France is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world — and Paris is its most famous and frequented city. There’s never a bad time to visit the international art, fashion, and culinary capital (though November may be the best) which means there’s no true off season during which savvy travelers can find solid deals.
Still, as a busy transportation hub serviced by three airports (Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly, and Beauvais–Tillé), affordable flights to Paris are often available for those who know where to look.
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In general, the more you prepare, the easier it will be for you to recognize a great deal on Paris flights. Set airfare alerts for your trip to Paris, and watch routes to familiarize yourself with standard costs. That way, when a bargain pops up, you'll spot it right away.
If you don't have a set time frame to travel, looking at a range of dates is one nearly surefire way to find a deal.
And generally speaking, the earlier you look, the greater your chances of finding a deal. Flight prices tend to remain relatively stable between five and two months before a flight, and then rise or fall depending on the route’s popularity. Prices will typically rise, but not always. That’s why customized alerts and apps, like the airfare forecaster Hopper, can help identify rare, last-minute deals.
An easy first step on the search for cheap flights to Paris is low-cost carriers. Europe’s numerous budget airlines — coupled with the growing trend of no-frills transatlantic flights — results in an array of low-cost options for travelers who like to pack light.
Travelers flying into Charles de Gaulle from another major European destination can find cheap flights with EasyJet, Smart Wings, Niki, Jet2, Flybe, Vueling, Iberia Express, Air Baltic, Hop, Eurowings, Air Berlin, Smart Wings, and Meridiana.
EasyJet, Vueling, Hop, and Iberia Express also fly into Orly, which is additionally serviced by Norwegian Air.
Alternatively, travelers flying into Beauvais–Tillé can catch flights with Blue Air, Ryanair, or Wizz Air
Travelers visiting Paris from the United States can book cheap flights with Norwegian Air, Air Berlin, and Wow Air, all of which land exclusively at Charles de Gaulle.
Other International Flights
If your trip to Paris involves catching a flight from another international city outside of Europe, look for flights with the budget airlines Pegasus (servicing both Charles de Gaulle as well as Orly), Fly One, Eurowings, Air Berlin, Smart Wings (all flying to and from Charles de Gaullle); Paris Blue and Transavia (servicing Orly); and Ryanair (Beauvais–Tillé).
When shopping long-haul flights with low-cost carriers, make sure you price out all your expenses. These carriers charge extra for seat assignments, checked (and sometimes also carry-on) baggage, food and beverages, blankets, and more.
If you aren’t planning on using these services, great! You save money. If you are, make sure you compare the final fare with conventional airlines. You might be surprised how quickly those ancillary fees add up.
Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air offers a happy medium on its transatlantic flights for travelers that reserve seats in their so-called Premium Cabin. A ticket will cost significantly less than conventional business class, but offer many of the perks.
Where to Find a Good Deal
Online tools such as Kayak, Momondo, and Google Flights are all great places to start your search. Be aware, however, that not all low-cost airlines release their pricing data. If you don’t see a carrier showing up in your search results when you know they fly into Paris, search on their website for direct price comparisons.
When to Buy
While Paris is popular year round, the dead of winter will yield slightly lower prices. Buying tickets well in advance — think: six months in advance for international flights — can often result in the best flight prices. And if your dates are flexible, traveling on less popular days of the week (Tuesday and Wednesday, for example) usually means slightly lower fares.