Unless you live in Europe, the UK or Ireland your arrival to France will typically be by plane. This page provides details of the airlines that fly to France from a variety of countries. With code shares these days you can book with just about any airline anywhere, at the present time we have focused on those airlines that use no code share or very limited code share and fly directly to France.
Shortest flight time from Australia to Paris is typically 23.5 hours from the east coast and 20.5 hours from the west coast. This assumes departure from one of the capital city airports and will consequently increase if you are travelling from a regional area.
ANA flies directly from Sydney through Tokyo (Haneda) and then onto Paris. Code share operates from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne with Virgin Australia which adds an additional leg before leaving Australia. You cannot book a flight through ANA from Perth or Darwin. Paris is the only airport that ANA flies into in France.
BA flies from Australia to London Heathrow and then into France. These days BA aircraft only fly directly to and from Sydney, with other cities served through code share arrangements with either Cathay Pacific or Singapore Airlines. Flights from other cities are direct out of Australia to either Hong Kong or Singapore before heading to London and France.
Cathay flies directly out of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney to Hong Kong and then onto Paris, the only French city it flies to.
China Eastern flies directly out of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Shanghai and then directly to Paris.
Emirates flies directly out of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney to Dubai and then into France. Within France, Emirates flies to Lyon, Nice and Paris.
Etihad flies directly from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney through Abu Dhabi and then onto Paris. There are no other direct options within France.
JAL flies directly from Melbourne and Sydney through Narita and onto Paris. There are no other direct options within France.
Korean Airlines flies directly from Brisbane and Sydney through to Paris. There are no other direct options within France.
Qantas flies directly from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth to France via London or Singapore. The flight from Perth is the first non-stop flight between London and Australia and takes 17 hours. Flights from London onwards are operated by British Airways, while flights from Singapore onwards are operated by Air France.
Qatar flies directly from Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney to Paris or Nice.
Singapore fly directly from Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney through Singapore to Paris. Codeshare through Lufthansa is available, therefore giving access to more locations within France, although this adds an extra stop.
Thai flies directly from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney via Bangkok to Paris. Codeshare is also offered through Lufthansa as with Singapore Airlines.
Vietnam flies directly from Melbourne and Sydney through Vietnam to Paris.
Direct flights from the west coast of Canada to Paris take 10.5 hours while from the east coast take 7.5 hours on average.
Air Canada operates direct flights from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver into Paris. It also offers direct flights from Montreal to Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse and Nice.
Air France operates flights from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to Paris. Direct flights from Vancouver are on Wednesday, Friday and Sundays only. There are options to fly to other French airports once you arrive in Paris. Note that some of their flights to other airports are via partner airlines and may be routed through Amsterdam or US airports.
Air Transat runs seasonal service with direct flights from Montreal to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris and Toulouse. Options are available from other Canadian cities but these all route through Montreal. The services typically run from May to September each year.
Corsair runs direct flights between Montreal and Paris on a seasonal basis. Peak services operate in the summer months and drop back to 1 to 2 flights a month in the off peak periods.
Westjet runs a direct service between Calgary and Paris. During the summer period this service operates 4 days per week and drops back to 2 days per week in the off peak months.
Direct flights Ireland take between 2 – 3 hours depending on the route.
Aer Lingus offers flights directly into eight cities within France. Many of these routes are seasonal which means the frequency will increase over the summer months and may be non-existent in the winter months. From Dublin you can fly directly to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Perpignan, Rennes and Toulouse. From Cork there are direct flights to Nice, Paris and Rennes while Shannon airport has direct flights to Paris.
Air France operates flights between Dublin and Paris only.
Ryanair – Ireland
Ryanair operates flights into French 13 cities. From Dublin fly directly to Biarritz, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Lourdes, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris Beauvais, Poitiers, Toulouse and Tour Loire Valley. From Cork you can fly to Bordeaux and Carcassonne. Many of these routes are seasonal and may not operate at all in off seasons. Grenoble is a winter destination only and you cannot fly there during summer months.
Transavia operates flights between Dublin and Paris.
Typical flight times from New Zealand to France range from 27 hours to over 40 hours depending on the options and route chosen.
Air New Zealand does not fly into France and relies on partner airlines for the leg to Paris. Options from Auckland are to fly Air New Zealand to one of the following: Shanghai and then onto Paris with Air France, Taipei then onto Paris with Eva Air, Houston and then onto Paris with Air France, Tokyo then Paris with Air France, Hong Kong and then Paris with Cathay Pacific or Los Angles and onto Paris with Air France. You do not need to purchase separate tickets for any of these options and it is all booked through Air New Zealand as a single ticket.
From Christchurch Air New Zealand offers direct code share flights with Singapore Airlines through Singapore and then onto Paris. There are also options to route through Auckland to link up with some of the options described above.
From Wellington all options route through Auckland.
Cathay Pacific offers direct flights out of Auckland via Hong Kong and then onto Paris. Some of their flights from Auckland are routed through Sydney. Flight options from Christchurch and Wellington are through Auckland.
China Southern offer flights from Auckland via Guangzhou and Heathrow and then Air France to Paris. There are no options from Christchurch or Wellington.
Emirates operates flights from Auckland to Paris, Nice and Lyon through Dubai. Out of Christchurch the options are via Sydney and Dubai and then Paris, Nice and Lyon. From Wellington options are via Sydney or Melbourne and then Paris, Nice and Lyon.
Korean Airlines flies directly from Auckland to Seoul and then onto Paris. Some flights on the Seoul to Paris leg are operated by Air France. From Christchurch options are via Auckland or Australia and from Wellington through Auckland only.
Malaysian Airlines flies direct from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur and then onto Paris via Heathrow. The leg from Heathrow to Paris is operated by British Airways. There are no options from Christchurch or Wellington.
Qatar Airways flies from Auckland via Doha and then onto Paris. They also have some options via Sydney to Doha. Out of both Christchurch and Wellington the options are via Auckland or Australia to Doha and then onto Paris.
Singapore Airlines flies direct to Singapore from Auckland and Christchurch and then onto Paris. From Wellington the options are through Auckland or Sydney.
Thai Airways flies from Auckland direct to Bangkok and then onto Paris. Departures from either Christchurch or Wellington are via Auckland.
Typical direct flight time to France is between 2 and 3 hours.
Easyjet operates from Belfast International Airport and flies to Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice and Paris. Flight frequency is seasonal.
Typical direct flight time to Paris from the west coast is 12 hour and from the east cost 7.75 hours.
Air France operates direct flights from the following US cities to Paris; Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston,Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington.
American Airlines flies directly to Paris from the following US cities; Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Philadelphia.
Delta Airlines flies to Paris directly from the following US cities; Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. It also offers summer flights between New York and Nice.
United Airlines flies to Paris from the following US cities; Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington. From May 2020 a service will operate from New York to Nice.
Typical direct flight time to Paris from the north of the country is between 2 and 3 hours and from the south 1 and 2 hours.
Air France operates direct flights from the London and Edinburgh to Paris.
British Airways offers a range of services into France from London only. From London Heathrow fly to Bastia, Figari, Grenoble, Marseille, Montpeillier, Nantes, Nice, Paris and Toulouse. From London Gatwick fly to Bordeaux, Grenoble or Nice and from London City fly to Bergerac, Chambrey, Nice, Paris and Quimper.
Easyjet offers a wide range of locations into France from across the UK as follows:
Bristol – Bordeaux, Lyon, Grenoble, Marseille, Montpeillier, Paris (CDG & ORY) and Toulouse.
Edinburgh – Grenoble, Lyon and Paris (CDG)
Glasgow – Bordeaux and Paris (CDG)
Liverpool – Bordeaux, Grenoble and Paris (CDG)
London Gatwick – Biarritz, Bordeaux, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Lyon, Marseille, Montpeillier, Nantes, Paris (CDG) and Toulouse
Luton – Grenoble, Lyon and Paris (CDG)
Manchester – Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and Paris (CDG)
Southend – Bordeaux and Paris (CDG)
Flights to Grenoble are winter services only catering for ski holidays to the French Alps.
Ryanair offers a wide range of locations from the UK into France as follows:
Birmingham – Perpignan
Bristol – Bergerac, Beziers and Limoges
East Midlands – Bergerac, Carcassonne, Dinard, Limoges and Nantes
Edinburgh – Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Marseille and Toulouse
Leeds Bradford – Limoges
Liverpool – Bergerac
London Luton – Beziers and Nimes
London Stanstead – Bergerac, Beziers, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brive, Carcassonne, Clermont, Dinard, Dole, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Limoges, Lourdes, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Nimes, Perpignon, Poitiers, Rodez, Strasbourg, Toulouse and Tours Loire Valley.
Southend – Bergerac, Brest, Marseille and Rodez.