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Airports in France

Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)

Overview

As the gateway to the quintessentially chic and sophisticated city of Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport processes over 58 million passengers each year. The airport offers passengers a first class airport experience with Playstation areas, high-tech video lounges, stylish restaurants and haute couture boutiques scattered throughout the terminals. Staff are friendly and speak excellent English and there's plenty to do at the airport.

Location

The airport is 14 miles (23km) northeast of Paris.

Getting to the city

There is a good train service with the RER B line that serves the airport with connections to the city centre and the Metro station. From the airport RER B can be accessed from terminal 2 railway station stop on the airport shuttle. The RER B line is serviced every fifteen minutes Monday through Friday and takes 50 minutes to the city centre costing €9.50. The Roissy bus line also connects to the city centre and costs €10 for the 50 minute drive which buses depart for every 15-20 minutes between 7am and 11pm. Air France also runs buses to certain city destinations. The Noctilien night bus runs between 12:30am and 5am with fares depending on destination but starting from €7.60.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 (0)1 48 62 1212.

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Paris Orly Airport (ORY)

Overview

Like Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris-Orly Airport offers passengers state-of-the-art facilities and often much shorter queues. The airport is well equipped to serve over 26 million passengers each year. It caters to a number of low-cost carriers, making it easier for passengers across Europe to book cheap flights to Paris.

Location

The airport is nine miles (14km) south of Paris.

Getting to the city

Several choices of public transportaiont methods are the cheapest way to the city centre. RER C trains leave regularly from both terminals and connect to the metro and SNCF train stations. A number of bus services also operate from both terminals such as the Roissy bus line and Air France. Taxis are an expensive albeit fast way to the city centre although they should be avoided in rush hour. Fares usually cost US$35 but are more expensive at night (Tel: 01 47 39 00 91). Airport shuttles also offer door to door service or connections to public transportation stations.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +01 49 75 5252.

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Bordeaux Airport (BOD)

Overview

France is the world's most-visited tourist destination, and one of its most popular areas is its wine region, which is characterised by rolling hills graced by vineyards and cosy villages. While most visitors to the country fly into Paris, traffic to regional airports like Bordeaux Mérignac Airport (BOD) is steadily increasing. Located in the town of Mérignac, six miles (10km) west of Bordeaux, the airport is small and efficient, saving passengers much of the hassle and queues that have become synonymous with Paris' sprawling Charles de Gaulle International Airport. There are almost hourly flights to Bordeaux Airport from Paris, and daily flights to nearly all other French airports. Moreover, it's possible to fly almost anywhere in Europe from Bordeaux, including weekly services to prime destinations such as London, Prague, Geneva, Madrid, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Milan. Another significant attraction of Bordeaux Airport is The Parfumerie Aéroboutique: a great place to do some last-minute gift-shopping for loved ones back home, the Aéroboutique stocks luxurious French cosmetics like L'Occitane skin care products and Terner accessories and jewellery.

Location

The airport is located eight miles (13km) west of Bordeaux.

Getting to the city

There are regular bus services to the city centre from Terminal B taking about 30-45 minutes. Taxis are available outside the airport.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 (0)5 5634 5000.

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Saint Exupéry International Airport (LYS)

Location

The airport is situated 15 miles (24km) east of Lyon.

Getting to the city

Buses leave regularly for Lyon and the other main towns and cities in the Rhône-Alpes area. There is a TGV train station within walking distance of the airport with regular services to France's main cities, details on the airport website.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 (0)8 26 80 0826.

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Marseille Provence Airport (MRS)

Overview

Located 16 miles (27km) northwest of Marseille, Marseille Provence Airport is the main air travel hub for the Provence region of southeastern France. The fifth-busiest airport in the country, the facility processes 7.5 million passengers per year.

Marseille Provence Airport serves a holiday region with several popular resort towns, including Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Miramas. Several budget airlines offer flights to Marseille Provence Airport, and the facility itself has a 'budget' feel to it with basic facilities and crowded waiting areas.

Flights to Marseille Provence Airport come from cities all over Europe, including major destinations like Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Casablanca, Frankfurt, Geneva, Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul and Lisbon.

Location

The airport is located 15 miles (24km) north of Marseille and 16 miles (26km) south of Aix-en-Provence.

Getting to the city

Shuttle buses leave every 20 minutes for Marseille Saint-Charles Rail Station, where connections can be made to other destinations; buses also connect the airport with Aix-en-Provence bus station and Aix-TGV rail station. Metered taxis are available outside the terminal.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 (0)4 4214 1414.

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Nice Cote dAzur Airport (NCE)

Overview

A bustling regional airport located just four miles (6km) west of Nice, Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is the main gateway to the fashionable resorts of the Côte d'Azur, or French Riviera. Tourists bound for Cannes and Monaco fly through Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to avoid the bustle of Paris, and the facility is well-equipped to handle the 10 million passengers who pass through each year.

The airport is efficient and pleasant to fly through, with light and airy terminals filled with duty-free shops and restaurants.

Flights to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport come from destinations all over Europe.

Location

The airport is situated four miles (6km) west of Nice.

Getting to the city

Buses leave regularly for hundreds of destinations between Marseilles and Genoa, and Buses 98 and 99 go into Nice every 20-30 minutes. Bus 98 goes from Terminal 1 into central Nice, while Bus 99 goes to the railway station from both terminals. TER and SNCF trains go to Cannes and most other main towns and cities from Nice, and the stations are within a mile of the airport.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 (0)8 20 42 3333.

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Toulouse Blagnac International Airport (TLS)

Overview

Toulouse Blagnac International Airport is just a short drive from central Toulouse and provides almost seven million passengers a year with easy access to the French Pyrenees.

Situated on the doorstep to the French Alps, Toulouse Blagnac Airport is well connected to airports across Europe and offers the perfect gateway to a fun-filled winter Ski holiday in France.

Location

The airport is located five miles (8km) northwest of Toulouse.

Getting to the city

Buses leave every 20 minutes for Toulouse from outside Arrivals. Taxis are also available.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 (0)5 61 42 4400.

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Lille Lesquin International Airport (LIL)

Overview

One of France's smaller airports, Lille Airport (also known as Lille-Lesquin Airport or Lesquin Airport) is located four miles (7km) southeast of central Lille. Serving 1.2 million passengers each year, Lille Airport is a nimble facility, taking advantage of its small size to offer efficient and friendly service.

The facility has been nicknamed the '15-minute airport' due to its location in the centre of a complex web of highways that allow quick access to Paris, Belgium, and Dunkirk. Despite being farther out of these areas than larger airports, Lille Airport is ranked as one of the top airports in France for accessibility and punctuality, making it a valid option when on flights to France.

Location

The airport is situated about six miles (10km) from Lille close to the Belgian border.

Getting to the city

The Navette airport shuttle service operates between the arrivals hall and the Euralille shopping centre in the city centre, hourly each day from 5:10am (later on weekends) to 9pm. Single fares start from €8. Several taxi companies serve the airport.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 (0)3 20 49 6880.

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EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL)

Overview

Located on the border of Switzerland, France and Germany, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg has a rather complicated identity. Identified using three different airport codes (BSL, MLH and EAP), the airport is run jointly by France and Switzerland, and passengers from all three countries can directly access the airport without passing through border control.

Inside, the airport is divided into Swiss and French sides depending on which airline and destination the passenger is using, and customs are arranged in a similar way.

EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is located 3.7 miles (6km) northwest of Basel, Switzerland, and 14 miles (22km) southeast of Mulhouse France; the nearest town in Germany is Freiburg, 43 miles (70km) to the north.

Location

St Louis, France

Getting to the city

There is regular bus service from the airport to a number of local towns, including Basel, Strasbourg, Saint Louis, Mulhouse, Colmar and Freiburg. There is no direct rail service to the airport, but there are train stations in Basel.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

Contacts

+33 03 8990 3111

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Calvi – Sainte Catherine Airport (CLY)

Location

The airport is located four miles (7km) southeast of Calvi.

Getting to the city

Connections to the city are made by taxi.

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 49565 8888

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Chambéry – Savoie Airport (CMF)

Location

The airport is located 6 miles (about 10km) north of Chambéry.

Getting to the city

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +33 47954 4954

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Grenoble-Isere Airport (GNB)

Overview

A tiny airport in the south of France, Grenoble-Isere Airport is a popular travel hub for skiers on their way to the French Alps. Located roughly 28 miles (45km) from the town of Grenoble, the airport has coach links to the town, making ground transportation easy and convenient.

Handling fewer than 500,000 passengers each year, Grenoble-Isere Airport is served mostly by budget airlines like Ryanair and Flybe, providing flights to airports in the UK as well as destinations around Europe, including Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Rotterdam, Dublin, Stockholm, Moscow and Tel Aviv.

The small facility, though fairly new, has an unfortunate reputation for long queues and disorganisation; and the congestion is only getting worse as traffic to the airport increases. There are plans to expand the facility, however no date has been set.

Location

The airport is located 28 miles (45km) from Grenoble.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

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Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE)

Overview

One of France's smaller airports, Nantes Atlantique Airport is nonetheless a major air travel hub for western France, processing roughly two million passengers per year. Located five miles (8km) southwest of Nantes in Bouguenais, France, the facility is a modern L-shaped terminal building made up of four halls. Lots of glass walls give the facility an open, airy atmosphere, and it is easy to find your way around.

With no long queues to contend with and friendly staff members on hand, Nantes Atlantique Airport is a pleasure to fly through. Passengers should be aware however, that facilities are very basic and only 3-4 shops and stores are there for entertainment. One fun amenity is the photobooth in Hall 1, where you can take before and after pictures to remember your holiday in France.

Flights to Nantes Atlantique Airport come from around Europe and North Africa, with many domestic connections to other airports in France.

Location

The airport is located five miles (8km) southwest of Nantes in Bouguenais.

Getting to the city

TAN shuttles connect the airport to the city centre every 20 minutes between 5:30am and 11pm Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes between 6:15am and 11pm on Sundays and holidays. The shuttle runs from outside Hall 1 to the railway station; the trip takes roughly 20 minutes and costs €7.50.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

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Brest Bretagne Airport (BES)

Location

Brest Airport is located 6.4 miles (10.2km) northeast of Brest, within the département of Finistère.

Getting to the city

An airport shuttle service runs to the tramway station at Porte de Guipavas several times a day. The journey takes about ten minutes, and costs €1.40. Tickets can be bought onboard the shuttle. Outside of tramway hours, the shuttle runs to the railway station.

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

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Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (MPL)

Location

The airport is located 4 miles (7km) south-east of Montpellier.

Getting to the city

Airport Shuttle Line 120 connects the airport to the "Place de l'Europe" Tramway Station, where connections can be made by train to the Montpellier St Roch Railway Station, and by tram to many destinations around Montpellier.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday of March to last Sunday in October)

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Pau Pyrénées Airport (PUF)

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (PGF)

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday of March to the last Sunday in October).

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Poitiers–Biard Airport (PIS)

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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Quimper - Cornouaille Airport (UIP)

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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Rennes–Saint-Jacques Airport (RNS)

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport (CFE)

Location

The airport is located four miles (7km) from Clermont-Ferrand city centre.

Getting to the city

Buses, taxis and trains are available from the airport to the city centre.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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Figari Sud-Corse Airport Directions (FSC)

Location

The airport is located two miles (3km) from Figari city centre.

Getting to the city

There is no public transport to the airport, however taxis and rental cars are available. Some hotels may provide transfers with advance arrangement.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

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Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA)

Location

The airport is located in Ajaccio, three miles (5km) east of the harbour.

Getting to the city

Buses service the airport between about 5:30am and 11:30pm daily. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

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Angers-Loire Airport (ANE)

Location

The airport is situated 12 miles (20km) northeast of Angers.

Getting to the city

Buses service a bus stop on the road near the airport, but this is not a popular transport option as it involves a bit of a walk and the buses are not frequent. Taxis and rental cars are available.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).

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Paris Roissy Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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