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30 million people visit the French capital each year, reveling in the singular romance of the City of Love. To many travelers, Paris is the epitome of a European city. It is home to some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, celebrated restaurants, and stylish citizens. Layers of history peek around every corner and the vibrant cultural heritage of its people shines as brightly as the lights on the Eiffel Tower.

Flights to and from Paris

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), also known as “Roissy,” is a huge international travel hub that handles more than 62 million passengers every year. It is the natural headquarters of European airline giant Air France KLM. All the major American, European and Asian airlines offer direct flights to CDG, making it simple to find flights to Paris at most times of the year with Skyscanner’s price comparison tool.

Alternatively, you could fly into Paris Orly Airport (ORY), which was once France’s largest airport. While most international traffic heads for CDG, ORY remains the busiest domestic airport, and serves 27 million passengers annually. Budget airlines from other European cities sometimes offer cheap flights to Paris landing at Beauvais–Tillé Airport, but beware: it is actually located 50 miles from the city.

Sights to See in Paris

We’re just going to come out and say it: Paris is the one place on earth where it pays to give in to cliche. You don’t need us to tell you the must-sees. They’ve been written into your heart by countless classic movies and a visit to Paris would feel terribly incomplete without hitting all the highlights. So, don’t resist. Climb the Eiffel Tower. Marvel at the Mona Lisa. Saunter along the Seine and fritter away an afternoon at a sidewalk cafe. You won’t regret it.

Once you’re ready to seek out the hidden gems of the city, remember that Paris is best seen on foot. The French have a word: flânerie, which is loosely translated as “idle strolling for enjoyment” -- and that’s your aim. You see more on the street. The architecture is glorious and Paris was made for people-watching. Bring comfortable shoes, and be prepared to wander off the beaten track down narrow cobblestone quays and small market streets.

Advice for Tourists Visiting Paris

Springtime in Paris is still the most popular season, but if you want to avoid the crowds, early September offers average temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees, with very low average rainfall. The currency is euros, and the language, of course, is French. While most people you meet will have some command of English, it’s worth it to learn a few phrases. Even poorly-pronounced attempts will win approval and make you feel more at home.

The famed gastronomic paradise of Paris can come at a steep price, so if you’re on a budget, do as the locals do and opt for lunch instead of dinner. You can have your Michelin starred-meal at a fraction of the cost, and opt for simpler fare in the evening. Prix fixe menus at bistros offer exceptional value: we recommend Chez Germaine, at 30 rue Pierre Leroux, where you can eat dinner for under 20 euro. (Spend what you save on a fine bottle of wine.)

Paris hotel rooms are notoriously expensive and small, but charming. Wherever you decide to stay, use Skyscanner’s hotel price comparison tool to ensure you that get the best deal available. 

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