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Getting There By Air

France - Getting There By Air

Getting to France by air is very easy. There are actually over 400 airports dotted around the country. Many of them are not suitable for domestic or international flights or are used by the military, but there are still over200 that are used for both international and domestic flights so wherever you are travelling from, getting to France couldn’t be easier. There are2 main airports within the capital of Paris, they are Charles de Gaulle (airport code CDG) and Orly (airport code ORY). Charles de Gaulle airport is located approximately 14 miles north east from the centre of Paris and Orly is approximately 8 miles to the south of the centre.

Flights to France are usually direct as many of the big name airlines operate flights into the country. However, for those living in Australia or New Zealand, there will be at least one changeover required before continuing on with the flight to France. These changes usually occur in either Singapore or London.

Air France is the national carrier and flies to many destinations worldwide. It has now however ceased flights between France and Australia and New Zealand so those looking to make the journey from either of these countries into France will find they have to book with British Airways or Qantas.

The main airlines going in and out of France include Air France, British Airways, American Airlines and Qantas. There are also low cost airlines running into various airports around the country. Both Ryanair and EasyJet operate from the UK into France and is the ideal way to make your journey if you have a small budget.

Flight times vary depending on starting point and changeovers. From Sydney it takes approximately 25 hours to get to France although this can increase drastically with one or more changeovers as waiting times in between flights needs to be accounted for. Flights from Los Angeles take around 15 hours and from New York around 8 hours. Flights from the UK take around one hour to get to Paris. Flight times from other European airports vary according to proximity, but are usually between 1 and 2 hours only.

There are car hire and van hire options at each airport for those who find they need transport immediately upon arrival at their destination. Not all airports will have the same car hire companies operating out of them, so if you want to use one particular company is it perhaps easier to check before arrival. You can book car hire in advance over the phone, on the internet or by visiting your local branch to arrange the collect from whichever French airport you will be arriving into. You can also hire your vehicle once you have arrived in France although your choice may be limited, particularly in height summer season when car hire is extremely popular. Avis and Hertz are two of the biggest car-hire companies available with a wide choice of vehicles. Whichever company you hire your vehicle from you must remember to adhere to the rules of the road. Those traveling from the UK must also remember that the French drive on the right hand side of the road.

Public transport to and from the airports is easily arranged. Both the main Paris airports operate shuttle bus services into the centre of the capital although operating hours vary. Taxis are readily available all hours of the day and can take you anywhere you need to go. If you are landing in Paris but have to travel farther afield there are trains you can use to help you navigate around the country to your destination. France is well known for having one of the best public transport systems in Europe and several destinations connect via high speed trains which make your airport transfers quicker and far more appealing.

There are also shuttle services between airports, so if you need to make a connecting flight the worry of getting there is taken away. The shuttle services run both day and night from the airports, but they may run less frequently through the night. Checking on the operating times in advance is advisable if you think you may need to use this service which will help to avoid long waits.

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