other airline. Both surprising and gratifying.

Most important, though, the service and the food had improved. The food was actually good. The champagne was the real stuff, the cabin was in great shape, and the entertainment system couldn't be beat. (Mor recently, keeping with our on-off relationship with Air France, we find the food has sunk to the standard airline meal. But everything else is great, including the airport experience in Paris.)

There are a few other advantages to flying Air France. When you land you arrive at the premier terminal (2E) at Charles de Gaulle, while the North American airlines are usually relegated to the "other" terminals. Air France also has one of the best in-flight entertainment systems out there, which can be pretty important on flights lasting up to thirteen hours. Plus, Air France has some pretty darn good fares from the west coast.

Cheap Airline Tickets to Paris?

Cheap Airline Tickets to Paris

Notice the question mark? Although there are a ton of ticketing companies claiming they can save you tons of money on flights to Paris, we haven't found that to be the case. We don't know about you, but we don't want our magical trip to Paris to start with lousy flights, 6-hour layovers, uncomfortable seating, or substandard service.

In our guide we'll tell you the real store of cheap airline tickets. At least, the story we've discovered in our years of experience flying to and from Paris. One hint: we like to have our voyage à Paris start when we settle in our seat on the airplane. Champagne, anyone?

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Understanding Charles de Gaulle Airport

Charles de Gaulle Airport

For most readers, the main airport in Paris is Charles de Gaulle (CDG), where North American flights land. It's the biggest airport in Europe and one of the busiest in the world. Use our handy guide to learn more about your destination before you fly and what to do after you arrive.

Airport Transfers

Airport transfer

When you arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport it will be at the end of a long and tiring journey. You have to find your luggage (easy), get through customs (easy), and then get from the airport into the city (more difficult).

There are a quite a few choices in airport transfers. We review them all and share a few Paris Insiders secrets. We call it our complete guide for a very good reason! Also, we're going to share our very best Insiders secret.

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