Flights to Paris
Paris is France’s capital and largest city, situated in the north of the country on the River Seine. Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world, attracting over 30 million foreign visitors per year.
As a large and important city, Paris is very accessible to the world and flying here from South Africa is very easy. You have a great deal of choice for a flight from either Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport or from Cape Town International Airport, and of course you can fly from elsewhere in South Africa with a connecting flight through either of the above.
There is a choice of ten different airlines for your flight to Paris, and these are: British Airways (BA), BMI, TAP – Air Portugal, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Swiss Air, Air Mauritius, South African Airways (SAA) and Virgin Atlantic.
Paris has three international airports: Charles de Gaulle International Airport (airport code: CDG), Orly International Airport (ORY) and Beauvais (BVA). For flights from South Africa though, you will be arriving at either of Paris’s main international airports, Charles de Gaulle or Orly.
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The Tourist Attractions of Paris:
For many people, their quintessential image of Paris has to be the Eiffel Tower, and though this should certainly be on your list of attractions to visit, Paris has literally hundreds of other attractions to see too. There are far too many to list here, but below are the ones you won’t want to miss!
The Eiffel Tower was built between the years of 1887 – 1889 and is constructed of steel. It’s one of the most famous structures in the world and was classified as the tallest building in the world when it was built, until 1931.
For many, the highlight of a trip to Paris is getting to the top of the Eiffel Tower which you can do either by climbing the stairs or taking the elevator.
The Champs –Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the world and is lined with luxury stores, cinemas and cafes. The avenue is 1.25 miles (2km) long and at the western end stands the Arc de Triomphe. This monument is over 51 metres high and 45 metres wide and serves as a symbol to honour those who have fought for France. Since 1921 it has held the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, who died during World War I.
Notre Dame Cathedral is a spectacular cathedral and excellent example of French Gothic architecture whose cornerstone was laid back in the year 1163. The cathedral has lived through so much history, and almost became a part of history itself in the 19th century when it was restored and saved from destruction.
The Louvre is both the most famous and the most visited museum in the world. The museum is very large, featuring over 380,000 objects, the most famous of which being the Mona Lisa.
Paris has a very good underground system, known as the Metro, which you can use to easily get around the city. You can buy Metro tourist passes, valid for different periods of time depending on how long you’re staying.
For travel above ground, boat trips on the Seine offer a cheap and easy way of getting around the city. You can buy a 1 day or 3 day pass allowing you to hop on and hop off at various places and you get great views of the city from the river too!
When Should You Visit?:
Paris has a temperate climate and so experiences mild weather all year round. This also means that rain is also common at any time of the year, so be sure to bring a raincoat.
The hottest month in Paris is August, when the average high is 25C (77F), whilst January is the coolest with an average high of 7C (45F). The wettest month on average is April.