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Flights to Paris overview
Going searches for the best fares and sends members deals bookable 1-12 months in advance. Going members save approximately 39% compared to normal flight prices to Paris.
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Going found the most deals with travel dates in January.
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Going found the least deals with travel dates in June.
Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Paris
Book in the Goldilocks Window
What we call the Goldilocks Window, about 1-3 months ahead of a domestic flight and 2-8 months before an international flight, is the best time to book flights to Paris. It’s even a little earlier for peak travel times. Paris is busy in the summer, so that means you should start looking for flights in December, even if it seems early. Similarly, if you’re planning to visit Paris over the winter holidays, start looking for flights in June.
Last-minute deals hardly ever come up during peak travel seasons, so it’s best to start looking well in advance to get great deals. We’ve seen fares jump consistently at the 21-, 14-, and 7-day marks, so book before then if at all possible.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
The Greek Islands, especially the really popular ones, are often some of the most expensive places to fly in the world. Or at least the places where fares budge the least. That’s why we came up with the Greek Islands Trick. This is where you try to get as close as you can to your desired island as possible, like flying to London and then booking a cheap flight on a budget airline within Europe.
So what does this have to do with Paris? The Greek Island Trick is just a name, but it works for every destination. If you’re hoping to visit Paris in July, but flights are prohibitively expensive, look for flights to any city in Europe. If you find a great deal, snag it, then look for a budget airline flight for the last leg. Flights are often cheaper within Europe as long as you can get to the continent. You could also consider taking a train or driving the last portion of your trip, depending on where you land.
Search alternative departure airports
Travelers living near Chicago may have never considered flying out of another city. Why would you when you have one of the nation’s largest airports right there? But we see deals from smaller airports all the time. Consider checking Milwaukee or Indianapolis. Believe it or not, you could even save money by looking at long-haul flights from other big cities, like New York or Atlanta. This trick isn’t only for Chicagoans. It works for any city.
If you see a flight deal for $250 from New York to Paris, it would likely be worth booking a $150 flight from Chicago to New York. Sure, it takes a bit more planning, but could save you hundreds of dollars. So whether you’re in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, or LA, look for flights around the country and see if you can find a deal worth the extra flight.
Fly when it’s cheaper
As we’ve established, summer is a busy time to travel to Paris or anywhere. Fly during shoulder season, like May or September, for cheaper fares. If you really want to travel during summer, the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August are typically the cheapest summer weeks. Thanksgiving is also a great time to find cheap international flights, as most people travel within the US.
If you have to travel during peak season, like summer or late December, try to fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, which are the cheapest days to fly. Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive.
Set alerts for specific trips
We know better than anyone that keeping track of airfare takes work. Luckily, flight alerts can take the work off your hands. Set up fare alerts for your travel dates and destination, and you’ll get an email when the fare drops. To get the best deal, set your flight alert up before the Goldilocks Window we talked about before. And if your dates are flexible, set up several alerts for different dates, or join Going, and we’ll alert you when find great deals from your home airport.
Paris is one of the world’s most-visited cities, drawing more than 30 million visitors each year. That means there are plenty of direct flights from about 20 major cities in the US. From most cities in the US, you can reach Paris with only one connection.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Paris
When is the high season in Paris?
Paris is always a popular destination, but summer, from June to August, is especially busy. Late December, around the Christmas holiday, is also a popular time. Paris is known for holiday markets and festive decor.
When is the best time to visit Paris?
It depends on what you plan to do. Summer is a wonderful time to visit Paris, especially if you like to spend time in parks and outdoors. But it's also the busiest. Fall is a gorgeous time to be in the city, as the city has plenty of colorful fall foliage, and the summer crowds are gone.
While December is crowded, January and February are slow months and a great time to visit if you want to take advantage of low prices and emptier restaurants and museums. Winter in Paris sees temperatures in the mid-40s by day and high-30s at night, and there are plenty of cozy wine bars to tuck into.
How many airports are there in Paris?
There are three airports in Paris: Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly (ORY), and Beauvais–Tillé (BVA).
Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is the largest and most likely to have cheap flights from the US. It’s about a 30-minute drive to the city or about an hour on the train and metro.
Orly has long-haul flights to and from New York and operates flights around Europe and the rest of the world. It’s about a 25-minute drive from the city or an hour on the train and metro. Beauvais–Tillé is the smallest and farthest away and operates budget flights around Europe.
Which airport is the closest to Paris?
Orly (ORY) is the closest airport to the city center of Paris. It’s about nine miles away and a 25-minute taxi ride, which costs about $45. The bus, a shuttle service between the airport and Place Denfert-Rochereau, costs about $12 and takes 30 minutes. You can also take the Orlyval train to the Réseau Express Régional (RER) station in Antony, then take the RER B to Denfert-Rochereau. The train takes about 12 minutes and costs about $16.
How long is the flight to Paris?
Flights from New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and elsewhere on the East Coast take about 7.5 hours. From Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, and around the Midwest, flights take about 8 hours. Flights from the South take anywhere from 8.5 to 9.5 hours, depending on the airport, and flights from the West Coast take 10 to 11 hours, depending on the city.
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