Visitors arriving on cheap flights to Paris will find any season or month convivial for enjoying the delights of the City of Lights. Paris has a semi-oceanic climate so temperatures are not too extreme and Summer (June to August) is generally a pleasant time to visit weatherwise. However, peak season, especially July and August, also coincide with French annual holidays which can make sightseeing frustrating due to a lack of staffing at tourist facilities. Increased prices for flight tickets and hotels, plus larger crowds at attractions and on public transport can make Paris in the summer a no-go for many people. But on the upside there are lots of festivals and events taking place at this time, and the city has a fun international vibe.
Between November and March is considered the off season in Paris, but it is still a charming city especially if there is a light dusting of snow. It gets busy around Christmas and New Years but either side of this period you’re most likely to get the cheapest flights to Paris in winter and reduced prices on accommodation.
If you want to experience the City of Lights when it’s not overrun with tourists, then book flights to Paris between September and November, when locals have returned after their own holidays to make it, well, more Parisien.
Flights from Auckland to Paris – 25 hours
Flights from Wellington to Paris – 29 hrs
Flights from Christchurch to Paris – 29 hrs
Flights from Dunedin to Paris – 30 hrs
Various airlines fly from New Zealand cities to Paris, including national carrier Air France. You can choose an Asian stopover with airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Thai Airways or Singapore Airlines. Alternatively you can also fly through the USA with United or American Airlines, or the Middle East with Emirates.
Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG), is France’s largest international airport and situated 23 km northeast of Paris. To get between the terminals of Charles de Gaulle Airport free shuttles N1 and N2 run different routes throughout the terminals in public spaces and are by far the easiest way to get around. You can access the city from the airport via RER train, bus or taxi.