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Cheap Flights to Ile-de-France

Ile-de-France is the region of France that encompasses Paris. The four major airports are those that are focused on serving the city: Charles de Gaulle, Orly, Beauvais-Tille and Chalons Vatry. Some of the budget carriers list their destination as "Paris Airport", by which they actually almost always mean either Beauvais-Tille or Chalons Vatry. There is a brand called "Paris Aeroport", but it is actually the name of the company that owns most of the above listed airports, not an airport itself. The only other airport in the Ile-de-France region is Le Bourget, which currently does not handle any commercial carrier traffic.

Ile-de-France High and Low Seasons

The tourism patterns of Ile-de-France are a bit unusual as compared to most of the rest of Western Europe. Generally, you expect big crowds in the summer and very little traffic in the winter. However, it's almost the opposite in Paris and its surrounding areas. Paris does experience one of its peaks in June, but that is largely due to a number of regular major business conventions packed into that month. Otherwise, summer in the city is actually one of the best times to shop for deals, with relatively low tourism through July and August. September is another peak season for Ile-de-France as another round of major conventions rolls into Paris, coming to a head with Paris Fashion Week in the final week of the month. Then things cool off as the weather cools down. Winter is mostly a good time for looking for travel deals, but there are a few flare-ups of peak activity such as another Fashion Week in late February. Spring can also be more expensive in the area than it is elsewhere in Europe.

Ile-de-France Airport Tips

Charles de Gaulle and Orly are significantly larger than the other airports in the region; Beauvais-Tille and Chalons Vatry mostly handle a limited amount of traffic from budget carriers.

Charles de Gaulle is France's largest airport. It is a huge, modern facility with many dining options and amenities, as well as free WiFi throughout the airport.

Orly is a smaller airport than Charles de Gaulle, and will be the destination for most domestic flights. It is the closest airport to the center of Paris. Dining options and amenities are much more limited than at Charles de Gaulle, however. If you want hot food when you land, you'll need to go to the pre-security area for it.

Most passengers to Beauvais-Tille are flying in on Ryanair or Wizz Air. This airport is located about 50 miles northwest of Paris. There is a regional ban on overnight flights, so the airport shuts down entirely from about midnight to 6 AM. The facility is small and has limited dining options and amenities.

You'll likely only land at Chalons Vatry if you're flying in from the Middle East on Ryanair or Atlas. This airport is a very small facility located 90 miles east of Paris.

Transportation from Ile-de-France's Airports

Charles de Gaulle has a wide range of ground transportation options. A TGV high-speed train station is located at the airport in Terminal 2, which you can take a shuttle train to from other terminals. There is also an RER regional train station at Terminal 3. Several buses also have regular departures from the airport to Paris, and Disneyland has a shuttle from the airport for guests. Car rental is available from a variety of the usual major chains such as Enterprise, Hertz, Budget and Sixt.

Orly Airport has an RER train station, as well as Orlyval (to Antony Train Station only) and Tramway light rail stops. Car rental is available from about a dozen chains including Alamo, Avis and Europcar.

Beauvais-Tille has a GO shuttle that stops at various points en route to Paris. Car rental is available from Sixt, Hertz, Firefly, Alamo, Europcar and Thrifty.

Chalons Vatry has a private shuttle (Navettes de Vatry) and a taxi stand. Car rental is available from Enterprise.

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