Trendsetting fashion, world-famous landmarks, head-turning architecture and an enduring romantic spirit that never fails to cast a spell on visitors; it’s not difficult to see why Paris is one of the world’s top holiday destinations. The City of Lights has been attracting tourists from across the English Channel for centuries, and the good news for British holidaymakers is that it’s now easier – and cheaper – than ever to fly from London to Paris’ main airports, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly.
There’s really never a bad time to visit Paris, with each season enhancing the city’s celebrated beauty in its own way. Accommodation prices tend to be at their cheapest during the winter months of January and February, when the sights are also at their least crowded. Summer is high season in the city, and tends to be accompanied by price hikes, though the prospect of balmy temperatures or the sensational fireworks display on 14 July might make the extra outlay worth it. Whenever you choose to visit, competition among airlines ensures that cheap flights to Paris from London are usually easy to come by if you book early.
The wide range of London Paris flights on offer are testament to the French capital’s popularity with British holidaymakers. British Airways and Air France both jet off regularly from Heathrow to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, while low-frills carrier easyJet operates flights to the same airport from both Gatwick and Luton. You can get to Paris Orly from Luton courtesy of Transavia France, and British Airways offers frequent flights from Heathrow too. Total flight time from London to Paris is under 90 minutes.
Passengers arriving at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle can take Line B of the RER train from Terminal 3 to Gare du Nord station, and then change to the city’s metro system. The journey takes around 35 minutes and costs €10. You can also catch the Roissybus from all terminals to Paris Opéra for €11.50. From Orly, the most convenient option is the Orlyval bus, which departs frequently from Terminal Sud and takes around half an hour to reach the Denfert-Rochereau metro in central Paris. Tickets are around €8. A cheaper, but longer, option is to take the T7 tram to Villejuif-Louis Aragon and then jump on the metro to the city centre.
Paris’ stunning beauty is the stuff of legend, but perhaps even more impressive is how the French capital has managed to succeed in marrying past and present without losing any of its beguiling old-world charm. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Louvre, where the elegance of the museum’s 12th-century main building is enhanced by the futuristic pyramid that serves as its entrance. In the neighbouring 4th arrondissement, the Centre Pompidou museum has become just as famous for its striking glass façade as for its collection of modern art, which is thought to be the most extensive in Europe.
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