Cheap Flights to France

Located in the Central European Time Zone, France is divided into 22 continental regions, including the island of Corsica, and five regions overseas. Despite its urbanized economy and hustling traffic, France has preserved its natural and architectural beauty for centuries. From regal landmarks to tucked-away vineyards, its enchanting landscape makes for the perfect fairy-tale getaway.

Where to go

Paris, the iconic capital of France, is a must-go city. For starters, take a relaxing walk down the grassy boulevard stretching around the Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was constructed for a World Exhibition in tribute to French science and industry. Throughout history, the Tower has housed many other facilities, including a radiotelegraphy channel that effectively caught the infamous Mata Hari spy in 1915.

Then, circle about the Arc de Triomphe, a majestic arch built between 1806 and 1836 as a stalwart symbol of political change. Standing at a towering 162 feet, it is an impressive sight to behold as you exit the Place Charles de Gaulle station. It also stands at the mouth of the famous shopping belt, Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Head down this lively road for high-street brands and restaurants serving quintessential French cuisine.

You may also pay a visit to the Louvre Museum, home of many art masterpieces. Marked by a singular inverted glass pyramid in the centre of a large plaza, many tourists head into the museum to catch a glimpse of the renowned Mona Lisa. Do also take a gander at the famed and massive painting right opposite: The Wedding at Cana by Italian artist Paolo Veronese.

If you’re seeking out less urban bustle, take a trip down to Versailles, where intricately-constructed royal palaces and sprawling, manicured gardens await. Or you may head to any of France’s thousands of countryside villages. Look out for Turckheim, a large wine-growing town in the north-east of the Alsace region. For more rural discoveries in France, The Most Beautiful Villages in France website sells a roadmap to help you find your way around.

Getting around

The large cities in France – including Paris, Lyon, and Marseille – can be accessed by metro or tram. There are also public buses operating in all cities of France.

If in doubt or hurry, you may also hail a taxi in any of the larger cities. Note the colour of the white box on the taxi’s roof: red means occupied and green means available. Do not hail a taxi that is in the indicated bus lane.

For traveling between cities, the international airports of Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Strasbourg, and Toulouse, as well as provincial cities, all serve domestic flights.

Did You Know?

When Hitler visited the Eiffel Tower during WWII, the French snipped the elevator cables so that he would have to climb all the way to the top. And there is only one “Stop” sign in the whole city of Paris. See if you can spot it!

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