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As one of the world’s most iconic cities, Paris tops travel bucket lists across the world. Paris is the capital and largest city in France and is known for its sophisticated culture, interesting history, fashions, romantic atmosphere, and amazing food. Paris is such a diverse city and has something to offer all different types of travellers. It’s full of museums, both high end and high street shopping, iconic landmarks, exciting day trips, and more cafes and restaurants than you can imagine. Whether you book cheap flights to Paris for a few days or a few weeks, you will always have something new and different to experience.
Each day, hundreds of flights to Paris depart from New Zealand. Many airlines offer cheap airfares to Paris, including Air New Zealand, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, and British Airways. While there are currently no direct flights to Paris from New Zealand, if you are travelling from Auckland or Christchurch, you can book cheap airfares to Paris with just one stopover. Flying from Wellington or Christchurch, you will have at least two stopovers, but they are often short, and you’ll be in Paris before you know it. Each day, there are about 180-200 flights to Paris from Auckland, 100-120 flights to Paris from Wellington, 75-100 from Christchurch, and 30-40 from Queenstown. Flying to Paris, you can arrive from Auckland in 25 hours, from Wellington in 28 hours, from Christchurch in 29 hours, and from Queenstown in 30 hours. You could also extend your flight time and book a long stopover to break up the journey. Some popular stopover cities for flights to Paris from New Zealand include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, San Francisco, and London.
Are you ready to experience what makes Paris one of the most-loved cities in the world? Book cheap flights to Paris with Webjet for your next holiday. Webjet compares cheap airfares to Paris from airports all over New Zealand to find the best travel deals for you. Pack your bags, brush up on some French phrases, and get excited for the beauty, history, and culture of Paris, France.
Things to do in Paris
As Paris’s tallest structure and biggest icon, you can’t book airfares to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. You’ll get great views of the Eiffel Tower from all over the city. For the ultimate Parisian experience, you can even have a picnic at the park below the tower with French wine, cheese, pastries, and a baguette. Make sure you visit the top of the tower as well. You can take a lift to the top, but to feel most accomplished, you can also climb the Eiffel Tower. From the top, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of Paris. Visit for golden hour and sunset for beautiful lighting over the city. At night, the Eiffel Tower glitters in a light show for the first 5 minutes of every hour, so be sure to catch the show at least once during your holiday.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The arch is made of marble and is one of the most-loved icons in Paris. The arch was built to commemorate the soldiers who fought in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. The Arc de Triomphe is beautiful to see from below, and if you head to the top, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view over central Paris.
Stunning both inside and out, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre. On the outside, the museum is a large glass pyramid in the middle of a plaza. Head inside, and you’ll be able to see some of the most famous pieces of artwork in history, including the Venus de Milo, St. John the Baptist, Virgin of the Rocks, and the Louvre’s most famous—the Mona Lisa.
Located in the Montmartre neighbourhood, Moulin Rouge is an old theatre that evokes feelings of Paris during “La Belle Époque” era. On the outside, the theatre is a windmill with lots of neon lights. Inside, the Moulin Rouge is elaborately designed and still has cabaret shows that are performed regularly. Each of the Moulin Rouge shows includes lots of dancing, fun music, wild costumes, and a thrilling atmosphere.
If you’re a fan of shopping and fashion, you’ll be in heaven on the Champs-Élysées. The street is lined with stores from the top French designers, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Karl Lagerfeld. Paris is widely known as the fashion capital of the world, so even if you can’t afford to buy anything, the Champs-Élysées is a great place to window-shop and get an idea of some of the upcoming fashion trends.
Notre Dame is a medieval cathedral that’s located on a tiny island within Paris called Île de la Cité. The cathedral was built in a Gothic style and is stunning both outside and inside. There are colourful stained glass windows and flying buttresses, which are a common feature of Gothic-style architecture. Once you’ve spent some time looking through Notre Dame, head up to one of the bell towers for an amazing view over the Seine River and Paris skyline.
Sacré Coeur Basilica
This enormous church is the second most visited landmark in Paris. Located at the top of a hill in the Montmartre neighbourhood, Sacré Coeur is the highest point in Paris. The basilica was built shortly after the end of the Franco-Prussian War and commemorates the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives. The basilica includes mosaics, gardens, a large pipe organ, and lots of beautiful designs. Since Sacré Coeur is so high up, you can get a great view of the city from there. On a clear day, you can even see the Eiffel Tower off in the distance.
From Paris, there are countless amazing day trips you can take. One of the best is the Palace of Versailles. Versailles is a small city located less than an hour from Paris on the train. The palace was France’s principal royal residence for about a hundred years, up until the start of the French Revolution. The Palace of Versailles is especially known for being the home of the opulent Marie Antoinette and is elaborately designed. Some of the main features of the Palace of Versailles include the Hall of Mirrors, the beautiful Gardens of Versailles, and the royal apartments where members of the royal family lived. Once you are finished at the palace, be sure to spend some time in the city of Versailles before catching the train back to Paris. It’s full of great dining, drinking, and shopping options.
When should you book cheap flights to Paris?
No matter what time of year you book cheap flights to Paris, you are sure to have a magical time. Even rain or cold weather couldn’t put a damper on the City of Lights. Paris has four distinct seasons, and summer is the high season between June and August. Weather is warm and sunny, but with that comes large crowds and higher prices.
Many Parisians prefer the city in the spring and autumn. Weather is still beautiful, and the crowds are bearable. If you book cheap airfares to Paris in the spring, you’ll get to experience the city in full bloom with cherry blossoms and lots of colourful flowers. In autumn, Paris experiences brightly coloured foliage and plenty of sunshine.
If you are able to find cheap flights to Paris in the winter (December to February), you will still have an amazing holiday. It gets cold and grey in winter, but the winter atmosphere brings out some extra romance in Paris. In December, there are lots of Christmas markets and festivities. And although winter experiences some rain, there are plenty of indoor activities in Paris to keep you entertained until the sun comes back out.
Arriving in Paris
Paris has two major airports—Charles de Gaulle and Orly. Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is located about 30 km north of the city centre. It’s the largest airport in France and receives the majority of international flights to Paris. Orly Airport (ORY) is Paris’s second airport and is located about 18 km south of the city centre. Orly operates many domestic flights but also receives international flights to Paris from locations all over the world.
Getting to central Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
As one of the largest airports in Europe, Charles de Gaulle Airport offers several quick and easy ways to get into the centre of Paris.
Charles de Gaulle is located right on Paris’s metro system, offering an easy and affordable journey into the city. Take the B3 blue metro line westbound and you will arrive to the city centre in about 30 minutes. The B3 line stops at several major metro stops, including Gare du Nord and Châtelet, where you can connect to other metro lines heading to stations all over Paris. The train journey from the airport costs €10.30, but once you are in central Paris, a single-ride ticket on the metro costs just €1.90.
If you don’t mind a longer journey into the city, you can catch the 350 or 351 bus from the airport. The 350 bus travels to Gare de l’Est, and the 351 bus takes passengers to Nation station. Both buses take about 70 minutes and cost €6. From each of these stations, you can catch the metro to destinations all over Paris for €1.90.
If you are tired after your long flight, a taxi can get you into central Paris in about 35-45 minutes, depending which area of the city you are staying in. Taxis are available right outside of each terminal. Taxis offer a fixed rate fare from the airport to each bank of central Paris. A taxi to the city’s Right Bank (where you’ll find the neighbourhoods of Montmartre and Le Marais) costs €50. A taxi to the Left Bank (including Trocadero and Saint-Germain-des-Prés) costs €55.
Getting to central Paris from Orly Airport (ORY)
When you book flights to Paris into Orly Airport, you can get into the city on the Paris metro system. A shuttle bus is available from the airport to drop you off at the metro. The bus service “Go C Paris” will take you to the Pont de Rungis station, which is on the C yellow metro line. From there, catch the metro heading north. The C metro line makes stops all along the Left Bank of Paris, and connects to several other metro lines that can take you to destinations around the city. Tickets for this journey cost €6.35 and will get you into central Paris in about 35 minutes.
For the most affordable journey into central Paris, you can catch a public bus to the metro. Bus 183 takes you to Porte de Choisy where you can connect to the number 7 pink metro line. This metro stops at many central stations, including the Louvre, Opéra, and Châtelet. Throughout the journey, you can easily switch to other metro lines that will take you to stations all over Paris. This route will get you into central Paris in about an hour and will only set you back €3.90.
A taxi is a great option to take from Orly Airport after a long flight. A taxi from Orly will take about 30-40 minutes into the centre of Paris. Taxis offer fixed fares into the city. A trip to the Left Bank costs €30, and a ride to the Right Bank costs €35.